Danny’s Yamaha XS650 cafe racer: Part 2

Incredible attention to detail...

Awhile back, we posted about the Yamaha XS 650 Cafe Racer that our friend Danny is building.  There has been some progress, and we look forward to bringing you more updates as it gets closer to completion.  The build will include an engine overhaul, de-tabbing the frame, custom brackets, hand-made seat pan and seat, custom rearsets, and a ton of other fun stuff…

The engine has been done for quite some time, and it was finally time to put in back in the frame, to test the prototype rearsets.  Working with raw stock aluminum and steel, the pieces are all being turned and hammered, to determine the best location for all the parts, and to make sure the functionality is still there.  The XS650 makes it pretty easy to install these rearsets, with the stock layout seemingly designed for this mod.  In the photo below, you can see the block aluminum fitted into place, which will be milled to have a more appealing design, once the measurement and specs check out OK.

Yamaha XS650 Rearset Prototype

After getting the engine back in the frame, it was time for some checks on the placement of the rearsets, to see if the design would offer functionality and comfort.  While it ultimately takes some real-world riding to nail down the final answers, this is a good test to make sure you are in the ballpark.

Yamaha XS650 Engine back in the frame...

Can’t wait to see these things in action!

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