Joel Mekolites: Bratty xs650 makeover


I decided to cut it up and see what I could make out of it.

Write about your XS650.: Well I got my xs650 set up the way I thought I wanted it. After stepping back and looking at it she looked like a stock triumph in my opinion. I wasn’t too happy with it , she didn’t turn out like how I imagined it. It was cool but just not me. A friend of mine had an old leaky sporty tank he said I could have. I decided to cut it up and see what I could make out of it. It seemed like a lot of xs’s use the sporty tank. I wanted to change it up a little. I cut the bottom out of it to start.



Then I cut about 2″ out of the center of it. I don’t care for the flat spot in the top of it so I pounded it out too. After getting it the way I wanted I welded it back together. I am diggin how it turned out. She kinda looks like a mini villian tank. I really like how skinny she is. I used to have a roadstar that I bought this crown key fob for so I am going to epoxy it on the gas cap as the crowning jewel.


After doing this I decided to cut out the flat seat rails I had on the bike. I took my tube bender and bent some tube up to follow the lines of the seat pan. Then I welded them on to mimik the lines of the backbone. I really like the flow of the bike a lot better now! I think She will be pretty cool and a little unique when she is all done.


Joel Mekolites


  1. JC says:

    Did you extend your swing arm and what kind of springs are you using? Im trying to get the same low look you achieved but I have not figured out what the best way is. By the way the bike looks killer!

  2. frank GRC says:

    dude awesome job it looks rad

  3. Hesh says:

    Tank is really cool! Keep it up!

  4. hunter Jennings says:

    how tall are those apes??

  5. Ted says:

    I am loving the new tank. it’s crazy skinny and sexy..

  6. Joel Mekolites says:

    I didn’t extend swingarm. I used honda rebel shocks. I set a 4 by 4 under the frame. I took the shocks loose and let the frame drop down on the 4 by 4. Then I moved the shocks foreward and made my seat posts meat up with them I also lowered the front 3″. The apes are like 12″ They aren’t the tapered ones you see for sale. These have very littl pullback too. I happened to see them at a swapmeet for sale. The tank makes the bike I think.

  7. Teebs says:

    Followed your tank thread over on the underground. It came out sick, brother.

    The first incarnation was beautiful, but I really like this one too. Those new seat rails came out PERFECT.

    Future plans?

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Joel Mekolites says:

    I plan on riding it sometime this decade.LOL just reworking the wheels n getn tires. then putn it all togather.

  9. Ted says:

    I keep coming back to this post and looking at your tank.

  10. Joel Mekolites says:

    getting ready to send it some updated pics tomorrow. The new tank is killa. The bike is really looking good.

  11. brandon says:

    I just got an xs. I’m going bratty, western pa roads don’t allow for a hardtail when you weigh 220. I really like the way yours turned out. Any suggestions before I start.

    thanks alot.

  12. breahn Riley says:

    where did you get the seat pan?

  13. shelly says:

    how nice is the ride compared to a hardtail with a sprung seat? im wondering if i should go with just the metal pan like you or if i should throw springs under a solo seat

  14. Nick says:

    Ive looked everywhere but can’t seem to find this style handlebars where theyre not so tapered. I know he got them at a swap meet but has anyone seen any similar to this?