Beatersville 09′ Show Winner …….XS650


Write about your XS650.: I went to Louisville,Ky this summer to the Beatersville Car and Bike show. After picking up a 36′ ford truck cab earlier in the year,I thought I would go and check out the ratrods to get some ideas.noid-pht_003
I took lots of pics that day ,but got only 3 pics of the metric bike class winner ….  This rat XS650!

Bill Norton



  1. Teebs says:

    This scoot kicks serious ass.

  2. Emery says:

    Agreed… very nice bike. I like the patina on the engine… wonder what he used? My engine casing sure didn’t age like that Haha…

  3. Ted says:

    The engine treatment is definitely cool.

  4. rob says:

    dude, this bike is just ugly… I love everything about it. This is exactly what I want to roll. This will piss off my neighbors (with their 30K+ harleys).

  5. Justin says:

    Looks like he just wiped his engine with some dirty oil to get that patina look. Love the sectioned tank, leather seat, and handlebars. It took a lot of work to make that bike look that neglected.

  6. Ted says:

    @BillyBobba I have no idea if you like it or hate it. What the heck are you trying to say?

  7. Billybobba says:

    I like this bike a lot.
    This bike says ” screw you wannabe’s who try to buy youself a personality on your factory rides , my builder put there personality into me and hey I bet you can’t even weld!!!

  8. Teebs says:

    That scoot talks a lot.

  9. marcus abel says:

    I keep coming back to this bike. Only 3 pictures and yet the details keep slowly creeping past the loud “rat” first impression.
    Cooling fin spacers out of copper?
    The tank.
    Leather tool bags stuffed in between

  10. jbone357 says:

    I saw this bike in The Horse(I think) several months back, it has definitely given me a lot of inspiration on my build! It’s just Fu#%in MEAN! And if I remember right it was built for less than $600!!

  11. El Gaucho says:

    I love everything about it except the exhaust. Some wrap would take care of that though……

  12. El Gaucho says:

    Just thought about it, that would have been the perfect engine treatment for Wabi Sabi! I’ll have to keep that look in mind next time I do a down and dirty build.