M/C Upper Yamaha XS650

Yamaha XS650 chopper by M/C Upper
Yamaha’s XS650 is one of those bulletproof, long-running Japanese motorcycles that have insinuated themselves into popular—and custom—culture. It appeared in 1968 and was produced for almost twenty years with only minor changes, and today, it’s second only to the SR400/500 in popularity with Japanese custom shops.

The pictured XS650 is owned by a guy called Numa, and there’s an excellent profile on the XS650 Chopper site. The exhaust routing is inspired, and if the fairing looks vaguely familiar, it’s because it looks like it’s from a Ducati. This bike was commissioned from a lesser-known Japan custom builder called M/C Upper, and they’ve done a good job. They’re based in Kanazawa, a city famed for its smooth, sweet sake—and for producing huge quantities of gold leaf. I guess that might explain the glitter paintjob.

  • The Ogre

    Is it just me, or do the proportions of the tank look completely wrong to anyone else? That tiny little chopper tank so does not work with that Duc fairing.

  • doug

    I don’t think ‘insinuated’ is the word you’re looking for…. but nice bike!

  • dannyb278

    That tank is a flat track tank made by a company called Omars that makes dirt track stuff for the xs650.