We’ve always been big fans of the Yamaha XS650. It’s simple, well-built, has good grunt and sound, and it just lends itself to customization, whether it be bobber, tracker, cafe racer, hard-tail, or scrambler. On the other hand, the ‘net is pretty saturated with XS650 customs, so it can be tough for one to stand out of the crowd.
Well, that’s certainly no problem with #ICW9, a 1981 XS650 scrambler by Ironwood Motorcycles of Amsterdam. This was the 9th build by the shop, and boy is it a doozy, with Ducati Monster forks and mono-shock setup, Benelli tank, and 750cc motor. Shop owner Arjan van den Boom was kind enough to lay out the details.
#IWC9 Yamaha XS650 Scrambler ’81
- Cappucino (Fiat 500 2015,café latte) paintjob on tank, front fender and headlight ring.
- Front conversion Ducati Monster (upside down fork and Brembo brakes)
- Rear conversion Ducati Monster (mono shock suspension and Brembo brakes)
- Wheels Ducati Monster
- Benelli Mojave gastank
- Heat wrap applied onto exhaust pipes
- Hooligan mufflers
- Vapor digital speedo
- Biltwell grips
- Scrambler handlebar
- Small rear light
- Bratstyle seat
- Special rearset
- XS pod filters
- Engine modified and maintained by Heiden tuning (now 750cc instead of 650cc)
- Oil gauge
- Kick only, no battery
- Pirelli Corsa MT60 tires