” 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.
This one is a cut above the rest though, mostly because it’s a subtle, well-judged enhancement that retains just enough of the classic XS650 lines. It’s the work of Clutch Custom Motorcycles, the Parisian workshop run by Willie Knoll.
“I know that the XS650 have been done over and over again,” he says, “but this is my view of one. The lines and the detail work are what I try to make my bikes stand out with.” For this build he’s taken a mid-era XS650, a 1976-spec 1H1.
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