This is my Yamaha XS650, but as the name sorta conveys, is it is built with parts from all the Japanese brands. The frame and engine are obviously Yamaha with a TC Brothers hardtail. The rims came from a Kawasaki KZ650C and are “16 rear, and “19 front. The tank is from a Honda CL77(305) scrambler. The rear fender is a front from a Suzuki  cruiser of some sort. I built the girder fork myself from plans found and downloaded from the Internet.


I found the engine and frame together at my local MC junkyard, and paid $75.00 for it. I guesstimate having around $2500.00 invested so far. I did all the welding, painting, and assembly myself. I did a topend overhaul, including boring the cylinders 1st over size. I stripped the electric starter stuff out and made my own block off plate. Overall I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I need to find a leather bag to fill in behind the carbs. Something to carry a few tools and my registration.

Ben Reynolds


  1. Geezerman says:

    Lookin good, Ben.

  2. Sean says:

    different style but LOVE IT!

  3. Russ says:

    Bike looks good….I’m a V.W. fan also, I dig the truck in the background…I know I know this is the best xs650 sight …..I just got a little destracted

  4. Joshua Rasmussen says:

    Good colors, I would love to see more like it out and pounding the roads.

  5. Ben says:

    Thanks for the comments guys. I love the feedback. This site is great for ideas and insperation. Can’t wait to get started on the next one.

  6. fanoboss says:

    What about the VW TRUCK in the background, that’s too cool.

  7. Ben says:

    Thanks, I built that to. I rescued the SC from a junk yard. I spotted it under a huge pile of vw parts. I shortened it four ft., and did a major lowering job. Been my daily driver for over two years now. You can go to http://www.kustomcoachwerks.com, and look up the thread My ‘Shorty’ project, and see the build. Tons of other VWs to look at to.

  8. fanoboss says:

    Your welcome, I used to have ’71 Riviera and a ’67 Chevelle lowriders. Now my ’81 xs650 is my new canvas .

  9. fanoboss says:

    Awesome VW truck build.

  10. sean from boston says:

    vw truck is <3 but this bike is the story here guys haha The bike is sick I love the face you made the front fork from scratch just a set of downloaded plans thats great man the bike has a different kind of 70's chopper feel to me I'm not sure why but I defiantly dig it!

  11. Marko says:

    nice ride, different unique look, I like that you used a “different” tank..what site did you get the plans for the forks from?? An insparation for me….good work!!