“The Bandit” – by: Vintage Customs

After my first XS650, “Norma Jean” I decided to deviate from the standard hardtail, fake oil-tank look and go with something that was simple and clean while still keeping the rear shocks.
The result was this… A ’78 XS Special dubbed “The Bandit”. The rear frame was reconfigured downward and forward. The stock shock mounts were cut down and moved forward allowing the use of Rebel shocks to lower the rest of the back-end. Most everything else was kept stock. The motor was rebuilt and, with a set of custom built straight pipes, sounded really mean!
I’ve since started my own shop here in FL. building retro styled custom bikes, specializing mainly in Yamaha XS models. Please check my website www.vintagecustoms.tumblr.com for bikes I’m building and bikes for sale. “The Bandit” sold to Austin Texas a few months ago and I’m sure, is tearing up the streets there!

Currently, I’m nearing completion of a drop-seat custom hardtail 650, that should be done by end of Sept. Keep an eye out for it on my site and here!

~Jason Lajkov
-Vintage Customs-


  1. sean from boston says:


  2. kalle says:

    this is an extremely cool build!

  3. Joel says:

    Sweet scooter! Did you extend the swingarm? If so, how much? Gave me some good ideas for my build! Thanks!

  4. Billybobba says:


  5. Neil says:

    Saw this bike sell on ebay, nicest 650 iv ever seen so far.
    I modeled my bike after this one!

  6. dumb&nowdeaf says:

    Just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be a hardtail to be sweet. Looks like a lot of work.

  7. Idaho chad says:

    super nice. crazy shock angle, hows the ride??

  8. Bryan Benson says:

    Where did you put all of the electrical?

  9. Johnny says:

    Love this build, ive been working on mine and decided to keep the shocks, but i was worried about the angle. This looks like a crazy shock angle, there are no binds or problems with such a dramatic forward angle as this? someone help im almost done with mine. thanks guys! – Johnny