metalheads last ride


I’ll keep it simple, and just list specs and sources


frame: hardtailed OEM by Dirtnap
stock rake
2″ stretch in rear
1″ drop seat
3.5″ frame hieght
motor: 750cc
shell cam
“overdrive” 5th gear
34mm mikuni VM carbs/ uni filters

XSperformance pipes
PAMCO electronic ignition
All polished stainless hardware
35mm XS tubes shortened about 3″ with shaved lowers
21″ narrow glide front
16×3.5 sportster rear
other mods:

jammer aluminum fender
Wassel fuel tank
one off forward controls
one off seat(s)
softail rear brake caliper
one off sissy bar/ passenger pegs
Bandit 1200 bars (originally had 12″ apes)


I’m sure I’m forgetting something, have questions, feel free to ask. Recently sold the bike. probably not going to be building any more XS’s for a while, unfortunately.


  1. theirie1 says:

    Why didn’t you tell me it was for sale. Man, I love it!! The stance is perfect.

  2. Hans from Holland says:

    Lines won´t come any better then this, just perfect. Love the bars!

  3. J-C says:

    sweet looking bike can’t ask for anything better nice and clean!

  4. Sean from boston says:

    If I built a hardtail this is what it would look like, Great bike

  5. ghostryder says:

    effing awesome!! perfect hope mine comes close some day…

  6. Hans says:

    Very nice line .

  7. fanoboss says:

    With the 750, has it been re-phased ? If so which one did you go with? thanks. : )>

  8. filip says:

    one of the best bikes i’ve seen in a long time! close to perfection. a springer with that and it would have been.

    cheers from sweden

  9. Grease Nipples says:

    I wanted to comment on the overdrive gear. I had a friend growing up who had an MG sportscar. The car had a 4 speed trans with an overdrive gear that IIRC, you pushed a button on the dashboard to switch on the overdrive. So, the PO and my friend both used to use the overdrive for around town, 35-45 mph driving, because they couldn’t resist using that button. The lowered RPM’s caused lugging which wrecked the main bearings in the motor. A complete teardown and replacement of the mains ensued. Personally I would only use an overdrive gear on the highway with an XS. I can’t claim to know what I’m talking about, but an overdrive gear *might* not be a good idea. Builders may want to research that gear before they put one in. For all I know, it’s the greatest gear in the world, but I would check first.

  10. Jason says:

    it don’t get any better than that right there!! Perfect stance, inspirational.

  11. Jason says:

    what had to be done to fit the HD wheel to your stock front end?

  12. bigpup says:

    very nice man, i like the small battery and location of it.

  13. Rick says:

    One of the nicer XS’s I’ve seen man! Great job! Could I get some info on that hardtail? Who (dirtnap) made it? Does he have a shop?

  14. armando says:


  15. Alex says:

    Where did you get the case cover

  16. Grease Nipples says:

    You can’t leave us like this.

  17. Daniel says:

    I like the forward controls. Where can I get a set?

  18. skr00zloose says:

    the “case cover” is a harley derby cover, drilled and tapped the cover, and bolted it on. Use some thread tape to prevent any leaks.

    Dirtnap did the hardtail, you can find him on TCU

    the forward controls I built myself

    the 21″ harley wheel in stock forks just took modding the forks a bit to fit a narrow glide harley axle. Only took a drill and a 3/4″ drill bit.

    the overdrive 5th gear was worth every penny. between that and the 18/32 final drive gearing, it made distance rides at 70mph ALOT more comfortable.

    Thanks for all the compliments! I REALLY miss that bike!

  19. fanoboss says:

    skroo, where did you get your O/D gear? Was it easy to put in? thanks : )>

  20. skr00zloose says:

    got it from Mike’s XS.

    and yeah, it was pretty easy. You have to split the cases to pull the trans, but I already had the motor apart anyway, so it was just a matter of replacing the gear on the trans shaft.

    btw that 5th gear mod ONLY works on 79 and later transmissions. The tooth profile on earlier transmissions is different, it will EAT your trans if you try to put it in a 78 and earlier trans.

    Grease nipples: about your comment….. if you’re lugging around on an XS at 20mph in top gear, you’re gonna do some damage eventually, yes. The “overdrive” gear for the Xs is not the same as what you are comparing it to. The XS gear basically makes top gear a little taller. it has absolutely no effect on first thru fourth gear. It does make the ratio gap between forth and fifth gear a little bigger (think of going from 3rd gear to fifth, without hitting fourth, though not THAT bad, just the best analogy I could come up with). I do alot of distance riding at higher speeds, and stock XS gearing (final and trans gearing) has the motor SCREAMING at 70+ mph. the point of the “overdrive” (which, in alll actuality, it is not “overdrive”, it does not surpass a 1:1 ratio, it’s just a marketing word) is to lower the rpm in top gear at any given speed.

    with that gear and my modified final drive (chain and sprocket) gearing, it cruised at higher speeds alot more comfortably, even with a passenger.

    that being said…I wouldn’t tear down a motor JUST to do that mod, but if the motor is already coming apart for a rebuild or repair, it’s the best 50-60 bucks I’ve ever spent on any of my XS’s.

  21. nice…tight….simple…chop. diggit. great lines. any info on sorting out the rear wheel would be great.

  22. skr00zloose says:

    what…exactly, would you like to know? it’s all pretty much random H*rley parts. sporty rim/rotor, softail brake caliper, etc. just welded a tab to the frame to locate the caliper, and spaced everything to suit.

  23. @ skr00zloose You didn’t have to do anything fancy with spacing the sprocket or rotor? Were you able to find a harley sprocket with close to 34 teeth?

  24. Brothermist says:

    The only sprocket I know of off the shelf for a h@rley wheel on an XS650 is from part #KS34TRS. Its Solid Billet 7075 Aluminum too, so you can make it purdy. Gonna use it when I do mine up. Hope it helps.

  25. @skr00zloose Thanks man. That’s exactly the info I needed. Here’s a link to that forum for anyone else whose looking to do the same.

  26. Blackwidow says:

    your going out with a bang on that last ride this thing is super smooth.

  27. marcus abel says:

    Agreed, that is an elegant line! Not frisco mounting the tank helps. Beautiful, minimal…

    BTW, who stocks Shell cams? Would love to get my hands on a #1 grind.

  28. fanoboss says:

    Can someone explain why the Shell cams are desirous ?

  29. Andy Scarff says:

    Its all been said … great lines , neat , and a perfect harmony of polished work and paint… a picture of this creation , is worth a thousand words. Simplicity = Style .

  30. pickles says:

    Kickass ride!

  31. Tanner says:

    Where would a good website be to get all the parts and frame? Looking to build a bike the exact same style