jeudi 21 avril 2016
THE BIG ‘F— YOU’: CLASSIFIED MOTO’S HONDA XR650L
When John Ryland of Classified Moto sent through images of this heavily customized Honda XR650L, our jaws hit the floor. So we asked him to explain his thinking. His replies, reproduced verbatim below, are gold dust—and food for thought.
It’s more that they’re so freakin’ arrogant. Presumptuous. Uninformed. Typing their little quips and assuming the few minutes they’ve spent looking at a bike on a screen, trumps all the hours we spent on it. THEY are the experts after all.
Well, this Honda XR650L is for them. Consider it a huge balloon-tired middle finger to the crowd who think we exist to build bikes that will knock the chips off their shoulders.
And we love it as much as that type despises it. It has all the signature cues of aClassified Moto machine, with the addition of two insanely huge knobby tires that probably aren’t even street legal. Except that they are.
The Classified Moto BW650 has a lot of outrageous looking features that mean it probably doesn’t do anything very well—except that it is incredibly fun to ride.
What was the inspiration? The first bike I ever rode was a Yamaha BW200. It was basically a little farm bike with huge balloon tires.
When I started riding motorcycles for real, about eight years ago, I always thought it would be cool to build a BW with a ‘full-size’ motor in it. Finally, all my dreams have come true.
This looks like a rather complex build? It was a series of puzzles for us: it had chief mechanic Danik Herashchanka working overtime to get it together.
Many man-hours later, a Yamaha BW swingarm was reinforced and mated to aProgressive Suspension 465 monoshock with the full XR linkage. You can jump it, wheelie it, and slide it around. It feels amazing and soaks up bumps like crazy.
I’ve seen some nice restorations of old BWs, but the tires are always too small. Still ridiculously big, but too small.
Any plans to ‘productionize’ the bike? We built this one as a prototype for one of my former advertising co-workers, Dave Gibson, here in Virginia. I convinced him to let me realize the dream on his dime if I gave him a fantastic deal.
The dune shots look amazing. What’s the story behind that? Photographer Adam Ewingand I drove to Pismo Beach, California, where we were able to let loose on the massive network of dunes there.