Tassie chop


G’day from Tasmania. Been watching this site for a while now and always impressed and fascinated by the imagination and ideas that go into these great little bikes. Thought it was about time to show everyone my take on XS650 building. 240 rear tire mounted on a 6 stud 4X4 steel rim. (CHEAP). A custom fabricated rear hub and counter shaft. 59 Caddy tail light, BMX bear trap pedals as footpegs and kickstarter.


Harley Shovel hand controls and sporty forward controls. 2 into 1 into 2 exhaust. Every thing was fabricated and machined by me in my workshop and it is very satisfying to get the finished result.


Even more fun to ride and talk about. She’s definitely not quick or agile but it rates 11 out of 10 for fun factor. Keep these great old bikes on the road and build with passion!



Dennis Theinert


  1. El Gaucho says:

    I’m digging the use of a truck wheel in the back.

  2. jeff says:

    im not digging anything on this bike!

  3. HAPPY DAN says:

    4X4 wheel too cool!

  4. Geezerman says:

    Everything is cool on this baby!!!!
    Love the rear drive setup.
    Great graphics.
    Nice ride!!!!

  5. fanoboss says:

    Very Cool, get ur bros to catch up with you, I want more tazzy pics !!!!!!

  6. IOC says:

    Nice job mate… did you use paint on the sidewalls and what did you use? How is it holding up?

  7. Dennis says:

    Thanks. White wall toppers from Mooneyes. Have used paint before but it discolored quickly.

  8. scotty says:

    from a fellow tassie person, mate that looks awesome!! if you are in the north west, I would love to see this in person sometime!

  9. Paul says:

    What kind of filters or velocity stacks are those? I’ve never seen anything like that.

  10. dennis. says:

    Cheap Chinese stuff from Ebay. Suitable because i’m using Keihin flat slides. May fit the originals though and they were only $4.99 ea. Not a brilliant filter but stops the blowflies being sucked in.

  11. Flying Imp says:

    I agree with Jeff, I dig nothing about this bike

  12. IOC says:

    At least you have one person to agree with…
    You must have an absolutely fantastic bike…
    You are so lucky… good for you ;o)

  13. Dennis says:

    Thanks for all the feedback. I understand that anything custom built will not, and simply can not appeal to everyone. But i believe the fun of the build is creating what YOU dream up. Translating your own ideas and skills into a finnished bike IS very satisfying. Don’t build it to suit someone else, make it your’s and have fun.

  14. fanoboss says:

    I totally agree with Dennis.

  15. Billybobba says:

    Enjoy riding around in circles, cheers, billybob from Queensland

  16. Jason says:

    Nice bike Dennis. I am in Tassie and am trying to build an Xs chopper would love to pick your brain on how you did some of the work and get a look of the bike in person. Were in Tas are you.

    Cheers Jason

  17. dennis. says:

    G’day Jason. I’m in Margate about 30k’s south of Hobart.

  18. Jason says:

    Is there any way I could contact you so I could have a look.
    Cheers Jason

  19. danny says:

    hey,,, just had to say nice bike man u did a great job, the truck rim just gave me the ambition to put the wider tire on mine (when i build it), didnt care much for the tail light but hey you cant please everyone,,,,,,,good job man

  20. Santizi says:

    1st of all… no worries about what anyone else says about the bike… they have different tastes… you have built a rather unique bike to say the least… I like the bicycle pedals as foot pegs… good job and have fun…