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Yamaha XS360

Posted on June 1, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 6 comments


You could be mistaken for thinking this XS360 was built by Heiwa or one of the many other Japanese shops. The truth is, it was built in Portland, Oregan. What is it about Portland? It seems to have a thriving custom motorcycle scene producing so many great bikes. This XS was built by Jared Johnson who works out of his garage (pictured below) 7 days a week. “I bought it in St. Helens OR for $600, this is my 4th XS build so I knew the potential. I made the seat out sheet metal, used the old seat foam and wrapped it with ribbed pleather. Rear fender is from a Honda CB 200. Built a battery tray and relocated it low on the frame. Re-welded the bars out of the stock bars. Finished this bike in 5 eleven hour days, it was down to the wire for my trip down to southern California for a nice little vacation” Jared tells us. Below are some nice shots of Jared enjoying his other XS project, both shot by photographer Neil Decosta.


  • Stephen Fox

    Sick to see Jared’s work up on Pipeburn! Having seen (and heard) a number of his bikes in real life, they are certainly worthy of the exposure.

  • MikeMachine

    nice work Jared.

  • powermatic

    Looks great, and I love seeing my state’s builders profiled, but I’m having a hard time reconciling the suspended rear with the minimal clearance! If the fender is frame mounted it looks dangerous, if it’s swingarm mounted it looks like an ass-beater. Please correct me if I’m wrong-wouldn’t be the first time.

  • shane

    saw this bike on craigslist the other day… orange county or LA cant remember…

  • tony starr

    love those last two photographs. now i have to go look up neil’s work.

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