Tangerine Dream

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John – In the past I have built cars and dragsters. I bought this bike from a friend for a very low price….it had been sitting in a garage for 5 years.  When I started working on it I found there was still gas in the tank, it turned to varnish.  I cleaned the tank and carbs and got the bike running. I drove it that summer all stock. I had to have open heart surgery so I was unable to race my dragster that year so I decided to chop the bike.  The bike is a 1977 xs650…. has been stretched 5″, 200 mm tire on back, a 110 tire on front, Avon Cobra, the top end is all rebuilt, new rings, and a valve job.

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It also has an offset sprocket to run the 200mm tire,  and stock points ignition.  I relocated the coils and made coil covers.  It has a permanent magnet alternator and a 4 cell battery in electric tank.  The air cleaners are made out of polished muffler pipe.  The chain guard is handmade out of stainless.  The exhaust is 2 into 1 that I cut  and reworked, sounds great.  The frame has custom plates that I cut out to reinforce neck and back area, the frame is all molded.

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I built and painted the bike myself.  All aluminum is polished by a friend of mine, John.  It took about 8 months to build.  The front fender is chopped, the tank is an old sportster tank, the license bracket is homemade.

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I am now in the process of building another xs650 with an 8 degree rake & 250 mm tire, a jack shaft will be needed.  I have attached some more pics of Tangerine Dream and the last one is my new build.  Feel free to call me if more info is needed….cell 216 905 8153.
John Bartos


  1. Deweychop says:

    WOW!!!! Beautiful ride. Right along the lines of what I’m building. 180/200mm just look “right” to me.
    Well done

  2. John Bartos says:

    Thanks I,am glad you like it . I had fun building it .it draws a lot of attention.

  3. Johnny says:

    Great build. How does it run with those air filters set up like that?

  4. John Bartos says:

    Thanks for looking at the bike, it runs well with the air filters. I did not need to rejet the carbs. I also run an 18 tooth sprocket. Thanks, John

  5. BD says:

    Where can I see some more hires photos?? Great build.

  6. Aleksey says:

    This bike is awesome! The attention to detail is unbelievable. Very inspirational build.

  7. John Bartos says:

    Thanks for looking,ther is a picture in the horse mag,

  8. Bill Reilly says:

    Great build John. The best part about your story is that you did it all (except polish) yourself. You should be doing a lot of these. Can’t wait to see the new bike!

  9. Laura s says:

    Awesome bike! Outstanding work and great details work. The polish work is phenomenal!

    Great job.

  10. Jeremy P says:

    How did you get it to look like chrome? Who is the polisher you used? Looks like whoever it is can work miracles…

  11. turdherder says:

    totally sweet!!!

  12. slickwilly says:

    Nice bike!!! Needs a few Cleveland Browns logos now.

  13. Dr Ron says:

    Nice clean chop!! well done ,like the frame supports ,and the fine paintjob !
    superb bike .cant wait to see the next one

  14. John The Polisher says:

    Thanks for letting me be part of your build. Your creativity and fabricating skills are amazing. I cant wait to see the next one.

  15. chardonjon says:

    Saw this bike up close. Great job John.

  16. John Bartos says:

    The polisher is my friend john, he give me a lot of idea for the bike.

  17. John Bartos says:

    Thanks for looking , my friend john did the polishing, he gave me idea on the bike

  18. terry m says:

    Hey, I saw this bike during the various stages of the build. You worked really hard on it, but you make it look easy. From all the custom brackets, to the big tire and beautiful paint,to the best welding that I’ve ever seen- you are a true professional. I’m glad to see a website like this where mechanics like you can showcase your skills.

  19. john bartos says:

    thanks terry.you will realy like the new one!!!!!john

  20. El Gaucho says:

    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a nice fat tired bike. Well done, sir.

  21. Ryan says:

    Very nice. This is making me want to build one. 🙂

  22. Pat Daly says:

    I like what you have done with the rear of it,out side the box and I like it,The rest of the bike is clean and not over done!

  23. Janet says:

    Awesome bike! I like the wide tires & color! Can’t wait to see the next one.

  24. Joann says:

    John you dad a great job on this bike and I am so glad I got to see it when I was home.. Cant wait to see the next one.. Keep up the great work…

  25. Berni M says:

    Really beautiful bike! John, you did an awesome job.

  26. Darrin Sotera says:

    This is one of the most gorgeous bikes you will ever lay your eyes on.pictures cant put into perspective the astounding creative fabricating skills John has.this bike is a work of art and cant wait to see the new bike when its finished.wish i had half the talent this man has!

  27. dan finken says:

    I just noticed the blown dragster sitting there…

  28. Joann says:

    I cant wait to see the next bike you build, This one is beautiful!!!! Thats my brother he is one hell of a bike builder.

  29. Ken L says:

    Nice Bobber!!! Like the rake, cool paint job!!! Looking forward to see a stretched Drag bike!!!

  30. Brad Slaughter says:

    Looks real good John! Looking forward to seeing your next creation.

  31. John says:

    Thanks for the comments it is a old front engine dragster I race it it runs 750 at 185. I built the dragster 13 years ago.

  32. Mike W says:


    WOW is an understatement! You’ve come a long way from the days of building your first trike in your parents garage! The lines on this machine are phenomenal and your choice of color is spot on. Great job.