LC Fabrications: XS Chicken Salad


New Pics by Nathan DiClaudio

XS 650 Chicken Salad

Jeremy LC Fabrications Late last summer, the shop was in kind of a dead spot, we had alot of big ideas of what to do for a winter project including a salt flat racer and going back to AMD. Unfortunately it all hinged on selling our beloved Panster. We try to keep our personal projects separate from our parts business, so the creation of a new bike is always dependent on the sale of another one.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town our good friend Bruce Walker Jr. (of had his own story to tell. Bruce is “that guy”,  you know the one who is so cool the temperature drops 10 degrees when he walks in the room, the one with the big black trucks , sweet little roadsters, and all the fine women. Bruce had picked up this ’79 XS650 from one of his drivers for cheap. This bike was near mint condition with only 11K on the 31 year old odometer. One late night filled with good ideas, Bruce did a nice sawzall  induced hack job on the frame, that is where the bike sat for over a year.
This is where we tie it all together.

One day I’m at the shop focusing on parts, wishing I was building a bike, and Bruce pulls up outside with the XS-half on his truck.  The “bike” had finally gotten in his way and wanted to know if I could use it.  Bruce said “Man it’s just a f-n Yamaha” and he donated it to the cause. The Beerhaulers are pretty hardcore into traditional American style chops, and just weren’t that interested in this Yam. At this point I still had bigger ideas in mind, and it took a few months to finally decide to do something with it. The Panster was still not sold and time to do a bike so we decided we’d just do something quick then turn it over on ebay.


By the time we had our XS to roller status the Panster sold to a guy in Germany and we had cash flow to do another build. I am a guy who’s stubborn about doing things start to finish, but like I said, “bigger plans” and after all this was just an “f-n Yamaha.”  I began making the engine and wheels for the next big thing, but it bugged me that the XS was half finished just sitting around. Plus it was starting to come out pretty cool. So I decided screw it, let’s do this Yamaha and see what we get.

Still trying to keep it simler than our other bikes we hard tailed the stock frame, kept the stock front end, and moved the front wheel to the rear.  The offset brake disc and small rear sprocket seemed the perfect setup to run both on the same side, so the front wheel was modified to accept both and moved to its new location on the back of the bike. To keep both brakes on the left side we got an XS1100 dual disc front wheel and left side caliper then shaved the unneeded stuff from it as well as the right leg.  The stock front end was bolted up using tapered bearings and custom trees which were designed to work with the front shroud we cut from a piece of aluminum sheet.


The bars were then stubbed right into the thick aluminum upper tree, eliminating the need for clamps or risers of any kind. For the tank I used an old CL360 Honda tank that I had re-tunneled and cut a 3” wedge out of the center.  The seat section was a small piece of a flat rear fender that I wedged to match the tank, then I built the rest from 14 gauge sheet. The LED tail lights were made to fit in the rear.

The original plan for the engine was to just split the cases, clean, inspect, and reseal everything. Once I got inside I was quite impressed by just how well engineered this engine is.  I hated to let a good opportunity go to waste so I dug into some of our new found cash and ordered up a beautifully re-cast 750 cylinder kit from XS Performance. For carburetion I swapped the stock for 36mm Mikuni round slides. I did some mild porting, replaced all the gaskets, seals, timing chain and guides then dressed up each piece as I reassembled my new found engineering masterpiece.


The paint color was chosen by our local paint store, this color was a mis-match left over from another job but worked well with the black wheels.  All the other details and doo-dads were done out of my head as the bike came together.   Some of which went on to make up our new line of XS parts.  In the end I decided to name the bike Chicken Salad, a good explanation of what I thought I was starting out with versus what I was able to transform it into.

Ted- Hi Jeremy what’s up? You’ve built a ton of bikes at LC Fabrications is this your first XS?

Jeremy- Very first Yamaha…people always ask if I’m an H-D guy, or British or what, I just tell them I like cool bikes. Every brand has their share of good stuff and total crap, besides I’ve always loved the look of an xs650 engine, and my first street bike was an ’81 xs 400.

