79 XS, my new love

Brian – Drove 350 miles to pick up this bike and it’s been so much fun building this bike. Still not done but I’m getting there, leave comments and let me know what you think.

Brian Finn


  1. jimmy650 says:

    dig those bars…. what are they?
    build is coming along good. Keep it up!

  2. Joe says:

    Love the wheels

  3. Jeff says:

    Where did you get the wheels? I’m looking right now.

  4. Barney says:

    Nice looking bike. Super thin tank LOL.

  5. pickles says:

    Lookin good so far, and the wheels and bars look great!

  6. PlugHead says:

    Great start, keep us posted.

  7. Brian says:

    The bars were made by David at Voodoo Vintage. I sent him a pic of what I was looking for and he fabbed them up very quickly. I am very pleased with how it is going so far. The wheels are stock xs650 wheels I traded a guy in Nashville for these, he wanted mag wheels and I wanted wire wheels so we just traded. Thanks for all the comments

  8. GUY says:


  9. davethewrench says:

    Nice shinny engine
    Looking real nice dude

  10. DENNI$ says:

    Looking very good so far, Brian. This is the style I like, more or less. Is that swingarm extended? What shocks are those? Those double spoke wheels look good, will probably use them on mine as well. Also, is that the VI brat kit? Keep it up!!

  11. frank says:

    very clean look so far waiting to see more…..

  12. Brian says:

    Yes, that is a Visual Impact brat kit welded in, the swingarm is not extended (factory) and the shocks are Honda Rebel 250 rear shocks, lowers the rear end to give it an overall nice stance. My tins are being painted right now House of Color Torquoise Blue Metallic w/ metal flake, looks killer. I will post more when I get all the tins on the bike. Thanks guys!

  13. bern says:

    i believe those are heritage spoked rims. i have them on my 82. they have a different pattern than others. kinda rare actually.

  14. bern says:

    how did you get your covers on your engine so shiny?? did you lower the front end too? if so how?

  15. bern says:

    and what brand tires?? haha!!

  16. Idaho Chad says:

    Killer start man!!! As far as wheels go, Jason at Old Street cycles in Fontana CA, can build your dream wheels. Peep my blog for some samples, you wont be dissapointed…

  17. Idaho Chad says:

    and Bern, your dead on regarding the wheels. I have them on my 83. Lacing my hubs up to a 18″/21″ combo though;)

  18. DENNI$ says:

    Idaho – would you like to part with the 16″ rear wheel?

  19. misfitskinny says:

    Looks like its coming along great. What kind of tank are u going with?

  20. Jason says:

    This is looking so sick! Any drop in the front? What do you have planned for the tank?

  21. Bryan Cataldi says:


    I am pretty sure I bought your old XS650 brat (you are near Bowling Green, KY?). This one is looking great….you’ll be happy to know she is now down to the frame and we are working on the motor tonight actually. I hope to have some pics of her in a few weeks. I bought an old cb750 and cafe’d that bike — now its time to work on the bobber. Good to see you got another six-fiddy in the garage!

    – B

  22. Brian says:

    LOL that is great, glad to see you are working on her. Be sure to post pics when you can I am anxious to see what you have done. Yeah when I sold my 650 to you I immediately regretted it. I knew I had to have another one. I have updated pics of the bike that I submitted but they have not posted yet on this site. Good to hear from you and take care.