xs650 I chopped back in 06


Write about your XS650.: Picked this basket case up for $150. like a retard i bought a triumph hardtail and tried to make it fit, ended up cuttin it in half, changing everything about it, much easyer to have just made one from scratch.  triumph rear hub laced to a harley 16″ rim.  Honda cb front rim with finned aluminum hub. i machined an upper tripple clamp outa some aluminum, cut and re tunned the wassel tank, made a seat pan from scratch, bough a way overpriced ebay fender, then cut it in half, and reshaped it with a planishing hammer.


made the forward controls with the stock pegs and some leftover tubing from the hardtail mods. the brake linkage took forever, stock pedal, custom rods, hiem ends and links made from scrap outa stainless.  made the tailling from scratch, using a 53 chevy lens. finned side cover came from a sacraficed oil pan off a bbc boat motor. the alternator cover was made from an odd finned valve cover.


Lots shit on this bike was done with no money just a shitload of time. the paint is unfinished, i planned to add patterns and lace over top of the candy blue and silver flake but ended up selling the bike.  I was broke.


  1. Teebs says:

    Beautiful bob, brother.

    Damn, all that work. I’m looking at the attention to detail, the piping on the seat, the chrome and polish, the depth of the flake in the paint and what sticks is “…ended up selling the bike. I was broke.”

    That sucks.

    Great build, man. Thanks for sharing.

  2. BLACK WIDOW says:

    Is that a disc brake rear wheel? Where did you get it any more info on it please

  3. Mat Seely says:

    i used a triumph rear wheel, a steel hub, rear drum on the same side as the sprocket. laced to a harley 16″ rim. it was a pain gettin the brake linkage to work with a bell crank to keep the pedal on the right. but the looks are worth it. thanks teebs for the kind words. its a shame i had to let her go, but thats just how it is.

  4. Jeremy says:

    How was top end speed with that Triumph sprocket?

  5. Mat Seely says:

    haha the top speed wasnt too great. i have no speedo so i cant say for sure. i just installed a 18 tooth countershaft sprocket and have ye to give that a try. hopefully it helps, im sure it wont being it back anywheres near stock, but it should help. still workin some bugs out of it, then i gotta break down and hookup a front brake before i send it on its way, new owner wants to be all safe and whatnot.

  6. Mat Seely says:

    attept at posting more pics


  7. norm younger says:

    Great looking bike.