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Yamaha XV750 – Peters Dog Cycles


Posted on June 23, 2016 by Andrew in Bobber. 31 comments

Written by Martin Hodgson.

Even if you’re not a basketball fan, everyone old enough to remember the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 will have memories of the Dream Team. Arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled, Jordan, Magic and Bird amongst them they won Gold and dominated international headlines. But the Bronze went to “The Other Dream Team”, the newly independent country of Lithuania whose star basketballers united to bring the nation out of the Cold War and became symbols of hope and liberation. The stakes might not be as high in this little tale but the Baltic States motorcycle scene is largely dominated by heavy Harleys and two men are on a journey to bring the diverse culture of custom motorcycles to their nation and they’re doing it one great build at a time. Gediminas and Gytis combine to form Peters Dog Cycles and their latest build is a tricked out Yamaha XV750, perfect for showing the old Hogs what time it is.

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Having already built a host of murdered out custom Honda’s and a brilliant Suzuki GSX750 they turned their attention to the XV with the intention of letting a little more colour shine and showing off their increasingly well-rounded fabrication skills. Older Japanese bikes aren’t cheap nor easy to find in Lithuania so no example can be wasted nor part thrown away. So even though much of the bike has been modified the tear down process is a case of saving everything that can be salvaged and only trashing the absolute unessentials. With the design they had in mind the rear subframe was removed, the front forks put to the side and with the engine out the frame and driveshaft equipped swingarm were given a coat of their favourite black paint.

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The standard tank remains but has been body worked to perfection, as it came with a host of free rust and dings, so the deep red gloss paint now lays down brilliantly. Having been de-badged and fitted with a new petcock and filler cap it allows the sides of the tank to really show off the colour and the skill with which it was applied. To date the PDC builds have either retained the standard seat or the ability to ride two-up, but with a V-Twin on board and a host of cafe’d XV’s already on the internet they opted instead for a bobber look. To make it work new seat supports were fabricated in-house and can be adjusted to suit the rider. While topping it off is a classic black leather bobber seat and a small leather bag underneath for some retro flavour.

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That V-Twin is of course Yamaha’s air-cooled 748cc unit that provides endless torque and the sort of reliability you need in a parts scarce country. But even though it came to them as a functional bike, Gediminas and Gytis made sure they gave it the once over with OEM consumables and a thorough clean and polish. With the ugly factory exhaust on the floor and no chance of being refitted it gave them another chance to display their fabrication skills to their increasing following. Gone is the ’80s cruiser look and in its place is a hand fabricated 2 into 1 system that follows the curves of the engine and ends in a side exit baffled pipe for a barking loud exhaust note. With the seat gone the battery is now hidden in a custom box below the swingarm and a rewire to ensure spark is never interrupted.

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Although the XV comes from the factory with that laid back cruiser look, skinny telescopic forks and all, there was no way a PDC bike would ever be allowed to remain that way. So delving into the Yamaha parts bin they come up with a far more sporty solution to both the look and ride of the XV. The front end now wears a Yamaha R1 set of fully adjustable USD forks that drastically brings the front end closer to earth and levels out the XV’s stance. With the front wheel and axle of the R1 retained it also made perfect sense to run the four piston caliper, twin disc brakes from the modern Yammy to beef up the braking. It’s a good thing too as the blacked out front and rear wheels wear Metzeler rubber that show all the signs of just how hard the boys ride their bikes.

Now with a clip-on front end there is a mix of old XV and more modern R1 items fixed to the bars, with the older pieces like the switchblocks given a full refurbish and the master cylinder treated to new lines. The foot controls are also given the sportier feel and function with billet rearsets adapted to the bike with custom rods that join the stock linkages.

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The lighting also makes a statement with the indicators hidden front and back, the taillight mounted under the new seat and the twin projector headlights in a mix of clear and yellow adding another visual element to an already impressive machine. To ensure their new project would pass the often strict European road rules a custom bracket was fabricated and mini LED idiot lights installed next to the ignition switch.

With the key turned on and the XV750 thumping away next to their other stable of rides even the addition of colour doesn’t make their latest build look anything at all soft amongst the murderer’s row. For Gediminas and Gytis there is no plan to stop, there is already a Triumph Thruxton in the works and the aim is to spread the custom bike culture across the country both when parked up and especially on the move.

They may have giant shoes to fill, but this new “Other Dream Team” is intent on taking it to the world and inspiring hope in a nation where one-off exotic machines were once an item only seen on the internet, but never heard. Thump thump, there’s Hogs for lunch!

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[Photos by Žilvinas Drevinskas]








  • Hardley T Whipsnade III

    And let us also remember it was the Grateful Dead and their merchandising arm ‘ Liquid Blue ‘ that not only financed Lithuania’s Barcelona Olympic Basketball team but gave Lithuania the means to finance a multitude of athletic programs across country spanning over a decade afterwards .

    ” What a long strange trip its been ” Indeed !

    As for the bike ? Finally ! A custom for which I can find no obvious fault . Not entirely to my liking mind you but a well done custom full of substance and devoid of pretense not to mention turning a rice munching pig into a genuine thoroughbred . Two thumbs up !

    And dare I suggest that perhaps Peter’s Dog Cycles consider ” Riding That Train ” by approaching ‘ Liquid Blue’ to do their T-shirts as well ? I’d buy one !

