Lane Splitter

Obviously he could have gone out and bought himself a H-D or a cruiser as a starting base along with a few bits off the shelf, but he wanted to build a bike he could really say he’d put the time and effort in to create. So he decided to go for a classic styled chopper but with a shorter wheelbase than a raked-out chopper, along with the reliability of some updated electrical parts, while also utilising as many of the original parts as possible. After looking at numerous custom bikes varying in style, it was the Yamaha XS650 which caught his eye, as it just seemed to work so well and stand out in so many applications.
From there he went on the hunt for his donor bike and stumbled across a company in his old hometown of Brighton in the UK, Triad Classic Motorcycles, who buy and sell classic/vintage bikes. Turns out they had two XS650s there for sale and Graeme couldn’t resist but to take one home. This particular 1981 XS650, which was originally imported from Canada, only had 1600 ‘genuine’ miles on it, and wasn’t in too bad condition either. Taking the bike back to Plymouth, Graeme got all the paperwork sorted, registered it, had a couple of rides to see how it felt before he decided which direction he wanted to go with the customisation process. That’s when he came up with the idea for the XSLS, a streamline chopper/lane splitter.