Yamaha Virago XV535 by Old Empire Motorcycles

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This Yamaha Virago XV535 custom, dubbed “Bulldog”, is the latest two-wheeled release from Old Empire Motorcycles – a British custom motorcycle workshop that’s become famous for their work with Royal Enfields over the past 2 years. The Virago has become a popular target for custom bike builders in recent years, largely due to the eye…

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Yamaha GTS 1000

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This is the fourth piece in a series on Silodrome written by the talented Jason Cormier, Jason is a writer, an avid motorcyclist, a Ducati die-hard, and a shadetree mechanic based in Montreal. He’s the editor of Odd-Bike.com, a unique website that showcases the history of rare and unusual motorcycles from around the world. If you’ve…

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Yamaha XJR1300 Kit by Deus Ex Machina

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This Yamaha XJR1300 Kit by Deus Ex Machina is the Australian company’s interpretation of what the XJR1300 could have been, in an alternate universe directed by Ridley Scott. Yamaha actually approached Deus and proposed the idea of the kit in early 2013, they wanted to see what Deus would come up with when offered the…

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Yamaha XS 400 Custom

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The humble Yamaha XS 400 is often overlooked by people who are lured by the larger XS650 and although I’m well aware of the attraction of additional power, I’ve always been a huge fan of slightly smaller engined, lighter weight bikes. When men first had the idea of dropping an engine into a bicycle, they…

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1977 Yamaha XT500

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The Yamaha XT500 is one of those motorcycles that came before its time – it was an ‘adventure bike’ before there really was such a thing and it quickly found a home in races like the Paris–Abidjan-Nice, the Paris-Dakar and races across the Mojave in the US. At its heart the XT500 has a twin valve…

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Yamaha DT50 MX by Håkan Persson

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Håkan Persson is one of those curiously talented people that seems to be frustratingly good at everything he puts his mind to. Take this bike for example – it started life as a stock Yamaha DT50MX (pictured inset left) and despite the fact that this is only his second attempt at building a custom motorcycle,…

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