‘It’s humbling to see such amazing reactions to something I’ve built’
Paul Robson 1977 Yamaha XS650 Board Tracker
What started life as a £1300 Yamaha XS650 ebay special has been transformed into this headturning beauty. Paul Robson, from Northumberland, wanted to create something different and it took him a year in his shed to turn the well-used XS650 into his dream machine.
He said: “I wanted a bike that meant something to me. I have always liked the old Board Tracker style, so I thought I’d create a modern twist on a classic.
“I wanted to make sure that it was a true one-off. I used the XS engine and headstock and the frame came from Voodoo Vintage. I really loved the curved style. The fork is from a 2014 Yamaha R1 and I made most of the other bits myself.”
Paul fabricated the tank and machined all of the pegs and levers himself. The engine has been stripped and now uses 750 barrels. He even called his bike a Robson and used the Norton font to give it the final flourish.
He added: “Considering the time and effort I put into the build, I’m going to enjoy riding it this year. The dream is to start building bikes for a living some day.
“The reaction from friends, fellow motorcyclists and people in the street is one of amazement. It’s very humbling to see their reactions to something I have built. I haven’t had one negative comment about it so far. Everyone’s first question is “what is it? I’ve never heard of a ‘Robson’”.
The XS650 engine sits in a Voodoo frame
You don’t see many Robsons on the road
Clean lines and not a wire in sight