    • Is sir pleased?

      • Davidabl2

        “Will miracles never cease”

    • MayDayMoto

      No fenders fore or aft. You usually complain about that, why not now?

  • gfunk

    check this xv750 out!!! https://www.instagram.com/xv750gfunc/

  • Tyler Stone

    I’ve been seeing pics of this bike on the Facebook page for a few days. Really nice work, but that dual headlight setup is wierding me out though. It would look cool on a wider bike, but what I like most about the v-twins is that they’re narrow.
    I understand it’s the ‘hook’ to make this bike stand out, but given the option, I think I’d go with the boring old single-lamp style for myself. Not my bike though. Some other lucky person’s ride now

  • Jim Roberts

    ” it’s lithuania Jake…it’s lithuania “. i think the mod ought to figure out a way to crowd-source a new set a skins for these guys

  • Robert Henry

    Is that the battery under the bike near the rear tire?

  • Just a rehash of someone’s ideas and hard work. It’s just like this bike from Spin Cycle Moto that was built and posted on BikeExif 4 years ago, but with less thought put into the details and a different headlight/exhaust. Stay lame.

    • Petersdogcycles

      It’s my inspiration

      • keen_sense

        Thanks guys. Your bike looks great. As the owner and builder of the Spin Cycle bike, I give these guys a thumbs up. I know how hard that bike is to work on, and getting one done and rolling is an accomplishment in itself. Yep, my bike was inspired by the first Virago by Classified. And, just as I reached out to John for help on the fork of my bike, these guys reached out and learned from my project through my blog. I like that a lot of builders are willing to help each other out. You might not get that from reading some of the comments on the bike websites, but the reality is most builders are approachable and encouraging. Not all, but most. Here’s my tip to the next person that decides to build up a Virago; do yourself (or the future owner) a favor; put riser bars on it and locate the foot pegs in the forward position on the rear-set thingy. Or, better yet, ditch the whole cast aluminum rerar-set piece all together. It will be much more fun and comfortable to ride! It would be approaching the perfect custom at that point (in my mind).

    • And that bike was a ‘rehash’ of a Classified Moto bike. Apart from your abrupt tone, I’m not sure you’ve fully grasped the concept of ‘inspiration’ yet. Please keep the comments civil, or we’ll remove them.

      • As someone with a career in the design industry I fully grasp the concept of inspiration but thanks for the condescension and threat of comment removal. You may be correct that Classified Moto was the first to stick a USD front end and small seat on a XV but if my memory serves me (and I could be wrong because this was a while ago and you feature so many awesome bikes it’s hard to remember every last detail) the Spin Cycle did several things different that allowed you to see where the inspiration came from without it being a duplication. In my mind inspiration and near duplication are two different things. The bike in the article seems to be more of a copy than anything, but opinions are like a$$holes. A for effort though, Peters Dog Cycles.

        • Anton

          all awesome builds should be encouraged, stop acting like such a bitch!

      • So it’s ok for a commenter to curse at someone in the thread but me stating that this looks like a copy of another bike is grounds for threatening comment removal. Got it.

    • The Spin Cycle bike is not likely over-exposed… not as much as the Hageman Virago builds… but I personally LOVE those too… and just because the Spin Cycle bike was up on some (now redundant, less relevant) blog years ago where lightening struck every once in a while we saw a decent bike, means little… and as the builder states, he was inspired by the Spin Cycle bike… so at the end of the day, all is good and order restored to the universe… That said, a lot of builders are ahead of their time and on all fronts this can be a very cool thing, since inspiration is not a crime…

  • guvnor67

    Brilliant!! I could see myself riding the tyres off this all day! And here’s a weird one: without the rider-on-board shot I’m not sure ’bout the headlights, but in the first pic they look perfect. Maybe the Streetfighter look of the lights and helmet gel, or maybe I need more sleep?! Anyway, really cool machine, well done!

  • Dominic Truter

    A very nice build, but I see that battery taking a few shots the moment the motorbike is introduced to a bump.

    • Dominic Truter

      although it is rather inline with the sump of the engine, so perhaps it’s in the clear!

    • The pipes would touch down first, no?

      • Petersdogcycles

        Front of the engine is lowest part of this bike.

  • funk
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  • Rubens Florentino

    I just love it. Would be cool to take this bike for a spin and hear the sound coming out of the single pipe. Sweet.

  • gluesniffer

    Where are the fenders ????

    I love the look of this bike but really fenders would complete it and be practical.

  • Pete M

    Nice work boys!

  • Charlie James Customs

    I did something similar as far as location of the battery on my cb750 that was featured here on pipeburn, but I made a box out of 16ga steel to offer a little more protection from debris. Pictures can be deceiving but the battery seems to be a little to exposed for my liking. This bike has got stuff going for it regardless where there inspiration comes from some things may be different from what myself or others would do but that’s the great thing about building bikes. As much as I respect and admire most of Hageman’s Virago’s its nice to see something different from his or interpretations of his by others every now and again. I do feel a front fender would offer aesthetics as well as rigidness and function. Great stance!

  • Tiger200

    Hey did you guys know what the brand of the gloves that man wear on the first pic? Thanks dude

  • Adam Ibn Usman

    I’d really like to know the price of that monster please, love to acquire one.