Jlr developments monkey xs650


Well my names Jay ransome from suffolk england, im 19 years old. If it the bike needs a part i made it, if it didnt its thrown away, the bikes does everything a motorcycle should, it handles suprisingling well, sounds perfect and looks unique – every aspect of the bike is detailed, from the trick tank mounts to the front cable operated brake, running amal 930 carbs, shortened and smoothed stock forks, rebuilt wheels with stainless spokes and modified rear cafe racer style drum. 95% of the bike is one off by myself. One off exhausts with handmade megaphone tips, sissy bar, trick electrics box.custom handlebars by myself and speedo mount, amal cable levers one off rear lights and foot controls. modified kicker.


The motorcycle took me 7 months of nights and weekends to build after work at the shop. With minimal help, all the fab, assembly and wiring was done by myself, most of the paint prep up to the primering stage too. The idea of the bike was to build something i could ride and see what i could do solo.


Well she rides and handles really well, it flicks around corners like a dream. I took it to the isle of man this year for its maiden voyage and even overtook a few sports bike boys on the mountain. I built the o#whole bike myself starting with the frame which is all tig welded my ME.


I made details of every single feature the bike has from the trick tank mounts to the brake levers. Then I decided i didint want any master cylinders on the bars as they look so pretty, so to unclutter them i went for a pair of amal levers and mounted a guzzi cable operated cylinder down near the electrics box on the frame. I rebuilt the motor painting the crankcases silver, bead blasting the heads and got the barrels powder coated black. cut the sprocket cover and got it polished to make it look more old school.


I bought a pair of mainifolds off evilbay so i can run the 930 carbs and man what a difference, runs like a dream!. Every single part on this bike was hand fabricated by me. My goal was to create a 70s style motorcycle with a twist of modern with as little help as possible and i think ive done it fairly well. The only help ive had on the bike is with the paint work. I wired the bike up with minimal help running wires through the frame and bars which turned out to be alot harder than i thought.

Nickel plating everywhere instead of chrome to give it a more period look with class. Made the exhausts cones from sheet steel. Sadly at the end of the year it will be up for grabs to fund a winter project of mine but until then i ride it all the time. Id like to thank my dad at solow choppers for letting me use the shop after hours and for the paintwork.

Best regards – Jay


  1. Stephanie says:

    I built one just like that when I was 17 and no one helped me either. I had to do it all myself.
    I learned to TIG on my own when I was 14.

  2. tadd442 says:

    GREAT usage of the cable operated m/c!

  3. Ste says:

    Great looking bike, with that talent you should start selling them.

  4. taffy says:

    what guzzi is that cable operated m/cylinder from where can I get the bits from?I want to do away with mine too! excellent bike very well done sounds like me when I was a young lad many moons ago!

  5. Wilton Buchanan says:

    Great looking bike. Seems well thought out and built with care and attention to detail.

  6. Pjbii says:

    I’m not sure I understand, who exactly built the bike? I mean it is not clear who made all those hand fabricated parts.

  7. tadd442 says:

    Motto Guzzi….duh

  8. John harbisher says:

    This is a nice bike I know as, was on the main drag in Isle of Man, when we where there, nice work well done

  9. Grumpy says:

    Mate! Well Done! I love every thing about the Bike except for one thing!!! The Sissy Bar….
    I am not a fan of Sissy Bars but as I always say this is my opinion & means nothing to you or anyone else. If you like it then that is all that matters…

    Well Done………..

  10. flattire says:

    Absolutely, fantastic. What a head turner. One of the best that I have seen in a long while.

  11. jlrdevelopments says:

    Glad you like it. road it there from suffolk 🙂

  12. jlrdevelopments says:

    i believe its off a v50 or a California . i bought the cylinder off of evil bay. thanks for the comment 🙂

  13. Chum says:

    Well done young man. Always a pleasure to ride out with you.

  14. El Gaucho says:

    That’s what I was thinking…..lol. Great bike, nice touches all through out, but a bit self indulgent on the write up!

  15. kenb says:

    Wow nice attention to detail at any age…. I was still playing with crayons at 19 and what ever skill or talent I have got was hard won, the humility even harder.. Great bike I can tell you have had some exposure to the world of custom built machines, I will gleam some of this as well as there is so much to be had. Keep up the good work and hope to see more.Ken

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  17. fanoboss says:

    You have a great eye for design. Keep Ridin’ It Like You Stole IT !!!

  18. jay ransome says:

    hey man cheers for the comments. im 20 to 🙂 just sold my xs building a bsa a65 now. yeah hope to see you there bro.