Jerry Luke – Been working on the bike on and off for the last two years some more wiring and she will be done. TC brothers Hard tail & forward controls, Harley springier front end with a free floating brake caliper system. Jack Daniels approved. Continue Reading →
Ross Jackson – So the bike is a 1977 xs650 that was brought over from the USA in packed shipping container, it was a total basket case none runner but solid. I stumbled across your site when looking for bobber ideas, it was then that I totally fell for the little Jap twin and decided it would be the base for my first build. I was probably doing research for over 2 years before I had the funds to buy a donor bike, I was working out in Egypt on a salvage job when I won the ebay auction, 8 weeks later I arrived home and the little red xs650 special was waiting for me in the garage. I didn’t really have much working space but quickly stripped it down, I ditched all the wiring and electrics as it was all going to be replaced with new stuff. I needed a workspace so the bike was put to one side whilst I built a workshop out the back of my house, I like to do things properly so a new concrete floor was laid and i built a hydraulic bike stand so i could work on the bike with some comfort.
Brian – One weekend while searching on craigslist i found a diamond in the rough….. an 83 Heritage special hiding under a front deck of a home north of Pittsburgh. I brushed the snow off of it and made the man an offer. It didnt run due to a bad charging system (typical xs650 problems). Once i got it home I put a fresh battery in, played with it a bit, and got it running just to make sure all was good with the motor….then apart it came. Continue Reading →
Ian Chave – Here’s my 1972 XS650. I was looking for a good first bike and spend a few months browsing Craigslist, I finally came across a stock ’72 XS for $1,000 and jumped on the opportunity. I bought it about mid November and played around in the snow a bit before deciding to strip it down and give it a hardtail. Within about a week of making my decision, I had a bare frame and assorted parts laying around my apartment. Continue Reading →
Ronnie – This took 4 months. My buddy Cody ,who did all the fab work, works at a shop and they would let us use all the scrap metal and tools we wanted, but after setup and cleanup that allowed us about 30 minutes a session, an hour if they stayed late. While he welded on the hardtail, made a battery box, peg mounts and a sissy bar. I tore the motor completely apart and rebuilt it with much help from forums like this and Hugh @ hhb and Pete @ pamco. It’s dirty, it’s loud, it’s got crappy paint that I did in way too much of a rush out of anticipation to ride it, but it rips. Continue Reading →
Travis Fahlsing – This is my 1980 XS cafe/tracker hybrid. 750 kit, pods, oopen mufflers, tracker bars, progressive springs and emulators, three discs and monza rear springs. Neck and swingarm bearings upgraded and fresh wheel bearings. Shaved off the center stand, rear pegs and numerous bbrackets. H4 headlight and led signals tucked in tight. Rebuilt bs34 with MMM kit.
Oil cooler mod and various body parts and seat from Mike’s. All paint and chrome stripes laid by hand and buried in y2k clear. Purpose built for dodging potholes and assholes on the way to work each day. “This weapons name is Charlene sir!” Continue Reading →