Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Analog Motorcycles XS400 The Messenger


  This 1981 Yamaha XS400 was built by Analog Motorcycles for a female client, which for some strange reason everyone makes sure to mention, like it makes any f***ing difference.  Yes guys, chicks don’t just ride bitch, and many I’ve known outride most males!  I guess people feel like they have to have some kind of back story on a build, but I fail to see the relevancy most times.

  Here’s a list of the custom touches on the bike…

  • Modified sub-frame
  • Custom made seat pan with integrated taillight
  • Custom made side pouches
  • Custom upholstery by Rod’s Designs
  • Gazi Sport Lite rear shocks
  • Firestone tires
  • Bobbed front fender
  • Stock headers wrapped with stainless Steal DCC mufflers
  • Hand formed tank indents by Craig of Rodsmith
  • Custom aluminum rims with brass powder coated spokes
  • Paint by Kiel at Crown Auto Body (design and layout by Analog Motorcycles)
  • Pinstripe by Brando
  • Engine re-built and polished
  • After market lights and turn signals
  • After market gauges
  • After market mirrors
  • Lots of powder coating
  • Drag bars

  Let’s start with the seat, which for once actually looks useful for a full day’s worth of riding!  I think it would have looked better with a solid tail section instead of upholstered, and the seat doesn’t follow the base of the gas tank, so it looks like there’s a kink in middle of the bike.  The tail light is a nice touch, but again would have looked better as part of a metal or fiberglass section.

  The side pouches are probably the best element on the bike, and are so well integrated into the design.  I think a black material would have worked better; the brown melds into the seat and interrupts the flow of your eye over the machine.

  I love the paint job and wheels, very nicely done and classy, giving the motorcycle a very vintage feel. Add the very clean appearance and attention to details, and you have a machine that speaks to the quality of the work. 

  That brings us to the one factor that just irks the hell out of me: the turn signals.  For one, the bar-mounted units are bi-directional, working as both forward and rear signals.  Why the f*** are there also rear turn signals?!  Hello department of redundancy department.  Those bar-mounted signals also don’t work well with the bike, and usually only look good on BMWs and Moto Guzzis for some reason.

  Love the wrap on the handlebars, though!









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