Hans from Holland PART # 13

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LynXS Café-fighter

Amazing all the frequent updates here with all kind of XS 650 twins. Great to see so much variation on the XS theme. Trackers, chops, bobbers, café-racers, I really dig em all, you know the XS virus hit me hard for almost 25 years now. In 1988 already I rode a Santee framed XS chopper with high sissybar, apehanger and a long overstock springer front end. Several XS project followed, not only chops and bobs (see my Back 2 BasiXS), but also some speedy racers. The latest racer is the LynXS which I like to show you in this column-edition.

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The name LynXS is a combination of two passions in my life, the Lynyrd Skynyrd band and …of course… the XS 650. I prefer to call this creation not a café-racer but a café-fighter, cos the old Fifties style is fused with hyper modern influences. Everything is lightweight alloy and maximum tuned on the LynXS, finally I can compete with my mates’ Buells. No matter what they tried, they can’t get my out their mirrors haha. It runs like a jet, it’ll cruise at 160 KPH and on the Dyno it reached 210 kilometres per hour.

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Think the contrast between the bright orange powder coated frame and wheels and the hand polished allloy parts all over the bike turned out superb. The alloy tank is a real eye-catcher. Didn’t made this item myself, WBO Racing in Germany did this good job and they were also responsible for the alloy seat.

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A nice detail is the window I made in the right engine cover, which gives a nice look at the clutch. Especially with the engine runnin´ it´s real cool !

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The modified clutch has very heavy springs to deal with the 70 HP, so the cable is replaced by a hydraulic operated one.

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The original swing arm was too heavy and less stiff and is replaced by an aloy swing arm donated by a Suzuki Katana 1100 which was scored at the local motor scrapyard for less bucks, same like the GSX 750 R wheels and 54 mm upside down front fork.
Rear Brake came of a VX 800 while the front brakes are also GSX-R items. The two 320mm floating discs in combination with two six-piston calipers provides an unbelievable brake power!

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Exhaust System is complete stainless steel, made by StarTwin a local motorshop. They did an excellent job. The alloy heat shields I made my own, just with a handsaw and a file, like many other parts like fly screen, stabilisator/ fenderbracket, rearset covers etc. The mufflers are megatons for that real deep sound.

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To build the LynXS I worked on it for about one and a half years, taking about 260 hours. I finished it two years ago and it´s a blast to ride. Handling and power is incredible. Unfortunately,  I´m intended to sell it, lack of space in my garage and the need for money on my new project are the main reasons. Otherwise,  I´ve got an addiction on building bikes and got so many ideas in my head….
In the next column more details on the LynXS and some pics of the build-up.
So far, greetz from Holland ! Hans Prost.