Archive | May, 2014

Backyard Engineerings


-12 2014

 “Outside the Box”

Per-Erik Kristiansen-  I’ve been building bikes since I bought my first Yamaha Drag Star XVS 650 back in 1998. The last 3 years my son and I have been building a couple of bikes each winter, and we call ourselves Backyard Engineering. I picked up the ’81 Heritage Special in December 2013, brought it back to the garage and tore it down. My initial plan were to build a café racer, but it kinda changed into this industrial style café-bratstyle. I’m a sucker for patina and bare metal and wanted to do something different. Continue Reading →

Leadfist 1979 Yamaha XS


-1 2014

Kyle –  This is a ’79 xs650 that I built a few years back. I custom built the goose-neck frame. The tail section is 1″ under stock. The springer front end is a D&D, shortened, with a 21″ spoolie and an Avon Speedmaster tire. Wassel gas tank painted by Kevin of Speed and Noise. Custom seat pan wrapped in hand-tooled leather, done in house. Rear wheel is an 18″ aluminum, with a super-narrow Firestone tire. Taillight is 1940’s, refurbished, with original glass lens. The motor has been thoroughly gone through and is in great shape. This bike is kick only, but the starter is still on the motor should you chose to convert it. Running the stock charging system…. Continue Reading →