I started looking for a project bike when it began getting somewhat warm here in Wisconsin (above 40 F). I had an image in mind of what I was going for but I’m sure all of you know, a project is never as easy as it seems. So many setbacks such as breaking my collarbone at the beginning of summer, wrong parts, ordering every jet combination to see what works, three exhaust options cause I can’t stand really loud exhaust, to breaking the Pamco Ignition right off the bat and wondering if it’s even worth it. Now I am finally 100% done (for now) and it was defiantly worth it. 1981 XS650 Kick Only. Continue Reading →
We had a local professor (PHD…hence the whole “doctor thing) contact us about his ailing old XS650 he had collecting dust in his garage. He wanted it all made right but he also wanted a bit of the “not off the shelf” appeal. So we had our marching orders and got busy. Continue Reading →
John Goodenough – Halco Tuning Monster – Always knew it was something special with the halco tuning badge.
Decided to build a cafe racer, so for the first time ( in my hands ) the motor came out. Careful measurements tell us 95mm stroke and 87.5 pistons. The motor was done in Johannesburg by a guy who would fly to halco in the uk with cranks in his hand luggage!! Continue Reading →
xsoregon – sold project 53 ford tractor at a great profit, so I bought a xs chopper!
This bike is a 1979 Yamaha XS650 Standard…or at least it was. When we got the bike it was in horrid condition and needed a lot of work. The engine was tore down and re-built with new pistons, rings, gaskets & seals. Everything else was media blasted before getting a satin black powder coat finish. A LOT of custom fabricated specialized parts are on the bike along with many new parts. Continue Reading →