2 eight customs handmade xs 650

handmade xs 650 bobber-1 2014

Brett Ohland – I pieced together a 1976 xs 650, i wanted to do a 50s style with 70s paint. The frame i made my own hardtail with a 2″ stretch. Rear fender and oil tank i made out of 18gauge sheet metal,  retunneled an original wassell tank, xs1 drum front hub laced to a 16″ rear rim and spokes on shinko 500-16 tires.

handmade xs 650 bobber-2 2014

It has a dna 2 under springer, hand made 1.5” exhaust, the headlight i found at a junkyard and painted the lens in a gold candy for the vintage yellow look, i made many other components such as the battery box,license plate bracket,headlight mount, bar mounts,seatpan. i rebuilt the engine to stock specs,some head porting, stock points ignition and recharging system.  the paint i did myself starting with a gold glitter with a silver base, root beer brown candy, and about 18hrs in airbrushing. many new components such as cables,tires,brakes, clutch, full engine rebuild (engine powder coated gloss black polished covers) i built this bike on a $2000 budget and from fabrication to assymbly was 1 month.


  1. Kade says:

    Brett does amazing work. Pictures don’t even do his bikes justice.

  2. tammy says:

    What did you have to do to get the xs rim to work with the dna springer?

  3. brett says:

    thanks kade, i had to make an axle (17mm), spacers, shims for the rockers to adapt the 17mm axle to the 3/4 hole in the rockers, then i had to make a mount for the front brake drum

  4. Mr Greazz says:

    Very cool bike ! you’re a lucky man , found an original xs 1 drum isn’t easy, very nice part !

  5. Uncle Bear says:

    Cool bike you built. I dig it!

  6. turdherder says:

    Where did you find the spokes to lace the stock front hub to the 16″ stock rear hub? It”s a nice touch if you like fat baloney’s front and back which I really do! Nice job.

  7. b says:

    I think it had a billy lain style.I,want one Can u help with a list of the front end and frame builder?

  8. moebuster says:

    most builds/bikes you can decide immediately if you like it or not-i like this one.
    the stance,colors -it all blends together quiet well.good job.

  9. brett says:

    thanks, I used rear spokes that I had to shorten and re thread (about 1/2″ shorter than the stock 16′ rear spokes)

  10. brett says:

    its a dna front end and I did all the frame modifications to get the front end to fit as well as making the hardtail

  11. El Gaucho says:

    It must be my lucky month! Another set of cool pics of a 650 with a springer and drum brake up front. Love it. I dig the root beer color too.