1980 XS650 “White Noise”

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Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles – I bought this project off craigslist for $1,500.  I was a stock running Yamaha 1980 XS650.  Over the next 5 months of weekend, the boys (Alex, Joe, Russ George and Tom) and I disassembled, redesigned, rebuilt and fabricated her into this clean white retro beauty. We just entered her in the Washington DC International Motorcycle Show this past weeked, where she placed 3rd the the Retro Mod class.

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Busch Brothers – Far East XS650

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Danny – I was hoping for better sun, but Lanceman was after a Japanese vibe with the pics, kind of misty Mount Fuji stuff, and I trust his eye.  Think he did good :)   The bike details, a 1979 XS650 SF.  Started chopping it on Christmas Eve, 2009 in Seattle. (Almost) finished it in fallof 2012 in Reno.  I’ve said it a million times, but if it weren’t for Shinya Kimura, I wouldn’t be into choppers.  Before I saw his work, all I cared about were cars.

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The rising by JTbrothers

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The text is written by the photographer – Silke Baens: The story of the Yamaha XS begins with the Triumph (more on that later). Joris saw an unfinished project for sale on internet. The owner also had a Yamaha XS for sale. The brothers never intended to use a Yamaha XS as the base for a motorcycle build because of the bike’s immense popularity. The deal was just too good to pass up, and they decided that they could use some practice before building the Triumph. They struck a sweet deal and two ugly bikes ended up in the JTbrothers shop. Continue Reading →

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Low, Down, & Shifty XS650

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Kurt – She was a mess of a machine; 350 lbs of heroin chic executed in cro-moly tube and hand-formed aluminum sheet. Her tremendously overbuilt Yamaha® 650 parallel twin, now sporting 750cc of displacement and grossly optimistic cams, stood proud within her handcrafted perimeter frame. Dual Mikuni’s vaporized the dwindling petrol supplies as fed to them by a trio of daisy-chained Pingle petcocks. Agreed, it wasn’t a pretty arrangement, but these weren’t pretty times. Continue Reading →

PROBLEM CHILD & jenOcide builds

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Michael- these are the first two customs by LOLYPHE CUSTOM CHOPPERS out of Breckenridge, Colorado. we’ve fab’d most of our own parts such as bars, gussets, fender struts, sissy bars, coil covers, and cut anything off the frame that wasn’t needed. Continue Reading →

Gene’s Springer rebuild

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Eugene – This bike was published a while ago 2010/07/1975-xs650-old-school-rigid-frame but has undergone a completely new incarnation. The only thing not quite finished are the Gordon Scott drags…which are sitting on my bed waiting for me to come home from Afghanistan. I had the entire thing stripped down, and built from the ground up. Continue Reading →