Less is More – Greg Schob

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Vietnam era gas mask pouch.

I got this ’75 XS as a frame and a non-running motor from a guy who was planning on turning it into a cafe. He had already bought a lot of nice parts for it like the big bore 750 kit, Dellorto carbs with accelerator pumps, and the 2-into-one pipes. The first things I did were rebuild the motor, install the big bore kit, and paint all the cooling fins. The motor was in pretty good condition, so I didn’t have to do much to it. 

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I welded on a hardtail from TC Bros, where I also got the gas tank and a combined regulator rectifier.  I had to replace the entire ignition system. I stuck with points because I like the mechanics and simplicity of the old technology. I pieced the front end together on eBay from other Yammies, and lowered the forks 1 1/4″.  I shaved the lowers and painted them black. The rear fender is the stock front fender. My battery box is a WW2 B-17 bomber ammo can, and the saddle bag is a Vietnam era gas mask pouch.

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The mid controls I made out of an old set of highway pegs form an Ironhead. The headlight is a old tracker light that I found in my dad’s garage. I modified it a little bit to hold a modern 12v Halogen bulb and put a high/low selector on the side of the housing.  The tail light is a model A remanufacture. I built the license plate bracket in about 30 min with some scrap steel.

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I don’t understand how anyone could pay $100 for a manufactured one!  I got the seat on eBay,  I had to have have it because I’m in the Coast Guard and I have a tattoo similar to it.  After grinding off all the extra tabs and drilling some speed holes I rattle canned the frame with some red primer, and sealed the bare metal tank with some clear coat. I did all the pinstriping myself, and wrapped the wheels in some Firestone rubber.  I did the whole build in about 3 months in my one car garage which has only one electrical outlet.

Thanks for letting me my share my bike and truck that I snuck in.
Greg

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Comments

  1. JET36 says:

    Bad ass XS with big bore? Did good

  2. Barney says:

    Nice pinstriping!

  3. Uncle Bear says:

    Cool Bike!

  4. Bykerbrad says:

    Love it man, plain, simple and straight to the point.

  5. norm younger says:

    Very nice.

  6. tadd442 says:

    smooooooth

  7. Guy says:

    I LOVE IT- I LOVE IT – I LOVE IT, I’M REALLY DIGG’IN THE SAME SIZE RIM/TYRE COMBO’S LATLY, (LIKE THE GREEN JAP SCRATCH BIKE TOO) …LESS REALLY IS MORE HUH…

  8. greg says:

    Thank you guys for the positive feedback. I noticed a typo the headlight is form a Tractor not a tracker.

  9. HRs&HDs says:

    Your bike is truly awesome!!!! Great job.

  10. Kaveeks says:

    Sweet n’ raw ride!!

  11. Andy says:

    I’m inspired by your build.
    This is a great website and i like it how everyone shares their ideas.
    I think all builds should detail their modifications ie;
    stretch
    drop
    rake
    wheel size/type

    its a great help to those who want to replicate a particular style. What is the specifications of your bike?
    Comments are great but only takes a few moments, if someone builds a bike and tells you you inspired them that’s truly something.

  12. J-C says:

    Awesome bike as you said less is more. Very nicely done!!

  13. Tinslecat says:

    nice work on the build mate, its the little bits you make yourself that make the difference.

    some nice little touches, holes in the headstock gussetting, perfect mudguard etc….

    nice one!

  14. greg says:

    andy,
    the hard tail is a TC Bros. There web Site is http://WWW.tcbroschoppers.com. They only make one hard tail for the XS it is a 3 inch stretch, and I am not sure of the drop. I didn’t change the rake, but I lowered the forks 1 1/4″. the front tire is a 4.00×19 and the back is a 4.50×16 Firestone Champions. I got Mine from Cocker tire, they have the best price. I too spent a lot of time on this site getting inspiration and motivation. I’m glad my bike can inspire someone too! Thank you

  15. jeff says:

    perfectly done, i wouldn’t change a thing…well i’d change the owner to me 🙂

  16. mark says:

    How does it run with the Dellorto carbs? I’ve seen them (the carbs) advertized but as far as i know i havent seen any info on them…. Sweet ride

  17. Ibwrenchin says:

    Nice look. Really like that the frame is not black. The truck looks sweet as well. Nice job on both.

  18. fanoboss says:

    Love this Build.

  19. Fabbastard says:

    Ya looks like less worked out fine, simple is best (imho)

  20. greg says:

    mark
    I runs fine with the dellortos, but your right there is not very much information on them. I’m just using the jets that came with it 145 i think. Twice I have had flats spots at high RPMS. I think that it was a fuel delivery problem because my fuel line was so high (like it is in the pics). I have change that line up, and haven’t had a problem sense. You can really feel the power when the accelerator pumps kick in. The only complaints that I have about them is it seams like i’m always adjusting my idle speed and the return spring is not strong enough so some time I look like a fool when i’m shifting and rev the engine way up. Here is a link to a video of me riding it. http://youtu.be/8xxKdMuAni4

  21. Marco says:

    Great bike. And it’s true. Less is more. The pinstripe painting completes the bike.
    Did you lower the front?

  22. fish says:

    its a winner and a keeper…

  23. jamie says:

    Very nice. I have the same tank and was wondering how you mounted yours. I have a couple ideas but it would be cool to know what worked well for you

  24. greg says:

    Jamie,
    I used some 3/8-16 threaded bungs, and drilled 3/4 inch holes in my back bone then welded the bungs in place. There is a pretty good right up on http://www.Lowbrowcustoms.com in the DYI tech tips. I have a thread insert gun and tried that first, but I was not comfortable with how strong is was. Welding bungs in is the way to go. Some people also drill all the way trough there back bone and use all thread, but it weakens your frame.

  25. El Gaucho says:

    Thumbs up, way up!

  26. Guy says:

    GEE, DOS’NT LOOK LIKE 16 REAR, 19 FRONT?!?!?!

  27. jamie says:

    Right on man, thanks for the info, that was something I was thinking about and now I’m sold on it. Thanks again

  28. greg says:

    guy
    you are right sorry for the typo the rear is a 18 and the front is a 19. The the slightly skinnier front tire makes both tires about the same hight.

  29. Clapper says:

    Man this thing is damn near perfect. Love it. Always good to see fellow Floridians putting together some awesome bikes.

  30. Won Hung Lo says:

    IMO the best ones are the simplest. Cheap, fast, loud, basic, low maintenance, no frills, rattle can, and good rubber. It’s all you need.

  31. Buster Hyman says:

    I’m only 14 years old and I love this motorcycle!

  32. Dennis says:

    “only 14” with a nick like that??!!??!?? SHOCKING!!!

  33. fanoboss says:

    THERE IS HOPE !

  34. Cody says:

    Congrats on your feature in back talk! Love the bike

  35. Barney says:

    Just saw your bike in The Horse a few days ago, great job~

  36. corrie says:

    Wow Greg nicely done!!! Very impressive. I could recongnize your art work anywhere.

    Love Mom