We are a small shop in Western Wisconsin that specializes in the restoration of vintage Japanese motorcyles.
The Yamaha XS650 is a bike that has a proven following due to its beauty, durability, performance, and reliability. We find them to be perfect for the vintage enthusiast who may want to cover a few hundred miles a day and expect to get home without mechanical problems. All our bikes are taken out for a few hundred miles prior to sale to make sure they are in full working order. The only caveat is the electric start which was Yamaha’s first try and is weak at best. It was offered starting from ’72. All the years kick start easily so it is not a big issue with enthusiasts. While these nearly 40-year old vintage Japanese motorcycles are beautiful in appearance and fully roadworthy to the standards of that era, we do not create 100 point show bikes unless by specific contract.
We also restore vintage Honda CB 450s and CB 305 Superhawks to the same standards as the XS 650 Yamahas. We find the '60s and early '70s Hondas to be remarkable performers well beyond the standards of their day, in terms of styling, engine performance, and handling. The early Hondas have a charming sewing machine-like precision that rewards the discriminating rider. While the high-torque Yamahas produce power at lower engine speeds, the Hondas produce their peak power at higher engine speeds that allow them to match the performance of the larger displacement Yamahas. The sophisticated chassis engineering maximizes the engine's performance.
To refresh and restore these bikes we do everything in house. Our paint work is on many outstanding bikes that have won awards at Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC) and Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) annual shows including Best of Show & Best of Class in recent years. In the last year we have had out bikes and paint work recognized with awards at several major national venues, including The Antique Motorcycle Club of America Viking Nationals/Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Alabama, and the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Florida. Typically we strip and sandblast all painted surfaces, repair and fill flaws, prime with 2 part epoxy, followed by a hardened primer surfacer, then we paint with either a 3 stage PPG Deltron for the candies or a single stage urethane with a clear urethane top coat. Our colors in many cases have been matched at PPG’s factory in Ohio for the highest quality color match and durability. We have painted all of the bikes we sell. We are happy to restore bikes of other makes for collectors. Our specialty is award-winning paint work. In addition to paint work, we dismantle our bikes down to the frames, and as we reassemble them we clean, repair, replace, and adjust all components as they go back together. If an engine has low compression, it gets a top end overhaul. All engines are given a thorough tune including carburetor rebuilding, valve adjusting, points set, along with timing set for static and full advance. Electrical systems and charging are checked and repaired as needed. Wheels are trued, tires replaced and balanced as needed. Brake linings, hydraulics, calipers, and master cylinders are checked and serviced or replaced as needed. Front forks are checked for true, seals replaced, and steering head bearings are serviced or replaced as needed. Rear swing arm bushes are checked for play and serviced or replaced.
Our bikes are beautiful and they work. Please let us know whatyou're interested in. Be sure to check out "From the Shop" to see what we're currently working on. If you would like testimonials from previous buyers, and for any other questions or comments, please email us at email@example.com call 715-222-8240.