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Eden | Yamaha XS 650

Eden | Yamaha XS 650

 

Eden belongs to an artist. Before commissioning this build, the owner gave us an amazing watercolor titled “Eden.” Inspired by that painting, we set out to capture the owner’s expression.

We started with a complete but very tired 1980 Yamaha XS650. Built along the lines of a tracker mashed up with a scrambler, we added a couple of inches to the suspension, an extra hundred or so CC's and modern electronics. We fabricated a new subframe, seat pan and inner fender. Our attention then turned to the motor, suspension...