Archive | February, 2012

Homebuilt budget XS650

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Griz – I didn’t want to post any pics until she was done but your handlebar give-away convinced me otherwise. The work has progressed past this pic but it’s the only shot I have of her at the moment. ’78 XS650 Special with a hardtail from Lowbrow. Fender strut kit from Lowbrow. Bungs for fender mounting from Lowbrow. TC forwards. TC DIY exhaust kit. Swap-meet headlight. Seat is a HD factory take-off. Low mile whitewall swap-meet tires. Timkin neck bearings. Mikuni carbs. Rear disc mount. Foot clutch/hand-shift. Smoothed forks. All paint/powdercoat will be done by my wife. All welding/fab work done by myself and my Dad. Fabbed our own frame jig. Stuck with the stock tank because I love the way it flows into the HD seat. The frame and tank still need to be smoothed a bit more but she’s currently a roller and will be done in time for Spring. There’s more stuff I’m forgetting but this is the gist of it. I have about $800 into it right now and she’ll be finished for under $1000. I need your bars because the bars on it right now are from a XR400 dirtbike! Because of companies like yours, we can build our own without dropping a ton of money. Thanks guys for awesome products and great service. Keep up the good work!

Anthony – XS650 First time builder

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72 XS 650 with a hard-tail frame and a homemade fender. Working on forward controls and finishing it up.

Rootbeer Cafe

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Jeff – My first try at a custom bike!!!  Bought this thing not running for $100.  Got it running then took the bike all apart and cleaned everything up.  Powdercoated everything black.  Re-laced the wheels which I learned from an article on this site.  Lowered it.  TCBros rear sets.  130 rear tire. Ebay tailpan. Continue Reading →

Christopher’s Old School Chopper

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Christopher – I just wanted to send in some updated pictures of my XS650 Chopper build in the hopes of winning a cool set of bars from LowBrow. I have been working on this bike for about 2 years now. I was hoping that I would have been finished by now but ended up moving to a new city and now I have a baby on the way. But still chopping when ever I get the chance.  Continue Reading →

The ever transforming build of Last Caress.

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Jeff Kil – Well as many xs 650’s that have been built in the last 2 years this one started out as a basket case 77 destined to have the “bobber treatment”. Continue Reading →

1st attempt at love (73 TX)

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My friend (Jeff) and I are  building this chop. It is my 1st build. We have used some Harley skins, with cut up pieces like the handle bars, exhaust pipes, as well as fabbed a few parts here and there. It has a Sportster seat, (MY old a.. can’t sit on those hard seats you guys are using today). I have some old Harley forward controls I bought to put on it (not on yet). i still need to wire it up. Continue Reading →