Riding Dirty

JJ – I had a few sports bikes in the past (95′ gxsr, 01′ TLR) and had been searching for another TLR for some time but couldn’t find the right one at the right price.  After deciding that perhaps I should move on and look into a cafe I started searching around and talking to a few of my buddies and one of them introduced me to XS’.

I checked out his bike and while it looked nice, there was something about the lines and empty gaps between the frame that didn’t sit right with me.  I came across some other drop seats and while they looked better that the standard (in my own opinion) I still didn’t find the ideal proportions and flow of lines that suited my tastes.

After about a month I then reached out to my buddy’s friend that had built his bike and inquired about a build. We discussed ideas and he sent me a pic of a previous drop seat he had done and saw exactly what I was looking for.  The drop was perfect and the extension was perfect and pulled everything together. We immediately started the process and after about a month this was the result.

Since he had a few XS’ hanging around I was able to pick out the set of wheels/tires I wanted (19 front, 16 rear, spokes instead of mags).  I had him basically cut out as much wiring up front as possible.  Electric start was retained and hidden in frame.  Rear fender is an actual Ford spare tire cover.  Battery strap is vintage leather postman bag strap.  I’m happy with the results and most of all I love the lines of the bike.

Only downside is the rear fender is a bit short and I’m getting dirt/oil on the street kicked up on my back.

It’s a small price to pay for the sexiest bike I’ve owned.


  1. Geezerman says:

    SWEET !
    Great lookin ride !

  2. JJ says:

    Bike is possibly up for sale if I can get out of it without too much of a loss. Chicago area only as I’m not willing to ship. Message me for details.

  3. El Gaucho says:

    Why are you selling it?

  4. JJ says:

    El Gaucho – not really riding it that much and looking to get into something else. Although I did take it out today =P

  5. ALf says:

    give me a price and ill take it to texas

  6. JJ says:

    ALf – shoot me your email and we can discuss. jbomb00 – you can email me here at @hotmail.com

  7. Barney says:

    Unique tail. You spend all that work getting the bike how you want and then turn around and get rid of it?

  8. JJ says:

    Barney, yeah. Just looking to get into another hobby.

  9. DENNI$ says:

    so, is this scoot heading to Tex?

  10. JJ says:

    Dennis, haven’t heard from ALf. Still available.

  11. DENNI$ says:

    somebody’s gotta count thier pennies!

  12. misfitskinny says:

    Very cool build. I would keep unless u need the $$$ looks fun as hell to ride

  13. JJ says:

    @misfitskinny now that its starting to warm up I might just hold on to it. No rush to sell.

    I wish I knew more people to ride with around me. Mostly friends with sportbikes.

  14. epic_garage says:

    Where in chicago are you located… i just got my chop put together there is a poker run out in the burbs (Sugar Grove) that i was going to do on July 14th. would love to get a few more 650s on the run.

  15. JJ says:

    @epic_garage Wish I could but I sold it about a month ago. Getting into some other things but I still love’em. May get my hands on one again!