All in the Family: 1972 Yamaha XS650

Join Andrew and Martin Dolcini as they revive a family heirloom.

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by Nick Cedar

In the 1960s, you could get old American motorcycles for next to nothing. The few eccentrics who were interested in these two-wheelers amassed huge parts stashes for less than the rent on a warehouse to store them.

By the late 1970’s, enough people were collecting American bikes to start prices climbing, but older British and European motorcycles, and parts for them, could be picked up by enthusiasts for cheap. Time went on, and by the turn of the millennium, prices for classic American motorcycles were often five and six figures, with British bikes not that far behind. At which point, collectors discovered Japanese classics — that is, some Japanese classics.

Looking back

Somehow, while older Hondas have acquired a following, Yamaha 650 twins from the 1970s can still be bought for a song. That isn’t to say that people don’t love them or that they are bad motorcycles, just that they have not become collectible — yet. Enter Andrew and Martin Dolcini. The Dolcini brothers have started a workshop for the restoration of 1970-1983 Yamaha twins, and have apparently hit pay dirt. They haven’t needed to do any advertising — word of mouth is bringing in customers.

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