XS650 Taint Splitter

I picked the bike up from a garage sale for $200 in really rough shape about 8 months ago. It had been stored outside for untold years but it was all there.  From there I decided this would great chance to make the hardtail that I was dreaming of.   From there I started the frame fab work 100% done in my garage.  
The rear fender is handmade steel and the tank is a heavily modified sportster tank .  I tore the engine down to find it in excellent shape so I just freshened it up with parts from mikes xs and did a few case mods as well as the hand cut faux diamond cutting on the jugs and head. The exhaust is all stainless hand fabricated and metal finished.
All the paint, fab, mechanical, cnc milling and electrical was done right in my garage shop. The only thing that I did not do was mount and balance the tires.  Total build cost is under $1200 and maybe about 250 hours.
I haven’t had much chance to ride it other than a few icy rips through the neighborhood but this not being my first xs I was pleasantly surprised when I had to hold on( was much quicker than I expected )
The bicycle shock on the seat is awesome so far , it feels smoother than my swing arm bikes but still has the hardtail feel on the road. I have the build on my blog rasmoto.blogspot.com listed as eltigre because of the tiger stripes it came with.
I’m not a huge photo collector but there is enough there to get the picture.
Thanks again Ry

Everything done 100% in my garage shop.


  1. tadd442 says:

    make me a ribbed R.H. motor side cover?….seriously, How much?

  2. tadd442 says:

    oh, and I really dig yer bike!

  3. Jason says:

    You should sell the bolt on footpeg mounts. I can’t seem to find anything decent for sale anywhere. I’ve been looking everywhere for a set like the ones on this bike.

  4. Sean from boston says:

    Great bike and a nice paint job to boot!

  5. Greg says:

    now THAT is a gorgeous bike!

  6. Mr Kaos form Australia says:

    That’s a stylish looking bike man, I love the 2 tone paint and the fact that you are running a front fender.
    I was talking to a mate of mine yesterday saying I would like to use spanners as components on my bike and voila you have done it, as i was filing the fins on my heads yesterday I was wondering what it would look like with diamond cut look and voila, you ldid it again……get out of my headwill ya.
    I only got my bike last saturday, it is a full blown hardtail, stretched and raked chopper..old school, built in the late 70’s. After only about an hours work I was riding down the road. I will post it soon, amgoing to pull down and give a total rebuild…stay tuned.

  7. wally wronka says:

    You have done a fantastic job on your bike. Very well done.

    Wally in Texas

  8. Barney says:

    Wow, nice bike! I like the paint job, the rear fender, and the kickstand and for that build price, it is pretty impressive. I have to agree with the pegs, i need a brass set.

  9. patrix says:

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL features…..so many great ideas executed and coordinated into one “HOT” looking ride!!

  10. what’s the deal with the engine fins? detail shot?

  11. Fabbastard says:

    Nice work man! Funky headlight too.

  12. Hans from Holland says:

    Superb ride, really great details. Color do the job also !!!!! Congratz Ry !!!!!

  13. Ted says:

    @ I_am_10_ninjas – check out his blog there are more detailed shots and close-ups of the engine.

  14. fanoboss says:

    BOING !!!!! Freekin awesum bike !!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT…the front fender rocks hard. Very 50’s !!!! Question: why didn’t you paint front fender? I love that you left it chrome.

  15. Ry says:

    Answers to some of the questions above:
    -The ribbed side cover is a plug welded on hand fabricated and machined part, I would need the side cover to make another and it would not be cheap, Did turn out nice though didn’t it.
    -The front fender is the stock original fender and I didn’t paint it because I liked the patina and old school look of it. I wouldn’t destroy such a nice piece with paint, I would have just made one or eliminated it all together.
    -I will look into making the peg mounts a sale item, they just bolt onto the original exhaust hanger mount location.
    Thanks for all the great feedback guys!

  16. mini b says:

    I was present for the majority of this build and can testify to the fact hat you could take a magnifying glass to this thing and have nothing to scrutinize. Seeing this bike evolve first-hand from the hideous tribute to 80’s rock to the masterpiece it is today was a real treat. Ry is one of my best friends and a true artist. I couldn’t be happier to see all of you give him the recognition he deserves. Thanks to all and especially Ry for my bike. Once again… another masterpiece!

  17. mark says:

    very cool bike need not say any more

  18. Shane Ryans says:

    Ted, What a ride, love the paint, it rocks!

  19. Barney says:

    Are those sight gauges on the tank and a nautical compass for the cap? Great detail.

  20. J-Rod says:

    This has got to be the best name I have ever heard in my life! I laughed my ass off!

  21. Tony butler says:

    Beautiful bike, you do good work.

  22. Shane says:

    great class it all goes together really good and just works and has great fabrication work on it love the ribbed cover and exhaust

  23. davethewrench says:

    Right On…..great build dude !!!! Love the drilled Alt cover….I did a very similar thing to mine….thought i was being unique, guess not LOL
    Very good Job, going to post new pics of my chop soon as I can get some nice pics down by the ocean