This Shadowy Yamaha XJ 750 Has A Heart As Black As Night

Apr 29, 2019

Category: Rides

In the world of custom motorcycle builders, there are few who truly capture the adversarial feeling of the medium’s most “rebellious” bikes. But for France’s Atelier Medusa, it’s become something of a common practice. The shop’s latest project, the 1984 Yamaha XJ 750, strikes a perfect balance between “tasteful two-wheeled ride” and “hellish steed,” bringing with it a shadowy, secretive presence.

The ‘84 XJ 750 might not seem like the perfect transitionary platform for an aftermarket build, but once the plastic, fairings, and peripherals are stripped, it becomes a superb chassis that can stand up to all sorts of modification. This was the first step for France’s premier bike customizer. After peeling away the 750’s unattractive outer shell, the shop devised an entirely new subframe to achieve a linear, cafe-inspired look, while also removing the bulky battery from the midsection of the bike and replacing it with a Solise lithium variant. Next, Medusa reevaluated the placement of the bike’s various wires and electronics, giving the XJ a clean, established look. A dark 18-inch wheelset and Metzeler Lasertec rubber adorn the front and rear of the moto, complimenting its various shadow-struck peripherals. A tank requisitioned from a donor XJ 400 sits atop the frame, providing near-seamless companionship with an upholstered leatherette seat, courtesy of the renowned synthetic supplier, Yves Ménard.

Learn More: Here

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Rides

This Rigid Collapsible Tote Bag Packs 70L Of Waterproof Storage Space

An ultra-rugged and versatile rigid tote hybrid with a 50lb gear capacity.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner

This Lightweight & Thin G-SHOCK Watch Is Still As Rugged & Capable As Ever

The thinnest in the series, it's marked by a slim module and carbon core guard structure.

Posted By Sean Tirman

Partner
Featured Image

The 20 Best Electric Cars You Can Buy

The finest electron-powered rides currently available on showroom floors.

Posted By

Jul 29, 2021

Featured Image

Lemb Inc. Turns The Honda Dax Into A Raked & Suicide-Shifted Mini Chopper

A rigid-chassis baby chopper built for renowned street artist Muklay.

Posted By

Jul 29, 2021

Featured Image

Hennessey Banishes Its 1,000HP ‘Exorcist’ Camaro With A 30-Unit Final Edition

Honoring the tuning company's 30th anniversary in the process.

Posted By

Jul 29, 2021

Featured Image

Porsche Opens Up The Doors For A Look Inside Its Futuristic ‘Renndienst’ Concept

A curious EV van that was unveiled as part of "Porsche Unseen."

Posted By

Jul 29, 2021