Yamaha motorcycles

  • Yamaha XS400 tracker

    Yamaha XS400 tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s usually Yamaha’s XS650 that gets the custom treatment, so it’s nice to see a smaller capacity XS get a workover. This tracker-style machine has a Yamaha XS400 motor squeezed into an XS250 frame, and it was built over a couple of years by Drew… Read more »

  • Chappell Customs Yamaha XS650

    Chappell Customs Yamaha XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I love discovering builders that have been floating underneath the internet radar—guys who are doing good work, but largely unrecognized. Chappell Customs is one such outfit, being two brothers who build bikes out of their garages on evenings and weekends. Rob lives near Toronto in… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS400 custom

    Yamaha XS400 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Bike EXIF is primarily a showcase of rare and esoteric motorcycles. But every now and then, we see a bottom-dollar custom that can hold its own with much more expensive machines. Bikes like these tend to polarize opinion, but I’ll come straight out and say… Read more »

  • The way we were

    The way we were

  • Yamaha SR500 by Lossa Engineering

    Yamaha SR500 by Lossa Engineering

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is the cleanest Yamaha SR500 café racer I’ve seen for a long, long time—the Lossa Engineering ‘Solus’. It recently starred in a very enticing video, and it’s finally been captured properly in a stills shoot. The builder is Jay LaRossa of Long Beach, California… Read more »

  • Classified Moto Virago custom

    Classified Moto Virago custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The stock Yamaha Virago is no great prize, but Classified Moto’s John Ryland loves putting a positive spin on one. ‘XV920R6-R’ is the latest machine to roll out of his Richmond, VA workshop, and it’s gone straight to lucky new owner Bob Ranew of North… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 street tracker

    Yamaha XS650 street tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes it’s the relatively simple custom jobs that are the most effective. And this street tracker from London-based Spirit of The Seventies illustrates the point. Spirit III is based on a 1978 Yamaha XS650, and once again, SOTS have got the paintjob exactly right, with… Read more »

  • Deus Oddjob Yamaha SR500

    Deus Oddjob Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you had to list the builders at the top of today’s custom scene, most observers would put Deus in the top five. A lot of this reputation comes from transforming Yamaha’s SR series—a machine that’s not officially sold in Australia, but is well-suited to… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZR500

    Yamaha YZR500

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    By Richard Fowler of Motorsport Retro—This exquisite piece of rolling sculpture is Yamaha’s 1975 YZR500. It’s the OW23 variant, the machine that took Giacomo Agostini to the last of his incredible 15 World Championships. Making its first appearance in the 1974 Belgian GP, the OW23… Read more »

  • Yamaha RD400

    Yamaha RD400

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If the Yamaha SR400 is the easy-going, easily swayed favorite of café racer builders, the two-stroke Yamaha RD400 is its delinquent half-brother. It was launched in 1976 as a slightly more refined version of the RD350 firecracker, but was still a quick, nervous bike to… Read more »

  • Yamaha cafe racer by An-Bu

    Yamaha cafe racer by An-Bu

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    In the port city of Nagoya, An-Bu builds stripped-back, edgy customs that manage to look both raw and slick at the same time. The small company is like a Japanese version of the Wrenchmonkees, with a similar knack of using stark color contrast to create… Read more »

  • Deus Cafe Scorpio

    Deus Cafe Scorpio

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha Scorpio has been derided as a hopped-up farm bike, but in Asia it’s the perfect commuter machine. It’s also a bike that Deus Bali has put on the operating table more than once. This is Deus’ latest cafe racer, the Café Scorpio, and… Read more »

  • Halfway There XJ900

    Halfway There XJ900

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Carlo Romanin is a bike builder from Melbourne, Australia, and he’s taken this ‘86 XJ900 to a different level. “In many ways, the XJ900 is like your typical Aussie man,” he says. “Simple, unfussy and gets the job done. What better base for a custom?”… Read more »

  • Spirit of the Seventies XS750

    Spirit of the Seventies XS750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a new kid on the custom block. It’s an English outfit called Spirit of the Seventies, and it’s bucking the current European trend for all things raw and grungy. The company was started by Tim Rogers and graphic designer Kev Taggart, friends who share… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 flat tracker

