Arend’s XS650

xs650 no kickMy dad and a friend built this bike in Seattle, WA in 2012.

 

They spent about 18 months on and off working on it.

 

It’s mine now, as of May. I believe the engine is rebuilt, and an ’81.

 

Rides like a dream, leans and corners great, and always starts on the 1st or second kick.

 

Kick?! yep.

 

No electric start, or turn signals.

 

Headlight and brake light are magneto-driven.

 

Gas tank is under the seat, with a clear piece of vertical rubber tubing used as a sight gauge.

 

The resulting feel of having the engine right up between your legs is pretty wild.

 

Bike has about 300 miles on it now, and is a blast to ride.

 

Sits SUPER low, and is “teenage-sized” for a chopper.

 

Super fun.

 

Submitted by Arend

 

What do you think? Please comment BELOW the pics. THANKS!

 

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