How It Started

Maybe you found us through our sister blog Men Of an Age ( or maybe you are looking for that special custom bike. You could have been searching for parts, or looking for ideas, but no matter how you got here, welcome!

1978 – Boise, Idaho

Al Russell’s Sport Center, the go-to shop for all things Moto in southern Idaho. Little Al and I played football together and that is where I got my first real motorcycle, a 1978 MX 100. You may have read this story on Men of an Age so I won’t go into the details but that’s when my attraction to Yamaha singles started, and it continues today.

The Yamaha 500 single is a classic. The big thumper has powered everything from the first Dakar winner to American Flat Track heroes to entry level cruisers of today in the nearly identical SR400, shiny and new in dealerships around the world.

The TT has a cult like following in vintage motocross. The XT was one of Yamaha’s best sellers ever. The SR, as stated, lives on today. So we use that platform, the interchangability of parts, the availability of aftermarket, and the simplicity of the single, to build cafe racers, street trackers, retro-motards, and custom vintage motocross bikes.

Our bikes are not meant to be garage queens or museum pieces. We build them to be ridden, and hard. Some of their age will show through, we believe it honors the heritage and creates an aesthetic that celebrates their success after all these years.

So enjoy your virtual visit to the shop. Take a look at some of our projects and bikes, and leave with some ideas of your own, and hopefully a renewed passion for the Yamaha 500.


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