Ever since we stopped taking build requests awhile back, it’s safe to say we have had even more inquiries than usual. And while the build request queue remains officially closed, we have decided to offer a few of our personal bikes for sale so that they might help ease the pain.
Earlier in the year, Adam Ewing and I played musical bikes when a customer had second thoughts about his build at the eleventh hour. That left the customer with my Ducati built to his specs, Adam got the customer’s XS650 and I got Adam’s XS650. Now Adam and I have decided to double down and put our bikes on the block to meet the Tickle-Me-Elmo-Like demand.
Both bikes have been used as shop mules to test various parts and settings but will be delivered clean, refreshed and with some heavy duty upgrades to ensure the new owners get something extra special. Details follow below.
First up is the bike that started it all — the 1982 Yamaha XS650 Heritage Special we built for Adam when Classified was still just a weekend diversion. Over the last couple of years, the bike has come to stand for not only the Classified aesthetic, but the CM attitude as well. Chris Hunter of BikeEXIF.com deemed it worthy of the June slot in the 2012 Calendar. “Shop Class as Soul Craft” author Matt Crawford practically ground the pegs off of it carving up Riverside Drive here in Richmond, Virginia.
The bike has brought joy and inspiration to many a weary soul. Now it can be your muse.
It is a Level 3 build on our scale and features modern and modified Suzuki RMZ forks with Warp 9 supermoto wheel and wave rotor and gnarly rubber. Here is a complete rundown of specifications as it sat when it hit the web. Before delivery, though, it will receive the royal treatment including a brand new 750cc big bore kit, permanent magnet ignition system, tip top new seat upholstery, proper CM badging and fresh powder coat all around.
This bike could be ready in as little as four months. We can take longer if you’d like some extra time to wrangle the cash. Haggle-free price is $11,500 USD (half down and half on delivery) and does not include shipping. If you’re outside the USA you’ll have to guide us on making it road legal in your country. We’ll help all we can, but ultimately shipping and titling would be your responsibility.
Next on the block is “The Ripper”, an ’81 Yamaha XS650 built in partnership with SE Bikes. SE is the epicenter of the BMX world and has been since I was a kid. I pined away for a baby blue P.K. Ripper back in the day, but ended up having to wait 30 years to get one. We built this XS650 in honor of the legendary P.K.
Our combustion powered Ripper is a souped up Level 2 build and features some cleverly hidden components, a rad color scheme and a modern Suzuki GSXR inverted front end. Like the other XS we’re offering, this one will get the 750cc big bore kit and permanent magnet setup — more power and the joy of a modern ignition system. This one was also featured on the great Bike EXIF. See more HERE.
The Ripper could be ripping through your town in as little as four months, or as with all our builds, we can take longer if that makes paying easier. Speaking of, this one is going for $10,500. Same rules apply as above.
This last one is a first for us. We came across this 1998 Buell S1 Lightning through a fan in Maryland and snatched it up. When you take away the Nuclear Blue frame and the Harley Orange bodywork, it really has the soul of a Classified bike. Not unlike our iconic XV920R6, this big V-twin, short-wheelbased terror has all the makings of another CM hooligan.
It’s my personal machine at the moment, but is ready for deployment in this time of need. It’s a 1200cc beast, weighs very little and induces un-manly giggling in all gears. We would deliver it in a decidedly more Classified color scheme with custom tank, cleaned up mechanicals and brutally elegant body panels.
Since this bike has not been Classified yet, we are able to accommodate various rider preferences regarding some finishes, ride height, etc., provided they aren’t completely outside of the Classified box.
Officially Classified price is $10,500 USD. Same arrangement as above. I don’t see us being able to do another one at this price, so if you want one — get THIS one. Delivery can be made in as little as four months.
So those are our interim offerings while we continue to build the current generation of Classified Motos. If you’re interested, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully all questions have been answered here, but I’m sure I left something out.
As usual, stay tuned for more happenings. — JR
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