We’re finally getting around to posting the pics of Josh’s XS850 from the photo shoot that we did a little while back along with the Virago.  As usual, the bikes are nice, but the photos are absolutely amazing.  Our favorite photographer Alan Brant snapped the photos for us again.  His work never ceases to impress.  One of Alan’s photos actually achieved the status of ‘most liked’ photo ever on Bike Exif’s facebook page several weeks back!  Pretty impressive photo skillz.  And, I don’t believe we’ve mentioned this, but Alan often shows up to photo shoots riding his old BMW R75 with hard bags stuffed full of camera gear.  Awesome.

Here are the pics of Josh’s Yamaha XS850, the ‘Daytime Special’.  This is a brutish bike with a fantastic street presence.  The thing looks tough and sounds even tougher.  The three-into-one pipe belts out a pretty glorious wail, without being overly annoying.  The purposeful gritty feel of the bike definitely adds to its street cred.  No one is quite sure what they are seeing when this monster rumbles up, but everyone wants a closer look.  So, here’s your closer look:






Josh earned those dents in his tank.  He sometimes rides upside down…




And, a few more shots of ‘the twins’ together:




Once again, we must offer a huge thanks to our following friends, without whom, we would have a had an awful lot of trouble getting these bad boys back on the road.

Brandon and Dana at the Motoshop for hunting down all of the weird random parts we’ve needed.
Jaxon for helping us get this brute running properly.
Tracey & the crew at Commercial Powdercoat for making the bike shine, well at least in key places.
Our buddy Wade at Vulture Cycles for some high quality TIG work.  I think we can be certain this is the stiffest 850 chassis ever.
The fine folks at Red Hot interiors for their quality seat stitching.
Craig at River Roofing for letting us use his sheet metal break.
All of our good friends who have stopped by and offered encouragement during the course of the build.
Our rat-moto builder friend Lee that lent us his MIG welder.  Definitely could not have done it without the little Hobart.
Our buddy Rex at Garage Project in Perth, Western Australia who builds seriously bitchin bikes and encouraged us to start this blog in the first place.
and Phil for helping us through some of the more challenging electrical issues.


Thanks all.  It was a super fun project, and it is a SUPER fun bike to ride!!

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  • 20 October, 2012 at 2:15 am //

    Cool bikes and beautiful photos by Alan Brandt! I found his webpage with even more great photos: http://alanbrandtphoto.com/

  • 25 February, 2013 at 8:08 pm //

    Well done! What size tires and wheels on the XS850?

    • 25 February, 2013 at 10:05 pm //

      We used a 130-80-17 on the front and a 130-90-16 on the rear.

      • 27 February, 2013 at 5:50 pm //

        Were those the original wheels you are using? I am really impressed with this build!

        • 27 February, 2013 at 8:01 pm //

          Thanks! The rear is the original and the front is from a 2009 Yamaha R6.