Miss Understood Leaf Spring Build


Richard- I built this 650 in about six months from an 81 i had sitting in the garage.

I was going for an old indian feel for the bike. I wanted to build a leaf spring for a while and this seemed like the perfect project to do that. I used an old mustang leaf spring and did most of the fab work in my garage. I also ran some floor boards and made the pedals out of some old lake pipe covers i had laying around.

The tank shifter was made out of a turn of the century brass school door knob that just looks cool, i had a guy help me to get the oil filter from internal to external to keep the bike looking very mechanical.


My buddy Christian at XIAN leather did the seat for me, as always the best work around.


I have to say thanks to the guys at Garage Company Customs that helped out with some motor problems when i was in a pinch to get to the smokeout.  All of the pics were taken by Jack Criswell at adpix, he does such a great job.


Its just a fun bike to ride especially with the rear drum only as stopping power and of course the bottoms of your boots.





I’ve been building bikes for fun for about 10 years. My website is highspeedcustoms.com.


Photo credit to jack Criswell @ adpix.biz

Thanks Richard Coon


  1. sean from boston says:

    for sure a cool looking bike! sounds like you got the look you were going for man very nice

  2. Guy says:

    VERY UNIQUE…Quality work, and nice to see something different again…very well done mate, i love it…. (where ya been sean from boston?)

  3. Fabbastard says:

    Sorry to say it but that first pic says goofy bike, but by the time you get to this last one I have to say “THATS THE COOOLEST LOOKIN GOOFY BIKE I’VE EVER SEEN AND I WANT ONE!”.. great job man!

  4. El Gaucho says:

    Crap, I just bought a Rapido tank three days ago to go along with the trailer leafs I have for my next build. Scrap that idea. Somebody always beats ya to the punch! At least I haven’t seen anything like my current bike, which should be up on here within the week.

  5. fanoboss says:

    1 of a kind. everything on the bike is cool and worthy of praise. it’s funky and kooky and it all works. other than the oil filter mod, did you do any work to the motor innards?

  6. Piute says:

    Quite the mess you got there but closer you look the quality sticks out more,Pictures were well taken great job Adpix.Can see youv’e been building but trying to put it all in 1 ?

  7. richard coon says:

    Thanks for the comments guys. I didn’t do anything to the motor except pull the oil filter out and switch from points to electronic ignition.

  8. Hans from Holland says:

    Compliments Richard ! Great details, like the footclutch set-up and those fendertips are awsome. Tank reminds me of the Detroit bros. Wish you a lot of fun with this ride!

  9. FISH says:

    Have been following this site for quite a while now and never commented, but this is without a doubt one of my favorite bikes yet. Nice work man.

  10. FISH says:

    BTW, how do those seat shocks ride?

  11. fanoboss says:

    WTG FISH !!!

  12. richard coon says:

    They are chopper shox, I have used them a number of times and I love them.

  13. Shane Ryans says:

    I love the detail in the seat nice touch

  14. Colocation says:

    I agree with Fabbastard that is cool for what it is.

  15. fanoboss says:

    It is cool for what it is, and, it actually it’s way cooler for what it AIN’T !!! ya’ know, LOL.

  16. richard coon says:

    Thanks again for the comments guys, I was obviously going for a different look with this 650 chop, and I really wanted to build a leaf spring for the first time. I was at the Harley dealership the other day and there was a group of 1 percenters there and they were asking to sit on it, it was surreal.

  17. fanoboss says:

    @ richard coon, if that doesn’t tell people about the draw and beauty of these bikes then nothing will. well then…MAYBE LEGWARMERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! will.

  18. richard coon says:

    Leg warmers and a sweet head band (dot approved.. of course) are my preferred riding gear

  19. Fabbastard says:

    Seeing all these posts I had to come and look again and ya this is one SICK build! 1% -ers lol this town is full of them and their bikes all look the same too. Makes ya wonder are these the same guys that used to wear terry head bands and satin short shorts in high school …..lol

  20. JoeDog says:

    Saw this in a issue of The Horse. Definitely a awesome bike!

  21. richard coon says:

    Joedog, was it in a recent issue, because I haven’t seen it in there yet?

  22. Jon says:

    How did you run your oil filter

  23. norm younger says:

    Great bike. love the tank and the front end. its got a detroit bros flare to it.