This Custom Yamaha XV920R Aviator is one of those builds that we don’t really know how to label, but the silhouette does have some bobber vibes, and we at AMERiders think it’s one sweet silhoutte.
Established in Richmond, Virginia, more than a decade ago, John Ryland’s Classified Moto is the kind of workshop whose projects never fail to impress. You folks seemed to be highly fond of the Triumph Speed Triple-based venture we presented a little while back, so you’re almost guaranteed to fall in love with the entity displayed above!
In its previous life, this bad boy used to be a stock 1982 variant of Yamaha’s XV920R lineup, and the commission came from an aircraft pilot living in Florida. Appropriately nicknamed the Aviator, Classified’s showstopper carries the heavily-revised fuel chamber of a Benelli Mojave 360, adorned with bespoke badges, a flush-mounted filler cap, and brass embellishments.
The hinged seat pan found behind the tank was fabricated in-house, but the upholstery was handled by a regular collaborator named Roy Baird. Underneath the new saddle sits the repurposed Ohlins monoshock of a 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000DS, which was also kind enough to donate its rear 17-inch wheel and single-sided swingarm.
At the front end, you’ll find 41 mm (1.6-inch) upside-down forks, dual 310 mm (12.2-inch) floating brake discs, and a five-spoke hoop, all originating from a 2012 MY Yamaha YZF-R6. In terms of rubber, the Aviator wears a Metzeler ME 880 Marathon tire up north and Dunlop’s D616 compound down south.
A D.I.D X-ring drive chain links the motorcycle’s air-cooled 920cc V-twin engine to its rear wheel, and the exhaust gases are now channeled through handmade stainless-steel headers and a single reverse megaphone silencer mounted on the right-hand side.
Up in the cockpit area, the Aviator comes equipped with Acewell instrumentation, clip-on handlebars, and a round aftermarket mirror. Following the installation of a lithium-ion battery developed by Shorai, John and his crew proceeded to address the finishing touches. New lighting items were fitted all-round, and the fuel tank has been nickel-plated to achieve an understated yet equally rad aesthetic.
~And as always…
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AMERiders thinks that this Custom Yamaha XV920R Aviator Has a Sweet Bobber-Like Silhouette.
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