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Donny Ariyanto from Studio Motor is someone who knows how to design and build a custom motorcycle. This is not the first creation that we’ve featured, so please be sure to check out this awesome CB1000 Café Racer and the tiny Yamaha Scorpio Café Racer. This time Donny took the challenge of turning a ’97 Yamaha XV535 Virago into a café racer. The result is impressive and Donny called it “The Clyro”.

XV535 Café Racer

XV535 Café Racer 9

Unless the fact that Virago’s are more and more choses as a café racer base bike, it was not Donny’s first choice:

“If someone asked me to recommend a bike that would make a great cafe racer, a Yamaha XV or Virago wouldn’t be high on the list. Actually, it probably wouldn’t even be on the list at all”.

XV535 Café Racer 8

XV535 Café Racer 6

There is not much left of the original design and for that they worked their way around with some cool modifications like a complete front of a Yamaha R6, a modified rear swing arm, a custom made gas tank and custom spoked wheels.

XV535 Café Racer 7

XV535 Café Racer 4

The OEM panel controls mounted to the clip ons include a “tiny” tachometer, Brembo master cylinder and adjustable clutch and brake levers.

XV535 Café Racer 5

XV535 Café Racer 3

XV535 Café Racer 2


  • Custom swing arm
  • Custom gas tank
  • Complete Yamaha R6 front
  • TK Japan 18X3.00 inch + Firestone Deluxe Champion 4.00-18 for front
  • Custom rim 16X4.00 inch + Firestone Deluxe Champion 5.00-16 for rear
  • Showa rear monoshock
  • DRL headlight
  • Aftermarket taillight
  • 2 in 2 custom exhaust
  • Painting & airbrush by Tommy Airbrush
  • A LOT of small details

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By Published On: January 5, 2016Categories: Cafe Racer0 Comments on Yamaha XV535 Café Racer by Studio MotorTags: , 1.8 min readViews: 637

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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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