Sean from boston – RugBurn!


Builder: Jon-Michael Blythe PGCo A.K.A.: J.M.
Home town: Savin Hill, Boston, MA.
Motorcycle: 1981 Yamaha XS650

I got into motorcycles in my twenties. An uncle gave me and
My wife’s cousins husband a stock ’77 Triumph Bonneville
After a thanks giving poker game. Like that first taste of cocaine
We were hooked. Been doing it daily ever since.

The xs is my third build in as many years. I chose it because of its
solid aftermarket Presence. Never really liked them from the start
but I wanted to build a bike I could thrash to death on the tough streets
of Boston and not have to worry about it failing. Jap motors are good
for there engineering even thirty years ago. True, xs’s need to have
issues addressed but at its core it’s a great base.


I built the bike basically from scratch. I had a strait frame to chop,
Forks and a motor. Everything else I had to collect or build. Dave
Huntress helped me with the frame, he made me learn how to bend
the tube, set it up in the jig the whole thing start to finish. He is a
great teacher and a real asset to my scene. He did the tig welding for
me. Every thing else all me, even the paint.


The xs lasted about six months be for I road it into the ground. Went
Down On it, fixed it five days later hit the Brooklyn invitational on it.
Split lanes on it at dumb speeds with my local crew. (Phil PGCo., Chris,
Joey, and Jason all from H.O.T.W.) after a few months like that I’m
Strait up stuck on this little beastie.


The bike currently is broken down to its base parts for a rebuild. Frames
Getting some fab work be for blasting and powder coating. I totally rebuilt
The motor, rephased the crank and cam, seals, big bore 750 kit, 5th gear
Overdrive upgrade, the works. It will look mostly the same as it did be for
I blew it apart just more solid and fresh.


I haven’t gotten to where I am to day with out these people:
Dave Huntress,
Phil Ostermann,
Chris Earhart , Joey Cano, Jason Robson,
Brothers all of them.

Other builds:


  1. Juice says:

    Nice bike, lovin the sissy and bars. Also that tail light is Rad!

  2. Qball says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmm, Very tasty! Really like what youve done here

  3. kalle says:

    nice one!
    cant figure out the backtire tho….?
    is it avon tires?

  4. Russ says:

    cool as all … really dig the tail light. With all the upgrades sound totaly solid, just cant say enough. looks great

  5. Tatted Hosebag with Large Cans seeks XS Rider says:

    Boston represent! Good story.

  6. shawn says:

    nice looking bike!

  7. Sean from boston says:

    I actualy did this as an interview for the lowbrow contest I love this bike, he custom I guess cast? Would be the word, the tail light and did the paint himself! Lots of great quality work from him on this bike, when I get home I’ll post the link to where I fell in love with it.

  8. Fabbastard says:

    Simple and clean, Nice one dude! Is it just me or do you have 2 different tanks going on in these pic’s?

  9. The Flying Imp says:

    just a mock up tank? or maybe modified after the pic. it has different bars in that pic too

  10. sean from boston says:

    as promised the link to where I found and fell in love with this bike

  11. rugburn says:

    thanks for the kind words of praise gents.
    yes that is an avon speedmaster mkII.
    yes that is the same tank, i just relocated
    the filler neck.
    yup dumped the triumph bars for some cheapo
    window bars.
    like the tail light? i’m giving away a bunch of
    rough lenses that are flawed one way or another.
    i was going to toss them out but thought some
    one might want to clean them up and do something
    with one. find me and i’ll send ya one for free.
    again thanks to sean for the interest in my bike.

  12. Russ says:

    If you have any left I would gladley pay for a lense

  13. kermel says:

    Just had a debate with my colleague. I dislike the bike, I love it.
    I think you really hit the spot on the style you’re going for.
    For me the style one chooses is not important as long as you stay true to it.

    As for the details on your bike : I really dig the tail light lens.

    I live in Europe and can imaging sending over the lens would be a hassle.
    However you’d make my day if you could send me one.

    If not I would like to ask you if there a possibility of getting some tips / description on fabricating it ?

    Nice ride ! Keep it up !

    Greetz from Belgium

  14. lil gromit says:

    hey nice bike, r they mikesxs 2 into 1 pipes? or have u l/r r/l the original style pipes?

  15. rugburn says:

    The exhaust is mikesxs ascot re worked a smidge and flipped.
    If there is an interest in getting a tail light go to
    And email me if there is enough interest then I turn out a proper batch.
    I don’t see shipping overseas being an issue, especially if you pay for
    It. The lenses I have now are whats left over from my casting experiments.
    Thanks again for all the praise and interest.


  16. JoeDog says:

    Hey just wonderin, is that a stock front fender on the back? By the way bitchin bike! Love the whole setup.

  17. JoeDog says:

    Nother question. Is the back fender wide enogh you can put saddle bags on it without the straps scrapin?

  18. rugburn says:

    Nope that’s a flat fender that I found some where
    I don’t know about the bags.

  19. mathiaz says:

    nice ride like the exhaust.

  20. midnight moses says:

    newbie here.had 2 chim in n say this bike is cooler then tittys n beer! love it! 🙂 and would love to BUY a (one) or a few of those lenses if you still have some.

  21. norm younger says:

    What color is that?

  22. rugburn says:

    royal ruby red metalic, a factory nissan color. just sold this bike last week.
    gonna miss it.

  23. norm younger says:

    Thanks I might use that on my next build.