New Hampton xs650


Rick Bettencourt   New Hampton, New Hampshire – This is my 1975 XS 650. It was given to me by my employer as a holiday bonus last year.   It was a bone stock barn find when I got, but as you can see, that didn’t last long.  I have done all the work myself with a little advice from some friends and online videos. The biggest mods  were the hardtail, ARDTAIL by ARDCORE CHOPPERS. and Forward controls and linkages by T.C. Bros. The seat is from a police bike, cut down and recovered by me. The taillight is made from an old dispatchers mic.

License plate bracket from ACME CHOPPERS. Rear fender was relocated from the front. Sissy bar / fender bracket is made from round stock and an old pair of scissors.  I’m an upholsterer/custom canvas fabricator and these shears have been used by me  for over thirty years. Thetank and mufflers are from a sportster.  The bike is still in the mock up stage, but it has been ridden throughout the build. I’ll send more pics as the project progresses. Thanks for having such a cool site and for being so supportive of the backyard builders. Talk to you soon .


  1. tadd442 says:

    Kind of wordy, don’t you think? lol

    Did you buy it just like that?

  2. Uncle Bear says:

    Nice Ratbike. It’s always cool to have your parts together on a running bike, than having them laying around getting lost or destroyed. I like it!

  3. Uncle Bear says:

    FWIW, your rear fender is really close to the tire. There may be contact at freeway speeds if the tire expands, YMMV?

  4. Rick says:

    Sorry about the wordy text, Computers aren’t my thing. I did all the work myself, with some advice from friends .

  5. Rick says:

    The ARDCORE CHOPPERS ardtatil was the coolest mod to do. Easy and clean install.

  6. Rick says:

    the existing tire has enough clearance but if I need to change it there is an adjustment .

  7. tadd442 says:

    Right on. Well done.

  8. R.J. says:

    Looks good. I am building one just down the road in Ashland. I will keep my eye out for you this summer