November 2022 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Nick Ounanian of Fontana with his 1978 Yamaha XS-11

Make: Yamaha
Model: XS-11
Year: 1978
Country of Origin: Japan
Engine: 1100cc inline 4
Transmission: 5 speed
Owner: Nick Ounanian
City: Fontana

1979 Yamaha XS-11 Nick Ounanian's 1979 Yamaha XS-11
1978 Yamaha XS-11, Martini Racing

Congratulations to Nick Ounanian of Fontana for winning Bike of the Month with his 1978 Yamaha XS-11. Nick won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Today was Nick's first time to our meet, but he did himself a disservice by bringing three pristine bikes. Two of them gained all the attention, this Martini Racing tribute, and his 1970 Indian Mini Mini which took second place.

Nick is a retired Plant Manager for a manufacturing facility, he's been around machines all of his life. He started restoring motorcycles after he retired.

Both of his XS-11's have been restored to a tee. This one in the Martini racing livery and his 1979 as fully stock.

The XS-11 was the first inline four cylinder bike for Yamaha when it came out in 1978. It was also the first 1100cc motorcycle to come out of the Japanese motorcycle industry.

Nick fully restored this bike over a nine month period.

Thank you Nick for bringing your XS-11 out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our November Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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