Eric Waterfall Interviews Tono of MOTOSHOP TONOUCHI.

After posting Numa’s xs-half-fairing, Eric shot me an e-mail to say that he speaks Japanese and would be willing to help out with some translating. He was able to get in contact with Tono of MOTOSHOP TONOUCHI to get the scoop on this sick XS650 CHOPPER.  If you guys dig this one I think Eric may be doing another Guest post soon.

Eric Waterfall – We have material!  I called Tono the other day to see if anything was going on and he was quite apologetic.  He totally spaced sending me the info and pics.  I got this this morning.  Though there isnt much info in the email, over the phone he said there is an XS650 “mania” going on in Japan right now.




Everybody wants and is buying up the XS.  As for used XS’, they go anywhere from 3 to 5 thousand dollars. Thats right, $3K to $5K AMERICAN!  Good ol’ Japan. The carbs on the bike are 34mm flatsides.  The fork covers were bought on eBay from Bates Vintage.  Thats really the only info he gave me on the bike.  He’s since built his own XS650 and its SICK.


Thanks To:
Eric Waterfall
Ogden, UT


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  1. reynoldburton says:

    What a sick ride – I really love it!

  2. Scott says:

    Man another sick xs! Looks like a zero strech hardail section…

  3. Rick Lopez says:

    This is is one of the greatest XS’s built I have seen…so sick.

  4. REEB says:

    Gnarly bike! I have a few xs’s I’d like to sell!

  5. Steve says:

    Way Cool !!!

  6. Rob says:

    is that a bolt on hardtail?!

  7. Emery says:

    That paint is sick… nice bike!

  8. lil bastard says:

    AWSOME!! Not a thing wrong with it! A PERFECT 650!!!!!

  9. Hesh says:

    wow! never better!

  10. josh says:

    WOW, truly perfect proportions!!

    I wonder what a finished build goes for over there. I am assuming 8-10K American. CRAZY

  11. josh says:

    Is this there any way to find out what the strech on this bike is?

  12. ryan says:

    Please do a feature on his XS400…. Very talented builder!!!

  13. Blackwidow says:

    WOW 3-5k for an xs650 thats crazy I bought one of mine for 500 bux and the other for 550 both in real good running condition.. This bike is really nice I like the handle bars and the tank and the paint

  14. reynoldburton says:

    I wonder if that are “starburst” moon discs on the rear wheel? Please tell, and if – what size/diameter?

  15. Spun says:

    Two thumbs up all the way, in my top five for sure. I would also like some info on those disks. Great job!

  16. Ted says:

    Blackwidow-“WOW 3-5k for an xs650 thats crazy” That is exactly what I said to Eric. I think I know what you’re thinking though, you wouldn’t be able to make any money exporting. Import duties and shipping would kill it. haha.

    reynoldburton- I am not sure, but I think the discs are custom-made. Check out MOTOSHOP TONOUCHI blog. The links up top.

  17. bloodhound says:

    that is a beautiful bike.

  18. Blackwidow says:

    Your wrong Ted I was offered 4500 for the blackwidow and I said no way. Right now I love my bikes and don’t want to sell them for nothing

  19. TONO says:

    I am glad to feature my motorcycle.
    Thanks a lot of comments!

    I make a new XS650, check HP.


  20. xsdanmass says:

    wow nice bike love the rear chain cover and the tach and did any body notice the sweet set up on the front brake cable to hyd disk nice job on that id love to see some better pics keep up the great work over there

  21. Spun says:

    Yeah that front brake is killer. I can’t get enough of this one.

  22. anyone else notice that it looks like the whole hardtail is a bolt on affair? maybe to switch it back to suspension for inspections?

  23. chad says:

    i would seriously like to see that brake setup. super clean

  24. Lance says:

    definitely one of my faves- the stance is perfect and I love the compact look. Next XS I build will have no stretch for sure!

  25. J Smif says:

    Tono I just saw pics of your “EGOISTIC BLACK” bike in Another World Of Chopper magazine, I have to Say I think I like it Just a little bit more than “Hippy Zippy” bike. Keep up the awesome builds, your bikes are sick.

  26. hangman says:

    One of the best xs650 builds I,ve seen on this site.

  27. DanJ says:

    Of the ones I’ve seen thus far, this is by far my fav.

  28. Woogaus says:

    Love the look of this bike, and I’m really interested in the risers he used. Anyone know who makes them or where they can be found? I looked on Tono’s website, but didn’t find any info there.

  29. tom says:

    looks like a cable opirated front disk brake, no master cylinder. Iv never seen one of these on a motorcycle, only on cheap mountain bikes. How are they for stopping

  30. killer looking ride, I’m starting one of my own very soon from a ’72 XS2. I can’t wait, and I hope it turns out half as good as yours.

  31. McLeod says:

    I thought it was a cable operated disc brake at first too (they were on the Honda CT200s) when I saw the naked handlebars, but as I continued to watch, it does seem like there is a resivoir hidden behind the front rails of the frame. But it looks like maybe a cable operates the resivoir?

    I would love any insight on this. Does anyone know?