“The Royal” by Vintage Customs


It was rusted and seized

I started out with an ’80 special, a basket case, as so many are, that was purchased for a few hundred bucks. It was rusted and seized, had a big Harley fenders bondo-ed over the original fenders and worst of all it was painted purple!


The motor was pulled, stripped, & fully rebuilt. The jugs and head were blasted and everything was coated with a high temp paint, detailed and reassembled. The frame was stripped and hardtailed.


I fabricated the hardtail, as I do with all of my bikes, so I decided to leave the original frame supports (those triangular things) to keep the overall wedge shape I was going for. The forks were shaved and lowered and a 21″ Yamaha dirt bike wheel was fitted up front with a new Avon Speedmaster tire.

The tins consist of a little vintage headlight I found at a swap meet, a 2.2 Paughco Mustang tank and a flipped front fender for the rear.

Paint was done by my buddy Tom Sullivan and the pinstripe by the wonderful Doctor D. Some of the little details are in the Drag Specialties seat, the cloth covered wiring, clip-on bars and those cool plug wires from Lowbrow Customs.


This is one of many bikes, mainly XS650’s built at my shop, Vintage Customs, in warm sunny Florida. This has been a great little bike that just got a bit of attention at Bike Week here in Daytona, was photographed for BSH magazine and was featured in an article about my shop with BikerMetric. The Royal is currently for sale privately through my website, VintageCustoms.tumblr.com .



  1. The Flying Imp says:

    really really nice lookin bike. one of the best I have seen. I am rockin a 21” can am dirt bike front wheel for mine.

  2. sean from boston says:

    This is a great looking bike!

  3. shawn says:

    sweet bike!

  4. BigJimmyW13 says:

    Cool man. Is that the stock front drum?

  5. nick says:

    Looks great. So a street tire will mount right up to a dirtbike wheel with a tube?

  6. fanoboss says:

    I’d love to see more pics, great bike. I’d love to see the tank split and lowered, similar to the old H-D’s…

  7. BigJimmyW13 says:

    Nick – Yes. Spoked wheels need tubes anyhow. Unless you pay an arm and a leg to have the rim sealed.

  8. tadd442 says:

    great job!

  9. hellbent says:

    NICE!…..see people you dont have to use a “Sporty tank” and “T.C hardtail” to have a bad ass bike, finally I come on here and see some good builds. Good job.

  10. El Gaucho says:

    Looks like the front wheel I have for my next build. Mine came off a ’78 Yamaha IT400, very cool.

  11. I have more detail photos of the bike on my site. Thanks for all of the support.

  12. Barney says:

    Sounds like the bike has come a long way. Nice paint job, good idea to match the headlight. It turned out really good.

  13. scott says:

    nice but can you build a cb350 cafe???

  14. reynoldburton says:

    very nice – nothing wrong at all!

  15. Shane Ryans says:

    Great paint job, turned out awesome. Very nice bike!!!

  16. darryl says:

    nice and low look . great build

  17. pommy nick says:

    nice clean bike.what did you do with the electrics its hard to see in the photos.

  18. aldo says:

    trés belle bécane bravo.