Yamaha XS650 dirt tracker by Jeff Palhegyi Design

Yamaha dirt tracker by Jeff Palhegyi

Is there any racing livery more evocative than Yamaha’s classic ‘speed block’ pattern? Put it on a dirt tracker, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Jeff Palhegyi’s uncompromising XS650 was one of the stars of the recent Quail Gathering, but Jeff refused all offers from potential buyers. It’s not hard to see the…

2015 Yamaha SR400 USA model

2015 Yamaha SR400 by Palhegyi Design

Is any confirmation needed that a large sector of the motorcycle-buying public is bored with anodyne, plastic-clad offerings? This is it: The venerable Yamaha SR400 goes on sale in the USA in June, following its relaunch in Europe. Yes, we’re talking about a simple mid-capacity roadster with a narrow frame, a kickstart, old-style switchgear and…