sick xs650 Garage Company Customs

6 inch stretch xs

Larry- It’s a 80 XS650. We picked this bike up from a guy local in stock form.  It had been sitting in his garage for 10 years. To start off the build the frame got hard-tailed with a 6 inch stretch in the rear and an additional 3 degrees of rake in the neck. We use as many of the stock components as we could to save the customer some dough. The brakes, wheels and front-end were all re-used. The tank is a Salinas Boys piece from Cole Foster and the fender is from Pat at Led Sled Customs.  As for the rest of the bike we pretty much did everything else in house aside from the lace paint, that was done by Goolsby Customs.

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Ted-  One of the 650s I picked up a while back had been sitting for over 10 years. It was covered in bird shit and looked real rough. After I got her home, I threw a new battery and new regulator rectifier, adjusted the carbs and it roared to life. Were you able to get it started fairly easy before you ripped it apart?

Larry- We didn’t even try. The bike was missing the ignition box as well as some other crucial parts.  So we started the tear-down immediately.

Ted- How does it handle with the 3 degrees of rake and 6 inch of stretch?

Larry- It handles great!! We didn’t want the bike to look to small.  That’s usually the only complaint we get about the XS’ is that people feel like a monkey fuckin a football if you don’t stretch em out a little.
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Ted- Salinas Boys tank is a cool piece. What is the Fuel capacity?

Larry- Yeah, we have used this tank on a couple of the bikes. The normal mounting position is low set on the frame but we semi frisco mounted this one just to change the look.  As far as fuel, it’ll hold around 2.5 gallons.

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Ted- What do you like most about using the  XS 650 as a platform to build on? Are you having a hard time finding XS650’s to chop up in Alabama?

Larry- Well they’re actually still pretty easy to get here. I have got a honey hole that has a ton of em. The only drawback is there all turds.  They’ve been sitting outside for a long time and you’ve gotta go completely through them. The best things about the XS is they are easy to find, parts are readily
available and they run so damn good when they’re done.
Not to mention they favor the British stuff a little.


Ted- Anything else that we might not notice about the ride? Anything else you’d like to add?

Larry- Well we get a lot of folks asking if the knobby tires roar and the answer is no. They ride as good as street tires. I wanna say thanks to Pamco Pete for the killer ignitions and for all his help.  Oh yeah, wanna let everyone know that we’ve started making some parts such as a really nice weld-on hard-tail for the XS with options for stretch and drop. As well as some killer handlebars that are available in stainless/mild steel, 1′ & 7/8. Check out our blog for the most recent info on parts –>

Thanks Larry

Garage Company Customs Inc.
200 Bearden Rd
Pelham, Al 35124
205-682-0040 Shop
205-533-8922 Fax


  1. Tech7 says:

    Cool bike. What kind of headlight is that? I like its’ dimensions, and I haven’t gotten one yet.

  2. The XS650 was Yamaha’s answer to the British vertical twins: similar look and feel without the maintenance issues (oil leaks, electrical, metallurgy issues). The XS850 was a response to the ever increasing complexity of the Japanese 4-cylinder motors.

  3. Tracy says:

    Looks like a Hella off road light. Damn that suckers long, Me likey:)

  4. Larry says:

    Thanks guys!! The headlight is a Hella off road unit.

  5. Hugh says:

    I met these guys last year on the Big Mountain Run. A real standup crew with some sweet bike building talent… They were willing to pull a part of off a finished bike just to help me get back on the road, thats a hell of a thing to do guys, keep up the good work.

    Gonna be at the BMR this year?


  6. Jap Slap says:

    Now that’s a Fuckin Chopper… guys jap slap the hell out of that scooter…there is nuthin not to like about that build…man you guys are sick!!!!

    Jap Slap

    Cya down the road

  7. black country man says:

    like this bike a lot,will have to get my act together and post some pics of my softail project.will be very happy if it turns out half as good as this,

  8. robert says:

    That paint is sick! The tank and fender are sweet. I dig the knobby tires too. Hell with all the cool things to look at….I almost missed those killer pipes. Nice scoot.

  9. I really like the bars. Where did you pull the headlight from?

  10. brian says:

    The hella light you use is it the euro or pencil beam ralley 4000? Love the look of the bike! I’m collecting all my parts right now.

  11. reynoldburton says:

    Seen it on bikernetmetricnews blog before, I really like most of this bike. Bars are not mine & I wouldnt stretch out an XS so much.

    But thats just because I like lookin like a footballfuckin monkey. Knees to the ears, hehe!

  12. REEB! says:

    Damn I’m a slacker! Have my Cole tank at home waiting to be mounted and fender o well ya snooze ya lose. Nice bike tho

  13. Tech7 says:

    Thanx Larry, I’m gonna look into that.

  14. Rusty Nutz says:

    Beauty job on that tank. Nice overall job on the whole bike. 5 stars out of 5.

  15. freedom says:

    reynoldburton I seen lots of xs on bikernetmetricnews but I always see them here first. Tank and paint is nice work.

  16. Blackwidow says:

    Sweet bike I like the paint scheme

  17. hott scott says:

    you should’ve made it a drop seat frame so you don’t slide off the back. its what i have and its super comfortable.

  18. HoeyUno says:

    Paint looks awesome.

  19. lil bastard says:

    love the lace! and the rest of the bike! awsome scoot!!!!!!!!!

  20. BigJimmyW13 says:

    I’m wondering what kind of tires are on there?!?

  21. BigJimmyW13 says:

    Anyone???? I’m looking to get a hold of these tires for my 16 rear and 21 front.

  22. Carlos says:

    The tires look like Bridgestone Trailwings. KLR’s and other Dual purpose bikes use them OEM.

  23. Fabbastard says:

    pretty sweet ride, gives me a tooth ache!

  24. nice build but not sure about the stretch. looks a little odd w/ all the empty space behind the motor. of course that’s just my opinion.

  25. Chuck Jones says:

    This is one of my favorite bikes I have seen here on this site.

  26. like this bike a lot,will have to get my act together and post some pics of my softail project.will be very happy if it turns out half as good as this,

  27. jesse m. says:

    how do the pipes sound on that thing?