Yamaha HL500 Snow Bike by Northern Lights Optic
With the inherent “Wheeee!” factor of a snowmobile and the styling of a motorcycle, snow bikes are rare but always fun. But this creation by Orion Anthony, founder of luxury eyewear maker Northern Lights Optic, elevates the whole enchilada.
Starting with a Yamaha HL500, Anthony tapped the talents of Husky Restorations in New York to help build this unique snow motorcycle. A custom-built frame from was brought in from FrameCrafters in Illinois, while the engine is a 1979 Yamaha XT500 mill, with a Megacycle cam and heavy duty valve springs installed to punch it up a bit. Other highlights include a 36mm Mikuni carb, K&N filter, and a stainless steel exhaust with a built-in silencer. The bodywork features a tank and seat from the iconic 1976 YZ125, fiberglass side covers, and 43mm YZ forks. The finished product was brought to the Italian Alps, where we’re guessing just a smidgen of fun was had. [Photography]