wicked vizion


Im just a lucky man

The bike started life as a 1983 yamaha xs650 special. I cut off all of the parts except the front half of the frame. I built a new back half on to the existing frame and then modified the existing neck to fit the 41mm wide glide HD front end. The rear sports a 300mm tire and the front is 21in. The wheels are from a stock bigdog motorcycle thanks to ebay.


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The fuel tank is the original Yamaha tank that i narrowed to fit the bike and i think it gives a nice touch.  The engine has had a 750 big bore kit, new rods, cam and heavy clutch and springs. It is very strong and takes the weight easily. The exhaust was made by me just of my own design.


I built and fabricated the jackshaft on my lathe and it works great. It ride pretty good. The tire is a little stiff but that comes with the look. It is a little cramped with the mid controls, i really loved the look better but im having to upgrade to forward controls. It turns like a big tire but handles very well on and off highway.


It has been to about 98mph with no shake or vibration except engine of course so i was very happy. I live in NC and build anything custom rat rods hot rods bikes. I also did the whole bike myself except the frame powder coat. The paint is my fist attempt at a custom paint job. It is black with a marblized flame base with airbrushed skulls and the candied over. I think it came out well.


This was also a project that my wife helped build (pictured) Im just a lucky man there. Also my contact info hartmanspeedcustom@yahoo.com almost forgot she does ride with me on the removable seat.

Thanks  zach




  1. Brad says:

    I must say that is by far the baddest wide tire 650 I have ever saw……that is bad!

  2. jay says:

    very sweet ! and the bikes not bad either.

  3. Mario says:

    Awesome build! Right now I’m having G&L Choppers build me a bike. Hopefully in the near future I’ll build my own build in my garage.

  4. BubbaKahuna says:


    I like the bike too. lol

  5. Brian says:

    Great job, reminds of a Big Bear Chopper, the length anyway. Look like a very long bike.

  6. Ted says:

    @ zach,
    I had some questions I was going to ask you about your bike but didn’t remember until after I hit publish. (I think I got distracted by the pictures haha) Your tank turned out sick. I can’t believe it’s your first paint job..

    Have you seen Sky xs?

    Thanks for sending in the pictures…

  7. zach says:

    Ted i can answer any questions you may have. Also I wanted to add the powder coat was done by my friends at landmark coatings in mocksville nc. If you want me to answer more just email me.

  8. Steven says:

    That is perfection! Too bad they didn’t com off the showroom that way in the 70’s. Mine will be clost to yhat when it’s done. I use to be a big Harley freak, but these things are fricken awsome. Go Yamaha

  9. Ted says:

    @ zach,
    No this turned out to be a great post man.. I was just going to ask you about your rear suspension setup..

    You can put your friends powder coating website in the comments here or I can add it to the post if you’d like.

    Have you seen Sky xs?

  10. blackwidow says:

    Looks cool I’d like to see what someone looks like riding it

  11. blackchop says:

    i wanta see more pics of the model on it.

  12. Teebs says:

    That is one of the sweetest looking flame jobs I’ve ever seen. Completely sick chop.

  13. Steve says:

    Ted i have a 78 xs 650 im redoing and wondering how u converted that sprocket over to fit the 300mm tire?

  14. zach says:

    I built the jackshaft setup along with everything on this bike to fit the tire. It is for sale by the way if your interested. zachandkathy@skybest.com

  15. mike says:

    what bike??????????