Dale Reincarnated!

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Liam – If you frequent this site and remember an article from awhile back, a beautiful XS by the name of “Dale” graced the fine pages of this website. I had the opportunity to buy it off of the very talented builder Jordan Epp as my first chopper project and had the chance to take on Dale and all the challenges he threw my way. Jordan’s version of the bike was absolutley perfect in my eyes and nothing needed to be changed aside from some mechanical kinks, but I found myself wanting to make some minor aesthetic changes which turned into some more major aesthetic changes as time went on.


In the beginning of things Dale wouldn’t charge a battery, so I would ride it for 45 minutes and constantly be checking to see if my headlight was dimming, which it usually was, which usually meant I was about to be stranded or pushing. I would put the battery on a trickle charger for a few hours each night if I was lucky enough to make it home from my ride, then the next day I’d ride it again. The bike was so fun that often I’d lose track of time, and before I knew it Dale would be calling it quits whether I was at a red light in heavy traffic, or driving in heavy traffic, or any other time (it somehow always seemed to be in heavy traffic).

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Black and Blue XS650

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Jeff Smith - Actually bought this bike in the cold of the North Winter here in Minnesota as something different than I usually do.  I have restored a few bikes including two Honda CL77 305 Scramblers, a 1973 Harley Davidson X90, etc etc but have never did anything a bit “different” and custom.  I have always went back to the original but this time was going to change it up to have a little more fun!  Tore the bike apart completely, sandblasted and powdercoated the whole thing including the blue parts.  Continue Reading →

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2 eight customs handmade xs 650

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Brett Ohland – I pieced together a 1976 xs 650, i wanted to do a 50s style with 70s paint. The frame i made my own hardtail with a 2″ stretch. Rear fender and oil tank i made out of 18gauge sheet metal,  retunneled an original wassell tank, xs1 drum front hub laced to a 16″ rear rim and spokes on shinko 500-16 tires. Continue Reading →

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Keith Munshower

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Keith Munshower

This is my 1976 Yamaha XS650. Like many others this started out as a purchase from someone with good intentions that fell horribly short. When I got the bike it did not run but worse then that the engine and frame was painted with “truck bed liner” paint. After hours of elbow grease, help and guidance from my good friend Tom Keefer this bike went from a zero to a hero.

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1978 XS-Minnesota Special

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This bike sat for 20erso years. I learned to do almost everything on it. Opened it up last winter and replaced the cam chain guides, did a valve job, all new seals and 1st oversized pistons! STOCK AIR FILTERS I love XS650′s

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The pocket chop

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Mr Greazz - Hi guy, greetings from France. First thing sorry for my bad english! I built my first xs last year, maybe you remember it? The Little twin - That I posted here.. So this is my second XS650, I picked it up over a year ago in very bad condition. With basically Only the engine salvageable! I had to build everything – all you can see in the picture sissybar, handlebar, frame, electrical tank, exhaust…., it’s easy for me. I’m a welder and have a garage full of tools!

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