International Dealer News IDN 133 October/November 2016 - Page 12

news ROOM Yard Built gets a MotoGP ‘Legends’ build by AMD World Champion custom bike builder Over the last three years Yamaha’s Yard Built programme has gone from strength to strength, working with many of the world’s top custom builders to deliver fresh takes on the Sport Heritage range of motorcycles. The latest collaboration is with 2014 AMD World Champion custom bike builder Fred ‘Krugger’ Bertrand of Belgium – with a stunning layer of MotoGP history cleverly woven into the custom Yamaha SR400. Having agreed to collaborate together with Yamaha on a Yard Built project, Fred chose to take inspiration from close friend and fellow Belgian Bernard Ansiau, who just happens to be a MotoGP mechanic for arguably the greatest rider of all time, Valentino Rossi. Whilst this role alone is enough to place Bernard as one of the most enviable mechanics alive, his CV is also littered with legends, having previously prepared the racing machines for Yamaha greats such as Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola and Norick Abe, amongst others. Fred and Bernard agreed to take the humble Yamaha SR400 as the base, and then bring alive the racing spirit of the 1970s in a tribute to the Yamaha TZ machines, and also to mark Bernard’s career. The little SR400’s engine gets some serious work, most noticeably with a beautiful Aisin 300 supercharger with custom plenum chamber. A one-off stainless steel exhaust system is complemented by an S&S 48mm carburettor in place of the fuel injection system. The beautifully polished front forks have been lowered and balanced with a set of Fox shocks at the rear. Keeping the SR400s rubber side down are a set of Dunlop K81s, inspired by the first tyre to lap 2014 AMD World Champion Fred “Krugger” Bertrand, left, with Bernard Ansiau the Isle of Man TT course at over 100mph. There are almost too many custom details to mention as Fred’s obsession with perfection spills across the SR400. Motogadget speedo, switches and grips sit behind a tiny custom cowl at the front above a modified top triple clamp and custom handlebars. The brakes and clutch have been given an upgrade and are by Beringer, adding some power over stock to match the supercharged 400. INTERMOT dealer initiatives include IDN International Night International Dealer News is pleased to announce that it is again collaborating with INTERMOT to present the “International Night” business networking reception at 18:00 hrs on the Trade Day, Wednesday October 5th. An established and popular opportunity for exhibitors to meet with their importer/distributors and key dealers, it will be staged, as usual, at the Dealer Lounge Business Centre of the Koelnmesse exhibition centre, in the Business District off the main 12 boulevard between halls 4 and 5. The show is open to the media on Tuesday October 4th, with Wednesday October 5th being the International Trade Day, and INTERNATIONAL DEALER NEWS - OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016 will be open to all visitors Thursday October 6th to Sunday October 9th. Promoted by International Dealer News, and hosted by INTERMOT and the show’s sponsors, International Night is unique in the international motorcycle industry - the only ‘meet & greet’ business reception specifically for international industry professionals of all kinds. The ‘Cologne’ Show has always been regarded as the world’s primary international motorcycle industry expo, and with the backing of International Dealer News and worldwide exhibitor and trade visitor footprint that is expected to reach at least 68 international markets and over 55,000 trade visitors in total (43 percent of them from outside Germany), this is a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from the industry in a relaxed environment as the show closes (at 18:00 hours) on the special Trade Visitor day. Additional trade initiatives operated by INTERMOT include exclusive trade visitor vendor exhibition space in the business district; the Dealer Card, which provides show access privileges; and the online Matchmaking365 service, which is an expo visit experience optimiser – it enables trade visitors to gain an overview of the suppliers of selected product groups in the run-up to the fair, establish valuable business contacts and place targeted meeting requests.