This bike was built by artist/racer John Camara at ExpressMoto Design in Austin Texas. Seeking to build a more artistically oriented custom bike, John pursues unexpected design elements to create a truly unique motorcycle. In this case, Yamaha’s XV750 has been reimagined as a different sort of vintage sportbike. Eschewing common, purely retro forms, the one piece tail/seat/side with it’s fluted sides evokes a more modern and uncommon image. It is all hand metalwork. Extensive modifications were made to the rear subframe to accommodate the changes. 50’s and 60’s Cafe Racer bikes had used a ‘bobbed’ sort of rear tail section whereas later racing bikes began to take advantage of the wind by elongating the rear of the bike. This bike reflects the newer approach. The width, length and curvature proportions of the rear have been made to mimic the proportions of the tank. The bike has a strong, cohesive design theme for this reason. The tank itself has been raised in the rear, the pinch weld removed and a plate covering the ‘frame tunnel’ of the tank has been fabricated. All of the bodywork has been expertly sanded and finished. In keeping with Yamaha’s intriguing racing heritage, a ‘Speed Block’ abstracted graphic has been designed. The blocks converge in two directions. There’s just a bit of pearl flake in the clear coat that is only visible in full sun. The front suspension has been lowered by 2.5 inches. Clip on handlebars and a set of custom made, extensively drilled rearset controls complete the riding position.
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Location: Austin, Texas, United States