This Custom Yamaha BW is a Gift to All the Haters
Internet trolls. From armchairs across the globe they opine, denounce, and berate creators of all kinds. They are, of course, “experts” who know better than the rest. While easy to brush off in small doses and many times outnumbered by positive comments, even the well-established aren’t immune to trolling, Virginia’s Classified Moto included. As company founder John Ryland tells BikeExif, “we’re human, and the trolls have a way of getting under our skin.” In that respect, consider this wild off-road motorcycle to be a gift to those haters, and what Ryland calls a “huge balloon-tired middle finger.” Meet the Classified Moto BW650. RELATED: Check Out Classified Moto's The Walking Dead Motorcycle
If you’re thinking, “hmm, that sort of looks like one of those old Yamaha ‘Big Wheel’ bikes,” you’re right on the money. Ryland says his first ever bike was a Yamaha BW200, and ever since he’s wanted to give one a bigger, street-able motor. When a friend offered to commission the build, the team jumped at the opportunity.
At its core however, it pulls much of its gear from another pedigreed off-road bike—a ’96 Honda XR650L, which gave up its 650cc engine, frame, and a few other bits for the build. The rest was either custom built or plucked from other Honda and Yamaha bikes.
First and foremost, those tires. Classified Moto has opted for big STI Black Diamond knobbies, which both look fantastically mean and allow the bike to be street-legal. Imagine pulling up to this thing at a stoplight.
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At the front they come attached to modern Yamaha WR250R forks, which boasts a trio of off-roady beacons, while at the back the bike is suspended by a Yamaha BW swingarm and a Progressive Suspension 465 monoshock. The rear wheel is an original BW200 unit, as well.
Above the XR650L motor, which now features a custom exhaust and bash guard to protect it, lives a modified Honda CM185T gas tank that proudly wears Classified Moto’s logo. It all leads into a sleek canvas and leather seat, and an overall jaw-dropping build.
Oh, you don’t like it? See paragraph three, the end of line one.
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