27th Oct, 2021 12:00

National Motorcycle Museum

 
Lot 50
 

c.1975 Yamaha XS650
Flat Tracker Special

Sold for £2,300

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: JRM 603N
Frame No: 447101390
Engine No: 2FO-00-4413
CC:
650
MOT: Exempt

  • Flat tracker special based on a c.1975 Yamaha XS650
  • Monoshock frame conversion to a very high standard
  • Yamaha TDR250 front end with a Triumph swinging arm
  • Unused for several years, will require some recommissioning
  • Handmade bespoke Stainless Steel exhaust system
  • Supplied with receipts for over £6000 and a current V5C

The Yamaha Motor Co was formed in 1955 as the powered vehicle division of the massive Yamaha Corporation more famous for making musical instruments. The first bike produced in 1954 was the YA-1, like the BSA Bantam a copy of the German-made DKW RT125 but in typical Japanese fashion this was soon improved upon with the launch of the YA-2 in 1957. This proved to be an immediate success in sporting events in Japan starting a long tradition of achievement that goes on to this day in Moto GP. The XS-1 650cc twin was first seen in 1968 matching the performance of the British bikes of the era but in a more reliable, and oil-tight way.

This Flat Tracker is based on a 1975 XS650 but as you can see from the photos it has been heavily modified over the years. The frame has been very professionally modified into a mono-shock design using what looks to be a Triumph swinging arm with eccentric chain adjustment and possibly a Suzuki Bandit rear damper. The front end is from a Yamaha TRD250 and nice little bits of specialist work and ingenuity are visible all over the bike. There are loads of receipts for work carried out and parts bought over the years that add up to over £6000. Just look at the hand-made stainless exhaust system and the engine plates made out of welded tubes. At one point fitted with an 840 engine, it's now back to a more tractable and reliable standard 650 unit. The bike has not been run for a few years so will need recommissioning.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham
ian.cunningham@handh.co.uk
07415871189

 

Auction: National Motorcycle Museum, 27th Oct, 2021

AUCTION VENUE
National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road
Bickenhill
Solihull
West Midlands
B92 0EJ

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