Garage Built – XS650 – Adam’s First Build


Adam – This XS started out life around a year ago as a 83 Heritage Special with 2,000 miles and was promptly cut in half. This was my first build so I wanted to keep things cheap and simple.

The tail section is a custom drop seat hard tail, tank is from Pandemonium Choppers with a very temporary rattle can paint job, the headlight is an old Unity spotlight, the taillight bracket, exhaust and sissy bar are all custom made. Battery/Electronics box is an old Munsters lunch box. Ton of misc parts are from Lowbrow Customs. All work thing was done in a garage by myself and my brother Tim Sauter. I could have never gotten this thing together without his help.


Huge thanks to my wife Natalie. She put up with the long nights in the garage and the long days at swap meets. She’s the best!


Like I said, I wanted something fun and cheap. This thing is all kinds of fun, might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love. This winter I plan on finishing up all the polishing and doing the final paint. I am also going to be replacing front wheel with a spool wheel.


Photography by Kimberly Sauter of KLS photography.

Adam Sauter


  1. hooversama says:

    I LOVE it!….awesome idea with the lunch box… bike!

  2. Kano says:

    Good job Adam,
    I’m about to start my first build & seeing your wicked awesome bike has made me super keen to get stuck into it!
    It looks really cool mate! Good on you 🙂

  3. pickles says:

    Hell yeah!

  4. Jeroen says:

    Men, if this is youre temporarry paintjob,
    can`t wait to see the finished product!
    It`s good to have a brother like that.

    Love it!

  5. mike lytle says:

    are we gunna see a munster gas tank???? lol… nice job on the build…….thanks for sharing………….ps. any cookies in that lunch box?????..????????????

  6. Qball says:

    Sweet build mate. Nothing wrong with the rattle can tank

  7. Cornish Pixie says:

    Hey Adam, nice looking build you’ve done there. I’ts great when you see inspired improvisation like your lunch box electronics box. Top work man! Did I see this bike over on

  8. Tables says:

    Nice ride Adam, nice and simple is always a winner, garage building….fun for all the family.
    Nice rattle can job BTW.

  9. WildBill says:

    Very nice – I wouldn’t change a thing … but if you do, make sure you post the pix! Kudos to photographer as well

  10. 6thof7thgarcia says:

    Killer pipes, what do they sound like

  11. Dennis says:

    Nice work, Adam, especially for a first time. Lotta nice touches: handlebars, exhaust, that “lil sissy” bar. The asymmetrical paint is tits, and of course, that lunch box is just too cool! Great way to spend time with yer bro, as well. As for a Munster theme…. hmmmmm… matter of taste I guess. For myself, I’d add a shorty front fender, but that’s just me!

  12. Adam says:

    Thanks for the kids words fellas.

    The pipes are as they should be, Loud as hell. I love em.

    The bike won’t be a munster’s theme though, I just thought it could be a cool looking electronics box.

  13. El Gaucho says:

    That’s the best damn spray can job I ever did see. Wow.

  14. Piute says:

    Family’s building together will stay together,no matter how simple the build,
    Nice !!

  15. misfitskinny says:

    Actually the more I look at this thing, i am getting that reaction. Its really cool!!!

  16. JET says:

    HELL YEAH! Nice work

  17. Jello says:

    That lunch box idea is awesome! Love the bike adam! are you kidding?! paints not finished? it looks rad as it is! if thats not your idea of finished paint, then the end result is gunna be stellar!

  18. chris says:

    Sick bike love your bars were you pick them up

  19. Mick says:

    One really nice looking XS. Electrical lunch box is genius.

  20. chris says:

    Love it. What kind of bars are those and where u get them

  21. Cory says:

    mad props you did a good job

  22. Adam says:

    The bars are made by Mig Baron. Very slick, they fit exactly how I wanted them too.

    Thanks again for all the kind words.

  23. El Gaucho says:

    How did I miss the lunch box first time ’round? That is just too great!