billy hess – first xs build


I bought the bike in November, looking like hell, and started to work immediately on it.  Everything from the seat pan to the forward controls are done by hand.  




It is now February and all that is left is the forward control linkage and chain.  It will be ready for spring.


  1. Smithy says:

    Lookin good pal don’t loose the ’13’ ok …shes a magic number !
    Keep up the great work…Smithy

  2. Qball says:

    Sweet build! I like the paint job on the tank. but wont you cook your ankles?

  3. fanoboss says:

    I keep mine tripled chain locked !!!! coolness

  4. Russ says:

    looks good, put a bicycle innertube over your chain and run it through your frame and around something solid. As is all the gotta do is remove your rear wheel. Years ago a buddy and i went to a local titty bar…oops I mean watering hole, We were parked right in front of the doors, I had ran a cable & lock through my front spokes and around my forks, He ran a chain through his rear wheel & frame (we should have locked them together) When we came out mine was bound up tight where it wouldnt roll anymore & his was gone… I refuse to tell the rest of the story on grounds it may incrimanate us

  5. Fabbastard says:

    Snappy lookin ride dude. But I’m with Q, you may really consider extending those front pegs out a bit. Crisp toast is good, crisp ankles is not. Great job though!

  6. Barney says:

    Nice bike! I got mine in November also and it’s not even a rolling chassis yet 🙁 I don’t plan on having it done this summer anyway.

  7. Jimmy650 says:

    Dig the rising sun and the blacked out motor!

  8. Max says:

    What did you do for the bracket holding that batt box it looks slick I like the way it all kind of fills in that gap down there.

  9. PATRIX says:

    Meaty overall presentation on your bike Billy..congrats. I agree with peg length comments, love your tank scheme…but I feel your colour choice on the seat and battery box diminishes the finesse of the rest of your build.Great work BILLY!

  10. Robbo says:

    Love the tank theme perfect on a bike like this.. unsure about the matching battery box as well.. looks ok on the seat though..

  11. Billy Hess says:

    i welded 16g sheet metal and the forward controls are not fully thought out. it seem the threaded rod im using for the pegs bend a little bit when its at the right with so i dont burn my self and yes i did find out the hard way.

  12. sean from boston says:

    nice looking bike man!

  13. hooversama says:

    cool bike…..i dig the blacked out motor too….
    spend a few dollars and buy a seat……
    if you’ve gone this far, why skimp on that?

    the bike is way too cool for that seat.


  14. RichieB says:

    I dig the rising sun on the side of the tank-it looks dope. What’s the headlight from? Also, what’s up with the electrical box. Is it still in primer? I think you should black it out too. But hell, no matter. It’s a great lookin bike!

  15. T says:

    Looks badass. I’d like to know more about that headlight too..