Flash Rabbit Yamaha XS650 Cafe-Bobber
The XS650 needs no introduction, as it is most likely one of the custom bike icons in any country we might travel to. The Jakarta-based Flash Rabbit run by Derby Romero produced a most elegant motorcycle one could really ride to an official reception wearing a tuxedo and still look as classy as it gets.
With the big engine (the 650cc-class is huge for Indonesia), the XS650 was already a head turner, but this was still far from Derby's dream. The frame got a sober a and subtle grey paint, matching the shine of the custom cafe-racer seat with ribbed stitching are large metal buttons.
One of Derby's actual dream-bikes, the XS650 got an engine overhaul, compete rewiring and upgraded velocity stack carbs. As the engine was once more running perfectly, Derby hand-made the jaw-dropping sculpted chromed tank, clubman bars and housing for the Honda CB headlight. The fork was sourced from an '80 Suzuki GSX400.
The final touch was added with the Shinko white wall tires, bringing almost infinite style-points to this exquisite Flash Rabbit build. Via Return of the Cafe Racers.
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