Naters – Hey fellas, Wanted to share a couple pictures of my XS I built with the help of a few friends in Portland Oregon! I Bought the bike from a guy off craigslist for 800 bucks!…The bike had a burnt valve but would still start up and run, guess it was a tough sumbitch! With the help of Don Paulson we installed a Hardtail and from there I had something to work with! I went ahead and rebuilt the top end, added a set of Gordon Scott curved drags, new set of Mikunis and a coat of paint! Continue Reading →
Mark Pruitt – So the journey began as pieces and parts that were laying around the shop. The engine had sat under the welding table for 5 yrs with out plugs in it. A complete tear down was the only insurance that there was no metal in it. The original plan was to put this engine in my cafe bike after the rebuild but as all plans go, they change. 707 big bore, shell cam, mikuni vm round slides, xs pod filters. Continue Reading →
Rick Bettencourt New Hampton, New Hampshire – This is my 1975 XS 650. It was given to me by my employer as a holiday bonus last year. It was a bone stock barn find when I got, but as you can see, that didn’t last long. I have done all the work myself with a little advice from some friends and online videos. The biggest mods were the hardtail, ARDTAIL by ARDCORE CHOPPERS. and Forward controls and linkages by T.C. Bros. The seat is from a police bike, cut down and recovered by me. The taillight is made from an old dispatchers mic.
License plate bracket from ACME CHOPPERS. Rear fender was relocated from the front. Sissy bar / fender bracket is made from round stock and an old pair of scissors. I’m an upholsterer/custom canvas fabricator and these shears have been used by me for over thirty years. Thetank and mufflers are from a sportster. The bike is still in the mock up stage, but it has been ridden throughout the build. I’ll send more pics as the project progresses. Thanks for having such a cool site and for being so supportive of the backyard builders. Talk to you soon .
Roger – This was a build done for a customer who had picked up a couple bikes from us for his teenage boys, and after doing all the test riding on those bikes he just had to have one for himself so he commissioned The Phat Tracker. Because of some legs issues he had to have forward controls, which is something you don’t ordanarily see on a bike styled toward a tracker sort of look. Continue Reading →
John Fitzpatrick – 1979 XS650 Special – I bought it with the intention of doing a very nice show bike quality bobber. Something like many of your best builds on here, but the bike was in such incredible original condition I could not stand the thought of cutting it up. The original “Special” look was not my cup of tea so the only logical choice to me was to do a café conversion (which I had been planning to at some point anyway). This is not a show bike, but it is a really decent on frame restoration. I design products and source production for a living, but I also build frame up Off-Road Motorcycles; mostly bored and stroked Honda CRF250’s that I ship to customers looking for a really trick off-road bike to race that looks as nice as the factory bikes, but are more ride-able and built to the customer’s specific skill and needs. Continue Reading →
João Afonso – Hello XS650 Lovers!! My name is João and i’m from Portugal, a small country but with big things…. This is my first XS built. Its a 1971 XS 1F. The bike was done at Estrondo Choppers, a great friend of mine, best known for Titan.