Little Black Dress

The Limey – There are many, many XS650′s on the web that various people have bobbed, chopped, bratted, cafe’d and generally modified in a myriad of ways. So, trying to make a simple brat on a relatively low budget that stands out is getting a lot harder to do.

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The customer we built this one for sent a few pictures of what he had in mind for his 1975 XS650 before we embarked on this project, which we then mostly ignored and did our own thing… mainly because the pictures were of completely hideous bikes, except one… which we thought was actually quite a clean build. Secondly, we didn’t want this to look like someone else built it.



Whenever we do any build, we always upgrade all the usual things, like swingarm bushings, steering bearings, brakes etc. So, we wanted this one to be the proverbial ‘little black dress’ that was simple, clean and fully functional for any occasion.


  1. Tre Deuce says:

    Nice, Clean, and Inspirational.

  2. Uncle Bear says:

    Clean Machine, congrats.

  3. That’s what a motorcycle is about , nothing more, nothing less.
    Clean and basic, well done.
    Really like the forkcovers on this XS.

  4. Mike S says:

    Finally! Someone gets it right. Nice and simple. Looks great.

  5. Newman says:

    Great job! Super clean! Looks nimble and comfortable, could be at home In The city or down a country back road. Thanks for posting!

  6. Devin says:

    very nice and clean guys! love it! did you guys make those fork covers?