John david scott – I found this bike from a friend who didn’t even know what kind of bike it was. it had been buried in the shed for 32 years.he bought it new in 1981 and put ten thousand miles on it and stuck it in the barn. he gave it to me and I brought her home and I didn’t know what I had until I started looking online. I put 100 miles on her before I started taking her apart and cutting her up. the project isn’t done yet but I’ve added a TC brothers hardtail. Tc bros. Continue Reading →
Ryan – Hey all, This is my first xs650 build. I love the bratsyle builds, but I also love Frisco style choppers. So, I thought i’d combine the two, and make something cool. Well, what ‘I’ think is cool at least. Ive had the bike for a couple of years now, but seriously got into building it over the winter just gone. Continue Reading →
This bike started out as a 1981 XS 650. There have been too many customizations to list here. The frame is powder coated, front and rear wheels are 19″ aftermarket and anodized, springer seat, custom brass rear fender, weld on hard tail, one off custom stainless exhaust with brass inserts, external oil filter, polished velocity stacks with brass mesh inserts, the tank is an original British Wassell painted by Manny’s in OKC. Continue Reading →
Found a motor and a frame with forks attached buried behind a buddy’s barn. Can’t afford to build a Harley, took 3 years, machined a bunch of my own parts I needed, found the rest at junkyards. Rebuilt the motor over the winter. Special thanks to Mike’s XS 650 for having parts I could not fabricate. Gas tank is from a Victory. Continue Reading →
Marcel – It wasn’t that I had bit off more than I could chew, I just had to chew a lot longer than I’d planned. Other than a few bolt on mods on my other bike I had never really wielded a spanner or taken a motorbike apart, but after getting into motorbikes a few years ago and developing a taste for classic motorbikes and seeing the beautiful customs that people created on websites like the Bikeshed and Bike Exif I decided to have a go. I’d always had a hankering for an XS650 and when the opportunity arose to get one at a reasonable price I jumped on it and bought a 1978 Yamaha XS650E, a manual and registered with the XS650 forum. The plan was to strip the bike back and rebuild it using elements I’d seen on other bikes and also add some of my own, all in about 6-8 months, ready to ride it down to Wheels & Waves 2014. That didn’t happen….at all. In fact I didn’t even get close. For a perfectionist like myself that can be quite disturbing, but once I managed to just go with whatever the bike threw at me the process became far more enjoyable.
In the end I took me just over a year to get to what you see here and I probably spent far more than I should have. But that’s not what it was about for me. I learned new things (like patience!) and acquired new skills, made new friends and feel a sense of accomplishment. Priceless as they say.
Wayne – my build took total of 5 years to hand make or find the parts I wanted. The handle bars were maid by a friend in a machine shop from a pattern I made.. I hand cut out my forward controls linkage with a torch and grinder.. made the air cleaners.. made motor mounts and battery box.. Continue Reading →