Jared – I got the bike cheap and in pretty rough shape. I wanted to build another version of my XS 650 that I could sell being that I’ve had people offering to buy my bike and that aint happening. I wanted to change a few things though. The exhaust bell bottoms took about 6 hours each, cutting, filling, bending and grinding. I really enjoy working with metal and making something out of nothing and leaving the bikes a bit raw so you can see the metal work that has been done. These bikes are not show style bikes, I leave dents and rust on my bikes on purpose to give them character.
The engine is stock but with a fresh top end. I had the bike built and on the street riding around this last summer not completely done then I had to get back to customer bikes so the XS sat for a few months. One day I pulled it out in the sun and noticed the clear coat had yellowed and chipped easily so I tore the bike back apart and used a different clear coat. While building it back up I fine tuned some other details and made a little build video.
The seat was made by Ginger at New church moto. She is now in house here at the shop so If your in the portland area come on by and have a look.
I’ve been riding the bike’s around portland on the dry day’s running some fuel through them. The two bikes are twins but they have there own personality’s . The silver and black one is louder and rides a little taller in the seat, and the front brakes are better (bigger drum). The thought of having twins around the shop that I could just pick one to ride depending on how i’m feeling that day would be awesome , but the fact is I cant keep every bike I like so this one is for sale at http://holidaycustoms.blogspot.com