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First of all: this is not a recent build, but dates back to 2014. But there was noting to find about on the web, but I think this cool Yamaha XS650 Café Racer deserves a little bit attention. It’s based on a 1980 XS650 and the modifications are minor; it could be a yard built, so for those who want to build something like this: keep on reading!

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer 2

Twinline Motorcycles popped up my radar after their cool Yamaha RD350 they’ve built this year and I liked the classic, typical café racer styled builds.

Our shop is a place where craft meets horsepower and wild schemes become reality. We’re inspired by classic engineering, state of the art technology, and good old-fashioned wrenching. From the revival of the 1960’s Café culture to the unimagined sport bike of the future, Twinline embodies an adventurous culture of motors. and is home to an arsenal of world-class motorcycle artistry.

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

The original engine was not modified, but got an electronic Pamco ignition and some Mikuni VM34 carburetors where fitted. To give the bike some more air, they used two Mike’s XS pod filters. The exhaust was built by Gordon Scott.


Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer 7

The fuel tank is from a XS750 and the custom rear seat with integrated taillight got some nice leather Mossimo. The overall paint job and striping was done by Red Cup Customs. Parts like the frame and swing arm where all powder-coated with a high gloss finish.

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer 6

Since the guys from Twinline like modern technology, a Motogadget was a real must have. The custom triple tree, made by Kris Richardson holds a Motogadget motoscope speedometer to keep the front as clean as possible. The bike got an RFID ignition and a lightweight Shorai battery powers the bike.

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer 5


Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer 4

The wheels got an upgrade on the stock hubs with new Akront rims and Avon AM26 tires.

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer 3

Other parts used:

  • Omar’s rear wheel spacers and 520 sprocket conversion
  • Stock XS650, rebuilt, polished fork lowers cartridge emulators
  • Cable actuated Mike’s XS master cylinder on the front, stock XS650 caliper
  • On the rear: Mike’s XS reproduction master cylinder, stock XS650 caliper
  • Adjustable steering damper
  • Speigler stainless braided brake lines
  • Mike’s XS headlight bucket
  • Rear sets by Kris Richardson
  • Torrozzi clip-ons
  • MSR clutch and bake lever
  • Kung fu grips
  • Halcyon bar end mirrors
By Published On: April 18, 2016Categories: Cafe Racer0 Comments on Yamaha XS650 Café Racer by Twinline MotorcyclesTags: , 2.3 min readViews: 897

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About the Author: Ron Betist

Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.

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