1980 Yamaha XS650
Why I Bought It: The XS650 was always a good-looking bike, and I wanted to do all those famous Minton Mods to it featured in Motorcyclist. So the engine was bored for a 750cc kit with heavy-duty rods, the heads were ported — I asked the famous Jerry Branch but he wouldn't return my calls — there was a Megacycle cam, bigger carbs, a better coil, a Sargent seat, and I upgraded the suspension.
Why I Sold It: After 10 years and 30,00 miles I was in the mood for something else.
Why I Wished I Hadn't Sold It: It had some rough edges (engine vibration mostly; the mirrors were dead smooth), the technology was dated, the muffler fell off a couple of times until I figured a way to lock it on. But, dang, it was fast! It was just sort of badass too and had a f*** off attitude.