Golden Spike xs650


Engine, year and make, model, modifications:  1980 XS650 stock engine (rejetted BS34 carbs) Frame:  Shaved stock front loop, with a custom (zero stretch) rear section by me. Stock rake. Fork:  CB750K forks (shaved) and lowered 2”


Chassis mods:  Removed upper engine mount tube, and OEM neck gussets. Replaced with custom upper engine mount and custom (smaller) neck gussets. Handbuilt foot-controls, solo seat, handlebars, sissybar, battery box, etc… its all in the little things.

Tire/wheel size and style:  Misc 1970’s CB wheels – Firestone squigglies 4.00x19F/4.50x18R. Also, the gearing is slightly longer than stock XS, so it goes pretty well on the highway, but its basically impossible to do a poppa wheelie on this thing now.


Favorite thing about this bike:  probably the handlebars, which I’m pretty proud of. I think that the front drum brake is a pretty neat part too
Next modification will be:  I’m considering getting a few more parts nickel-plated. I was originally worried about it being too flashy. But I think it could use some more shiny bits.

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: This was my first successful seat upholstery, but I think the king and queen on my next bike might be too tricky for me to do…  I got my LeBlond lathe when the bike was about halfway completed, so I got a good chance to learn how to build some interesting parts, like the brass wheel tensioners, knurled brass footpegs, and the exhaust tips.



Thanks to: Josh Scott of Old School Helmets for painting my tins (he’s a rad dude). Steffan at Zombie Performance for selling me some mandrel bends so I could build my bars. A lot of the local guys here in SLC, for giving me some ideas and helping me out. And, of course, my parents.




Greg Hebard

Regatta Garage

Salt Lake City, UT



  1. Barney says:

    Cool bike. I like the exhaust, very original. Nice paint. The lines of the bike are spot on. Very cool!

  2. bluesgrinder says:

    Wow whoo really Man, This is awesome. Not just another hard tail, its all thoughs 1 off top mount ,lic. plate, bars, foot pegs and total strip down. A work of art. Great paint fantastic lines, definately one of the nicer ones on this site!

  3. WIlliam A. says:

    KIller bike…The nice little personal touches really makes the bike stand out.
    I think the few shiny bits you have are just right…Just my humble opinion.

    Ride on!

  4. josh says:

    LOVE this scoot!!!

  5. turdherder says:

    You really captured the old school look on this. I love the matching front and rear tires, it’s a real nice look. Great job!

  6. Keith says:

    Best scoot on this site.

  7. El Gaucho says:

    Finally, someone who knows how to make a proper sissy bar install. Same angle as fork rake! Absolutely stunning!

  8. Christian says:

    Man, it’s beautiful! I love the colors, nickel and steel vs the crazy yellow and blue! Beautiful! Has this rugged look! I would love to ride it!