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Banana Bike! An XS650 inspired by 1970s chopper bicycles

Banana Bike! An XS650 inspired by 1970s chopper bicycles

Banana Bike! A Yamaha XS650 inspired by 1970s chopper bicycles
I’ll let you in on a little secret: the Bike EXIF team doesn’t always agree on what’s hot and what’s not. But no motorcycle has polarized opinion as much as this whacky Yamaha XS650.

In the end, fun and goofiness prevailed. And so we present Bonanza Krad, a bicycle-inspired Yamaha, from the hands and minds at Germany’s Benders Company.

Banana Bike! A Yamaha XS650 inspired by 1970s chopper bicycles
Based in Wiesloch, Benders is a five-man team founded by Christian and Raphael Bender. The brothers grew up fiddling with bikes, selling them to finance new projects or to travel.

For this build, they went right back to their youth—drawing inspiration from the Kynast Bonanza bicycles of the 60s and 70s—a kid’s chopper bike popular in Germany, similar to the American Schwinn Sting-Ray and the British-made Raleigh Chopper.…

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