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 slick by any means, but it has a certain rugged charm. ‘MMCC 02’ is based on a 1974 Yamaha TX650, which was part of the XS650 model family. (The TX version was given a new frame and swingarm to improve handling, a larger tank, and alloy rims similar to those on the W-series bikes.) The bike was a non-runner when bought by its owner James Cecil (of the band Super Melody), and he briefed MMCC to create a rat-style custom that retained the original tank—with its beautiful porcelain-like, cracked paint finish—and the original brown headlight bucket. MMCC then fitted shortened aluminum fenders, clip-ons, new instruments, and a vintage-style taillight. A new wiring harness was built in-house, and the battery relocated out of sight. A serious performance jolt comes from a pair of Mikuni round-slide carburetors, free-flowing air filters and reverse-cone megaphone mufflers, plus a Boyer Bransden electronic ignition kit. MMCC’s next two projects are Honda twins from 1973: a CB350, and a CB175. Can’t wait to see what they do with them.
Avon Speedmaster 19 x 350 front tyre
Coker Diamond 18 x 425 rear tyre
Aluminium fenders by WM
Generic reverse-cone megaphones
Alloy indicators with clear lens by Daytona
Gum-coloured GT grips from POSH
34mm, chrome plated clip-ons
Mirrors by Daytona
60mm, polished stainless steel speedo and tacho
Early-style tail light from Nitroheads
Flat seat with horizontal tuck-rolls in brown from Nitroheads
Completely rewired in-house, with electrics relocated under the seat, and an SLA battery relocated under the swingarm.
Boyer Bransden electronic ignition
Tarozzi rear set with custom made magnetic reed brake light switch