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Not So Mellow Yellow: North East’s XT500 resto-mod

Not So Mellow Yellow: North East’s XT500 resto-mod

Yamaha XT500 restored by North East Custom
The Yamaha XT500 is widely considered as the Grand-pappy of the modern dual-sport. This late 70s enduro marked the point when scramblers went from being modded street bikes to purpose-built machines. (A few Paris-Dakar wins didn’t hurt its icon status either.)

These days, most XT500s are immaculately restored trailer queens, or display decades of abuse. But they’re also prime candidates for tasteful resto-modding—like this very sharp machine from Italy’s North East Custom.

Yamaha XT500 restored by North East Custom
There’s a heavy dose of sentiment attached to this project. “The bike is called The Mauri,” Diego Coppiello tells us, “to honor the father of the owner, who passed away prematurely.”

“It was one of those objects that had gone forgotten, unused for years. Our job was to get it back in order, to modernize it, and give it a new life.”

Yamaha XT500 restored by North East Custom
Diego and his brother Riccardo put their heads together and devised a plan: rebuild the XT500 as a contemporary version of itself.…

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