Vintage Customs – The Drifter XS

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The Drifter XS

Jay – I’m very proud of this build. I’ve been building XS650′s for a few years now out of my small shop; Vintage Customs, in central Florida. My first bike was a XS650, “Norma Jean” (posted on xs650chopper a while back) and I’ve been building them primarily ever since (Norma Jean, The Bandit, Copper Devil and many others that never made it out here). Over the past year I’ve really been into the bikes coming out of Japan, the usual guys, Gravel Crew and the like.. Ive been looking through blogs and studying pictures from past Yokohama shows looking to build something a little different than the usual bobbers we’re all used to. Continue Reading →

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Rockfords building choppers

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Cory – well this all starts at a small shop on the west side of Rockford, were many things are built by hand, not only motorcycles but sculptures, heavy equipment even down to hand made jewelry.

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More shrek no more

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Tables – As promised here is an update of the rebuild of Shrek. To recap – Originally I wanted to build a Bobber but as things panned out I ended up buying a ‘survivor’ chopper, so that is what I worked with. I didn’t want to cut the frame so I had to revise my plans and work with the stretch, rake and long forks that came with Shrek when I bought it. Today I have been laying down a bit moe 2 pak Jet Black over a few bits and pieces. I am not far from being finished now, I need to paint the tins, make up my front brake line and start on the final assembly as everything is just loosely in place at the moment. Continue Reading →

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“Thors Hammer” Aussie bobber build progress

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Steve – After doing some research and gaining some valuable advice from friends and those in the know, it was decided that an XS650 was the stead of choice for my bobber build. One of my mates was looking to move out of town and happened to have a 1975 donor bike looking for a new home. Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays!

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Here are some rad posts from earlier this year- Happy Holidays..

2011/03/the-wedding-bike

2011/06/xs650-in-the-clutch

2011/06/1979-xs650-from-winnipeg

2011/05/miss-understood-leaf-spring-build

2011/01/curvey-frame-holiday-customs-76-xs-650

 

 

My first Cafe Racer 76 xs650

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Hi, I’m from Switzerland where the xs scene is pretty small. this page had a big influence on my thoughts in building this bike. I bought this xs of a friend and restored it completely. No changes in Frame, just optimized everything, new paint and replaced weak parts.

Work still goes on… icon wink My first Cafe Racer 76 xs650

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