Völser Custom’s XS650 Sid

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-01 2015

Marcel – It wasn’t that I had bit off more than I could chew, I just had to chew a lot longer than I’d planned. Other than a few bolt on mods on my other bike I had never really wielded a spanner or taken a motorbike apart, but after getting into motorbikes a few years ago and developing a taste for classic motorbikes and seeing the beautiful customs that people created on websites like the Bikeshed and Bike Exif I decided to have a go. I’d always had a hankering for an XS650 and when the opportunity arose to get one at a reasonable price I jumped on it and bought a 1978 Yamaha XS650E, a manual and registered with the XS650 forum. The plan was to strip the bike back and rebuild it using elements I’d seen on other bikes and also add some of my own, all in about 6-8 months, ready to ride it down to Wheels & Waves 2014. That didn’t happen….at all. In fact I didn’t even get close. For a perfectionist like myself that can be quite disturbing, but once I managed to just go with whatever the bike threw at me the process became far more enjoyable.

In the end I took me just over a year to get to what you see here and I probably spent far more than I should have. But that’s not what it was about for me. I learned new things (like patience!) and acquired new skills, made new friends and feel a sense of accomplishment. Priceless as they say.

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Cheap Trick

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-02 2015

Mike Black – I picked up a basketcase in August of 2014. I spent the Oregon winter in my unheated garage and built what you see here.

Engine had a holed piston, so the entire engine has been rebuilt. New pistons, rings, cam and rocker arms. Everything else was cleaned and reused or replaced with good used parts. Continue Reading →

My First Hard Tail

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Tracey – This is my third XS650, but my first hard tail. Bought it mostly complete, but it still needs a few finishing touches to be on the road.

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Dave’s first xs650 project

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-01 2015

John david scott – I found this bike from a friend who didn’t even know what kind of bike it was. it had been buried in the shed for 32 years.he bought it new in 1981 and put ten thousand miles on it and stuck it in the barn. he gave it to me and I brought her home and I didn’t know what I had until I started looking online. I put 100 miles on her before I started taking her apart and cutting her up. the project isn’t done yet but I’ve added a TC brothers hardtail. Tc bros. Continue Reading →

Spuds 81 Bratstyle Build

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-03 2015

Ryan – Hey all, This is my first xs650 build.  I love the bratsyle builds, but I also love Frisco style choppers. So, I thought i’d combine the two, and make something cool. Well, what ‘I’ think is cool at least. Ive had the bike for a couple of years now, but seriously got into building it over the winter just gone. Continue Reading →

Jason’s Money Pit

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-02 2015

This bike started out as a 1981 XS 650. There have been too many customizations to list here. The frame is powder coated, front and rear wheels are 19″ aftermarket and anodized, springer seat, custom brass rear fender, weld on hard tail, one off custom stainless exhaust with brass inserts, external oil filter, polished velocity stacks with brass mesh inserts, the tank is an original British Wassell painted by Manny’s in OKC. Continue Reading →

Chris’s XS Rat

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-03 2015

Found a motor and a frame with forks attached buried behind a buddy’s barn. Can’t afford to build a Harley, took 3 years, machined a bunch of my own parts I needed, found the rest at junkyards. Rebuilt the motor over the winter. Special thanks to Mike’s XS 650 for having parts I could not fabricate. Gas tank is from a Victory. Continue Reading →