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    Blog — Yamaha

    Chasing Harley: 1980's Flat Track Endeavors

    Chasing Harley: 1980's Flat Track Endeavors
    The 1970’s + 80’s were some funky years in the flat track world, motorcycles were quickly evolving and manufacturer’s were fighting to claim the title of the best performing motorcycle and team. During the late 70’s through the 80’s we saw all sorts of oddball bikes popping up and making their attempts to claim the title. In this story we’re going to cover one specific model that made an appearance in the flat track world for a short stint, that many people may have forgot about our weren’t aware it was even a thing. Before we dive into the trials and tribulations of this specific manufactures push into flat track, we need to give a bit of back story and lay out the foundations of how this came to be.

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    The Greasy Dozen: Spero Floro Yamaha SR500

    The Greasy Dozen: Spero Floro Yamaha SR500
    When it comes to the Greasy Dozen Builder Collective, you never know what you'll see. The range of makes, models, and even styles is so broad, when selecting builders each year we look for things you don't always see and Spero Floro's submission was exactly that! Spero submitted a 1979 Yamaha SR500 into our cafe racer category, this specific model has been very popular in the custom world with builds ranging from choppers, scramblers to cafe racers.
    There was something different about Spero's submission, it was bare bones and clean looking, with tons of custom machined parts, it was intriguing. We selected Spero with hopes he would build an SR500 that stood apart from the rest, and he absolutely did it! Without further ado, let's dive into this interview and learn more about his build.

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    The Greasy Dozen: Ron George Yamaha TX750

    The Greasy Dozen: Ron George Yamaha TX750
    When it comes to the Greasy Dozen Builder Collective, you never know what you'll see. The range of makes, models, and even styles is so broad, when selecting builders each year we look for things you don't always see and Ron George's submission was exactly that! Ron submitted a 1974 Yamaha TX750A into our cafe racer category with the start of a beautiful hand shaped aluminum fairing, as soon as we saw his submission we were sold. Many of you may have never heard of the TX750, and that's not uncommon. The TX is a model you rarely see being customized, these bikes were notorious for having a oiling problem from the factory which would result in engine failure. But, with that being said, Ron caught our eye with the model, and his beautiful hand shaped body work. We wanted to see if he could turn this problem child into something spectacular! We have to tip our hats to Ron, he absolutely crushed it with this build and fixed the notorious oiling problem. Without further ado, let's dive into this interview and learn more about his build.

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    1978 Yamaha XS650 Chopper

    1978 Yamaha XS650 Chopper
    We recently did a little bike run through Indiana out to a rural property with a group of fun loving riders from all different states and Matthew Nebel came down from Cleveland with a great group to get away for a bit. We noticed right away he wasnt riding your average XS650 and after a few pits stops and close inspection we realized that he had something pretty unique that needed some light shed on it so more people could come to dig this ever evolving patina proud Yamaha chopper. We shot some photos and talked with him a bit about why he chose this for his daily rider.

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    XS650 Adventure Bike

    XS650 Adventure Bike
    We were lucky enough to spend some time with Kacey Elkins of Krossover Customs on our "Motorcycle Sherpa" trip he had won via one of our promotional trip giveaways. The trip covered an extreme 2 weeks of riding in the most versatile and amazing landscapes stretching across the Himalayan mountain regions of Nepal. During this trip we got to know Kacey and his skills as a rider and builder much better and he then went on after the trip to use those skills to make the ultimate adventure bike out of one of our favorite vintage Japanese build platforms, the Yamaha XS650. Only he set out to achieve making this like no other XS650 anyone had ever seen and we couldn't have been more excited to see it finally presented at our Old Bike Barn Crossroads bike show at the AMA vintage motorcycle days event. We had some time then to get a few shots of the build and talk with him a little more about why he chose this as his adventure build of choice.

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