new project rescue


Found this 1981 XS650 in Western North Carolina and actually turned it down the first 3 times I looked at it. It just seemed way to messed up to bother with. The guy who owned it tried to hardtail it o n his own with apparently no experience at all.



He had used a stick welder and only welded his “hard tail” on the top side of the bars! He also thought since he was having charging problems and had replaced the stator already that the problem must be in the wiring so he proceeded to remove the brown wires from the harness! Go figure! The first pic is the way it was when I bought it.



The rest are roughly 2 weeks later with still a long way to go but I think I’ve got a few of the problems fixed. Another one rescued!

Zane Hope


  1. tadd442 says:

    Ya just can’t trust the brown wires……good start!

  2. chevy53 says:

    holy ape hangers. id ditch the mirrors, but other than that its lookin good

  3. REEB! says:

    That homemade tail looks like a hack job! He should of just given u the bike cause he had no business owning one.

  4. BigJimmyW13 says:

    Gotta a pretty good start to go off of!

  5. Sean from boston. says:

    its looking GREAT from what it was and well quite nice in general lol keep up the good work

  6. Jzhope says:

    Thanks guys, It’s almost done now. It at a friends shop getting wired now. I’ll try to post pics once I get it on the road.

    as for his hack job……. I may have saved his life by buying it

  7. norm younger says:

    Any update pics?