Bike Of The Day: 1980 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Moto Nisto of Ypsilanti, Michigan, expertly transformed this 1980 Yamaha XS650 into a stunning Cafe Racer. The modifications done on the bike are truly remarkable. They installed a state-of-the-art Dynatek electronic ignition system, added a striking gold-painted AirTECH fairing, and replaced the original fuel tank with an aftermarket one. To enhance its performance, dual front disc brakes were installed, along with eye-catching staggered-diameter wire-spoke wheels.

Underneath its stylish exterior, this bike boasts a powerful 653ci SOHC parallel twin engine paired with a five-speed transmission. Notable additions and modifications include twin Mikuni carburetors equipped with velocity stacks, Tarozzi clip-on handlebars for an aggressive riding position, and a sleek two-into-two exhaust system featuring Kerker silencers. The bike also incorporates modern features such as an LED taillight, a Gustafsson windscreen for improved aerodynamics, and practicalities like center and side stands.

Completing the customization, Moto Nisto added a comfortable solo bump seat and upgraded the rear shocks with Mikes XS for a smoother ride. With Moto Nisto’s expert touch and attention to detail, this 1980 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer is a true masterpiece that combines style and performance in perfect harmony.

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