XS650 Chopp junkie’s; THE FONG BROS!!


Fong Brothers XS650 Chopper:

Some of you chopper junkie’s may remember seeing the FONG BROS in The Horse Backstreet Choppers May/June 2008 issue. I’m sure you’re all agree that The Horses makes good editorial decisions. A hardcore; hand built one of a kind, Yamaha xs650 CHOPP. The teutuls ain’t got shit on this ride. Bryan wrote in his post ” About a month after I started riding I saw a pic of an xs650 built by the Fong Brothers. I became obsessed with the idea of building one.” This bike inbraces the rat look and I dig it. What do you guys think?

Billy Joe – When I was 9 I didn’t join the Boy Scouts beacuse the meetings were the same time The Dukes of Hazzard came on tv. That bike is a 1980 xs650 Heritage Special. It had mags and disc brakes. The bike is

really very basic with no real ground breaking items. It has an xs360 front end, 21 inch wheels front and back. The forks, triple tree (clamps), axle and hub on the silver bike are all from an xs360, which is the same as an xs400. In order for it to work on the 650, you have to change the steering stem, The one on a 650 is longer. To change it, you grind the weld off of the bottom of the lower tree, and knock the stem out, Do the same to the 650 tree and weld in the 650 stem into the 360/400 tree.


Sears foglight, tail light in a can, aluminum battery box held together with rivets and my old belt, some kind of medical bandaging tape for grips, the worst levers ever made, Wassel tank with dents and brass petcocks, cheap chopper solo seat with the foam taken off and 2 inch hairpin springs. Other than the paint on the engine, there is no paint on the bike. I wipe it down once in a while with WD-40 to keep the rust off, but the oil from the chain and engine do a better job of keeping the bike rust free and ruining my clothes.
Denis (Billy Joe Fong)
p.s. I just finished my another bike that I’ll shoot some better pics of soon.


Possibly more bikes to come from the FONG BROS?

You know the only way to find out man..



Pic: Sean "XsSpeed" Sweeney @ The Horse Magazine

Send in some more pics when you get a chance Billy Joe. Thnaks Man.

Thanks to Sean “XsSpeed” Sweeney @ The Horse Magazine for the pics…

Ask questions and leave comments below!!

Like this ride? Dig the German xs650 bobber!


  1. Hans from Holland says:

    Raw and rough!! Great, i really like to overall looXS !!!
    Also red about the magarticle, could anybody be so kind to scan this article an mail it to me ????? hansxs650@planet.nl As you (maybe) know i’m editor of the Dutch XS clubmagazine and I’ve got a column inhere about XS in the media. So,you could do over 600 XS fans a favour !!!!!
    By the way, i collected XS 650 magarticles for many years, believe it or not, got over 300 nowadays !!!!
    Already thanXS.

  2. Steve says:

    Fong Dudes it’s got the look ,,.

  3. Bryan says:

    That sum-bitch is sweet.

  4. SAMMY says:

    Beautiful post mate. I saw this bike in the horse. these guys have style. great one.

  5. Hans from Holland says:

    Come on guys, could anybody make 600 XS fans happy and scan/mail the article……?

  6. Denis (Billy Joe Fong) says:

    Hans, I’ll see if I can dig it up and I’ll try to get you a copy.

  7. Hans from Holland says:

    Got the Horse feature scans Denis !!!! ThanXS a lot.

  8. Ted says:

    Glad you got your scan of the Horse with the Fog Brothers Hans.
    Nice one. Thinks Denis.

  9. oliver Jones says:

    dennis , NICE. we need to get crackin on the other 10 projects…

  10. Jon says:

    Great bike. And great shot! Pictures like this proves to us all that motorcycles isn’t just for men; beautiful women are also just for men!

  11. Ryan says:

    Great looking bike, what type of rear hub did you use in order to lace in the 21 rear wheel?

  12. Denis says:

    Stock hub. Buchannan’s makes spokes to use pretty much any wheel/hub combination.

  13. Jeff says:

    sweet…hello from the Weber Brothers!

  14. Rob Hamlin says:

    Can I get an ad/link in your awseome site? I do sand, soda and all media blasting. Cycle parts are easy to do by mail.

  15. Jimster says:

    Super cool bike! What brand is the rear tire on that thing, is it just a front tire? I cant find a 21 rear tire for my build. Any help would be awesome!


  16. Jimster, looXS (and it is…) a front tire Avon Speedmaster 21″.

  17. John Mason says:

    OK I give up, how (where) do I get in touch with the Fong Brothers. I really want to talk to them. Thanks.

  18. Geezerman says:

    That’s radically NASTY !!

  19. AD says:

    Don’t know if anybody’s paying attention but this bike is for sale on ebay right now.

  20. Fong Bros says:

    Yes it is for sale on Ebay.

  21. Andy says:

    Love this look. Going for a 21″ front and rear set up myself… what does it handle like with the skinny rear tire? Skinny looks sick, but just wondering about grip?

  22. nixs says:

    does anyone know what the Fong bros bobber went for on ebay?

  23. fongbros says:

    The skinny tire is fine as long as you ride with sense. Don’t try doing any knee dragging turns. It sold for 2900.00 – a real bargain for someone. The shipping company was crazy though. I almost didn’t release it. Left on a rollback towtruck nearly on its side, wedged between some tires and a broken down car – in pouring cold rain

  24. norm younger says:

    nice bike

  25. Manny says:

    The bike is on eBay.

  26. jesse Dziedzic says:

    I could not think you are more right…