Scotty’s first build


Scotty – I Picked up an untitled roller with a 78 motor late last year in sacramento CA. The frame was already hard tailed with a TC bros section. I cleaned up the frame where needed to make sure it was road ready and made a few modifications for the seat, tank, fender mounts and switches.

My goal was to keep the bike skinny and kinda tall. The bars were made by Front street cycle, the pipes are by Pandemonium Choppers. I did the rest of the fab work myself including the sissy bar, brake pivot etc.  I hand shaved and polished the forks which is quite the task without proper tools to make it easy.


I made the seat pan and foamed it. It was wrapped by my good friend miss Kate who did a killer job and added some subtle black diamond stitching to the top to give it a little something extra.

I haven’t had to touch the motor besides adjusting the clutch. I rebuilt the mikunis and It runs great. Super nimble, fun bike for mashing around town.



Once i had the bike running/riding i tackled getting paperwork which i was fortunate enough to not have any issues with and was able to get it titled as 1978 xs650 instead of special construction which helps with registration and insurance costs.

All of the paint work i did myself. The navy color is the original ford “washington blue” from 1936 and the gunmetal is a blend of a few different colors,which has a really cool gold pop in the sun.



I had the rest of the parts powder coated and chromed and once i had everything back i assembled the bike to what you see today.

Im really stoked on how it came out for my first bike i have built. Im thankful for everyone who helped me along the way and to my Pops for finding me the bike to begin with.


This bike is currently for sale to make room for new projects, any enquiries or questions please feel free to email me-Scotty.dettwiler(at)


Big thanks to XS650chopper for the feature and thanks to everyone for the interest!

Photos by Scotty Dettwiler.


  1. Fanoboss says:

    Never armor all your bike tires, it’s a good way to lose it in a curve ,,,, Cool Bike

  2. Builder says:

    True but it looks good in the pics.

  3. William a. says:

    Killer build Scott! I love the stance, the fabricated parts and your your of colors.
    What wheels are those? I have mags and may want to switch to spokes.

  4. Scottyd says:

    Thanks William! Im not sure what year they are but they are just the high shouldered aluminum ones off a special i think. If im wrong someone feel free to correct me. I had mags originally but i wasnt feelin them so they came off and spokes went on.

  5. Scottyd says:

    Just for pictures, came right off.

  6. jason says:

    How much you asking? Where you located?


  7. Scottyd says:

    Hi Jason, asking $5000 obo. Comes with another set of wheels and tires, a different tank and a few other pieces.

    Feel free to email me if you have any questions for want to talk about the bike-

    The bike is located in San Luis obispo CA

  8. Great bike! Love the paint and sissy bar! What are you planning for your next build, once this one has a new home?

  9. Scottyd says:

    Thanks Jimmy!
    Im rebuilding my shovelhead right now which is draining the funds. Top end just done on it and i need to bust open the trans also.

  10. Sweet! Shame we can’t keep em all!

  11. noah says:

    sweet build! im a harley guy but i would mob that around town!

  12. Scottyd says:

    Thanks Noah. I’m also a harley guy but these xs’ are fun to build and ride.

  13. Jack Gilbert says:

    Classy little bobber. Shows some thought and effort. Nice work.

  14. Scottyd says:

    Thanks Jack! I appreciate it.

  15. Adam says:

    This looks awesome! I’d love to have a bike like this.

  16. BOBBY D says:

    did you add any to the stretch? or change the rake…Nice job

  17. Blackdawg says:

    Hot wheels! Can I take it for a spin?

  18. Tim says:

    Great Bike Scotty! Can you email photos and specs about your bike to sales@tcbroschoppers ? This is a great bike and we would like to do a customer rides feature on it! -Tim

  19. Scotty's says:

    Id be super stoked on that! Just shot you an email. Thanks for the consideration.

  20. Scottyd says:

    Thank you jack!