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Master of Metal: Jay Donovan’s amazing Yamaha XS650

Master of Metal: Jay Donovan’s amazing Yamaha XS650

Yamaha XS650 custom by BareSteel Design
We’re suckers for beautiful metalwork, but a good set of technical upgrades is just as likely to grab our attention. And seeing both boxes ticked on one build is a rare treat.

This graceful Yamaha XS650 was built for the ‘Motorcycles as Art’ exhibition at this year’s Sturgis Buffalo Chip, curated by the renowned motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter. It’s the work of Jay Donovan—the 23-year-old sole proprietor of Baresteel Design in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Yamaha XS650 custom by BareSteel Design
“I was very fortunate to be a part of it,” says Jay. “I contacted Michael in the months leading up to the show, wanting to know how to get involved and what the theme was.”

“After hearing that it would be based around up and coming builders, I knew I wanted to take part.…

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