Archive | May, 2013




 “Ophelia”~ She may not be to pretty, but she’s a hell of  a ride!

William – This is a 1979 XS650 affectionately known as “Ophelia.” She has a TC Brothers hard tail kit, a stripped bare frame and tank. The tank, chain tensioner and sprung seat from Monstercraftman. The headlight and bars are unknown and used from a pile of parts. The mids are used rear sets from a GSXR750 racebike (I think). The pipes are welded from a universal kit. Wheels are the stock mags painted black. Continue Reading →

Buy a T-shirt – Win a HELMET




We still have L – XL shirts in stock so we are doing yet another contest.

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Features include a seamless injection-molded ABS outer shell –  Five snaps around the Gringo’s eye port for easy installation of a Biltwell bubble shield.

 More info on the “GRINGO” brain bucket can be found on lowbrows site – Right here..

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Contest ends on 05/31/13 

* Contest winner will need to pay shipping if shipping out of the USA. 

Thanks lowbrow!


Bob ’til you drop



Laurens – Hi there, here’s one from the Land of the Dutch. About a year or so ago I picked up the plan to build me a hard tailed XS. When looking for a cheap donor bike I came across this kick only ’79er. Basically it already looked mostly the way you see it here and was offered for a reasonable price. The owner had built it almost the way I intended to do myself. He had welded the hard tail section himself and most what you see here was already there and it seemed to run okay too. Unfortunately it had poorly done ugly bright yellow on black tribal flames on the tank and fender. Also it was built with too many chromed cheap parts and sloppy painting but since I could ride it home immediately instead of building it from scratch (which would probably take me two years) I was sold when I saw it.

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Scotty Chop – Frankenstein 77 XS650



My build started as a motor that I bought online from a guy in Minnesota who had the motor sitting on the side of his house. He shipped it to me in CA and that’s when it all began. With no prior experience working on these bikes, I took my time and did some research on what kind of parts I would need to get in order to build a good, reliable, fun bike. It started with the motor and after tearing it apart, I decided to send the crank and cam to Hugh @ Hugh’s Hand Built to be rephased. While I was waiting for those parts to come back, I decided to paint the engine cases, cylinder, and head with black hi temp engine enamel. Then I installed new seals, and bearings and new oil filters. I also replaced the old rotor with one of Hugh’s PMA setups and also picked up a PAMCO ignition for the rephased engine. Since the engine was rephased, I needed to run dual coils, so I used a couple of Yamaha YZ450f coils and NGK spark plug caps. Continue Reading →

fibreglass sidecar xs650

Rich – Short story, in the late 50’s/ early 60’s my dad had a business making a fibreglass sidecar of his own design called a Clarendon and after a 25year search I found one !! This was duly restored to as near as original spec as possible but what to attach it too? I decided to do a combination of my dads work and mine, so a mildly customised/aged XS650 was born.

Monster TrackFighter kit

Wanted to get some exposure on this kit to see what people think.  Here are some details:
-Built in the u.s.a.
-Replaces stock ugly rear section
-cut three places on frame and installs in under an hour
-Kit is fixture built and comes ready to install
-relocates shocks for more aggressive  stance
-holds the “Pill” electronics/battery box from Monstercraftsman
-comes with optional seat that we are having made as we speak (Seat in pictures is quick prototype, not actually final product)