Ted- So the bike’s name is Chicken Salad? There’s probably a joke here somewhere, I guess am just not clever enough..  What kind of chicken salad are we talking about here? The kind with little chicken bits sprinkled in a salad with lettuce or the kind with mayonnaise and grapes you can make into a sandwich?Ha Ha..

Jeremy- we have a saying “you cant make chicken salad out of chicken shit”….the guy I got this bike from GAVE it to us, because it was “just an effing Yamaha” , so I thought the name was appropriate!


Ted- XS Chicken Salad looks to have a tons of custom parts. Right off the start I notice the wheel spacers, clutch cover, points cover, manifold clamps etc. but I want to know more about the rear sprocket break combo???!! From what I see it looks like you are using a 19″ front mag wheel with a rotor attached to the rear sprocket?

Jeremy- Yes Just moved the stock front to the rear, machined the face down enough to accept the extra thickness of the rotor, and used a Brembo caliper I had in my stash. I just thought the small pitch sprocket and offset rotor worked perfectly for this type of setup, makes the right side of the bike real clean!

Ted- The cantilevered seat is a unique and clever setup. What made you come up with that design and how comfortable is it when riding?

Jeremy- Really I did that for 2 reasons, i like to make things overcomplicated and mechanical, a bike is a machine and should look like one, also It helps to fill the empty space under the seat, and Im not particularly fond of “fake ” oil tanks.



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Ted- You were having some issues with your performance clutch which we were talking about earlier. What was the problem with your clutch and shifting?

Jeremy- The clutch lifter design is a total POS……I did some fine tuning and upgrading of parts, and now it shifts but Im still not happy….thinking about doing a totally lifter design of my own, one that works!


Some photos of LC Fabrication's Chicken Salad from Smokeout 11. New Pics by Nathan DiClaudio



Ted- Any other mechanical headaches besides figuring out the clutch?

Jeremy- Just that and carb tuning, that’s not my strong point and I’m running the bike as kick-only with long intake, not smart but Ive got it now, thanks to your help actually. Also I can’t understand why they design the seals to be replaced only when the cases are split, the clutch push-rod seal is a pain in the arse!

Ted- Where did you get the gas tank and what is it off?

Jeremy- on eBay, it was from a CL360 Honda scrambler, I made a new tunnel and cut a 3 inch wedge out of the center.

Ted- Is there any part that you are super geek out on. Any part you spent way more time than usual staring at and think about?

Jeremy- Really the aesthetics of this one just fit the way they wanted to, which was good because the idea for this bike was to do something that could be sold for a reasonable price. I think its important to keep as many lines parallel as possible, seems stupid but makes a big difference when you step back and take a look!


If you are digging the parts on this bike some are for sale.
LC Fabrications has a xs650 parts collection.

Jeremys @ LC Fabrications

Photo credit to TTJ-Photography.


  1. Ollie says:

    Different, but very cool… I know its loaded with trick parts but any chance of some pics of the seat setup… Cheers, Ollie.

  2. Rusty Nutz says:

    More people should think of them as “Just f-n Yamahas,” and drop them off at my house.

    Obviously built by a master bike builder.

  3. MIKE says:

    Awesome bike, love that rear wheel with the brake and sprocket on the same side… real cool lane splitter…

    Where did you get those fork gaiters? All the ones i’ve tried are way to long and look like sh*t!

  4. Capt_Zoom says:

    Kick ass bike. I really like what you did with the rear wheel setup.

  5. Earz says:

    Holy crap. That thing rocks. I always wanted to do a sprotor setup on mine but the small sprocket doesn’t allow the room. I never thought about doing your solution.

  6. tadd442 says:

    Very well executed…….can we see the rest of her tattoo?

  7. chevy53 says:

    this bike is just F-N cool lol, i like that seat spring set up is, the rear brake/sproket set up is cool as hell. and like the mix between bobber and old dirt track bike

  8. Alex says:

    Sick XS!

    is there a reason for having the 5 backwards on the left side?

