The Bishop XS – By Vintage Customs

By Vintage Customs
Jay – I dont know what to say about this bike.. I had planned on having The Drifter through early March for Bike Week here in Daytona Beach FL, but I had a guy come down from MD and buy it. I couldn’t argue with that so I had two full months to have another bike built and road tested/ready for Bike Week. I grabbed another old gnarly XS out of my collection and started cutting. The response from my previous ’80 XS “The Royal” had been so overwhelming I decided to build another one in a very similar style.

I already had on hand the tank, seat, mufflers & tires so all I had to do was replicate the hardtail frame and come up with a few extra goodies and I was ready to go. I decided to try a more extreme paint job on this one. My best estimate is about 25 hours of taping, re-taping & back-taping all of those lines through three different colors. The result was well worth it.

I needed a good reliable rider because this year I planned on doing a lot more riding to the events unlike the past years where I usually trailered two bikes at a time to the shows along with a truck full of friends.

So, the motor was fully rebuilt, as always, but this time I threw in a Pamco ignition and a PMA charging kit from XS Charge. The bike ran great though everything from pouring rain to idling for long periods in the 80+ degree temps. I couldnt have been happier! Riding this bike was a blast!

I plan on building maybe one or two more XS’s this year but I’ve got a few non XS bikes (SR500 & RD350) lined up for the rest of this year. So look out!

For sale on eBay now..

Thanks,
~Jay
-Vintage Customs-

Comments

  1. pickles says:

    Wow…seriously effin cool!

  2. tadd442 says:

    Dude….nice.

  3. davethewrench says:

    Great Bike for a Great Price,
    Very nice build, I love the paint

  4. Josh says:

    I dig it! Nice ride..

  5. GUY says:

    O M G !!! THIS IS GORGEOUS!!! AND IN SIMULAR CONDITION TO MINE WHEN I GOT IT.

  6. GUY says:

    ALSO LOVE HOW YOU’VE ADDED THE HEADLIGHT INTO THE TINWARE VIA PAINTWORK. REALLY NICE.

  7. Troy Parker says:

    WoW! Sweet! Clean, Great job!

  8. cruzboos says:

    Oh yeah! Luvin’ the clip ons and is that a 21 from a DT. Enjoy her dude, she’s all yours.

  9. fanoboss says:

    This is probally a stupid question but can you tell me what’s going on between :29 and :33 in your video ? And what’s the ticking sound ? Now the big question, HOW MANY XS650’s have you built thus far ?

  10. PlugHead says:

    Nice work on the hardtail, love the mids! Great job.

  11. @ Fanoboss – Poor quality sound from video compression. There is some valve noise but thats not what you’re hearing..
    (10) XS650’s so far for my company, numerous others for customers and I’ve got many more than that still to build!

  12. tech13 says:

    great job!

  13. DENNI$ says:

    super job, Jason. the before/after pics show what can be done with the junk I got. Beautiful bike.

  14. Slither302 says:

    Another great looking bike Jay; You definitely have a way with the xs650’s. The paint work looks stellar, top work. I think you should paint all of them “in house”.

  15. Barney says:

    Vintage Customs makes great bikes.

  16. El Gaucho says:

    Another job well done… I wish I had the spare time to build a bike in two months.

  17. Kaveeks says:

    Bad ass bike all the waaaaaaaay!!!

  18. misfitskinny says:

    Another great build Jay, awesome!!! Love the paint

  19. paul 'jonno' johnson says:

    FKN AWESOME ,IM SICK WITH ENVY…CANT WAIT TO GET MY XS650 BUILD UNDER WAY…GREAT BIKE, GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP…BRAVO OLD BOY !!