Brief history of Yamaha XS Cafe Racer
In October 1969 the very first parallel twin four stroke Yamaha XS-1 was released. It carried a 650cc “Single Overhead Camshaft” twin engine equipped with two valves per cylinder, and together with gearbox, it was all packaged in horizontally split crankcase, which improved the access for maintenance as well as eliminated oil leaks. The engine was nested in double cradle frame, aircooled by pair of quality Mikuni carb and started with a kick start. Yamaha XS1 was a slim sports model with only 5 speed transmission and drum brakes at both wheels, but the fact that a large engine was mounted onto a fairly lightweight frame brought its challenges such as vibrations and wobbling at high speeds.
Nowadays Yamaha XS cafe racer motorcycles are famous for their versatility and customisation into a chopper bobber style. As Yamaha models evolved so did parts, some are still being used nowadays and are available from Yamaha dealers directly, some were made obsolete. We offer a quality reproductions of some of the most desired Yamaha XS Parts on the market. So whether you have an early XS1 / XS2 classic, modified XS650 or rare XS1100 model, check out our selection of parts!
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