Nate’s ’83 XS650 Heritage Special

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3DogNate – I horse traded a buddy a paint job and some cash for the donor bike which had been broken down for a cafe racer build. I was not really thrilled with the direction that the previous owner was headed in with it. So I got out the angle grinder and went to work… I learned how to TIG weld on this frame… I did all the fabrication and paint myself. A quick rundown of the purchased parts that I used…. Continue Reading →

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basement boogie

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Laz – My buddy Roland bought this bike about 5 years ago. We chopped it in half, tossed a tc Bros. hardtail on it. Then it sat until about 2 months ago. Then we got the itch to finish it. So we stripped the harley project of all the necessary parts to finish the xs650.  Stole the whole front end, rear wheel, seat pan, lights, etc. Bought a wassel style tank, been through about 3 fenders and handlebars so far,  but haven’t liked any of them yet. Continue Reading →

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Kevin Jakubczak – Life for me started out as a fairly clean stock blue 1974 xs650. The previous owner had laid it down at one point with his wife on the back of the bike, so he decided it would probably be best to sell it. Luck would have it, I found it listed in the local classifieds, so I decided to drive up the mountain to go have a look. I wasn’t expecting much, and quite honestly I thought the guy would flake on me. It was a very wet, foggy day. Took me three hours to get up the hill and to locate his house, but my aggravation was alleviated as soon as I pulled up to his driveway and laid my eyes upon it. Freezing cold, snot running from my nose, I asked to hear her run. The owner obliged, went inside his work shop and grabbed the key. With a quick turn of the key she shook to life. I was ecstatic. $800 later it was mine.

My first bike. My first project.

I have always loved early motorcycles, especially the old board track bikes, so as one may guess, I modeled mine after them. I didn’t want it to look like something it’s not, but I knew going into it just how I envisioned the final build to look. I wanted to run 21″ rims both front and rear. I wanted a thin narrow bike, something completely different from all the other bikes I see in my area. I wanted a mix of shiny and raw. Hand made imperfections that I admire the most on any build. After the CHP inspection and a trip to the DMV, I started to strip her apart. Continue Reading →

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Brent’s 71 XS650 Bob

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Brent – The build started our talking to a co-worker about starting the search for bike to bob/chop.  He had mentioned he’s dad use to run a motorcycle repair shop back in the 70’s/80’s and said there were still a few bikes left sitting in the garage.  Went to go take a look and found the 71 sitting in the corner rough but complete.  Made a deal for the bike and it was torn apart in my garage the next day.   

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79 xs hillclimber

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Got the bike about a year ago for choppin a guys bike, payment was the stock bike.Finished her 3 days ago.  A lot of fab time: cut, bungwelded and lowered seat pan frame 1.5″, shaved the pokeys, whipwheeled the paint off everything, bent and brazed the rear sissy to accomidate the tilting tail liggt, did the same for the plate holder/light, suicide clutch made with tractor handle and stock foot shift lever, linkages made outta yokes and heims, rear break stay(brazed a yoke on that too), front harley fatboy 19″ solid rims (front and back) machined out with standoffs for rear sprocket, big nasty pipes.  fun lil scoot.

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Gary’s 1980 Orange Sunshine

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Gary – Chopped it up. Slapped a Monstercraftsman “brat” kit on. Made some stuff. Painted some stuff. Left some stuff to rust. Ride the hell out of it.

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