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Well…it all started off with a 1985 Isuzu trooper, as a trade for a old beat up junky 1979 xs 650 “chopper”. I say “chopper” because all they did was weld a couple of pipes from the backbone to the swing arm. I started off wanting to build a frisco style bike but it seems that everyone has one of those. First thing was first, disasemble and break out the torch! The first thing I changed was the hardtail section.

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I ordered one from koolcraft for under 200 bucks. then I found a set of early denvers choppers forks at a swap meet plus a basket of other stuff for around 400 bucks, and started doin it to it. Looking at the sheer length of the forks I knew I had to rake the backbone up about 6″and lengthen around 9″.After that I bent up some more tube and did a two to one down tube with an artch for that new school/old school twist.

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Due to space issues for the air filters I had to fab. up a intake to fill the void under the tank. I found a 50’s cadilac tire band from the continental kit, cut it down for the rear fender and still have enough scrap for a bobber fender.

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The hard tail section was a drop seat set up, but I didn’t think a solo seat would go with the style I wanted so I built a seat frame, skinned it with heavy sheet metal, and put all my electronics and switches up under the seat. Total cost of build 3000 Including the 1000 from the trooper and all the goodies from mikes xs…..pamco kicks ass!

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xs650 long sleeve
xs650 tanktop
xs650 Bandana
xs650 mug