Bobber, chopper, rat, brat, custom…. Just a bitching Scoot

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Never said it was a bobber, chopper, rat, brat, custom…. Just a bitching Scoot

Here is my 1978 XS650. I purchased it about two months ago after selling my Sporty.  I picked her up in her stock state of mind a little more than 80 miles away from home. For what ever reason I figured I’d be able to ride it home no problem. Well that wasn’t the case. Shortly after I made it outta town and onto the highway I couldn’t get the bike to do more than maybe 25mph. All of a sudden a hour and a bit turned into an epic 4 1/2 hour battle between me and my new scoot…. Alas new love bloomed.

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I played with her to the best of my abilities. Talked to a couple other fellows whom are XS Jockeys round here (the owner of the “Dale” bike on this site being one of them) I ended up taking it to a shop to get the carbs adjusted properly.

THEN I rode it home and started to undress all the funky unneeded items… I built the seat pan outta a 2008 Challenger sheet metal, I covered that with a sweet 80’s leather jacked care of Value Village. I cut bent and welded up the gnarly window bars. I added the 10.5 inch rear shocks. I mounted a late 80’s Sporty tank. I added some wiring guts to a Model A tail light, and mounted that on the old taillight bracket. I mounted some $11.00 Hong Kong signal lights *junk*. I also began to rework the original rear fender.

Still some brackets to cut off, stuff to tweak but I’ll get to that this winter when I give the bike its color.

Thanks for looking and that for the inspiration.

oj

Comments

  1. fanoboss says:

    You had a sweet stocker, now ya’ have a sweet rocker !

  2. Barney says:

    Bike looked pretty cool stock.

  3. Dennis says:

    “Alas new love bloomed.” LOL
    after the “epic 4 1/2 hour battle” , what do you think of the shorter shocks? I always kinda thought those would flatten the stance a bit more…. lookin good so far, keep us a “breast”!

  4. OJ says:

    Bike was pretty sweet stock from the picture forsure, but up close she’d been dropped and all but duct taped back together. Tank had a mean dent, bars tweaked, side cover had an inch of mud and a blind 4 year old musta painted them 🙂

    So far I’m loving the shorter shocks, more stiff of a ride than the originals, you feel the bumps a little bit more but nothing that makes it unenjoyable what so ever. I think I gotta change the kickstand up a bit, with the shorter shocks the bike steems to really stand up straight. If you were to turn the handlebars to the right with the kickstand down it would just tip over… And looks wise its night and day, brings the fender down to the tire, I think it looks slick.

    The “candy store” has been good to me so far. Thats where I got the guts (wiring) for my taillight from. They had a tailight for $4.95 or something like that, so I pulled that apart and transplanted it in to my 30’s ford taillight shell and with a couple tweaks all was good.

    And no rain thankfully!

    Thanks fellas

  5. norm younger says:

    Nice job.

  6. I’m loving the shorter shocks, more stiff of a ride than the originals, you feel the bumps a little bit more but nothing that makes it unenjoyable what so ever

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