1981 Yamaha XS chopper

This is a really really clean xs650 concept chopper bike. I don’t think the pictures do it justice..

Too many mods to list here.

“I will start with the frame. I built the hardtail section with a 2 inch stretch and fixed axle plates. the chain is adjusted via an adjustable chain tensioner. The neck is a Harley style that I raked to 38 degrees. I also removed the stock neck bracing and replaced it with a tubular one. I smoothed all the welds and painted the frame and the tank (a Hodaka trials item) with Dupont base clear.

The rear wheel is a zx6 wheel and runs a 180 tire. The counter sprocket is a Gary Poh item. The front forks are zx6 as well. I shaved the front forks of all mounting tabs. The front wheel is a Suzuki V-Strom. The seat is custom unit that has been been covered in leather and black ostriche. The engine is a 1973 and is sought after due to the longer rod design. The engine was just gone through last winter and including a 700 cc kit, new cam chain, chain tensioner, Shell Racing cam, all new valve guides, valves, springs and retainers. Ignition is points. The best upgrade on the engine has to be the Blacksmith Billy hydraulic clutch. I added 3 stiffer springs to the clutch. the electric starter has been removed. Custom megaphone header hi-temp powdercoated. The right side cover had the Yamaha logo removed. All the black items on this bike is powdercoating.”

I like the little seat, however that tire my rip you a new one !

The vented cover is a really good idea since the alternator is probably the only and notorious problem with xs650.. Noticed the hydraulic clutch setup..

More pictures here..


  1. Billy says:

    A sharp looking ride!

  2. Floris says:

    This looks sweet!!!

  3. Larry Zamora says:

    Man thats a wicked bike that seat is probably uncomfortable though but it’s a price to pay to look cool LOL I love that thing

  4. JP says:

    nice yamaha. interested in the hydraulic clutch setup any info would be great. JP THEELEVADER@YAHOO.COM

  5. Paul Franke says:

    I really really love what you did with your bike. I especially love your garage where you keep it and your other toys haha. Nice lic. plate mod!

  6. Greg Bennett says:

    Who did your work on the right side cover to remove the ‘yamaha’. I can’t find anyone that can do this work. Gregb3408@aol.com

  7. Pv2 Butler, nicholas says:

    Only another Iowan would undertake such a crazy proccess of transforming a run of the mill bike into something special. I give you mad props for the underaking and hope to see another great undertaking by our great state…..

  8. Salomon says:

    one of sweetest bikes ever!!
    i’d like to build a frame like that for my xs.
    does anybody know how i can contact the owner about the specs etc.
    greetz Salomon.

  9. Salomon says:

    Salomons mail adres is Salomonvanhouten@gmail.com

  10. SneauxPyro says:

    Nice work! I’m interested in the Hyd Clutch as well. Any information would be appreicated.

  11. Tommy whitaker says:

    That bike is dope, hit me on the email I got a couple questions about the setup

  12. Sean from boston says:

    This bike is pretty slick looking love the clean lines!

  13. norm younger says: