Fong Bros Basic Black Bike

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Basic Black Bike from THE FONG BROS!

Denis – Like the title says, it’s pretty much a basic black bike. I do want to thank T.C. Bros for giving me a good deal on the hardtail. I just had an idea where I wanted an all black and chrome/polished bike with white grips, so that’s what I went with. It has 18 inch wheels front and back with 4.5 Firestones. Also, there are drum brakes front and rear (xs1 front and Heritage Special 48 spoke rear).

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It has a Pamco ignition and outside of that, I can’t really say there is a great deal of really custom stuff. I built it in about 3 weeks from start to finish excluding the wiring.

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It’s just been sitting in my garage since February and since I finally wired it up this weekend, I figured I’d post some pics before it goes to the new owner in New York.

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68 Responses to Fong Bros Basic Black Bike

  1. fong November 20, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I think that would be a very good idea.

  2. fanoboss November 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    ditto fong…

  3. reynoldburton November 23, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Basic black nice !

  4. fong November 25, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    HANDLEBARS QUESTION.. someone emailed me about the handlebars. Please email back. I responded, but somehow deleted it.

  5. Esteban November 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi! congratulations on the bike! I´m from Argentina. Do I want to know that ring is the one for the HUB 48spokes? I can not get a wheel rim width to 18.

  6. Steveair2 November 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Falcon……are you gay?

  7. wayne braun November 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Could you help me? I would like to set up my wheels and brakes the same way you have yours. a rear wheel look on my front end. how do you do it?
    I have now a 18/4.50/36 hole rear. and a 19/ 36 hole with disk brake front. do you just put a rear wheel and brake from rear to front? Your bike is a great looking bike!

  8. fong November 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Wayne. Please email me directly.

  9. reynoldburton November 29, 2011 at 5:38 am #

    Obviously not falcons cup of tea! I think a billet barge will suit his needs fine :)

  10. Chuck Jones November 29, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Its a nice clean build I am not sure why that Falcon guy is so aggressive with his comments.

  11. Doctorstupid November 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I notice that you guys always seem to keep the stock rear frame braces incorporated into the hardtail. Can you give me a short explanation of how you are doing that and why?

  12. fong November 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Doctor, I leave them in for 2 basic reasons. One, I like a bike to look full from front to back. With the side supports gone, there is just too much open space for my taste. Second, the side supports and the triangulation to the seat post make a stronger frame. On a regular hardtail, they are pretty much only connected to the front frame in four places. Mine are connected in 8 places,(10 if you want to get technical) so if a break occurs, there are 7 other places to hold it together, not 3. As to how it’s done, the funny thing is I have been accused over the years of making amateur frames because in the old days only rookies left in the side supports. It is actually much harder to weld the frame and add these pieces back on. So how???, cut them off, add the hardtail, weld them back in, and make all the plates, gussets, tubing to connect it all up.

  13. leebo December 12, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    every time I hit this site up I gotta have a look at this bike.

  14. Michel December 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    So Nice

  15. Matt December 30, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    What did you do to get the wassell tank to clear the top motor mount? i love the bike

  16. Denis December 30, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    You have to cut it off.

  17. bluejeans September 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    who is the manufacturer of the rims

    • Denis September 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm #


      • bluejeans September 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

        What size 2.15 x 18, or 1.85×18 36 hole shouldered or nonshouldered
        and the rear ?

        • Denis September 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

          They ae both the same 18″x36 xsperformance rims sold by mikes. From my recollection,he only sells one size, but they are both back wheels, so it would be the wider one non shouldered.

        • bluejeans September 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

          Thank You! Awesome build!

  18. Denis September 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Thank you

    • bluejeans September 3, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      one more question the x1 front wheel, did you have to use a x1 front end or did you use a xs front end (forks, triple trees)?

      • Denis September 3, 2012 at 10:58 am #

        Any xs650 front end will work. I did not use an xs1 frontend. However you will need to make some wheel spacers to center the wheel (I use an old handlebar) and a brake stay to keep the drum from turning when you apply the brake.

  19. Tyrant66 September 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I’ve no doubt that this here is the hands down most beautiful XS650 ever chopped, bobbed, bullied or whatever else ya’ll do to them.

  20. Carl September 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Interested in your kickstand. Did you use the stock lug/mount with a modified arm assembly?

    • Denis September 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      It’s the stock kickstand from a 74 frame. The correct part was broken on that frame and when I got it, someone had already added the piece that welds on from a 1974. I had to find the kickstand, which is kind of a rare piece and shorten it because the bike is lowered.

  21. Tyrant 66 April 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    This bike is officially for sale