thrive motorcycles transforms a 1968 yamaha XS650 into ‘T004 MooN’
all images courtesy lennard schuurmans © thrive motorcycles
wood-burning stoves are not common in indonesia, but have influenced barata dwiputra, lead builder of thrive motorcycles to re-imagine a classic 1968 yamaha XS650. taking over a year to locate and obtain the bike itself, the transformation was completed in just two months, including a complete engine overhaul and hand-fabricated bodywork. to create a more aggressive aesthetic, the wheelbase was lengthened using a custom swing-arm and the front end was slightly lowered; the colors have been reduced to shades of black, with brass and copper accents for the details. for functionality, a pair of leather belts have been fitted under the battery box, designed to hold a flannel shirt or jacket in place and a custom canvas bag containing the tools needed to maintain the XS650.
the classic 1968 yamaha XS650 was influenced by wood-burning stoves
the project was completed in just two months including a complete engine overhaul and hand-fabricated bodywork
the wheelbase was lengthened using a custom swing-arm, and the front end was slightly lowered
detail of the elegant floating rear fender