Metalhead’s brat to be (the ol’ ladies bike)


Write about your XS650.: I  picked this bike up, 100% stock, but in boxes, in return for doing a hardtail on a guy’s frame. coming along nicely, so far. I’ve seen alot of bratstyle bikes using new tubes for the seat rails, but halfway thru doing the frame, I got the idea to re-use the rear seat loop as the seat rails/fender mount. I haven’t gotten pics with the fender on yet, but for all ya’ll guy’s trying to build a similar bratstyle, this works GREAT. Even used the stock rear fender (trimmed) on the stock mounts. looks killer.


This one is being built for my girl to ride, she’s not really wanting a rigid.

I have a 3rd one in the works too, but it’s more of a cafe style ride, so I don’t know if it’ll make this site or not.
BTW, I’m on the market for a wassel style tank for this bike, so if anyone out there in choppa-land has a connection, LET ME KNOW! I have an aluminum, original, unmolested wassel, but my girl has limited seat time, so I’m hesitant to put such a beautiful tank on a bike that maye get it’s “hard knocks”.

Thanks  Steve


  1. BLACK WIDOW says:

    I have one all bobbed out well I just bought another and told the ol lady I’d bobb it out for her so we could ride 🙂 and she told me hell no LOL Good luck on the build it’s looking clean so far

  2. skr00zloose says:

    hahaha, yeah, the Ms. rode my rigid for about 5 minutes and decided she wanted something with suspension, so that’s pretty much how this bike came about. Just picked up a tank, got the shock mounts and fender nailed down, and started on the seat pan. I’ll get some pics posted as soon as I can. I’m really diggin this bike for as little money and time as I have in it.

  3. Scott S says:

    Any updates on this build?

  4. Scott S says:

    What are the plans for shock mounts? Is the front rake stock or ???

  5. skr00zloose says:


    updates were just sent in, got a bit done.

    frame is stock at the front, gussets going in soon (I cut out the upper motor mount). shock mounts are done. I cut the welds on the factory slugs and pressed (haha, more like hammered) them out,and re-welded them to the frame right where the “seat” section meets the rest of the frame. Using stock length XS shocks, it put the ride hieght right where I wanted it.

    also got the mid controls done, swapped the wheels to XS spokes, mounted the coil under the tank, made a seat pan, etc.

    slowly but surely …..

  6. Scott S says:

    Cool. We just picked up our next project bike today and your frame is spot-on. Can’t wait to see the updates.
    Wish there was a way to PM or contact members here….

  7. gilligan says:

    hey bro,she looks good!! im hoping to be back home by years end?!?!

    look at some new pics of the current daily(and a couple canadian hotties!!

  8. chris says:

    you did what i’m doing with the seat loop. so much cleaner then chopping off the rear after the shocks. nice. looking forward to your finished pics. once mine is a bit more presentable and the snow melts 🙁 i’m getting some pics up. keep it up man.

  9. norm younger says:

    Nice job on the frame