Pick Your Custom – Yamaha XS650/Suzuki GS750/BMW R65LS

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This week on the auction site, we’ve got a trio of 650-ish customs. Which would you want to take home?

1.) 1972 Yamaha XS650 – in Greenwich, Connecticut here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. This was built by retired-architect-turned-motorcycle-customizer Bill Becker and was wonderfully profiled on BikeEXIF. Impressively, the final result weighs approximately 300 pounds. Highlights include a nickel-plated Trackmaster frame and swingarm, Yamaha R6 forks in Lazer Racing triple trees, Ohlins shocks, Excel wheels with Talon hubs – 19″ front, 18″ rear, ISR master cylinders, calipers, and rotors, Mike’s XS Performance carbs, Speedhut gauges, and a Hotwing Glass flat track style seat by Dave Burgess with a seat that’s wrapped in color-matched leather.

2.) 1978 Suzuki GS750 – in Sewickley, Pennsylvania here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. Offered by the editor of Cafe Racer Magazine, this was built by Blake Kelly (of the same publication) during the first season of “Cafe Racer” on the Discovery Channel. It’s got Norton Manx-styled fiberglass bodywork, a Mack 4-1 exhaust, Gazi shocks, Race Tech fork internals, upgraded brakes, clubman bars, a replica Model T tail light, and a wild green/white paint job with powdercoated frame and wheels.

3.) 1983 BMW R65LS – in Pasadena, California here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. Offered by my buddy and noted auto/moto journalist Basem Wasef, this beautiful R65 has lost the styling that made it a “LS”, but it’s also lost 20 pounds and is adorned in a tribute Gulf livery.

Other details include Telefix clip-ons, bar-end Kellermann turn signals with black amber lenses, steel braided front brake lines, and a Supertrapp exhaust.

Which is your favorite?


Disclosure: Bike-urious is a partner in Iconic Motorbike Auctions.

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