Before and After: Wrenchmonkeys Yamaha XT 550

Yamaha XT 550 BEFORE - Courtesy of bikeboneyard

Yamaha XT 550 BEFORE - Courtesy of bikeboneyard

Everyone loves a great ‘before and after’ segment – someone losing a ton of weight, The teacher in the Van Halen ‘Hot for Teacher’ video, after taking off her glasses, and so many more.  But lately the most appealing ones for me have been the makeover of a typical, plain-jane bike, and turning it into a super-model…

WrenchMonkeys Yamaha XT 550

WrenchMonkeys Yamaha XT 550

The WrenchMonkey’s have been doing this kind of make-over for a while now, and doing it better than most.  They have worked with some of the usual suspects (Honda CB, Yamaha XS, etc), but also look to the lost and forgotten, to put their stamp on.  This bike was a standard Yamaha XT 550, an enduro (early dual-purpose) from the 1980’s.

The Yamaha XT 550 followed the earlier XT 500, which suffered from some carb, clutch and chain issues.  The updated XT 550, only produced for a couple years, improved on these things, with 4 valves, and some serious low end grunt.

The Monkeys did some great work on this bike, turning it from a frog to a prince…

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