Thomas – ’79 xs650 Bobber


This is the first build that i’ve done. It’s a 1979 xs650. I decided to build a bobber after watching my dad build one the summer before. After looking for a while I found this bike for sale on craigslist (it was stock). The bike was stretched and lowered three inches using a weld on hard tail.


The bars are TC Bros 12 inch apes. The bike originally had mag wheels on it which I swapped out for a set of spokes.



The pipes are stock, they were just cut down and wrapped with some heat tape, and the mid controls are the passenger pegs off of a ’79 Harley Shovelhead. This was a fun low budget build. It was a great experience.



  1. Russ says:

    looks damn nice – what hardtail did you use

  2. fanoboss says:

    I dig it. : )>

  3. Morgan says:

    Where are all your electronics?

  4. HAPPY DAN says:

    Looks great,like the color

  5. David says:

    Great looking bike , what did you use to finish the exhaust ends ? Do you find the bike to loud with it that short.

  6. Drew Rollins says:

    Nice job . Dig those fender struts .

  7. BIG JOHN says:

    dig the two tone tank

  8. Grease Nipples says:

    They are never too loud. The question is, is it legal.

  9. The Flying Imp says:

    Struts are ill man. Killer bike for budget build.

  10. fanoboss says:

    The seat makes me go “OW” , I’m an old fart.

  11. Tony says:

    Good Job Man !!! Looks great !!

  12. sean from boston says:

    looking good!

  13. Uncle Bear says:

    Very Kool Dude! I too would like to know who made your “weld-on hardtail section”. Later

  14. ryan says:

    what does something like that cost to build?

  15. b says:

    is it for sale

  16. wright says:

    is it for sale???

  17. mainstreet says:

    i believe i own this bike now and i had a few questions. any chance u can get in touch with me.

  18. Thomas says:

    The weld on hardtail was done by a guy in Philadelphia, Pa, He just has a small shop, I believe it’s called Fishtown Customs, I found him on craigslist. There weren’t many electronics on the bike, I kept it simple with, kick start only, headlight, breaklight, no turn signals. What electronics there were I wrapped up right by the battery. I didn’t finish the exhaust tips, just cut them and left them go. They ended just in front of the mid controls so you couldn’t see inside the tips anyways. I didn’t consider the bike to be too loud, it had a nice sound to it. I no longer have the bike however I sold it a couple months ago.

  19. Thomas says:

    And @ The Flying Imp- I got a lot of people saying that about the seat but it actually wasn’t too bad.

  20. Thomas says:

    The comment above was @ fanoboss, My bad

  21. fanoboss says:

    Got it Thomas, LOL.

  22. robrien71 says:

    where did you get the long cables for the bars and are the bars comfortable when riding?