Mike – 1983 XS650 build in progress.Front end R6 forks with four leading shoe drum brakes.Wider back rim with mono shock mod to back end.Foot pegs brake and gear levers from Ducati.



Motor still to be bored to 750 and rephased.


  1. mark says:

    I love it, way outside the box. Keep the pictures coming!!

  2. tucker1 says:

    Wow. This is going to be very nice. nice work!

  3. fanoboss says:

    MORE CAFE BIKES PLEASE…this one is awesome.

  4. William A. says:

    Wow!!…This is a very exciting build! Great mix old old & new.
    Please keep the updates and photos coming!
    i want to watch this one carefully.


  5. El Gaucho says:

    Interesting combo or old and new. Mono shock AND drums. I’m a sucker for both, but never saw them both on one bike. I wouldn’t do it myself, but you, sir, have pulled it off. Can’t wait to see it finished with tail light and plate and such.

  6. Ted says:

    OK, no problem. I got one coming up for you.

  7. CruzBoos says:

    I just love fast moving babes. Easy to get on, perform a few feats and have her purring for more. This one though will require some finesse to get her to stop when you want. You wouldn’t want her all wound up on the edge and expect her to stop just as her valves are floating. I’ll wait for the finished result and hope that she’ll please us even more.

  8. Jim says:

    Dang! Where can a guy get a drum brake like that?

  9. jim says:

    Nice! Where can I get a front drum like that?

  10. Gearbanger says:

    Clean build!!!