BIKERS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH DEVON
by Paul Watts
1978 YAMAHA XS650D
I clearly recall a friend of the family coming around to visit in 1976 when I was 16 and riding at the time a Suzuki AP50 sports moped. He asked me what my ultimate bike was. I had to ponder for a while, as I had never really thought about it. After a while, I decided that it would have to be two bikes, the mighty New York Steak Kawasaki's Z1 and the big twin Yamaha XS650.
Four years later and Lyn and I postponed our wedding by six months to enable me to fulfill part of this dream. May 1980 saw me being the proud owner of a Yamaha XS650D.
18 months old and 9,500 miles on the clock, I spied it at Mottingham Mopeds in South London, the same place that I bought my new Suzuki AP50 sports moped from.
£1,200 on the never never and it was mine. They were available for £1,400 new at the time but I couldn't stretch to the extra £200.
A year or two later and there were some XS650's being sold for just £1,000, but they were grey imports and Maroon.
It had to be black for me, easily the best looking XS650 that was ever made.