Found a motor and a frame with forks attached buried behind a buddy’s barn. Can’t afford to build a Harley, took 3 years, machined a bunch of my own parts I needed, found the rest at junkyards. Rebuilt the motor over the winter. Special thanks to Mike’s XS 650 for having parts I could not fabricate. Gas tank is from a Victory. Continue Reading →
Marcel – It wasn’t that I had bit off more than I could chew, I just had to chew a lot longer than I’d planned. Other than a few bolt on mods on my other bike I had never really wielded a spanner or taken a motorbike apart, but after getting into motorbikes a few years ago and developing a taste for classic motorbikes and seeing the beautiful customs that people created on websites like the Bikeshed and Bike Exif I decided to have a go. I’d always had a hankering for an XS650 and when the opportunity arose to get one at a reasonable price I jumped on it and bought a 1978 Yamaha XS650E, a manual and registered with the XS650 forum. The plan was to strip the bike back and rebuild it using elements I’d seen on other bikes and also add some of my own, all in about 6-8 months, ready to ride it down to Wheels & Waves 2014. That didn’t happen….at all. In fact I didn’t even get close. For a perfectionist like myself that can be quite disturbing, but once I managed to just go with whatever the bike threw at me the process became far more enjoyable.
In the end I took me just over a year to get to what you see here and I probably spent far more than I should have. But that’s not what it was about for me. I learned new things (like patience!) and acquired new skills, made new friends and feel a sense of accomplishment. Priceless as they say.
Wayne – my build took total of 5 years to hand make or find the parts I wanted. The handle bars were maid by a friend in a machine shop from a pattern I made.. I hand cut out my forward controls linkage with a torch and grinder.. made the air cleaners.. made motor mounts and battery box.. Continue Reading →
Boneshaker – Hello one day I had the idea for a XS 650 according to my ideas to build and this is the result. XS 650 Heritage EZ.83 Rebuilt Modified rear frame for single seat, Swingarm lengthened 60mm
Spoked front with dual-mode drum brake of a Suzuki, Continue Reading →
Scott nye – hello yamaha junkies, i am one too, but i am no bike builder, so i had one built. Done byG&L choppers, colo springs. what do you guys think? Continue Reading →
Martin – this engine is totally on new on built ,cutting frame shortened fork swing arm extends ground clearance 2 inch ,itself the steering wheel and exhaust bending and welding,the fuel tank from a Harley mustang 16 liter after cutting and halvere content 8 liter after 6 months work ride this Old Gray still as a beast. Continue Reading →