Full of cutting edge tech for the time, such as the rear monoshock, the IT465 is revered by many as the best of the IT (International Trial) bikes that Yamaha ever made. Though Yamaha would eventually made a 490 cc version of this bike, many felt that the bigger bore required to make more power wasn’t worth the trade-off of a slightly sluggish start off the line. Even today, the 465 feels snappy off the line and makes plenty of off-idle torque.
It’s a silly amount of fun, and it’s easy to get the front wheel up in 4th gear, even if you’re not expecting to. That’s what makes this bike a great platform for what the seller has done – turn it into a resto-mod supermoto. Bonus points are also awarded as it’s street legal with a California license plate. Per the seller, “it has been completely restored from the frame up and everything is brand new including the motor.” This bike was also on display at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, though I admittedly did not spend much time looking at the custom machines this year. I like it a lot, though I think it could use a graphics kit.
Find this custom Yamaha for sale in Sherman Oaks, California for $8,995 or best offer here on Craigslist.
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