In 1982, Yamaha launched the XT550 as the subsequent evolution of their four-stroke dual-purpose single-cylinder motorbike. The 550 had massive sneakers to fill, because the XT500 it changed was a multi-time winner of the Paris Dakar Rally and stays probably the most beloved thumpers of all time.
The XT550 had a brand new SOHC engine that featured a four-valve head, dual-stage consumption, and a counterbalancer to curb vibration from the large 558cc single. Cycle World was properly impressed with the brand new engine:
“Within the 550’s case, any rider with expertise on the earlier Yamaha 500 Single, or the Honda or Suzuki 500s or earlier English thumpers will know instantly: The XT550 works higher than something present or earlier. It idles and accepts nevertheless a lot or little throttle it’s given. The right trials engine, besides that it’s simply as sturdy within the center and pulls proper on the redline, no downside in any respect.” –CW, 1982
The XT550 additionally featured a brand new monoshock rear suspension and double-wishbone swingarm — improvements first launched on Yamaha’s motocross bikes. Whereas the 320-lb moist weight made the XT a little bit of bear off-road, it managed to outperform not solely its ancestors, however a lot of the different dual-sports in its class.
“The XT550 isn’t an IT465. However it is going to take you almost anyplace any filth bike can go, and it’s so a lot better off highway than the XT500 ever hoped to be…” –Cycle World
Enter our new good friend Benimaino “BenBen” Godeas of Udine, Italy — a beautiful city in Northeast Italy that’s dwelling to Filling Station Motel (FSM), a customized workshop, service station, and cocktail bar situated within the metropolis heart. This ’83 XT550 was truly BenBen’s father’s bike, although it had been disused for many of its grownup life. Says BenBen:
“After 33 years sitting within the storage, I made a decision to purchase it from him and make it my bike… The thought was to consider how Yamaha would launch a brand new XT550 in 2023.”
The outdated XT550 was stripped down and the body and new Excel Takasago rims powder-coated black. Up entrance, the bike is now sporting a set of contemporary Paioli / Kayaba forks from a VOR 503 — an unique Italian-built four-stroke — together with a 21″ entrance wheel and disc brake. Customized aluminum fenders change the outdated plastic ones for a extra basic enduro look.
Basso Gabriele of Tappezzeria Basso upholstered the customized saddle, whereas Francesco Giomini of Carrozzeria Bontà laid down the paint and Claudio Pascolutti of Wrap’ n Go made up the brand new decals. Collectively, the look is fashionable but basic, as if Yamaha actually did launch a retro dual-purpose bike — we want they might!
FSM accomplished the bundle with a rebuilt and repainted engine, together with a collection of lights, gauges, and different equipment from top-shelf manufacturers KOSO and KEDO.
Nicknamed “La Bastarda,” this XT550 is each a singular restomod scrambler and a imaginative and prescient of what right now’s producers may do in the event that they wished to supply retro dual-sports — a corollary to retro streetbikes just like the XSR sequence.
In fact, customized is all the time higher, and BenBen’s father’s bike is now a machine not like something on the highway in Udine or past. Bravissimo!
Yamaha XT550 Restomod: Proprietor Interview
• Please inform us a bit about your self, your historical past with bikes, and your workshop.
Ciao da Udine, Italy! I’m Benimaino, BenBen to my mates. I’ve two bikes, a Ducati Monster 600 from 2001 and this Yamaha XT550 from 1983. As you will have guessed, I like carburetors!
• What’s the make, mannequin, and yr of the donor bike?
Yamaha XT550 from 1983.
• Why was this bike constructed?
It was my father’s bike. After 33 years sitting within the storage, I made a decision to purchase it from him and make it my bike, updating it to deliver it into 2023!
• What was the design idea and what influenced the construct?
The customization was impressed by a restomod scrambler type. The thought was to consider how Yamaha would launch a brand new XT550 in 2023.
• What customized work was finished to the bike?
Paioli / Kayaba forks from the VOR 503 and YSS monoshock. Minor modifications to the chassis to combine the emblem of Filling Station Motel. Entrance wheel with Excel Takasago 21″ rim. Muffler from MASS Moto Exhausts and exhaust manifold from Bull Exhaust.
Full powder coating of the body and rims, customized paint job by Francesco Giomini from Carrozzeria Bontà. Customized saddle made by Basso Gabriele from Tappezzeria Basso, decals by Claudio Pascolutti from Wrap’ n Go, all expertly packaged by the F.S.M. – Filling Station Motel workshop.
To prime all of it off: Koso headlight, taillights, and speedometer, and extra stuff like this from Kedo.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
“La Bastarda” or “The Beastard.”
• Are you able to inform us what it’s wish to journey this bike?
The bike is a pleasure, tough and prepared instantly!
• Was there something finished throughout this construct that you’re significantly pleased with?
The result’s completely the factor that makes me most proud!
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