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The Yamando: A vintage Yamaha racer with a Norton frame

The Yamando: A vintage Yamaha racer with a Norton frame

The Yamando: A vintage Yamaha race bike with a Norton frame
Brad Monk is a racer. Sure, he has a day job, but come Sunday, he’s a racer—and this is his race bike.

Trying to figure out what it is? We can help: it’s a ‘Yamando’; part Yamaha XS650, part Norton Commando. Or, as Brad puts it, “the best of both worlds.”

The Yamando: A vintage Yamaha race bike with a Norton frame
If you’re wondering if the combo is effective, it most certainly is. In Canada’s vintage road racing Heavyweight class, Brad took home the overall title this year. And the Yamando’s had success Stateside too.

The builder—or should we say engineering genius—of this mad machine is retired racer Toivo Madrus. Tovio co-owns the bike with Brad, and has been fine tuning and rebuilding this beast for literally years.

The Yamando: A vintage Yamaha race bike with a Norton frame
“The Yamando MK V wasn’t born overnight,” says Brad.…

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