Archive | November, 2009

Back From The Dead

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I bought this bike after a few hacks had there go at “chopperizing” it… Didn’t go so well…

Brought it home and started knocking bondo off the frame.  Oh man!  These guys loved bondo!  Well they needed it to cover up the hideousness they tried to pass off as welds.  The stays on the hard tail were threaded at the ends(i’m all for saving coin and making do with what you have but I mean come on boys!)… the rear wheel sat in the frame about 1/2″ out of level… It was a mess.
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Reincarnation 1977XS

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Cold Steel 2nd Phase xs 650

This is the 2nd. Phase of this bike. I was not totally satisfied with the 1st. Has a 3” extended swing arm with 10.5” progressive shocks. The seat rails where lowered 1 ½”. All unnecessary mounts, brackets and factory gusseting was removed and necessary joints were re-welded for strength. The tank is sportster that has the tunnel modified and the bottom smoothed then mounted Frisco style.

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1980 xs650 “Salt Shaker”

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Write about your XS650.: Hey Ted.   I wanted to send in some new pics of my project.  I put on a Firestone rear and an Avon front.  Made the faux oil bag for the elecs and that is where it’s name came from.  My wife said it looked like I was making a salt shaker! lol. Continue Reading →

Hardtail XS650

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Picked this up from a local builder. Always wanted a bobber, but never had the time to build. Too many projects going on. Saw this one on the net and had to have it.

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How To: Refresh an old speedometer

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This is not directly related to an XS650 chop, but I did this for my XS650 chop – which is in it’s very early stages (read: getting the damn thing running). I apologize for some of these pics. I was almost finished with this project before I started taking any pictures. I wish I had taken pics before I started. This speedometer is off an old Bridgestone motorcycle (not sure of the year or model). The odometer was barely legible as was the left side of the speedometer. Once I got it apart I found out it was just really dirty. This procedure will work for almost any mechanical speedometer. The newer speedometers are backlit through the gauge face and night time results will not turn out as well. This speedometer is backlit from around the gauge face.
Once you have the speedo out of it’s decorative cup/housing, lay it on the table face down. Using a small screwdriver, gently pry the lip of the trim ring up. Work your way around the gauge, careful not to pry too much or you could possibly tear the thin metal. When you get the lip pryed up all the way around – remove the trim ring, glass, and inner bezel (if applicable). Continue Reading →

Angi’s xs650

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This is a bike I’m currently building for my girlfriend. It started out as a stock ’79, and only ended up keeping the motor. The motor was completely re-built by thomas racing service. It was basicaly built back to stock specs except for the boyer brandsen ignition, and mikuni round slides.

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