YAMAHA XS750 '78 SPECIAL by CLASSIFIED MOTO







This one was plagued by the most gremlins by far. Worth the trouble, though. Commissioned by advertising art director Adam Stockton in the winter, this antique triple has one of the most devilish exhaust notes ever. Jetted with pods and custom 3-into-1 straight pipe, it’s got power for days. 


Technically a Yamasaki, the front end was snagged from an ’05 Kawasaki ZX6R (Ninja 636) which dramatically changes the stance and attitude of the beast. Stockton’s bike was the first to incorporate the perforated metal side covers that let you get a hint of what’s behind them — in this case, not much. Just a tiny battery in a custom welded mount. Above it, the underseat electronics tray that keeps the unpretty stuff from view. Who says shaft drives can’t be cool?