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SWISS MADE. Yamaha XS650 by Moto Incendio

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Over the years the trusty Yamaha XS650 has found itself to be one of the most popular donor bikes around. And why shouldn’t it be? It has the Japanese reliability and an engine and frame that lends itself to many different custom styles. Which is the reason Martin Castelberg from Moto Incendio in Switzerland has held onto this bike for so long. “I restored the bike and originally built a café racer and rode the bike for 5 years and about 50,000km. During this time, I learnt everything about this XS650 – that’s why I like to say my first car was a motorcycle.”

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SUPERCHARGED SR400 – Oily Rag Customs

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Words by Scott Hopkin | Photography by Ian Davidson

The dust has settled for another year on the third Machine Show based in Braidwood, NSW, Australia. The show features a Bike Build competition every year, where dedicated motorcycle builders build unique pre-1989 bikes specifically for the show. This year they had 36 entries of all different styles and marques – from choppers to café racers and everything in between. One of the stand-out builds was this Supercharged SR400 tracker by Keeley Pritchard. As soon as we saw the 1986 SR400, we knew a lot of blood, sweat and tears had gone into the bike, but didn’t realise how young the builder was. Keeley is a 22-year-old motorbike mechanic from Sydney’s Northern Beaches who works for a garage called Surfside Motorcycles. In the lead up to the show, when everyone had gone home and his boss had turned off the lights, he turned them back on and worked well into the night bringing his creation to life.

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RIDE THE DRAGON. Panache Custom’s ‘Falkor’ Yamaha XS360 Scrambler

Posted on April 2, 2019 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

“It took about two years from the moment I started unscrewing parts until the finished product was ready.” This is How Panache’s Charles Murillon kicked things off when explaining exactly how he sunk two years of his life into this rather beautiful little Yamaha XS360…

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ESCAPE FROM L.A. Ride Custom’s Yamaha XT500 Urban Enduro

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro. No Comments

How do you haul ass in Hollywood? You go full metal jacket on a breathtaking Urban Enduro that’ll cruise with Bentleys on the Boulevard, before heading to the hills where the stars live to rip it up on the rough and rugged roads. But first you need to pick a platform with an iconic status and a Paris-Dakar pedigree…

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Animal Farm. Purpose Built Moto’s Yamaha XT250 MX Scrambler

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Scrambler. No Comments

When you mention a Yamaha XT to any bike enthusiast a few things come to mind. Yamaha’s XT series set the bar in off-road racing for a long time, and since then they’ve been synonymous with durability, performance and reliability. So of course, I have one rolled into the garage that looks anything but…

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FORREST THUMP. Red Clouds’ Twin Yamaha XT500 Enduros

Posted on March 1, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

The Red Clouds Collective are a Portland-based outfit that make bomb-proof waxed cotton moto gear. And luckily for us Seth and Casey Neefus, head honchos at Red Clouds, also use the business as a front for making gorgeous custom bikes, like this pair of incredible Yamaha XT500s…

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POWER COUPLE. Zanutto Engineering’s ’71 Yamaha R5 Restomod Racer

Posted on February 26, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer, Restomod. No Comments

Imagine a partner that was as keen to mix two-stroke as you were. Well, for San Diego’s Eric Zanutto and his wife Melanie, nature has conspired to do the unimaginable. They both like bikes. Hell, they both build bikes. Here’s their latest creation – a ’71 Yamaha R5 Racer restomod…

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HERD MENTALITY. Two Yamaha XV Cafe Fighters from Moose Motodesign

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

It seems pretty clear to us that there’s something weird going on with the Polish water. Forget fluoride or vapour trails; this conspiracy seems to make entire countries fall in love with certain bikes. Poland’s fate is undying love of Yamaha’s XV…

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RAT RACE. AdHoc’s Twin ‘Hamster’ Yamaha XT350 Trackers

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

C’mon. Admit it. You’ve toyed with the idea of buying a beater bike, customising it and entering a race at your local flat track. But it’s an odds-on bet that you haven’t put your money where your mouth is. Unlike us lazy buggers, one Spanish custom shop had the get up and go to make things happen…

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FOUR-STROKE OF GENIUS. The Real Intellectuals’ Yamaha SR500 Flat Tracker

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer, Tracker. No Comments

Greece’s The Real Intellectuals are a rough group of motorcycle nuts who occasionally run a madcap dirt event dubbed ‘The Rotten Race’. Not content to just sink booze and watch from the sideline, they teamed up with local shop Urban Mechanics to build an entry, a 1990 Yamaha SR500…

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