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Introducing the T004 MooN Motorbike!

Thrive motorcycles transforms a 1968 yamaha XS650 into ‘T004 MooN’

Silvertoad Posse are built for speed, and more than a few of us really get excited when we see quality design applied to motorcycles or vintage cars. Period design with a touch of the future. We like it. Have a look at Thrive Motorcycles other projects here.

Wood-burning stoves are not common in Indonesia, but they have influenced Barata Dwiputra, lead builder of Thrive Motorcycles to re-imagine a classic 1968 yamaha XS650. It’s taken 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 colours 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.

transformation of 1968 yamaha XS650 by thrive influenced by wood-burning stoves

Transformation of 1968 yamaha XS650 by thrive influenced by wood-burning stoves.

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

A 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.

all images courtesy lennard schuurmans © thrive motorcycles

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