Thrive motorcycles transforms a 1968 yamaha XS650 into ‘T004 MooN’
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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.
The classic 1968 yamaha XS650 was influenced by wood-burning stoves.
The project was completed in just two months including a complete engine overhaul and hand-fabricated bodywork.
The wheelbase was lengthened using a custom swing-arm, and the front end was slightly lowered.
A detail of the elegant floating rear fender.
all images courtesy lennard schuurmans © thrive motorcycles