Dan – This is a 1980 XS650. When I bought it was a nice clean bike. TC brothers rigid, fake oil tank, brakeswivel, Fender is from Led Sled, Gas tank is a Cole Foster. I made the battery box.

Seat was wrapped by Gary from Iron Horse Leather, Paint done by John from JJ Customs, Both of these guys are locals from Milwaukee. All of the welding and fab work was done by me in the garage.


  1. Griz says:

    Nice to see a local 650! Lookin good man.

  2. misfitskinny says:

    Very nice work Dan, beautiful XS !!! Really like the tank and way you did the speedo

  3. fanoboss says:

    That tank is text book perfect, awesome.

  4. Barney says:

    OOoo nice and shiny!! Love the snow too.

  5. El Gaucho says:

    Another perfect example of what firestone tires can do to a bike’s look. I’ve GOT to get me some.

  6. mike lytle says:

    nice bike!! liked watching the video, well put together……..couldn’t help but notice your wife and baby and realized that women create with their bodies…….men create with fire and hammer and anvil………building is bike is how man creates… thanks for sharing

  7. JonnyXS says:

    Salty yet very sweet!

  8. Pat says:

    Very nice video – best timeline I’ve seen on this site.

  9. Andy Larmouth says:

    great lookin bike!

  10. copper wire says:

    i will be doing my first quad short flat track race. i ride a yamaha banshee. it will be a dirt race. and i have never raced my quad before..

  11. Tables says:

    @ copper wire..congrats but WTF.
    Nice build man, love the vid, and good to see a happy face, there’s no crime in enjoying yourself. LOVE the Cole Foster tank, my fav, the ribbed guard ties in real nice too. Tried those bloody chopper shox, sorry not a fan.
    Ride it like you built it!