A WORD FROM THE CLASSIFIERS
Classified Moto is headquartered in a fairly secret location near downtown Richmond, Virginia, USA. In late 2013 we moved out of my residential garage into a large state-of-the-art facility — oh wait — it’s actually a former mule barn with no heat or AC. But it’s home and it’s just the way we like it.
We don’t have a retail showroom, storefront, boutique or whatever you might call it, and we’re not open to the public. That said, if you’re passing through Richmond and want a peek at the shop, we’ll try to accommodate. It can’t hurt to ask anyway.
Our little operation is known for a signature style of motorcycles that can only be categorized as “Classified”. They’re not café racers, they’re not choppers. Nor are they bobbers, street trackers or rat bikes. They’re a Frankenstein combo of old and modern components that hopefully add up to something fun and unique.
We are big fans of bringing old, discarded things back to life. Whether it’s custom motorcycles, our (often copycatted) Moto Lamp or some other creative expression, it’s easy to recognize the CM spirit in the things we do.
Classified Moto became my livelihood the day I got laid off from an 11-year advertising job back in 2011. Staring an uncertain future in its scary face, I decided to roll the dice and turn my newfound love for motorcycles into a full-time job.
In the years since, we’ve gone places, done things and met people we’d never have imagined. And we get to come to work and make cool stuff every day.
|2000 Starling Drive #70614 • Richmond, VA 23255|
SHREVEPORT SLAMMER Perhaps our penultimate XV920R, this all-business little muscle bike will call Shreveport, Louisiana home. Built for custom 4×4 guru Wes Malmay, the 1982 chain drive XV features a first for us — a stock swing arm fitted with a 1990s CB750 Nighthawk rear wheel. In my opinion the stock XV rear wheel is not fit for human eyes, but Wes didn’t want to go full-on Level 4, so we found a nice compromise. The Nighthawk wheel matches the R6 wheel up front and, as mods go, wasn’t overly difficult. Dani fabled up a nice clean exhaust which we nickel plated and mated to a stainless muffler. I had the pleasure of delivering it to Mr. Malmay on the way home from The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas. Nice way to wrap up the trip. SPECIFICATIONS DONOR: 1982 Yamaha XV920R FRONT END: 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 with CM front end conversion & upper clamp FRONT WHEEL: 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 FRONT BRAKES: 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 SWING ARM: Stock XV920R REAR SHOCK: 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 REAR WHEEL: 2002 Honda CB750 Nighthawk TIRES: Metzeler ME880 (front), Avon Supermoto wet (rear) TANK: Modified Benelli Mojave 360, original paint EXHAUST: Custom stainless GAUGE: Acewell Digital SEAT: Custom. Upholstered by Roy Baird, RVA BATTERY: Shorai Lithium Ion CHAIN: DID gold X-Ring