  9. darren lindemann says:

    sweet ride!!!

  10. darren lindemann says:

    cool bike. like the seat!!

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  12. REEB! says:

    Very respectable. What kind of build time we talking?

  13. Don says:

    I love it! Little bit bob little bit cafe 100% custom. Well done guys.

  14. shotcaller says:

    Just sick!

  15. neoman says:

    Man This is a FRESH ONE! You guys keep comin up with some great builds this ones got the look SUPER COOL Whip! written all over it
    floored bro nice job #5’s my favorite.



  16. Will says:

    Damit, thats very similar to what I am building right now. Very nice bike!

  17. BLACKWIDOW says:

    Thats one clean machine

  18. reynoldburton says:

    Yummi – best tasting chicken salad of my life!!!

  19. Woody says:

    Congrats to Jeremy and the guys at LC Fabrications for another imaginative piece of work.

  20. Mark says:

    Looks to me like a purpose built bike, with excellence in mind, and in the workmanship. wish the pictures were more detailed so we could see more details. Great job

  21. mark A says:

    I saw this bike at the smoke out last weekend , very cool , good job

  22. shaydaddy says:

    sweet bike was wondering where to get those headlights. i also want to do a dual light setup on my bike but haven’t found the right ones yet.

  23. armand says:

    you guys did a cool job in the sit suspention.

  24. chevy53 says:

    new pics look great, nathan is a hell of a photographer

  25. Thanks Nathan for the pics….. that guy did a great job!

  26. JonathonD says:

    Every time I look at this bike I just want to fire it up and take it for a spin. Looks like it would be a blast to ride!! Awesome bike the seat is cool as hell!!

  27. Nathan D says:

    Thanks guys, it was good meeting you. All your bikes are top tits.

  28. Steve says:

    Way Cool !!!

  29. Greg says:

    Awesome bike, I’m inspired! What kind and size tires are those?

  30. ben says:

    we feel the church of choppers inspiration but very cool this bike remenber me a daily driver wich i saw in a french mag called wild

  31. sweet bike!!, i’m cranked up on a similar proyect on a ’82 honda GL 500

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  33. Broman says:

    I love this bikes vibe alot. Talk about a home run. Are there any “in progress” pics that we could get a glimpse of? And would you have a general estimate on cost of build? I can tell that someone is a machinist, or has a machinist friend at least. I dig some of the one off stuff.


  34. RightSaidFred says:

    very cool style. did you buy the short fork boots or mod OEM?

  35. CHAD says:

    Great build, love the look and flow of this bike.

  36. Sean from boston says:

    I would love to know how you got that rim to work in back I have a fat boy front I would love to put on the back of a bike

  37. Dave says:

    That is one killer looking bike with its cross over bobber/flattracker look. I would love to see it with some old dunlop DTR tyres on there.

  38. Geezerman says:

    Sweet lookin bike !!!!

  39. rusty says:

    I’m doing the same thing with my seat and I was wondering how you chose the bell crank arm lengths? Also, my shock says 850 lbs.,did yours have any markings? Incredible bike. Congrats.

  40. rusty says:

    I would love to see some cloesups of youre seat setup. What did you use for pivot bushings or bearings? I know this is elementary stuff but I would love to know how you like it and if you would do anything different.

  41. Sweet bike & chick… <@:-)
    Yahama makes great bikes, love this the XS650.

  42. Shane Ryans says:

    Great bike, especially for a girl or a smaller guy.

  43. boots says:

    first read about this bike in “the horse”. not a style to my liking; but a very cool bike nonetheless. like the mono shock, tho.

  44. norm younger says:

    very nice.

  45. Shane Ryans says:

    I really do like this bike, i have shown it to a few friends of mine, there are some touches I really like.

  46. elrico says:

    sry but i had to copy some motor 😉 they really kicks ass, love it.

  47. elrico says:

    i mean motor-parts