The 83 Idle Hands Brat

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Nate K – It all started when I traded some guitar gear for this 83 XS650 in the beginning of 2014. It had been sitting outside near a shed at a friends place for around a year. It was a project that never was finished and left to sit. I traded without doing much investigation on the bike so I didn’t know if it had good compression, bad internals, locked up carbs, or even a bend frame but my buddy is a good guy and said it was legit. Turned out he was right! We wanted to build this on a VERY tight budget to show guys out there that it is possible to be frugal and still end up with a daily rider that is a tad flashy and still tasteful for under $3k. Continue Reading →

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650 XS 447 – loic

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Straight out of France - loic – A lot of work for a pure delight!

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Norton Featherbed XS650 Cafe Racer

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Jeremy Bramall - This bike was a basket case 1978 XS650 brought to us by a customer. I talked him into letting us build him a Norton Featherbed style frame.  We decided to use all of the brakes, and geometry from a YZF-R6. This thing handles like a super light and nimble R6.  It is raring to go through every twisty turn you can throw at it.  The frame, tank, seat, header, and paint were all done in house.   Continue Reading →

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GP Flyer

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Greg Petschauer - GP Flyer - This is my first bike build. My goal was to make a clean simple bike that would be fun to ride. I started with a ragged out 81′ I got for $500 bucks. The frame is from Ardcore Choppers. I completely rebuilt the motor with a HughsHandbuilt rephased crank and cam. Just about everything in the motor is new, rods, pistons, valves etc…

I’m running a Hughs PMA and Pamco ignition. I made the majority of the components other than the basic frame, tank and fender. Including the exhaust, the foot controls, peg mounts, lacing new spokes in the wheels and the seat mechanism. I designed the mechanism to use a FOX Float mountain bike shock, which provides a great ride. The shock is fully adjustable and really smooths out he bumps. Another unique feature is that the bike is kick only and the battery is hidden in a compartment inside the starter. The rest of the electronics are hidden in the street rod coil cover along with the horn, which fit perfectly in the bottom.  Continue Reading →

Spencer – 1975 XS650 Bobber

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Spencer - Well this is my first build. I found the XS650 in a barn and bought it from the guy for $500. I cut the rear end off and welded a TC Bros. hard tail on. Lots of copper and brass. Internal clutch and throttle. Had to fab most everything in the spare room of my apartment. Many pieces were copper powdercoated and many have copper paint covering the powdercoat. I aged the copper using Louisiana hot sauce. If you put the sauce on the copper and wipe it off the copper will shine like a new penny but if you leave a thin layer on it will age or “patina” the copper over night.

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XS 650 Rocket Boy Garage

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Giuliano Benassuti – XS650 1973 Rocket Boy Garage re building in 2012 Continue Reading →