1980 Yamaha XS650

"Classic in lousy clothes!"

1980 Yamaha XS650


Plain and simple, the YAMAHA XS650 is a classic. The V-Twin takes up where the 650 Triumph Bonneville left off. The YAMAHA XS650 has a legacy of being a good handling and reliable bike. In it's day the big twin was a performer, being both road raced and flat-tracked. So replacement and performance parts are out there - new and used!

Today, the YAMAHA XS650 is used for projects from restoration, retro-brit bikes to cafe racers. Either way, the bike is light, responsive, handles well and that motor is a sweetheart and responds well to hot rodding.


This is a good project bike. All the big essentials are there: classic model and the chassis allows for easy access. The bike is a classic and not that far from being on the road.

The bike pictured on the right and below are examples of what this bike can become. Build it your way.

  • Desirable model - always a good idea!
  • Many Cafe / Performance parts available
  • Motor has strong compression
  • Good frame, front forks, electrics
  • Clear Ohio Title
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