Golden Spike xs650

a2012-XS1small1200

Engine, year and make, model, modifications:  1980 XS650 stock engine (rejetted BS34 carbs) Frame:  Shaved stock front loop, with a custom (zero stretch) rear section by me. Stock rake. Fork:  CB750K forks (shaved) and lowered 2”

a2012-XS650-281200

Chassis mods:  Removed upper engine mount tube, and OEM neck gussets. Replaced with custom upper engine mount and custom (smaller) neck gussets. Handbuilt foot-controls, solo seat, handlebars, sissybar, battery box, etc… its all in the little things.

a2012-XS650-121200
Tire/wheel size and style:  Misc 1970’s CB wheels – Firestone squigglies 4.00x19F/4.50x18R. Also, the gearing is slightly longer than stock XS, so it goes pretty well on the highway, but its basically impossible to do a poppa wheelie on this thing now.

a2012-XS3small1200

Favorite thing about this bike:  probably the handlebars, which I’m pretty proud of. I think that the front drum brake is a pretty neat part too
Next modification will be:  I’m considering getting a few more parts nickel-plated. I was originally worried about it being too flashy. But I think it could use some more shiny bits.

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: This was my first successful seat upholstery, but I think the king and queen on my next bike might be too tricky for me to do…  I got my LeBlond lathe when the bike was about halfway completed, so I got a good chance to learn how to build some interesting parts, like the brass wheel tensioners, knurled brass footpegs, and the exhaust tips.

a2012-XS650-111200

 

Thanks to: Josh Scott of Old School Helmets for painting my tins (he’s a rad dude). Steffan at Zombie Performance for selling me some mandrel bends so I could build my bars. A lot of the local guys here in SLC, for giving me some ideas and helping me out. And, of course, my parents.

 

a2013-XS650-151200

Owner/Location:  

Greg Hebard

Regatta Garage

Salt Lake City, UT

 

Comments

  1. Barney says:

    Cool bike. I like the exhaust, very original. Nice paint. The lines of the bike are spot on. Very cool!

  2. bluesgrinder says:

    Wow whoo really Man, This is awesome. Not just another hard tail, its all thoughs 1 off top mount ,lic. plate, bars, foot pegs and total strip down. A work of art. Great paint fantastic lines, definately one of the nicer ones on this site!

  3. WIlliam A. says:

    KIller bike…The nice little personal touches really makes the bike stand out.
    I think the few shiny bits you have are just right…Just my humble opinion.

    Ride on!

  4. josh says:

    LOVE this scoot!!!

  5. turdherder says:

    You really captured the old school look on this. I love the matching front and rear tires, it’s a real nice look. Great job!

  6. Keith says:

    Best scoot on this site.

  7. El Gaucho says:

    Finally, someone who knows how to make a proper sissy bar install. Same angle as fork rake! Absolutely stunning!

  8. Christian says:

    Man, it’s beautiful! I love the colors, nickel and steel vs the crazy yellow and blue! Beautiful! Has this rugged look! I would love to ride it!