How To Chopp your Yamaha xs650

“The How To Bike”

A series by The Fong Bros..

Over the next few months, The Fong Bros will be presenting a “How To” series for those of you looking for some mechanical assistance building your xs650 chopper. The goal is to use the most basic tools that should be available to the average builder. Some tools you should have and others you may need to borrow from a friend.

Topics covered will include:

  • Tearing down your xs650
  • Cutting the frame
  • Adding a hard tail
  • Taking apart and rebuilding your spoked wheels (with whatever size you like)
  • Changing tires
  • shaving your forks
  • Filling in your engine cases
  • Electrical
  • Paint and pinstripes
  • etc.

We’ll be using this 1982 xs650. So, here are the pics of the untouched Yamaha xs650 as I bought it. It used to be a mail delivery bike and has been off the road for 20 years.



Stay tuned for more!

The Fong Bros; Billy Joe and Bobby Joe Fong.

Hear is some of our xs650 handy-work.

You can find more how-to articles on the right-hand side under Categories, Building A Better XS650.


  1. knoll says:

    This should be cool.

  2. Bryan says:

    I cant wait months. Please write and post the enitre how-to tonight!!

    Jokes man, im lookin forward to it!

  3. Joel says:

    uh….dudes, I’m waiting with baited breath!

  4. BubbaKahuna says:

    Me too, I’m jonesing for some more info from these guys!

  5. Henkelmike says:

    I’m really looking forward to this.

  6. bob parsley says:

    Well, it would have been awesome.

  7. Chris says:

    Still waiting… lol

  8. Ted says:

    I think the guys have just been busy. I’m working on a couple articles myself so be patient I’m sure they’ll come through.

    Remember its summer..

  9. Trever says:

    Any updates? I cant wait to see what they do this time?

  10. FongBros says:

    I head a summer that didn’t really allow any time for the motorcycle end of things. Should be coming up soon.

  11. kenb says:

    WELL whats up with the the the the the whea its been so long I forgot what the posting was about.
    Are ya there?? Are ya chopin the donor? Let the wondering minds know.
    Thkz Kenny B

  12. Denis (fong bros) says:

    I am working on it. A few people in my family died over the last few months and it really slowed me down. I have a how to coming up (tonight hopefully) on how to lace your wheels.

  13. tadd442 says:

    I feel like its x-mas eve…..

  14. shotgunlarry says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss Denis

  15. kenb says:

    Dennis best wishes to you and yours on the loss of loved one’s thank you for the how to lase up, yea nice persian rugs too!
    Be well keep choppin.

  16. Denis (fong bros) says:

    Thanks everybody for your well wishes. The elusive Fong Bros garage is back in action and I plan to have my bike all done by mid January. Possibly New Years if all goes well.

  17. shawn says:

    ??? thought there was gonna be a “how-to” type of thing going on. what happened to the frame chopping???

  18. Davo says:

    Hello anyone home??? The lights on no one home!!!!
    Come on guys do I have to do this are what….

  19. shawn says:

    think I’m gonna just do the hardtail fab/post myself. anyone in So. Cal wanna help?

  20. Braundo says:

    Whatever happened to this ? I was so pumped about it.

  21. Tim says:

    I need the wiring section of this like now!hahaha

  22. Brad says:

    Hello Fong Bros…. where are you?!?

  23. anthony says:

    yeah anything happening with this one?

  24. nixs says:

    i think that was it! all you need is a donor bike and your good. probably some tools will help also.

  25. Gravo says:

    I’m just about to start my first ever build now and am going for a look inspired by the Fong bros. What’s going on guys? We’re all hanging out here.

  26. Tony says:

    Gonna start sometime soon guys? Maybe?

  27. Jon says:

    Has this build happened and I missed it or what?