Andrew Hull’s custom 1979 Yamaha XS400

Yamaha xs400Hold Fast Motors is a workshop in Austin, Minnesota, run by Andy Hull. A painter by trade, Andy’s done a great job finding an old hopeless vehicle and turning it into a bike, most of us would really like to have in our own garage. HFM started up last winter by selling a modified Kawasaki KZ40. Now Andy has 11 motorcycles in his garage, including the first bike he rode when he was 15 – Tomos Silver Bullet moped.

This build is based on Yamaha XS400 which was bought from a farmer and, as Andrew says, “looked like it had gone through a tropical storm”.

custom Yamaha XS400First of all, he ditched everything that wasn’t essential for the intended final look and lifted up the rear by changing rear shocks stays position. He cropped the subframe and installed a seat, customized by a friend (with modified seat pan to fit shorter frame section), re-upholstered in black and tan.

Yamaha XS400 fuel tankAfter some online research and hours of hammering Andrew managed to make the cafe racer knee indents on the fuel tank. The battery was placed in a leather battery surround that perfectly matches overall design. An old vintage set of motocross handlebars was mounted on the front along with a new mini speedo, as the old one had been destroyed by the farmer’s grand kids that rode the bike before.

Andrew Hull's Yamaha XS400Yamaha xs400 by Andrew HullThe bike’s finished with black and tan lines on the tank. The engine has been painted in flat black.

the front endAt first, the build was supposed to be a cafe racer. But it evolved with time and got through the brat style bike to the scrambler. After all, it embodies different features from all of these styles.

Find the whole Andrew’s story on www.thebikeshed.cc.