XS650 in the Clutch


The Clutch

Justin – Honestly, a lot of my inspiration to complete this project was from all the great bikes that have posted on your site over the years. Most notably, Hans from Hollands cafe with a see through clutch cover was a big inspiration, as witnessed by my own clutch cover.

The bike started as a Photoshop pic i did about a year or so ago. I pretty much had all the details worked out in one way or another. It was going to be a build for me, and to hell with anyone that didn’t like it 🙂


I had the donor an 81 special, but lacked the funds. A friend of mine who was interested in buying a bobber project i was working on, saw the Photoshop and immediately laid out the cash for me to build it for him. Bitter sweet in the fact that i could finally build my baby, but would have to see it go.


The build took about 9 mos, building whenever i could get time in between other bikes. I made a hartail for it, raked it to 39 degrees, machined my own trees to fit the dual Harley 18″ street glide rims, which were covered in duro 904’s. Stock fork legs were shaved and reused. Besides that and the engine, that’s all i used from the XS. Sporty tank was narrowed, re-tunneled for a lower fit. I added an internal tube to run the wires in for the LED gas gauge. The LED is ultra violet, which reacts to a dye that is added to the fuel. So the fuel actually glows green at night.

The clutch cover was given the same treatment, i milled the cover and machined a trim ring for the viewing window. UV LED’s were also added around the cover to light up the dye in the oil. It worked in theory, and on the bench. But on the bike it appears to look more like an afterburner. The vid makes it look purple.

The headlight,…  you either love it or you hate it i find. The headlight was something i tossed around a bit while making the bike (sometimes literally) sometimes it looked cool, sometimes like crap. Overall im glad i went with it. It gives it a whole new personality, and again. the bike was suppose to be what i wanted anyway, so whoever didn’t like it was just wrong. I dissected some projector fog lights for the lenses, fabed up the body out of a fender. I added green LED’s to it and the tail light.


The original idea was to use a RFID chip machined into a ring that i would wear, when you grab the handlebars, the ignition would turn on, and the Green LED’s would light up until you kicked it over. However the new owner refused to wear a ring, i offered to inject him with an RFID tag under his skin, but no dice there either 🙂 So we opted for a key-less entry remote setup that would allow him to turn on and off the lights and bike at will.


The engine was actually a Craigslist find a few years ago, someone did some work, ported heads, deleted starter, new top end etc. so i just painted it and ran it. Runs like a dream. but don’t they all. Bars are clip-ons i made from the old lower tree. seat was a freebie, so i ran it. really needs some tooled lovin on there though. all in all it was a fun build, already have plans to do another with a few twists. But this time im keeping  it!

I do do this for a living, but i don’t build bikes to become famous, and im not striving to be the next hot “custom builder” but I had so many offers to build clutch covers that i will be doing a small run of them, so feel free to hit me up if they have an honest interest in one.


Covers will be $350, or $300 with core exchange. That includes LED color choice, and powdercoat color of their choice. Polished and or brushed covers will be a bit higher. Order at airhog (at) hogsden.net

Heres the links to more pics…


The website was from a past business, im just storing photos there now. I used to machine custom paintball guns.



  1. ray says:


  2. fanoboss says:


  3. Ed says:

    That is one sick ride. Great job.

  4. El Gaucho says:

    Still loving it. If I had the cash to spend on one of your clutch covers, I’d be all over it. In fact, I might be all over it anyway. We’ll see. Just sold a bike today, but I got some bills to pay, so if there’s anything left over………..

  5. Fabbastard says:

    Yup just about the sickest thing on two wheels!!!

  6. Barney says:

    Totally cool… Now that i know how to get a clutch cover, how do i get 300 smackeroonies?

    Thanks for all the info on this build. Great electronics work.

  7. dillrepair says:

    holy god where are you from and let this be my begging you to help me machine some some awesome stuff… you rock.

  8. dillrepair says:

    also what tires are you running? those are sweet too.

  9. Qball says:

    looks awesome! paint it red and gold and call it IRONMAN

  10. Guy says:


  11. Barney says:

    Iron man LOL. I’ve seen clear handebar ends with LEDs in them for turn signals, just an idea.

  12. fanoboss says:

    BTW….DON’T PUT ANY COLOR ON THIS !!!! Clear coat only.

  13. fanoboss says:

    sorry for caps ya’ll

  14. fanoboss says:

    DEFINITELY IRON MAN !!!!!!!!!!

  15. bobber1972 says:

    This is great work !!!
    thx and pls visit us on Facebook Bobber Bikes

  16. fish says:

    ok this deserves more than WOW
    i do like the headlight
    the whole theme of the bike is a little mad max but not too much
    love your work
    thanx for the pics

  17. Justin says:

    @ fanboss, the tins are all finished. I brushed the bare steel with scotchbrite, then powder coated them clear. After that I airbrushed all the windstreaks and aged it a bit. Forgot to mention all that in the interveiew.

  18. fanoboss says:

    Damn dude quit being SO COOL !!!! LOL

  19. Barney says:

    It just needs tyre flys

  20. Piute says:

    definetly different not my kind of look ,but that what makes bike building so great .very nice tooling work and can see time put in…..Piute

  21. Visimpact says:

    Love it. Beautiful work! That cover looks killer nice work

  22. Shawn Dennis says:

    DUDE That is the sickest bike iv seen in a wile you should enter some contests that bike is real creative thats just what the xs community needs…

  23. shawn says:

    this bike is knarly, ill be emailing you soon on a cover where are you located at?

  24. Hans from Holland says:

    Wow, great job Justin!
    Glad I inspirated you with the openview clutch, looks cool with light !!!
    Nice bike!!

  25. tom says:

    that’s purdy.

  26. Tebo says:

    F***ing awesome, dude! Looks like ‘Darth Sidious’ from Star Wars.

  27. a.c. says:

    like the fender for the front headlight dealio. wishing for a pic on the mounting of that. i wanna do it… and of course give you full credit.

  28. hooversama says:

    that is about as sick as the come! sweet.

  29. Tebo says:

    Where’s all the “Star Wars” geeks when you need ’em? It’s General Grevious. The bike looks like General Grevious. Serious badass.

  30. Colocation says:

    That is just unbelievably awesome, lights add the perfect touch.

  31. james says:

    Nice work, cool design without being too over the top. The wheels really match the style of the bike.

  32. Jeff says:

    Nice Ma-cheen!

  33. norm younger says:

    absolutley love the bike. very road warrior like.

  34. xsblue says:

    needs some decent tyres, i would`nt like to go round a fast left or right hander with tractor tyres on.

  35. Justin says:

    @xsblue,… The tires are actually dual sport tires. There rated at 70% street 30% dirt iirc. There actually great tires, plenty of grip. No problem ( or worries ) leaning into a fast turn. Although, the bike wasn’t built for the twisties anyway, obviously.

  36. sean from boston says:

    looks so good man great job!

  37. patrick says:

    How would the RFID ring work exactly?

  38. huyner says:

    Hey, I’m interested in a case cover. Just a few questions about it and do you have any left? thanks

  39. Shane Ryans says:

    This has got to be an all time favorite.

  40. Toxicscrew says:

    Awesome build. Been kicking around direction for my build for about a year now, just found my inspiration. Love the apocalyptic/futuristic look. Headlight is kick ass, going to provide me with several directions to take mine. Thanks for sharing!

  41. El Gaucho says:

    Quick question. How many LED’s did it take to get it to light up that bright?