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.


The battery box was fabricated by me to follow the curves of the frame rails and houses all of the ignition components ( Boyer ). Engine is stock with K&N filters and Mac 2 into 1 headers. Forks are XS with the lower tree smoothed on the bottom side and the upper tree polished. Headlight is 4” aftermarket spot. Controls are 1” and the bars are 1” drag.


Wheels are Excel 4.25 x 18 on the rear and 1.85 x 21 on the front. Rear tyre is 140mm 70 series and requires a 3/16” spacer on the primary and drive sprockets.



The seat is a solo that I hand tooled and riveted to the pan. The paint is black urethane that was applied in my garage ( what a “freakin” mess!! ). Bike draws attention wherever I take it and is a blast to ride.


John Ferguson

Designs in Cold Steel


xs650 Bandana
xs650 tanktop
xs650 long sleeve
xs650 mug