transformation of 1968 yamaha XS650 by thrive influenced by wood-burning stoves
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jan 24, 2014
transformation of 1968 yamaha XS650 by thrive influenced by wood-burning stoves


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.

thrive 1968 yamaha XS 650 T004 MooN designboom

the classic 1968 yamaha XS650 was influenced by wood-burning stoves

thrive 1968 yamaha XS 650 T004 MooN designboom

the project was completed in just two months including a complete engine overhaul and hand-fabricated bodywork

thrive 1968 yamaha XS 650 T004 MooN designboom

the wheelbase was lengthened using a custom swing-arm, and the front end was slightly lowered

thrive 1968 yamaha XS 650 T004 MooN designboom

detail of the elegant floating rear fender

thrive 1968 yamaha XS 650 T004 MooN designboom

copper detailing

thrive 1968 yamaha XS 650 T004 MooN designboom

brass accents

 

[h/t] bikeexif

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