Archive | January, 2013

Left Hand Cycles LHC # 3

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Richard and Lex – We bought this yamaha XS650se in bad condition, the motorcycle didn’t run for several years. So after a full tear down, the engine was given a full overhaull. The exhaust,seat and electric are LHC made.

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LOST IMMIGRANT

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Victor – This was my first build and I could not be happier with it.  It’s a 1978 XS650 that I purchased in Laredo, TX.  I started working out of my shed and later worked out of the Cycle Shop in San Benito, TX, with Wayne and Seth Ruhe (big thanks to Wayne, Seth, Possum, Mr. Mike and Guzzi Pat). The hard tail is from TC Bros Choppers and they were very patient with all my questions and I now own a 6 pack of TC Bros drink cozies, thanks Tyler.  All the paint on the bike is powder coat and came out great (thanks for the lessons Wayne).  I shaved the upper triple tree, forks and left engine case and added solid aluminum risers and starter block off.   Continue Reading →

The brat is done

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Dan –  my first build. 1977 xs 650. It took 10 months and was nothing but fun!!!! Just took my time and it all worked out. I rewired it myself. lowered  the seat via VISUAL IMPACT. 16 inch rear tire 18 front. Designed and built the battery box. Then cut down the original fender. Spray bombed the frame and top end of motor. GM color on the tins. I forgot the paint number lol. It runs real strong. Hope you like it i know i do. Continue Reading →

eds xs650 “angela”

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Ed – This is my XS650 which I named Angela.  The motor is a swap meet find and most of everything else came from spare parts. The neck and backbone are from a Triumph and the rest of the frame was fabricated with a TC Brothers 6″ stretch hardtail.  Continue Reading →

1980 XS650 “White Noise”

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Two Wheel Mafia Custom Cycles – I bought this project off craigslist for $1,500.  I was a stock running Yamaha 1980 XS650.  Over the next 5 months of weekend, the boys (Alex, Joe, Russ George and Tom) and I disassembled, redesigned, rebuilt and fabricated her into this clean white retro beauty. We just entered her in the Washington DC International Motorcycle Show this past weeked, where she placed 3rd the the Retro Mod class.

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Busch Brothers – Far East XS650

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Danny – I was hoping for better sun, but Lanceman was after a Japanese vibe with the pics, kind of misty Mount Fuji stuff, and I trust his eye.  Think he did good 🙂  The bike details, a 1979 XS650 SF.  Started chopping it on Christmas Eve, 2009 in Seattle. (Almost) finished it in fallof 2012 in Reno.  I’ve said it a million times, but if it weren’t for Shinya Kimura, I wouldn’t be into choppers.  Before I saw his work, all I cared about were cars.

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