Hans from Holland

Hello FooXS, Here again some lines straight out of Holland, where the weather is still not an invitation to have a good ride-out. But as you know, every disadvantage has at least one advantage, this long winter period is a good opportunity to upgrade your ride, change some things and make it look better. As you know the Back 2 BasiXS bobber already has a sort of boardtracker-look, I really dig this style of race bikes used in the twenties and thirties. They’ve got that pure radiation, just a frame, an engine and a large pair of wheels.

A while ago I decided to add more of this look to my XS bobber, just by using bigger seized wheels.xs 650 bobber

In front I wanna use a 21” wheel and at the back a 18”. A XS rearhub and a 18” rim was still laying in my garage, on a Dutch graiglist I found for very less money a complete frontwheel of a Yamaha XT550. This wheel has an alloy rim and a nice and small (and good working) hub-brake. With the tyrechoise I also had some specific preferences, they must have an old style ‘block’ profile but they gotta have good grip on the tarmac of the open road.
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Chosen is for semi-offroad tires from Dunlop, type Trailmaster. This set of tyres I found luckely also on a graiglist, it set me back for only 75 euros and they’re brandnew! After powdercoating the rims and hubs I ordered new stainless steel spokes with a large diameter (4 mm), the nipples where chromed but after a good polish session the brass undercoat appears. These brass nipples look outstanding with the black rims and matches with all other brass parts on the XS. Think the wheels turned out nice huh? Take a look at the restyled Back 2 BasiXS…..


XSee you, Hans.


  1. Nate says:

    Hans you are worse then I am..never satisfied..Looks good..nice job!

  2. Weed says:

    Ziet er weer goed uit Hans

    Looks good Hans

  3. robert says:

    That bike is sick! I love the graphix and dig the accents….what a ride. First class.

  4. thomas says:

    any chance you still have the stock rims?
    i could really use a descent set for my 1982 xs 650

  5. Fitcy says:

    Hey hans were did you get that headlight? its great

  6. Hans from Holland says:

    Sorry for the (veryyy) late reaction Fitcy, the headlight is scored on a graiglist (for less) and probably from a Sparta or a DKW from the fifties. Greetz Hans.

  7. Guamli says:

    Alors là c’est la moto de mes rêves, bravo ! Je mets la photo sur le bureau de mon PC en attendant de pouvoir me l’acheter…

  8. REEB! says:

    Top notch one of my new favorites! Love all the brass! Did you have all that plated a d then sand it down or what?

  9. BigJimmyW13 says:

    Hans, you still without a doubt have one of the best looking XS’s I have ever seen.

  10. shawn says:

    man…i love this bike!

  11. mike arnold says:

    bike is really cool great job. have same 21 front wheel off xt550 laying around. what did it take to install. bearings,spacers,ect. my bike is a 1980 xs650.

  12. Hans from Holland says:

    This XT550 wheel has a thin axle, I have installed bearings with a larger inner diameter to accept the original XS axle. Only on the right side is a spacer needed with this axle, it is a one-off made by a friend.
    Brakingpower of this drum is real good ! Also can you use your speedogauge.