Danny’s Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: Custom Tail Light

Custom Tail Light cap on the lathe

Custom Tail Light cap on the lathe

Sometimes custom bike building just takes fresh inspiration.  It may come in the form of a song, a photo, or in Danny’s case, seeing 100,000 motorcycles strewn across a field, all with their own story to tell.   After our trip to Mid-Ohio Vintage Days, Danny was inspired.  The minute we got back, work continued on the Yamaha XS 650 Cafe Racer, and a custom tail light… Read More …

A visit to Sam’s Harlem Hideaway…

Sam's Honda CB 350

Sam’s Honda CB 350

For months now, I have been talking with Sam about heading up to Harlem, to see the workshop and check out his Honda CB 350 in person.  The weather was perfect for a ride, and despite having to deal with the FDR, the trip was well worth it.  Holy s#*t, this place is incredible! Read More …

Danny’s Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: custom exhaust

Custom exhaust for the XS 650

Custom exhaust for the XS 650

It seems that in my absence from the garage these past couple weeks, the boys have gotten down to business on Danny’s Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer.  One of the final pieces of the puzzle has been the exhaust, and although Danny thought he would end up buying a 2-1 deal, turns out an $80 raw material kit was the way to go… Read More …