Cafe Racer, Yamaha

Yamaha XS850 : Can’t Keep A Good Bike Down

Yamaha’s XS850 finally ended its production run in 1981 and although it may not have set the world on fire, it certainly made enough firm friends on both sides of the Atlantic to be sadly missed. More refined than a twin but lighter than a four, triple cylinder engines in both 2- stroke and 4-stroke configurations had been pushing bikes…

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Cafe Racer, Yamaha

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: All Go And Show

The history of the Yamaha XS 650 is pretty well documented, and although the statuesquely proportioned parallel twin engine is used in almost every kind of custom imaginable, the bike transforms so well into a Café Racer, perhaps Yamaha should have done it themselves. So without further ado, let’s look at probably the best-looking Yamaha XS650 Café Racer in the…

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Cafe Racer, Yamaha

The Yamaha Virago: From Cruiser To Cafe Racer

They may have been aimed at the Cruiser market, but the Yamaha Virago sure makes a sexy Café Racer. One of the first production bikes to boast a mono-shock rear end, the Yamaha Virago appeared in the dealer showrooms in 750cc form in 1981. Well before the term was even conceived, the Virago was the first traditionally mounted V-twin engined…

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Bobber, Yamaha

The Fall and Rise of the Yamaha XS650 Bobber

OK, confession time, I am a serious fan of the ‘Bobber.’ Admittedly, the style is not everyone’s cup o’ tea, but there are two major factors that drove me to this particular style. Firstly, I can’t imagine owning a stock bike for more than a day without reaching for the angle grinder. Secondly, my lack of mechanical skill coupled with…

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