Tag Archives: Classified Moto

Orange Crush: Plan B's Yamaha XV 750

The Benelli Mojave is an endangered species. In the 1960s, it was virtually disposable, and sold by a chain of department stores. But today it’s prized by the motorcycling equivalent of big game hunters. They’re after one vital component: the Mojave’s immaculately proportioned, café racer-style tank. And the best place to show off that tank

Low rider: Classified Moto's Kawasaki Zephyr

The Zephyr ZR750 is one of the best secondhand buys around. Twenty years ago, it left road testers lukewarm—but today, owners love them. And you can get an absolutely mint early 90s example for around $2,000. That’s when the economics of the custom motorcycle business start making sense. And no one knows this better than

The Walking Dead: The Daryl Dixon Motorcycle

EXCLUSIVE If you have a television in your house, you probably know AMC’s The Walking Dead. If you’re blessed with a strong constitution, you may even be watching it. It’s a post-apocalyptic drama series that scores millions of viewers for every episode. And unlike most shows of that ilk, it’s a huge hit with critics

Classified Moto XV1100

Classified Moto are just turning out winner after winner. It’s hard to believe the Richmond, VA-based hotshop has only been operating for two years, but owner John Ryland now has orders for 13 bikes on the go. This is his latest, based on a 1989 Yamaha Virago XV1100. The machine has a more aggressive look

Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

This Yamaha Virago XV750 was Eric Meglasson’s first attempt at building a custom motorcycle. By the time he’d finished the bike, the Oregon-based architect was running a small custom motorcycle company—his own. The chain of circumstances started when Eric bought a lightly-modded but very classy Honda CB450 cafe racer. “The Honda inspired me to attempt

Katee Sackhoff's motorcycle: The Classified Moto KT600

John Ryland’s Classified Moto is going from strength to strength. The order book is healthy and the machines coming out of his Richmond, VA workshop are increasingly adventurous. “KT600” is the latest, and named after its donor bike and owner. The starting point was a 1987 Honda XL600R enduro, and it was commissioned by Battlestar

Classified Moto Virago custom

The stock Yamaha Virago is no great prize, but Classified Moto’s John Ryland loves putting a positive spin on one. ‘XV920R6-R’ is the latest machine to roll out of his Richmond, VA workshop, and it’s gone straight to lucky new owner Bob Ranew of North Carolina. Bob fell in love with a Virago 750 that

The world's most stylish Yamaha XV750 cafe racer?

Yamaha’s underrated Virago from the 1980s is really gaining favor as a custom base. Classified Moto have already shown the way, and here’s another terrific example—this time from Greg Hageman of Hageman Cycles. It’s a 1982 Yamaha XV750, and it was built for Season Two of Discovery Channel’s Cafe Racer TV show. Hageman built a

Honda CB450 cafe racer

Eric Meglasson lives in Bend, Oregon, and his motorcycling journey has had its fair share of twists and turns. “Over the years, my bikes kept getting faster and faster,” says Eric. “But I started longing for a slower, more fun, naked bike to ride on the street at more reasonable speeds.” Although Eric owned a

Classified Moto XS650

Classified Moto is the side project of Virginia-based John Ryland who, like me, works in an ad agency during the day. “I’ve always been into vehicles, but never paid much attention to motorcycles until a few years ago,” he says. “My buddy left me his bike when he was out of town. I got my