1976 Yamaha XS 650

Greg was a big believer in Garage shopping; looking for that treasure just around the corner. He found this beautiful Yamaha XS650 about three blocks from his home, as he relates in the article he wrote for American Motorcyclist magazine. The Yamaha XS650 is a mid-size motorcycle which was introduced in 1968. It is a 650cc parallel twin with about 50 HP, and a 5-speed transmission.

Greg found the Yamaha all original, but as he was looking to show the bike it needed polishing, chrome and new spokes to “pretty her up” for show. We took the wheels apart, ordered new spokes, had some pieces re-chromed and then re-laced the wheels and re-installed them. The Yahama took third place in its class at the 2013 Del Mar Celebration of the Motorcycle. He also showed the bike at the La Jolla Concours.

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