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 …

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 …

Danny’s Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: rearset levers complete!

The custom rearset levers are complete!

The custom rearset levers are complete!

I haven’t been able to help Danny much lately with his Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer, but with some help from the other guys at MotoPreserve, he has been moving right along.  Last night, I got a text with this photo of the custom rearsets, complete with the newly milled shifter lever… Read More …

Danny’s Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: more metal fabrication

The new Harbor Freight Mill

The new Harbor Freight Mill

No question, being able to make a custom part that is needed, with the right tools, is priceless.  Not only does it eliminate the torturous wait for internet purchased parts, but the piece can be made to order…as long as you know what you’re doing. Read More …

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer: Custom Rearsets almost complete!

Custom rearsets for the Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer are complete!

Custom rearsets for the Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer are complete!

There is no question that Danny began to get a little frustrated with the making of the custom rearsets for his Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer build.  After a few different designs, and some changes to the overall look of the pieces, he has emerged with some damn fine looking custom controls… Read More …