1982 heritage ” The Chronic”

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-18 2015

I even told them i would work for free

Jaap from the Netherlands – It started with a dream where i would learn how to build bikes and eventually start my own bikeshop here in the Netherlands. I work as a cook for a few years, but that started to annoy the hell outta me. So i quit that job and collected a bunch of email adresses from some bikeshops in the area. I send them an email telling them i wanted to learn how to build some badass choppers and caferacers.

I even told them i would work for free, i just wanted to learn! There was only 1 out of a few owners that responded and he invited me over at his shop. I arrived at that shop called Short Cut Choppers based in Ede in the Netherlands and i got real excited! The shop was great and after half an hour it was clear i could start working there 2 days a week. A few months later i sold my VLX600 Shadow and bought a near mint condition 82 heritage special with the double spoked rims! I got it really cheap and after a month or so i stripped her down and hardtailed it.

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Namazu the Earthquake Fish

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Namazu Resize 2006

Starting at the front are forks from an XV820? It was the chain drive Virago. With them came the dual brakes and an electronic tach. Braided stainless brake lines help to firm up the grip. Headlight bucket is from a midnight Virago750. I found the front fender in the woods out back of Nick’s Cycle Salvage. No charge. Back in the ’70s I used to do all Nick’s painting for him and we would wrench on all makes from all countries including Japan. Then one day he got a bug up his ass and went no more Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons, I think BMW would have made the cut but nobody new what to do with them, Then he looks at me and says “and yours is the only Jap bike allowed in my shop”. It’s all different now though. Any body on anything is welcome. Golf carts, scooters, you ride you’re in the club. Continue Reading →

81 XS650 Special

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-01 2015

Kirkland – My buddies and I started out with a bone stock 81 650 Special, which was our first ground up build. The beginning idea was just to slap on a hardtail and keep the front stock, but that quickly deteriorated as did my bank account. The tail is from TC Bros, as are the handlebars and forward controls. Continue Reading →

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Dave’s first xs650 project

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-02 2015

Can you add these pics to my existing post on page 2 of website    “Dave’s first xs650 project”. Continue Reading →

Hardly David’s Son

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-01 2015

Mark Newton – 3 years of casually chipping away at this bad boy and I finally can say she’s a solid runner. TC Bros hard tail, Ebay sporty mid tunnel tank, Avon rubber front and back, random Harley headlight, Built and wrapped the pipes from a TC Bros pipe kit, Front Street Cycles T-bars, Chinese seat, eBay signals, random front fender repurposed on the rear, fabricated the electronics box which houses my coils, signal relay, key/kill switch and fuses. Continue Reading →

The Brothers’ Build

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-02 2015

Brett “BrettMan” Williams – My brother and I built this over the last couple months.  We used it as an excuse to drink a ton of beer and smoke cigarettes in my garage with our shop dog “Twister.”

We had been wanting to build a motorcycle together ever since he moved to town a year and a half ago.  An XS seemed like an obvious choice since they lend so well to it.  But, we wanted to do something cooler than the standard bolt-on hardtails that are running around everywhere.  While looking for a base bike I found an old project on Craigslist.  I bought the frame and motor off some guy who started building it 10 years ago and never finished.  I paid too much for what I got but I have an affiinity for building things that, without my help, would eventually become trash. Continue Reading →

Metalflake Caferacer

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-17 2015

Jeroen Quanjer – Unique café racer of course based on a Yamaha XS 650! Recently built and overhauled. Continue Reading →