Lanesplitter XS

Tpearl – I had a few questions about my bike from a YouTube my friend made posted on this site, so I figured I’d send a little write up. I’ve got this bike all over the web, so apologies for those of you who are sick of it.

I started with a pair of XS’s from Oklahoma a year ago. Sold one and a cache of parts to get started on my non-running 75. My vision was a lanesplitter style chop, skinny, fast, and as inconspicuous as one can get with a chopper.

I opted for a TC Bros tail like everyone else. I like the way they look, but I probably would’ve done a Bird loop-tail if I wasn’t being cheap. I kept the stock 18″ and 19″ rain-catchers and the NOS IRC Sport 4.00’s.  The wheels and hubs got fresh powder and I replaced the spokes and nipples with stainless from mikesxs.  I laced and trued the wheels and mounted the tires in my garage following experience building bicycle wheels. Front end is a 34mm early XS with Hugh’s 2″ drop kit and Pro Comp shock boots for gaiters, as well as new progressive springs.

Frame has typical detabbing, shaving, and gusseting, but I left the rake stock and the factory neck gusset to hide my ignition and kill switch. Upgraded to tapered steering head bearings, sealed bearings in the wheels, a speedo delete from Hugh, and all new wheel bearing seals. All motor mounts, hoops, hubs, trees, and headlight/taillight are powder-coated. I used appliance epoxy on the frame. It rules when you want to make a change that requires cutting or grinding on the frame after the fact.


Motor had leaky valve stem seals after I got it running, so I opted for a full rebuild last winter. Roger at Hoos Racing did my machine work.  Motor has a 700cc JE piston kit, Shell #1 cam, RD valve springs, Boyer Micro Digital ignition, Banshee PMA, and a refurbished head from Hoos as well. I’m using a pair of linked 76-77 BS38 Mikuni CV carbs with JBM diaphragms and manifolds. I used Tarozzi mids for my controls. Foot clutch is a blacksmith billy part. Mid mounts, pipes, license bracket, battery box, a-bomb tank, shifter, framework, fender struts and mounts, and all other fab work done in my garage here in Dallas, TX.

Tank is a 2.1 gallon Frisco mount sporty with added sight glass and 3/8 Frisco style petcock bung.  Fender is a 7 metal west.  Paint was done by Steve Hennis at Flamethrower Customs, and I cannot recommend him enough. Doug Haifley covered the seat in leather with sonic boom pleats.  I shipped him my seat on a Friday and had it on my doorstep 6 days later. Few other little details include a Barnett Quick Twist throttle and cable, Hippy Killer grips, Monstercraftsman chain tensioner, UNI filters, solid riser bushings, and some cool electrical treats from K4 switches and Centech wiring. I’m sure there’s a few things I’ve missed, but if anyone has questions please feel free to Comment.

Thanks for running such a cool site Ted.


(pics by Rock Cunanan)


  1. Rats ass says:

    Yet another fine example of what can be done to a xs! Love it killer bike! Alot of great builds on here lately! Love the tires.

  2. Joe says:

    Damn nice bike!! Never get sick of looking at it!

  3. john says:

    this thing is sick, good work

  4. mike lytle says:

    finer than frogs hair!!…………..thanks for sharing

  5. El Gaucho says:

    I like it, I like it a lot! You can never go wrong putting tires like that on any lane splitter!

  6. Pat says:


  7. Uncle Bear says:

    Best damn lanesplitter yet!

  8. dr ron says:

    This bike is really something , one of the finest i,ve ever seen !! like the overal look of it ,and am impressed with all the specs and work you,,ve done , fine bike , have fun with it, i would !! Dr Ron

  9. nobody says:

    There are very FEW bikes on here that I dont have something smart to say about or point out what someone has done wrong, IMHO…

    I think your bike is spot on! I F’n love it! You did an outstanding job! Rock on!

  10. dirtbag says:

    Most excellent!

