About This Site

This ostensibly new XS750/XS850 site came about because of the doggedness and tenacity of two men, who against all the odds, staring adversity square in the jaw, triumphed against all the naysayers, and produced a much needed, dedicated web site for the hardy followers that this icon of the 1970's Japanese motorcycle industry attracts....

No, that's not right...

This new XS750/XS850 site came about because of a shared interest in prime numbers. Three is the first odd prime number. It is both the first Fermat prime and the first Mersenne prime, the only number that is both. The founders of this site, having yearned their whole lives to own classic Japanese motorcycles, found that bikes with one, two, four, or even six cylinders were so unsatisfying. If the origins of the universe could be found in the prime numbers, they reasoned that the best motorcycles, forged in the fires of Mount Doom, could also be found there. And it had to have three cylinders...

No, that's not right either....

The creator of the best UK site for the Yamaha XS750/XS850 decided to give it up. The mantle has been passed to we two renegades, and hence this new site. Be assured that we do own XS750s in various states of restoration, but neither have ever ridden one. This site documents a shared history, and a hope for the future, that one fine day, these amazing motorcycles will live again... as long as eBay doesn't go out of business first.

There have been TV series inspired by the XS... well just one really, "Charmed" - who's slogan was "The power of three will set us free" and was about three witches who terrorised the streets of San Francisco on the only bike with the sheer power to manage the gradients of the streets there, and the handling to deal with Lombard Street, the XS750. Not for these girls the messiness of chain adjustment, nor the need for second gear. After all, when your life is dedicated to the number three, having a gear numbered two is upsetting.

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About The "Two Men" referred to above.

If you want to know more about Paul, you can read it in Paul's Story.

There's no story for Graham yet because he hasn't written one.