From Holland: XS Hot Chocolate


Hello fellow xs lovers,

This is my 79 xs from Holland. Originally it was Canadian and it was imported in 84. My fathers friend Arie and myself hardtail it. He used to build Riggs for trucks so he did a lot of the precession work. It was painted by Royal Jack, a very friendly upcoming pinstriper and artist. He also made me the pinstriped bleu helmet. The son of my old neighbour who works at KLM did the electrical work.

It`s been a real teameffort but everyone loved working on it.

It`s been done for four days now and I love riding it. It really makes me feel cool. I get a lot of spontaneous positive response so that is nice. I love watching this site and see all those great motorcycles. The build sometimes was hard because I am not very technical. The xs was a nice bike to work on and this helps. I have taken parts that a lot of guys use, but still I think it has its own karakter. This is my second bike, and I am very happy my loving wife approved.




Well, we will see what else comes up in the future. I get the feeling I am not done building yet, its a great hobby. The build toke about nine months from start to finish. I bought the xs from a guy who made me promise to keep it original I am sorry Marco! At the bargain I asked of him to put in an electronic boyer brandsen ignition. It starts and runs great! It is spilling some oil so I have to put on some new gaskets. The engine is stock en so it`s not rebuild.



The guy I bought it from told me the bike belonged to a service engineer. He told me the gaskets were re-newd and I got a lot of recuits from the bike. I first build it up unpainted. I drove a couple of miles on it just to know it`s OK. Then a motorcycle shop who specialises in xs650’s (heiden tuning) put it on a dyno bank.


They changed some things because I have kelks for air-filters and it came back running better than it did. All and all I am pretty happy with the bike.

I love riding it because you can really feel the rawness of it.



The fact is I made a lot of things with my own hands which you can not buy in a store makes it very special to me. For me this took a lot of guts because you`re nearby family and friends look at the bike. The guys on this site who have build a bike probably now what I mean.

Well, I hope you keep on building and riding!

Greetings Jeroen from Holland.

All the pictures on this website are inspiring so keep on building!


  1. Hans from Holland says:

    Great bike Jeroen!!!
    That colour is superb and do the job. Congrats with the result, wish you a lot of enjoyable miles (kilometers in dit geval dus…..)
    Good to see another great XS from Holland here!!!

  2. theirie1 says:

    Love the color and the bars.Great build.

  3. Sean from boston says:

    Lovers it

  4. tadd442 says:


  5. Rabbid says:

    That is a beautiful bike. Some really good attention to the smaller details really made a difference in the overall look of it. Fantastic job to all involved.

  6. Mason says:

    Once again the artist emerges from the builder. Great job

  7. ksdtoday says:

    Sweet, Love the colors!

  8. Rusty Nutz says:

    Too many great details to praise. Well thought out, planned, and implemented IMO. And, anybody who can make brown work so well gets my admiration. Absolutely no room for improvement. The only problem with this bike is, it’s not mine.

  9. Lefty says:

    nice work jeroen, your attention to the little things was great. I like the gold accents and the seat spring mounts. You Hollanders put out some nice bikes. Keep em coming.

  10. Broman says:

    I like the baffles – what are they?

    And I too agree the color is great.

    A pair of clubmans – a Sporty tank and a faux oil bag – always gives good lines. It’s not an accident that a lot of guys go that route. Sexy is sexy, period. Anybody who wants to scoff at that is just in denial man. It’s like saying that thongs are so overdone…..yeah right they are – let’s keep it that way!!!!

  11. kenb says:

    WOW just wonderful to look at I’am sure the photos are good but that sweet heart would be one I would like to gaze upon, really pleasent color lay out, nice work many of happy days runnin.

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  14. tadd442 says:

    What are KELKS? and where can I find them?

  15. Lars says:

    Looks great, and the workmanship is first class! Very nice bike.

  16. J-C says:

    Great bike…would change the front tire to a firestone like the rear one. Loads of great details….nicely done!!! Hats off!!

  17. Mike says:

    I like how you extended the back bone. IMO a lot of hard tail xs’s look a little crammed up front and then stretched out at the back and it kind of kill the porportions of the bike, but what you’ve done really lets the bike flow tip to stern nicely.

  18. Joe says:

    How do you say “I just nutted in my pants.” in Dutch?
    That thing is sweeter than any fkn chocolate could ever be.

  19. Hans from Holland says:

    In Dutch you say; Ik heb net m’n broek vol gescheten….
    And uh, about the KELKS, those are the alloy carbinlets.

  20. tadd442 says:

    KELKS fit XS carbs?
    Are they custom made or can I just buy a pair?

  21. tadd442 says:

    Oh, and WHERE can I buy them?

  22. tim says:

    the colors are awesome

  23. Evan says:

    I’m with tadd442. Are those stacks/kelks stock? I’ve done a little looking around, and haven’t seen anything that will fit off-the-shelf. And man, the pods on my bike are really bringing me down.

    Enough about my ‘problems’. Truly, a great bike.

  24. Evan says:

    Thanks for the link, weed

  25. Alberto says:

    Hi Jeroen…
    great bike!! may I say it’s gorgeous, perfect choice of colour.
    I will like to ask you something about the rear tyre. I’m trying to build a bobber and I don’t know where buy that kind in europe.
    Once again great bike!

  26. Hans from Holland says:

    Where do you live Alberto (sounds Italy…?)
    In Holland you can buy those at CCR in Hasselt.

  27. Alberto says:

    Hello Jeroen, I live in south of France, nearby italian border, and I’m italian. I was looking for those tyres in italy…I guess are Firestone, and haven’t found it..