The project in question revolves around a mid-eighties XV1000 TR1 from Yamaha’s lineup. This beast is brought to life by a four-stroke SOHC V-twin mill that’ll happily generate up to 69 hp at 6,500 rpm, along with 60 pound-feet (81 Nm) of crushing torque at 5,500 revs.
Additionally, the air-cooled colossus boasts a generous displacement of 981cc and feeds its power to a chain final drive via a five-speed transmission. This whole ordeal leads to a respectable quarter mile time of 13.2 seconds, while XV1000’s top speed is rated at 114 mph (184 kph).
As to D&O’s custom work of moto art, things kicked off with the removal of each and every last piece of stock bodywork. In its stead, the Brits proceeded to install a vintage Benelli gas tank that wears a billet aluminum filler cap, as well as a neat one-off subframe. The latter supports a rugged leather saddle and a slim rear lighting kit.
Next, the magicians disposed of the bike’s original cast wheels to make room for retro-style laced alternatives. To achieve the desired riding stance, a pair of billet aluminum clip-on handlebars and stainless-steel rear-mounted foot pegs were also added.
Furthermore, the Brits undertook the painstaking task of rewiring the entire machine with a selection of modern electrics. The finishing touches consisted of treating XV1000’s V-twin powerplant to a top-shelf air filter and a bespoke stainless-steel two-into-one exhaust system that allows the engine to breathe with ease.
Lastly, the frame was enveloped in a satin black finish, while the fuel tank received an elegant matte grey coating to round things out. Now, this is what I’d call a fine display of two-wheeled artwork!