Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: headlight brackets prototype

Custom headlight brackets prototype completed...

Custom headlight brackets prototype completed…

When working on custom parts, there is a certain amount of fiddling, testing and tweaking that must take place to get the piece just right.  With all the bespoke parts that are being hand-crafted for this Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer, this process takes shape as prototyping, so that later, the parts can be remade for whomever wants ’em…

The key ingredients to making custom parts are measurements.  Without this, the part can never be recreated, and the time spent perfecting a part, would all be down the drain.

With so many generic headlight brackets on the market, Danny was not going to be happy using any off-the-shelf item, since so many other parts on this Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer, have been custom made for this particular build.  We posted a progress report for these headlight brackets earlier, and now, after a few days toiling away on the mill and lathe, Danny has come up with a design that he is happy with.  These brackets are merely prototypes, and will be fine-tuned, and perfected, before he is ready to put them out into the world.  But if the current look of them is any indication, we are excited to see the final product.

Small details set this Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer apart...

Small details set this Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer apart…

With custom, hand-made parts for the rearsets, seat, tail light, battery box, and now the headlight brackets, this Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer will be all it’s own.  Danny still needs to work on the design of the “arms,” working something tasty into the appendages, that will hold the light bucket.  But the major work is done, with the lion’s share of the stress created by milling the fork clamps.

2 Replies to “Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: headlight brackets prototype”

  1. Hello,

    I am looking for a well-made pair of headlight brackets for a Yamaha XS 650 with 35 mm forks. Most brackets I have looked at are too long, either 4 1/2 or 5 ” long. What I want is a bracket that is no more than 3 1/2 ” long from the center of the fork to the headlight mounting hole. I have a 5 1/2 ” headlight and I want to tuck it in tight.

    Do you have anything like that?

    1. I think we can probably whip something like that up. I’m going to forward this on to Danny for some consultation – see what we can come up with for you.

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