update: metalhead’s brat build (the ‘ol lady’s bike)


Write about your XS650.: update: metalhead’s xs650 brat build, finally got a tank, gonna need work, but it’s usable. mid-controls done, fender, shocks mounted, new wheels, coil mounted in the tunnel of the tank, battery mounted under the swingarm,  still alot of work to be done, but it’s getting there. still only have $50 in this bike so far 🙂noid-0701091441-00


Thanks steve kent


  1. Steve says:

    Looking good she should like that !!

  2. Scott S says:

    Looking great! Tell me about the foot controls. How’d you mount them?

  3. skr00zloose says:

    one of my XS’s came with a set of TC Bros rearsets. I used the pegs and levers from them, and made my own mounting brackets. they just bolt right to the frame.

  4. Breahn says:

    what kind of tank is that?

  5. Breahn says:

    love the tank, any info?

  6. skr00zloose says:

    it’s a wassel copy. They’re all over ebay. REALLY small tank, but I think it fits the bike well.

  7. mike says:

    Your ol’ ladies bike is rad! I’ve got one for my girlfriend and I can cut about 4″ off the seat… but I GOTTA get lower shocks for the rear. Neither one of us is very tall and I’ve lowered every bike I ever rode, now its her turn! If you have any info that could help me it would mean for a better summer! Her riding on the back of mine was fine for like a decade… but now it just hurts my back 🙂

  8. metalhead says:

    if you’re not going to cut the frame, you could use shocks off a honda Rebel, that’ll lower it a bunch.

    BTW THIS BIKE IS FOR SALE, exactly as it sits in the second pic, minus the tank. I swiped it for my new daily ride. (old lady left me, so why not, lol)

  9. Bent says:

    Bike is sweet, tank looks great. What shocks are those? Did you lower the front?

  10. metalhead says:

    front was lowered internally about 2″. the shocks are stock XS shocks.

  11. sean from boston says:

    the old lady driving this thing around yet?