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CMBL Yamaha SR500 'ZedCat'

Surfing and custom motorcycles are two cultures that, when combined, often produce radical results. For example, the ZedCat: a delightful Yamaha SR500 with a slightly juvenile slant, from relative newcomers CMBL.<p>CMBL (pronounce “symbol”) is the motorcycle-building side project of surfer John …

Stainless Steel

Momoto SR500: blueprint for a budget cafe

Half a century ago, a café racer was a bike stripped to the essentials. Tuned for maximum performance over the short haul, it was usually a secondhand bike that didn’t break the bank—and was tweaked on a budget.<p>These days, the true modern café racer is probably a ‘streetfighter,’ a battered GSX-R …

Motorcycles

Low flyer: Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

We’ve probably used every superlative in the book to describe the Clutch Custom style by now. <i>Propriétaire</i> Willie Knoll builds bikes that we just can’t tear our eyes away from.<p>As we’ve come to expect from the Paris-based builder, this XS650 is low-key and refined. But it’s stacked with hand-made …

Motorcycles

Yamaha XS650 Scrambler Tracker

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>American<br>• Custom<br>• Flat Track<br>• Japanese<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Scrambler<p>The Yamaha XS650 was launched in 1968 and at the time, it had the …

Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

It’s a long time since we’ve featured a Yamaha XS650. It’s a bike that has become ubiquitous: with so many customs built on the 45-year-old platform, it’s hard to impress any more.<p>This one is a cut above the rest though, mostly because it’s a subtle, well-judged enhancement that retains just enough …

Motorcycles

Yamaha XJR400 by Ellaspede: A budget cafe

Let’s say you’re a relatively new convert to motorcycling. And you want a custom bike, something a little smaller and cheaper than an 883 Sportster, Triumph Bonneville or Moto Guzzi V7.<p>The obvious option is the Yamaha SR400. Or maybe one of the more compact vintage Honda CBs. But Australian builder …

Motorcycles

Yamaha XS650 by Thrive Motorcycle

When asked to reveal their influences, builders can come up with some pretty odd answers. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen “a wood-burning stove” credited before.<p>‘Moon’ comes from Thrive Motorcycle of Jakarta, and they have an unusual method for finding out what their customers like. Putra Agung …

Motorcycles

Top 5 Yamaha XS650 customs

It feels like the Yamaha XS650 has been around forever, and that’s not far from the truth: it was offered in various guises from 1968 until 1985. But the air-cooled, parallel-twin engine has an even longer history—it was based on a 500cc German Horex copied by the now-defunct Hosk Motorcycles.<p>The …

Motorcycles

Top 5 Yamaha SR500s

Everyone loves a thumper—and few thumpers are as loved as Yamaha’s popular SR500. Manufactured for just over 20 years, from 1978 to 1999, it shared the same single-cylinder, air-cooled 499cc engine as the XT500 and TT500.<p>Looks-wise it was styled to resemble its big brother, the XS650. While the …

Motorcycles

Yamaha SR500 cafe racer by Chappell Customs

Chris Chappell’s last SR500 was a show-stopper. It was well received when we initially featured it, and went on to earn a spot among our Top Five Yamaha SR500s. As it turns out, he already had another one in the pipeline—with a very different spin.<p>“I definitely wanted to do the complete opposite,” …

Motorcycles

Yamaha SR500 'Mezzomille'

If you live on mainland Europe and have a penchant for Yamaha café racers, then you probably know Kedo. The German company is one of the largest SR500 specialists outside Japan, supplying everything from bodywork to engine parts.<p>Kedo’s Daniel Doritz has a history of hooking up with custom builders, …

Motorcycles

Just For Kicks: Macco Motors' XS400

Most custom builders don’t enjoy messing with electrics: they’ll install a lithium-ion battery to save weight and leave it at that. More adventurous workshops might rip out the fuses and install a control box like the Motogadget m-Unit.<p>Jose and Tito of Macco Motors have just gone one step further. …

Jet Skis

XS400 by Urban Motor

In the 1960s, VW created a famous ad for the American market, asking, “How does the snow plow driver get to work?” The answer, as you’ve probably guessed, was in a Beetle.<p>I was reminded of that ad when I heard that Urban Motor’s Peter Dannenberg had commissioned another builder to create a bike for …

Snowplows

Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Libre Caslon, Havana, Kingsbridge

Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts …