Sensibility be damned: this bobber has no front brake, no rear suspension and a suicide shifter. But just look at it.
Like any self-respecting bobber, this Yamaha XS650 is an exercise in supreme minimalism. But the work goes far beyond just tossing random parts in the bin.
It’s a 1972 XS650, built by Justin Kagy and Kieran Thompson of FKKMOTO in their self-described ‘garage shop’ in Bloomington—a small town two hours south of Chicago.
The project kicked off with the frame: Justin and Kieran removed the back half, and added in a Voodoo Vintage MK21 hardtail. That resulted in a 4” stretch and a 3” drop.
In stark contrast, the front-end’s been upgraded with a set of Suzuki GSX-R inverted forks.…