This bike was a 1978 Yamaha XS650 Standard that has been heavily modofied.
The original bike had a siezed motor and a good ’77 motor with very low miles (roughly 6000) was used for the power plant.

The bike got completely tore down to the bare frame and everything was cleaned, and sand blasted before being painted.

All kinds of new parts have been installed on the bike

  • New tapered steering bearings
  • New bronze swing arm bushings
  • New shocks
  • New gaskets & seals
  • New brake shoes & pads
  • New chain
  • Braided stainless steel brake line
  • New cables
  • Magura levers
  • Re-built Mikuni BS38 carbs
  • Pod air filters
  • NOS Hap Jones track bars
  • Custom Mikuni headlight assembly
  • L.E.D. tail light assembly
  • original AKRONT aluminum wheels with new Barracuda rubber
  • 2-into-1 exhaust system
  • Modified 1970 Harley/Aermacchi tank


The bike is an absolute blast to ride!!




  1. fanoboss says:

    Black is GOOD !

  2. Bykerbrad says:

    Nice. What headlight are you running?

  3. rozz says:

    Is the headlight carbs?

  4. sean from boston says:

    not bad man i like the tank, hows she ride?

  5. hooversama says:

    re-think that seat……the white bike recently posted called Dutch XS650 SE (Wrenchmonkees inspired) has the seat that fits your look……

  6. rcknrllrog says:

    I certainly appreciate all the comments regarding this, and the other bikes I have built over the years. Nowadays times are awfully tough and I am attempting to complete my next project which has been named ReserXShun because the various components have come from so many different bikes.
    The headlights on Black Bubba ( as well as my current build) are culled from dead Mikuni BS38 carbs that could never be used again as carbs. So I installed super bright halogen bulbs in them and turned them into head lights. I think they came out looking pretty cool. Just trying to do something a little different.
    I am making not only head lights but also tail lights out of these old carbs so if there’s anyone out there that maybe wants a set of them feel free to contact me about it.

  7. DENNI$ says:

    A good headon closeup of those headlights, or several, would have been in order!!

  8. rcknrllrog says:

    Those head lights I made out of a pair of dead BS38 Mikuni carbs

  9. rcknrllrog says:

    Yes I made those out of dead Mikuni BS38’s

  10. rcknrllrog says:

    Yea…I wasn’t going the brat route with this build so I saw no reason to use a brat style seat