1981 XS650 Bobber/Streetfighter


Justin Juencke – I bought this 1981 XS650 about 7 months ago. The rigid frame conversion had already been done. When I got it home I went through all of the wiring and converted it to an electronic ignition. Then I took for a couple rides and noticed that the fuel tank had started to leak. So I went on Lowbrowcutoms and found the P-nut tank and a nice Bates Style rear fender.


I mounted the new tank and fender then sent them out to get painted at California Cycle Design. In order to mount the fender the way I liked, it required shorting of the battery box. While the parts were being painted I decided to go with 35mm clip-ons from Woocraft to give it more of a cafe style look to it.

I recently just took it for a ride from Long Beach, CA. up through Malibu and around the L.A. area, It was about 200 miles round trip. I am really happy with the look of this bike now and hope to go on more rides. We are planning a ride up the coast to San Francisco soon.


  1. usp222 says:

    That is one Hell of a bike! That hardtail is one of the best I’ve seen. Do you know who makes it? It looks a lot like a David Bird.

  2. Pickles says:

    Looks killer!

  3. SJ says:

    Is that a TC bros hardtail kit? or a David Bird as usp222 said?
    Kudos bro. Those proportions are perfect. The tank sits just right.

  4. D says:

    I really like the look of this bike . I have just started to put my 78 xs 650 back together as a mock up re.. fork tubes & shocks . I extended the the swing arm 2″ and need to balance the bike . Building a brat style .

  5. El Gaucho says:

    Yes. Yes, yes yes. Spot on, thank you, sir, for posting this bike.

  6. garcia says:

    Nice bike I have a 78 xs almost done just need to wire it up I’m in the long beach area also we should link up ill be posting pictures coming soon

  7. El Gaucho says:

    BTW, is that just gold paint in the numbers or gold leaf?