Homebuilt budget XS650

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!


  1. Stephanie says:

    You only need to comment to be entered into the contest.

    Next someone should send in pics of a tank laying next to a set of forks for a feature.

  2. Qball says:

    Wow, another pithy remark from Stephanie. Way to go!

  3. DENNI$ says:

    Part of the process is appreciating the process!

  4. turdherder says:

    I think Stephanie is a little harsh, but were all entitled to share our opinions on this site which is one of the things I like. However like myself and many people who venture here, were on a budget and proud of what we’ve got or done to our bikes. Keep up the good work. I think you’ve got a nice start.

  5. fanoboss says:

    I’m proud of my gas tank cap. I like shinning it and looking at it, it gleams. Staph, I don’t care what you say if you can’t see the potential of this, that’s more of an insight to you and who you are. Personal attacks will not be tolerated.

  6. mick says:

    A lot is missing from this pic, u are right. Id like to see it as a roller.


  7. Stephanie says:

    It’s nothing personal at all. With all due respect to the many fine works on this site, there is no place to make general comments.
    It’s just a pet peeve of seeing a continuous stream of rollers and early stage builds.
    So much so that this is my last post, I’m not visiting the site anymore for this reason.

  8. CrackerJack says:

    When I first saw the pic, I almost closed the window immediately. Then I noticed the mono-shock setup. Not really my thing but I do appreciate being able to see it without anything else on the bike to cover it up. The only problem I have with rollers and early stage builds is never seeing an update.

  9. PlugHead says:

    I agree with CrackerJack, I have seen a ton of bikes I couldn’t wait to see finished but never get an update on. I dig rollers but love to see the end product.

  10. mike lytle says:

    this site does exactly what it’s supposed to do………if your bored with looking at builds, in any stage of completion, then by all means look elsewhere…….this in my opinion is THE site for xs 650 builders…….ideas abound, ripe for the picking……if you can’t gleen something from this site……….then your not looking……..

  11. srbtjeep says:

    What did you use for the mono-shock? I love the lines of this bike.

  12. PlugHead says:

    My apologies, I thought you could voice your opinion and make comments on how you felt. Had I known doing so would have people try to run you off the site I would have kept my mouth shut. If all some people want are comments like(cool bike,man) and kiss someones ass then I am on the wrong site. Most posts on here I like some I don’t, but I feel I should be able to voice my opinion accordingly. I really like the direction this build is going, but it leaves me hungry for more pics.

  13. turdherder says:

    I like most people have seen a lot of nice starts but no follow up. Whatever their reasons may be that’s how it goes. I still appreciate the build, and see a lot of nice ideas.