1979 XS650 Chopper- Grand Rapids, MI


This is my 1979 XS650 Chopper. I built it from scratch mostly in my garage- I had a friend help with the frame and tube bending. The gas tank is from some Harley model (I filled in the spot in between the gas caps), the electrics box is an old ammo can I cut down and re-welded.





The paint was all done by me as well. I have video clips of it on YouTube:

This is a drive-by of my 1979 XS650 Chopper- I made it the winter of 2005. It’s custom hardtailed, dual disks with stainless lines, etc. Great fun to ride- a real headturner. I sold it- I just didn’t drive it much anymore- I usually ride the Tracker now 😉

I also have a Street Tracker and a mostly stock 82 Heritage Special (probably becoming a future project- cafe maybe). Once I built the Tracker, I mostly quit riding the chopper, so sadly I sold her to some guy in Nebraska.

Thanks Clayton Lubbers


  1. Josh Maxwell says:

    I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work 🙂

  2. mike N says:

    Nice bike. I was goin to use the ammo can idea too!

  3. sweeet, i bought an ammo box & was planning the same cut & weld move. now that i’ve seen it in your bike im certain its the way to go. great bike!

  4. Jill Lien says:

    Awesome Ted! Love your bike! Can I ride on the back?

  5. magnifique super le travail Ă©ffectuĂ© sur c’ est xs 650 rien a dire un vrai passionnĂ© merci pour c est belles images et videos

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  7. Dennis says:

    wish I got half the credit Tim gets… lol