American Rebel 6 – 1/2

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Wade – I have always been into motorcycles but mostly dirt bikes until I found myself always wanting to go on rides with my in-laws, who both have Harleys. I am in school and needed something on a budget.

I dig the bobber, brat style and was searching for pics on google when I came across this site. I am grateful for all the awesome people who are so willing to help with a build.

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It wasn’t long before I found an ’81 XS! It was a pile, lol, my wife was blown away that I wanted to buy this thing! I could see the potential and figured I couldn’t really mess it up. Ha ha. I grew up with dirt bikes and worked on them quite bit and thought I could make this bike work if I kept it all simple. I rewired it so that it is kick start only running just headlight, taillight, and blinkers. I put PAMCO Petes ignition on it, btw Pete is great too, helped out a ton!

Next I cut the frame and welded Visual Impact’s brat kit, a tank from Lowbrow, and bars and pipes from TC Bros. Welded some old dirt bike pegs on also! Think I may lower the front forks and polish the clutch and stator covers, but gonna wait til winter, thanks DIY Library, I’ve been riding the hell out of it! Just want to say I had a great time building this thing. It took about 8 months to complete, due to time and money, but well worth it. I thank all of you guys on this site!!!

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And also my wife for taking the pics and the kids for putting up with all the cussing lol! Funny how every time I stop for gas someone will come up and ask about it. The best part was when we stopped at the local Harley shop and all the mechanics came out and checked it out! They said, “It’s guys like you who got this whole motorcycle thing started!” I was amazed that they were checking my bike out with all the Harleys all over, but I guess they can appreciate……..”DROOL. BUILD.  RIDE!”

Thanks again guys, you’re the BEST!! Hope you enjoy this baby as much as I do!!

“American Rebel”


  1. shad says:

    good job ,,are those the tc bros bars….

  2. Andy says:

    How loud are the pipes? A video would be awesome I’m sure the noise is fantastic.

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  4. Dennis says:

    Nice low-key custom touches. The bike flows nicely, as did the story behind it. I am interested in your opinion on the VI brat kit, and also any comments on the shocks/swingarm/ride combination. is the swingarm stock length? Also wondering just how loud and hot those pipes are. Thanks for your time, the bike looks great!

  5. Wade says:

    Hey thanks for the comments guys! The bars are TC Bros., and the pipes are AWESOME!! Like I said, I grew up with motocross, so the louder the better 😉 I’ll get a video posted up here this weekend. The shocks are from a older rebel, and the swingarm is stock length. Thanks again guys!

  6. kyle says:

    Wade, the pictures turned out great! All that hard work you did and the ever present frustration paid off. Your bike is awesome, pipes are loud and the ride is sweet. Can’t wait til we start building mine. Good job bro! You are The American Rebel.

  7. Spike says:


    Sick build bro!!! I knew you were always a stud when it came to motorcycles but who knew you could write like that? Lets go for a ride this weekend and lets look into going to Vegas for Bike Fest.

  8. ryan says:

    Being bad ass is just in your blood my brotha. That bike is sweet. Let’s go riding sometime soon.

  9. Leigh says:

    Looks great! It really was a piece of crap and now you’re ridin’ some motorcycle class! Nice job on the pictures too jamie. Love this article!

  10. norm younger says:

    Nice bike.

  11. Barney says:

    I’m digging this bike. Great job on a quick build. Nice die too. 6 1/2 I love it.

  12. Visimpact says:

    Nice work man. I like the double white wall with mags different looking.

  13. Visimpact says:

    Also love the 6 1/2 on the tank good stuff

  14. Wade says:

    Thanks again guys!! Nice to have GOOD friends. Dennis, VI’s brat kit is great, the bends were perfect for what I wanted and it welded on easily. Kyle lets get rollin on it winter is coming! Spike hit me up, we’ll grab Ryan and head down!!

  15. fanoboss says:

    Real American HEROs , Here’s to you Mr American Rebel brat builder !!! We guess that building bad-ass American Rebel brats are just in your blood ! REAL AMERICAN HEROs…..LOL

  16. Snagglepuss says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve only got 6 1/2 inches 🙂

    Nice bike!

  17. Wade says:

    Hahahahaha Now that’s funny!! Well said!

  18. fanoboss says:

    6 1/2 =6.50 or just 650….

  19. Ralph says:

    Beautiful bike. I already build a hardtail and I want to build a bradbike. When I do this is one of my leadingexamples…for sure. Congratulations with this beautiful bike. It is magnifficent!

  20. Big Leebowski says:

    Im really diggin the bars but dont see them on the tcbros site. What kind of bars are they?