Motorcycle gear and apparel brand ICON Moto has to be one of the most creative companies in the world. Recently, they’ve introduced a new segment in their lineup called the ICON 1000 – a post-apocalyptic approach to riding gear, and what better way to promote it than by showing the bikes you should ride while you’re wearing it. The “Low Down & Shifty” is a Mad Max-ed 1974 Yamaha XS650, with an insane one-off frame that acts as a gas tank at the same time.
The front end is sourced from a Hayabusa, but makes do with one brake caliper and a single disc. The engine, which is the only original part from the XS, was heavily modified and gets a big bore kit (750ccm3), a set of hot cams and two Mikuni carbs. The exhaust was stolen off a MotoCzysz C1 motorcycle. The ride is “firm” to say the least and the autonomy is ridiculous. Just the type of bike for post-apocalyptic times then.
- Custom frame with integrated fuel tank
- Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa front end
- Engine is original Yamaha XS, but modified to 750 cm3 with a set of hot cams
- Mikuni carbs
- Boyer Ignition
- MotoCzysz C1 exhaust