Where are all of the nice, smaller displacement motorcycles that look good and are fun to ride? They’re everywhere, you just need to do a little work. If you’re looking for inexpensive options to a vintage British cafe racer, especially if you like the idea of building your own, you can start with a lot of different models, the Honda CB750 always gets a lot of attention but the Yamaha XS650 is another great choice. I noticed this one for sale on eBay and it looks like the owner went through the bike completely, added a few parts plus some nice modifications and the result is a subtle, clean little beauty that anyone would be proud to own. It would get a lot of attention at bike night, too.
The old XS650s are pretty easy to find, the problem is many have been hacked and chopped into some unfortunate mess, not a problem if you only want the engine but if you’re looking to do what this guy did, you’ll want a nicer one to start with.
Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, who builds fantastic Sportster based street trackers, also creates some of the nicest XS650 based street trackers around, he takes the complete hand built custom route and the results are amazing, not cheap by any means, but really, really nice.
Right now, a lot of folks are trying to be a little careful with their money so a new bike may not be in the cards, but, maybe something based on a Yamaha XS650 would fit in the budget. With much of the U.S. getting a bit chilly, how about a winter project? The bikes shown here might give you a few ideas. Just a few more examples to show, riding a cool bike is always possible.
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