Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: Damn Close!

The Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer is all done but the cryin'

The Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer is all done but the cryin’

Despite the help and encouragement from of friends and shop-mates, I think Danny look back on the custom build of this Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer a long, hard road…

The Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer in its final form…

Danny kicks over the Yamaha XS650 Cafe racer...

Danny kicks over the Yamaha XS650 Cafe racer…

This bike has become an obsession, but the work that has gone into it has surely paid off.  The custom parts, attention to detail, and the care that has been put into the Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer is showing through, loud and clear.  We finally were able to get some decent shots of the final outcome.

The custom turned rearsets on the Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer....

The custom turned rearsets on the Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer….

Although there are still some tweaks to be done (does it ever end?), the bike is looking solid, and is basically in its final form.  Parts like custom rearsets, seat, tail light, headlight brackets, and dash control holder give this build a unique look.  In the process, Danny decided to take on turning a ton of aluminum on the lathe, learning to sew leather, and shape foam rubber into a custom seat.  The process may have been frustrating at times, but there is no doubt that the bike is better for it.

The dash is simple and elegant...

The dash is simple and elegant…

For safety’s sake, while working on the bike Danny had been using the old tank, which was stripped and dented.  There was a long wait for the replacement petcocks from Mike’s XS.  So, when the new tank went on, the look of the whole bike was transformed.  It’s amazing to see the whole bike come together, with one final addition giving it the personality it was destined to have.

The carbs still need to be tuned a bit, to deal with the addition of pod air filters and shorter mufflers, but overall, the bike is looking great.  Stay tuned for some final photos…

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