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In Italian, “La Canaglia” means “The Scoundrel” or “The Rogue” an apt name for this multipurpose Yamaha XS650 hybrid, built to tackle the “bastard configuration” of the Canadian roads, where well-paved highways are interspersed with rough pavement and dirt terrain.


For the build, I wanted to honor the beauty of the original Yamaha XS-1 (1970 XS650) while looking to the future. The influences of the dirt track world, the supermotard with superbike details are clear. We put all of his design skills and into the project, utilizing industry techniques such as 3D scanning, clay modeling, and computer simulations to develop the chassis and components.


The result is a truly staggering machine, whose beautiful vintage engine is cradled inside a highly-engineered one-off chassis, finished with with a slew of custom-developed components and accessories. Below, we get the full story on this Yamaha XS650-powered custom bike.