Left Hand Cycles Destroys Yamaha XS650 to Create the Acid King
The Dutch workshop Left Hand Cycles has delivered more sweetness in the past, and the minimalist approach which is slowly becoming their signature was bestowed upon one more Yamaha XS650, by far one of the highly-favored bikes among customizers.
While the platform itself comes with a brawny parallel twin engine which can pack quite a punch when in top running order, the bike itself offers an immense potential, with so much directions to explore.
This time, the XS650 got a dash of Mad Max styling, with the fuel tank being by far the most striking element. The first thing to turn heads, the tank proudly displays a rusty trim which makes the bike look really old, even though it is not antique. With a matching tan seat combining both scrambler and a bit of cafe-racer DNA from old-school brown grips over the clubman-style clip-ons, the XS650 is truly a looker.
However, LHC went for some functional upgrades, such as the elimination of the airbox and using oval-conical air filters and exposing the rectifier to the air stream under the very seat. Being not exactly a fresh bike, we all know how easy can rectifiers fry, so the move was truly smart, with the whole rewiring of the bike made in-house.
The silencers are also a Left Hand Cycles fabrication and the classic sand-colored pipe wrapping is a great match for the bike's attire. Add in the Bates front and rear lights and you get a bike which screams retro looks.
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