48hr Cafe Build

Davethewrench – Here is a 1977 XS 650 that I put together for a friend in 48hrs including sleep and lot’s of beer drinking. He had this bike sitting around for about 4 years without the know how to put it together, so with my help we slapped it together and it run’s and ride’s great.

The stock 81 in the last pic is also my buddy’s and it has the Mikes XS 750 kit in it, but i like the 77 I built much better, now he has a cool ride for the summer..

XS 650’s FOREVER !!!


  1. DENNI$ says:

    48 hrs??!?!?! WOW!!! That seat and tailpiece combo is very slick; excellent job of fitting it to the XS. Goes very well with the tank, as well. Nice job!

  2. Barney says:

    If you built it in 48hrs then, you should have video taped it!

  3. DENNI$ says:

    I agree. Those hurryup videos should be the new standard!

  4. H. F. Shytte says:


  5. davethewrench says:

    Yes a video would have been so cool with all the beer drinking and smoking….LOL
    It went so fast because he had more than 1 of every part needed in plastic boxes left over from 7 other XS motorcycle he bought and sold over a couple years

  6. Skots says:

    @ davethewrench hey man I bought the other bike from junior. He told me that you live pretty close. Just ordered up a brat kit and getting ready to put the moter back in. I would love to meet ya. Going to need some help with wiring….

  7. El Gaucho says:

    I like the CB200 tank. 🙂

  8. Tables says:

    The lemon tree must have got a hell of a lot of ‘watering’ over those 48 hours. Looks like a total blast to ride, enjoy the corners.

  9. davethewrench says:

    Hey Skots, Cool you know Junior??
    In the search part of this page punch in(( Alive and on the Road ))….you will see the cool chopper I built to ride for the winter months
    And ya wiring should be no problem…I live in downtown Victoria
    What XS did you buy from Junior??
    I look forward to meeting you
    Call Junior for my number and email
    XS650’s FOREVER !!!!

  10. pickles says:

    Really dig the tank and tail section combo…where did it come from? Handmade, ordered, what? Looks Damn good!

  11. davethewrench says:

    I think the tank and tail section were bought on ebay by the person my buddy got the bike from…El Gaucho said it was a CB200 tank…I wasn’t sure myself

  12. El Gaucho says:

    Yes, definitely a CB200 tank. I used one on Wabi Sabi so I know it well……. You’ll see that identical tank if you search for Wabi here on this site.

  13. davethewrench says:

    Thanx El Gaucho….Wabi Sabi is cool

  14. Kellan says:

    Little birdie told me your from vic!

    I ride a bratty lil 77 xs650, and am buildin a 79 cafe…im out in quadra village.

    Anyways, nice work!

  15. davethewrench says:

    Hey Kellan, I stop at fairways on quadra all the time, but riding one of my sportsters right now….My XS chopper will be insured for my wifes memorial ride on the 24th of June, see ya on the road !!!

  16. Jules says:

    I am Junior’s girlfriend Julie,and Yes i am a witness the bike building did take only 48 hours! Including some starting of the motorcycle at 3 am. You are lucky I like you Dave!!!

  17. davethewrench says:

    HaHaHa I like you too Julie !!!
    Thanx for the coment, should have added the fact it also took damm near 100 beers LoL