This is a 1976 xs650 that my dad and I bought a few years back. We started going to swap meets and buying ALOT of things we thought we might need. We started cutting it up and trying to come up with differant ideas of how we wanted this bike to end up looking, but between the two of us we had very little experience in welding.
“Outside the Box”
Per-Erik Kristiansen- I’ve been building bikes since I bought my first Yamaha Drag Star XVS 650 back in 1998. The last 3 years my son and I have been building a couple of bikes each winter, and we call ourselves Backyard Engineering. I picked up the ’81 Heritage Special in December 2013, brought it back to the garage and tore it down. My initial plan were to build a café racer, but it kinda changed into this industrial style café-bratstyle. I’m a sucker for patina and bare metal and wanted to do something different. Continue Reading →
Kyle – This is a ’79 xs650 that I built a few years back. I custom built the goose-neck frame. The tail section is 1″ under stock. The springer front end is a D&D, shortened, with a 21″ spoolie and an Avon Speedmaster tire. Wassel gas tank painted by Kevin of Speed and Noise. Custom seat pan wrapped in hand-tooled leather, done in house. Rear wheel is an 18″ aluminum, with a super-narrow Firestone tire. Taillight is 1940′s, refurbished, with original glass lens. The motor has been thoroughly gone through and is in great shape. This bike is kick only, but the starter is still on the motor should you chose to convert it. Running the stock charging system…. Continue Reading →
Jürgen from Germany - One day my 20-year old son Patrick Asks: Hey dad, if I get my motorcycle license, can I ride one of your chops? No son, if you want to ride my bikes, we first build up a bike together – that way you will learn to respect bikes! Silence… A few days later he was asking again and I gave him the same answer. OK well, we start talking about a possible bike for an affordable price. I showed him a few old pictures of my first custom an xs650 in 1978. Not bad, he says…lol. So we had the plan to choose the XS for the basic build-up of the Lil’Slut. Continue Reading →
Joel – The bike is a 198o xs650 handbuilt by Brett ohland owner of 2 Eight Customs, with Candle apple lace paint over a black base hand pinstripping. It was built in 2 months roughly with a 2,000-3,000 budget. The Engine was powder coated black and rebuilt to stock specs, 2″ inch stretch on the frame, custom made bars, seat pan and seat cover, fender hand rolled from 20 gauge steel, custom 1.5″ exhaust that loops through the chain, the thing is a beauty and pictures dont really do it justice. Continue Reading →
So the project was inspired by a lot of pics on your site, and others. Being 4th 650 project I have taken on and looking to something a bit more on the “bobber” side of things. This bike was acquired for $75. Here in Minnesota the key is having a good title and known motor. Our DMV is a bit picky about these things so thats worth 75 bucks. Laying on it’s side behind a buddys garage for years I “salvaged” it. Hmmmmm. Pretty bad. The engine was packed with….um…. ah…. well stuff… like grass growing in it stuff. Continue Reading →