Black Cherry Bagger

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Patrick – My love of XS’s all started when my uncle gave me a couple bikes and extra motor, this 79’ and an 81’ special (one of my upcoming builds). Both of these bikes have matching numbers (frame and engine). After viewing all of the ideas on the web (especially this site) I decided just to ride it until the old tired motor gave up. I was fortunate enough to log about 450 miles before the end came. Oh, it would have gone further, but one of the locals in my area decided to pull out in front of me, causing me to lay it down. I turned out OK – just a few days of soreness afterward. But the motor was done, I was able to limp it home after the accident but it was leaking oil in way to many places to ever go down the road again.

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John B – xs650

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John B -This is a 1982 xs650 with lots of upgrades and additions such as PMA kit, oil cooler, chrome bolt kit for the engine, all new wiring, I added my bag under the seatand also installed LED lights on the bike. Continue Reading →

XS650 VM34 Tuning

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Runs much better when the timing is set correctly. Duh…

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My second ’81 XS650 chop

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Bought this as a running bike two years ago. Trailered it home, rolled it up on the lift and started choppin’. My neighbor, Dan Dillon, is a real deal old biker. He helped alot even when it pissed me off. Continue Reading →

Holiday Customs Curvey-frame 2.0

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Curvey-frame 2.0
Jared – I got the bike cheap and in pretty rough shape. I wanted to build another version of my XS 650 that I could sell being that I’ve had people offering to buy my bike and that aint happening. I wanted to change a few things though. The exhaust bell bottoms took about 6 hours each, cutting, filling, bending and grinding. I really enjoy working with metal and making something out of nothing and leaving the bikes a bit raw so you can see the metal work that has been done. These bikes are not show style bikes, I leave dents and rust on my bikes on purpose to give them character. Continue Reading →

Always changing

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Jo Jo – Well. This is my bike with the tins painted with testers emeral green,   now there powder coated and the frame is hammer-coat.4 over tubes, some times i put the stock tubes on,always trying to make it better its a 78 engine,almost always starts on the first kick .one of the best mods i ever did for this was changing the stock regulator to advance auto dodge reg.

What a difference the head-pipes have washers welded on the ends,but a new custom exhaust is on the list. The frame,single down tube, i got of Kurt fowler a few years back, he could build u just about anything u want and was real reasonable, he somtimes sold his frames on ebay, dont know what happen to him, but id get another if hes still around.