82′ Heritage Special Cafe Racer


I bought a 1982 Yamaha XS650 “heritage special” for $250 a couple years back. I have slowly replaced parts and cleaned others. I wanted to learn how to rebuild a bike, taking everything apart and putting it back together, and now I’m done.


I have replaced every wire, using a modified chopper diagram, but still having lights in the gauges and blinkers. I used 2004 Kawasaki control switch for lights, horn, blinkers, and garage door opener. Made the seat myself, and polished all of the aluminum. This took some time, but it’s so much fun to ride.

Jared Ford


  1. Mason says:

    You did a great job…the bike is a show piece. It’s always good to learn as much as you can on a bike and replacing everything is perfect.

  2. Andres says:

    What shocks are you using?

  3. Jared says:

    Thanks Mason, it has been a blast. I just upgraded the mirrors and bought an old fairing that I need to paint to match.
    Andres, I’m not sure what the shocks are. I didn’t see any markings. They are adjustable for the ride though.