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YAMAHA XS650 Roadster
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The owner’s tale – Andy Nicholson
“I bought the FT500 Honda almost on a whim with the intention of turning it into a street tracker. However, once I spent some time with it and had a good look around I realised it was simply too good to start hacking about and cutting up. There aren’