MMCC02, 1974 Yamaha XS650

Posted on August 04, 2013 by Christian Condo


This bike was purchased by its owner in an incomplete, non-running condition. A dirtier, "rat-style" finish was requested for this one, starting with retaining the original tank with its beautiful porcelain-like, cracked paint finish, and original brown headlight bucket. A new, brown <i>Nitroheads</i> seat and <i>Posh</i> gum coloured grips were selected to match the headlight and complement the tank.

Also fitted were shortened aluminium front and rear fenders, clip-on handlebars, mini speedometer with built-in warning lights and matching tachometer, alloy rear set foot pegs and pillion passenger pegs, mini alloy indicators and a vintage-style tail light. As has become customary, a new wiring harness was built in-house, and the battery relocated out of sight, along with a number of electrical components in order to clear the under seat area. A remote controlled alarm system was fitted, enabling the key lock to be discarded completely - the original key is now only required to open the petrol tank cap.

A <i>Boyer Bransden</i> electronic ignition kit was installed, as was a pair of <i>Mikuni</i> round-slide carburettors. These components combined with the free-flowing air filters and reverse-cone megaphone mufflers lend this bike some extra horsepower, and a very satisfying, "barely-legal" rumble.