  11. idaho chad says:

    Man, I’m digging the stock rake with them big tires. Looks good! Love the tank too man. Killer job.

  12. tpearl says:

    Wow everyone is so nice, I’m flattered as hell. Thank you all for the kind words, it really means a lot. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can answer any questions!

  13. Scrapyard says:

    Killer build dude. Super Clean and classic. Awesome job bud. Enjoy it.

  14. Misfitskinny says:

    Love everything about this build, great job!! Nice paint

  15. stinson says:

    Jealous of your motor, i bet it rips. We need youtube videos! Well done bike

  16. Udo S says:

    Killer GOOD job !!!!!

  17. Eric says:

    Where did you get your rear rim,, or what did you use,, im building a 78 xs and it has mags and i want a rear spoke.

  18. tpearl says:

    @ Eric

    Rear rim is a stock XS 18″

  19. davethewrench says:

    Love the Meaty Tires

  20. Andy says:

    I like the tank is it a reproduction one I tried doing a search for a 2.1, is it a 2.4?
    Besides the sight glass did you do any modifications to the tank?
    How good does it fit any pointers on fitment what works what is not working/could be done better?
    Lastly where did you buy it from?

  21. tpearl says:

    @ Andy

    You’re right man, I was mistaken. 2.5 gal Frisco STR tank from Dan at Pandemonium. Aside from the sight glass, the 3/8″ petcock bung was added. No other tank mods besides POR15 sealer.

    I used top hat bungs in the backbone to mount the tank and it fits perfectly. I have the tank rubber mounted, and it works well and isolates the tank from heavy bumps, but if I did it over again I’d leave the rear mount and use an under tank strap with recessed bungs in the tank for the front mount; I think it would be more solid than a simple front tab mount. If you leave the factory neck gussets you’d probably have to trim them a little to go this route. Most dudes hack em out, I left them in to keep the front triangle reinforced.


  22. DENNI$ says:

    Great looking bike! What brand of Meaty Tires are those? Ballpark price??

  23. scuzzball says:

    Bikes like this are the reason this site rocks the casbah. Thanks Ted and tpearl.

  24. halfdeadin says:

    hey I am in dallas shoot me an email I am in the process of doing up a xs650 and would like to pick your brain!! LOL

  25. halfdeadin says:

    love the bike!

  26. aldo says:

    trés belle bécane

  27. davethewrench says:

    WoW nice bike…love the tires, I want some on my raingutter wheels too 🙂

  28. Phish84403 says:

    Where did you get those pipes?

  29. Dantheman says:

    I’ve come back to this page a dozen times and just can’t get enough of this xs. wonderful job I’d love to see it in person.

  30. stef says:

    what kind of handlebar setup do you have?

  31. tpearl says:

    Hey man, pipes are homemade using a 1.5″ builder’s kit.

  32. tpearl says:

    Handle bars in these pics are simple black drags on vintage dogbone risers, 4″ tall

  33. custombitches says:

    where or how did you set up your clutch!!! jockey shift is awsome

  34. Dan says:

    Got to see this in person the other day…. AWESOME!

  35. ralue says:

    I’ve been itching to find a XS to build… it would be my 3rd bike and 1st build. You mentioned “here in Dallas” and it looks like your pics are under the Bush Turnpike at Central. Is there a local XS group? I would love to connect with some guys as I work toward getting my own build started.

  36. j_wilson315 says:

    Where exactly did you mount your ignition switch? I was thinking of mounting mine on the right side of the gusset but all the switches I found are too deep.

  37. tpearl says:

    Hey man, I fabbed a plate to cover the space between the neck gussets and drilled a hole for the keyed ignition switch. I wired a triple sealed kill switch directly underneath it.

    In the picture of the left side profile, you can see the key poking out a little.

  38. j_wilson315 says:

    Thanks. I’ve been racking my brain trying to find a switch to fit from the side but I may have to steal your idea.

  39. Aust says:

    Absolutly love it, Cracking bike