‘It’s hum­bling to see such amaz­ing re­ac­tions to some­thing I’ve built’

Paul Rob­son 1977 Yamaha XS650 Board Tracker

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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

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