GROWING UP FAST. Greg Hageman’s Yamaha XS650 & XSR700 Faster Sons Twins
The retro revival is still in full swing with motorcycle trade shows overflowing with homages to bikes from days gone by. But never before has a chip off the old block ever been so accurately described as major manufacturer and master build up team up for the best of XS. From his base in Bettendorf, Iowa, Greg Hageman has once again joined forces with Yamaha to spawn the perfect offspring to his brilliant ’72 XS Resto Mod. It’s now a two for one package, old bull and speedy steer; they are Yard Built XS650 & XSR700 “Fast Father & Faster Son” by Hageman Motorcycles.
With the announcement that Yamaha was to bring the XSR700 to the North American market Greg Hageman had an idea. Already a mainstay of the Yard Built program, the king of the Virago and having first built an XS650 back in the early 2000s he’s affinity with the marque is obvious. So he approached Yamaha Motorcycle Project Manager Shun Miyazawa at the 2016 AIMExpo in Orlando with an idea. His vision was to create a 1972 XS650 XS2 custom “Fast Father” as inspiration and build a “Faster Son” version using the XSR700. Yamaha didn’t have to think for long, Hageman’s body of work speaks for itself and both Miyazawa and Motorcycle Product Line Manager Derek Brooks gave the green light.