Eric Waterfall Interviews Tono of MOTOSHOP TONOUCHI.

After posting Numa’s xs-half-fairing, Eric shot me an e-mail to say that he speaks Japanese and would be willing to help out with some translating. He was able to get in contact with Tono of MOTOSHOP TONOUCHI to get the scoop on this sick XS650 CHOPPER.  If you guys dig this one I think Eric may be doing another Guest post soon.

Eric Waterfall - We have material!  I called Tono the other day to see if anything was going on and he was quite apologetic.  He totally spaced sending me the info and pics.  I got this this morning.  Though there isnt much info in the email, over the phone he said there is an XS650 “mania” going on in Japan right now.




Everybody wants and is buying up the XS.  As for used XS’, they go anywhere from 3 to 5 thousand dollars. Thats right, $3K to $5K AMERICAN!  Good ol’ Japan. The carbs on the bike are 34mm flatsides.  The fork covers were bought on eBay from Bates Vintage.  Thats really the only info he gave me on the bike.  He’s since built his own XS650 and its SICK.


Thanks To:
Eric Waterfall
Ogden, UT


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  1. reynoldburton October 30, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    What a sick ride – I really love it!

  2. numa October 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    I know this bike & I love it!

    painting, fork, bars , rear wheel…

    I’d like to tell Ted more japanese XS choppers!

  3. Scott October 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    Man another sick xs! Looks like a zero strech hardail section…

  4. Rick Lopez October 30, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    This is is one of the greatest XS’s built I have seen…so sick.

  5. REEB October 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    Gnarly bike! I have a few xs’s I’d like to sell!

  6. Steve October 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    Way Cool !!!

  7. Rob October 30, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    is that a bolt on hardtail?!

  8. Emery October 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    That paint is sick… nice bike!

  9. lil bastard October 30, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    AWSOME!! Not a thing wrong with it! A PERFECT 650!!!!!

  10. Hesh October 31, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    wow! never better!

  11. josh October 31, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    WOW, truly perfect proportions!!

    I wonder what a finished build goes for over there. I am assuming 8-10K American. CRAZY

  12. josh October 31, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    Is this there any way to find out what the strech on this bike is?

  13. ryan October 31, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    Please do a feature on his XS400…. Very talented builder!!!

  14. Blackwidow November 1, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    WOW 3-5k for an xs650 thats crazy I bought one of mine for 500 bux and the other for 550 both in real good running condition.. This bike is really nice I like the handle bars and the tank and the paint

  15. reynoldburton November 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    I wonder if that are “starburst” moon discs on the rear wheel? Please tell, and if – what size/diameter?

  16. Spun November 2, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    Two thumbs up all the way, in my top five for sure. I would also like some info on those disks. Great job!

  17. Ted November 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Blackwidow-”WOW 3-5k for an xs650 thats crazy” That is exactly what I said to Eric. I think I know what you’re thinking though, you wouldn’t be able to make any money exporting. Import duties and shipping would kill it. haha.

    reynoldburton- I am not sure, but I think the discs are custom-made. Check out MOTOSHOP TONOUCHI blog. The links up top.

  18. bloodhound November 3, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    that is a beautiful bike.

  19. Blackwidow November 5, 2009 at 6:15 am #

    Your wrong Ted I was offered 4500 for the blackwidow and I said no way. Right now I love my bikes and don’t want to sell them for nothing

  20. reynoldburton November 5, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    Thanks Ted, but my Japanese is even worse than my english ;)

    I thought it could be these discs:

    For sure customized to fit on the bikes wheel!

  21. TONO November 6, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    I am glad to feature my motorcycle.
    Thanks a lot of comments!

    I make a new XS650, check HP.


  22. xsdanmass November 9, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    wow nice bike love the rear chain cover and the tach and did any body notice the sweet set up on the front brake cable to hyd disk nice job on that id love to see some better pics keep up the great work over there

  23. Spun November 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Yeah that front brake is killer. I can’t get enough of this one.

  24. Ted November 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    @reynoldburton- I think you are right on with the mooneyes hubs.

    @TONO- Thanks for taking the time to talk with Eric, I’m sure you’re mad busy. It is really cool to see what’s going on in Japan.

  25. CAPTAIN AWESOME November 10, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    anyone else notice that it looks like the whole hardtail is a bolt on affair? maybe to switch it back to suspension for inspections?

  26. Scott November 10, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    I believe it is a bolt-on hardtail. Look at his blog. I cant read japaneese but it does say xs650 and has a whole bolton section. You can see where it bolts on in the pic of the bike matches that section on his blog.


  27. Ted November 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    I noticed the appearance of a bolt on section to. If you look close by the key ignition under the seat is a little dots where he could be sliding in a connection. I guess I will have to learn Japanese and ask TONO.

  28. chad November 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    i would seriously like to see that brake setup. super clean

  29. Ted December 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    I just confirmed that it is illegal in Japan to ride a hardtail motorcycle on public roads. So, it makes sense that it is a bolt-on hardtail.

  30. Lance December 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    definitely one of my faves- the stance is perfect and I love the compact look. Next XS I build will have no stretch for sure!

  31. J Smif January 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Tono I just saw pics of your “EGOISTIC BLACK” bike in Another World Of Chopper magazine, I have to Say I think I like it Just a little bit more than “Hippy Zippy” bike. Keep up the awesome builds, your bikes are sick.

  32. hangman March 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    One of the best xs650 builds I,ve seen on this site.

  33. DanJ May 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Of the ones I’ve seen thus far, this is by far my fav.

  34. Woogaus December 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    Love the look of this bike, and I’m really interested in the risers he used. Anyone know who makes them or where they can be found? I looked on Tono’s website, but didn’t find any info there.

  35. tom January 4, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    looks like a cable opirated front disk brake, no master cylinder. Iv never seen one of these on a motorcycle, only on cheap mountain bikes. How are they for stopping

  36. Jason Farthing February 18, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    killer looking ride, I’m starting one of my own very soon from a ’72 XS2. I can’t wait, and I hope it turns out half as good as yours.

  37. McLeod September 16, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    I thought it was a cable operated disc brake at first too (they were on the Honda CT200s) when I saw the naked handlebars, but as I continued to watch, it does seem like there is a resivoir hidden behind the front rails of the frame. But it looks like maybe a cable operates the resivoir?

    I would love any insight on this. Does anyone know?