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1972 Yamaha XS650 Hardtail Bobber

The "Old Guru" from Texas, USA, made available these pictures of his magnificent 1972 Yamaha XS650 Hardtail Bobber.

The Old Guru: "1972 Yamaha XS650 hardtail. Heavily modified frame has been chopped and lowered. Bike sits low and long. Motor looks like it's spilling out on both sides, giving it a very fat look. Gas tank is early Japanese, very slim, which also enhances the size of the motor.

Motor has been converted to CDI ignition. Has electric and kick start. Short, polished headers with chrome glass-packed ends. Gives a very loud, mellow sound. Has stock-size sprockets and chain. Also is running stock carbs and K&N air pods highlighted with gold trim. 50's model BSA rear brake switch.

1972 Yamaha XS650 Custom Hardtail Bobber by Old Guru

Sprayed House of Color metallic with clear coat on top. La Pera solo seat, tuck and roll with polished underbelly. Drag-style handlebars, new Drag Specialties speedo, new grips with 1/4-turn throttle, aftermarket chrome headlight, Triumph-style override springs in front, vintage Honda front rim with oversized brake hub. Also has polished aluminum battery box. Horn is vintage late 60s, hidden underneath. Highway bars are Drag Specialites aftermarket."

1972 XS650 Yamaha Bobber motorcycle with hardtailed frame

The Old Guru: "Bike has functional front and back brakes, speedo, high/low beam, horn, and key switch. Should be street legal in most states. Does not have blinkers."

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1972 Yamaha XS650 Hardtail Custom Bobber by Old Guru 1972 Yamaha XS650 Hardtail Bobber

1972 XS650 Yamaha Bobber motorbike with hardtailed frame

1972 Yamaha XS650 Custom Hardtail Bobber by Old Guru

1972 XS650 Yamaha Bobber motorcycle with hardtailed frame You bet those pipes are LOUD!

Best of Show!

1972 Yamaha XS650 Hardtail Custom Bobber by Old Guru - Best of Show

The Old Guru: "Check out my son at a local bike and car show. Here's my son posing with the Jaguar girls. The bike is definitely a chick magnet, and we also won first place, best of show!!!"

Jaguar Girls with 1972 XS650 Yamaha Bobber The Jaguar Girls

A Bobber's Tail...

The Old Guru: "Rear fender is new aftermarket cut down. Chopper-style tail light with LED tag bullet lights. Rear rim stock XS650 with oversized vintage tread pattern on rear tire."

1972 XS650 Yamaha Bobber motorcycle with hardtailed frame

1972 Yamaha XS650 Custom Hardtail Bobber by Old Guru A Bobber's tale...   MAXIMUM RUBBER!!!


(April 2010)





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