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YAMAHA XS650 Roadster
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As a callow youth of the 1970s I used to buy the weekly bike papers and read about the latest models, the death throes of the British bike industry, and the various competition reports. Most of my mates were into UK short track racing or speedway, bu
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What To Buy And How Much To Pay
Avoid at all costs any XS650 in boxes and especially so if the bike has been subjected to any form of customisation. Yamaha’s big twin is back in vogue with the hipster element and there are far too many being bastardised. A properly customised XS6