Excess All Areas: Nozem’s radical XS850 custom

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.
Yamaha triples are getting a lot of love from journalists and customers these days. But as old-timers will remember, the Yamaha Motor Company was making popular three-bangers 35 years ago—in the shape of the XS750 and XS850.

We don’t see many XS850 customs, but this rapier-sharp example from Holland shows the potential. It’s the latest build from Amsterdam-based Nozem, a multi-disciplinary studio that splits its work 50/50 between design and motorcycle building.

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.
“The XS850 is big and heavy,” says Nozem co-founder Lorenzo Pinto, whose business card reads ‘Creative Director/Mechanic.’ “But it’s not necessarily ugly—it’s actually a very nice base for a classic cafe racer.”

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.
Nozem set to work dismantling the bike, and ditched the entire back end. After some heavy duty chopping, patching and welding, they created a Ducati-style subframe with mounts for a pair of completely sleeved Harley air shocks.

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.

The stock XS850 forks were taken apart, fitted with new internals, and reattached to the frame with new CNC-milled triples—which are sporting a built-in Smiths tachometer. The frame and engine both received a nice spray of paint for that factory-fresh look.

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.
Nozem have also updated the brakes to a set of golden Brembos, and they found a matching yellow Cibie lens to screw into the headlight bowl.

“No dramatic engine surgery was required,” Lorenzo reports, “except for a blood transfusion and the standard miscellaneous stuff.”

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.
A huge custom air filter shields the pistons from dust and dirt, and there’s a beautiful stainless steel exhaust system with multiple immaculate welds. It’s topped off with a set of Laser X-Treme mufflers to keep the gasses flowing easily.

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.
The bodywork is razor sharp and waspish; the tank is actually an XS850 item, but heavily modified. The tail unit (and suede-covered seat) is a part of the frame, holding the two shocks together, and flanked by a pair of compact lights.

Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.
The classy paintjob adds to the retro look, with hints of the JPS Lotus Formula 1 cars of the 1970s. Credit for that goes to Airbrushlab LifeCreations, a high-end Amsterdam paint shop.

The XS850 is now heading off to a new life in sunny California. That’s a helluva long way from Holland, but Nozem’s reputation is spreading far and wide. We can’t wait to see what Lorenzo and his crew come up with next.

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Excess All Areas: A radical Yamaha XS850 custom from Nozem of Amsterdam.