"Years ago I rode a '72 Yamaha XS650 from California to Sturgis. I was wearing a Walmart rain suit in the pouring rain flat out to dodge the inclement weather. When I stopped for gas some motorists commented "you were going so fast that your damn clothes are tearing off! You passed us like we were standing still!". These are my memories of my infamous XS650.
First thing I noticed about this build is how clean the bikes frame now appears. The factory welds on my own XS650's frame resemble those made by a high school student about to fail shop, but Dustin has cleaned away all the unsightly slag and smoothed the seams before giving it a fresh coat of gloss black. The bikes tank has been swapped with one from an XS750 triple which already had the classic, Cafe Racer style knee dents. The seat and rear cowl were then handmade by Dustin himself using similar lines to those found on the XS750 tank to tie the whole look together nicely.
The polished triple trees have been slid down the forks and a pair of clip-ons and rear sets added to reposition the pilot for more aggressive riding. To optimise handling the forks contain new internals, Hagon shocks manage the rear end and an extra drilled disc and caliper have been added to the front end for improved braking. The rims were also swapped out for a set of freshly laced, shouldered alloy wheels and a custom made exhaust with upswept mufflers ticks another box on the Cafe Racer style list.
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