    Yamaha XS650 flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Drogo Michie wanted a bike for the streets of London, and chose a stock 1978 Yamaha XS650 as his starting point. “There’s no reinventing the wheel here, nor a huge amount of bespoke fabrication,” he says. “My three lovely children’s habit of eating most of… Read more »

  • JvB-MOTO SR500 D-Track

    JvB-MOTO SR500 D-Track

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jens vom Brauck and Kedo, the German tuning and parts specialists, have taken an everyday Yamaha SR500 and gone back to the roots. The bike looks lean, mean and low—a mutant cross between a 60s desert racer and Kenny Robert’s flat track bike. It has… Read more »

  • CRD #4: Yamaha SR250

    CRD #4: Yamaha SR250

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I was a lad growing up in England, 500cc was considered a ‘big’ motorcycle. Machines such as the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Zeds were considered behemoths. But my, how times have changed. The old ‘standard’ 250 is now almost forgotten in the USA and… Read more »

  • Classified Moto XS650

    Classified Moto XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Classified Moto is the side project of Virginia-based John Ryland who, like me, works in an ad agency during the day. “I’ve always been into vehicles, but never paid much attention to motorcycles until a few years ago,” he says. “My buddy left me his… Read more »

  • Yamaha RD400 custom

    Yamaha RD400 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Today’s post is courtesy of Moto Retro Illustrated magazine, with words and photos by Andy and Lindsay Mauk. To some, acquiring a bike for your wife might sound as simple as buying her a set of golf clubs, or maybe adding some space to the… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 by Blitz

    Yamaha SR500 by Blitz

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Blitz Motorcycles of France kicked up a storm when we featured their BMW R60/2 last month. It was raw and dark, and Blitz have continued the theme with their latest build—’Honda Tank‘. Despite that tank, it’s actually a 1993 Yamaha SR500. And the grungy looks… Read more »

  • Yamaha TX650 custom

    Yamaha TX650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yamaha’s XS650 has become one of the ubiquitous custom platforms. With a production run of around 13 years from 1970 onwards, there are still plenty around. This custom is the second project from a new Australian outfit called the Modern Motor Cycle Company; it isn’t… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR 1200 custom

    Yamaha XJR 1200 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the mid 90s, the XJR 1200 was Yamaha’s foray into the increasingly popular ‘naked’ bike market. And it was no slouch, with a reported top speed of 220kph (136mph). Fast forward a decade, and here’s an even faster XJR 1200—built in 2006 by German… Read more »

  • LC Fabrications

    LC Fabrications

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications is a true original when it comes to building bikes, renowned for his ‘antique’ customs such as TT Deluxe. So this ’79 XS650 custom, called ‘Chicken Salad’ is a departure from Cupp’s usual style. Cupp got the bike from a… Read more »

  • XS650 Eight Ball Boy

    XS650 Eight Ball Boy

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You can always rely upon prolific Italian builder Filippo Barbacane to come up with something different. The latest creation from his Officine Rosso Puro stable is ‘Eight Ball Boy’ a high-ridin’ street tracker based on the Yamaha XS650. (The stance reminds me of House Rockers’… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 bobber

    Yamaha XS650 bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Motoshop Tonouchi has done it again. After grabbing attention with their retro BMW-inspired Sportster custom, they’ve created one of the tastiest XS650-based bikes we’ve seen for a while. The ‘Heritage Special’ reprises the monochromatic look, with sleek, perfectly judged bodywork—note the lovely curved panels under… Read more »

  • Yamaha DT-1

    Yamaha DT-1

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    The 1968 DT-1 is more than a contender for Yamaha’s most important motorcycle. It’s a bike that broke things wide open for the entire Japanese motorcycle industry. Words by Mitch Boehm, Editor & Publisher of Moto Retro Illustrated. Photos by Joe Bonnello and Ed Burke… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600 cafe racer

    Yamaha XT600 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This sharp-looking custom started life as a 1992 Yamaha XT600E, of all things. It’s owned by Australian Mark Wotherspoon, who wanted a fun bike for his daily commute and weekend blasts around the hinterland backroads. His objectives were to reduce weight, increase horsepower and improve… Read more »