Archive | October, 2015

First project. 1978 Brat style

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Scott Weiss – A friend drove up to the house on a bike I didn’t recognize.  He told me it was an XS650.  I remembered those bikes but I didn’t think they where as cool as his street tracker.

That started a web search and a realization that the build culture around these bikes is very inclusive and I decided I should try to figure this out.

Craigslist and $150 later I now owned most of a 1978 XS 650.  No carbs or exhaust but it did kick over and it seemed like good compression but what do I know.  I’m an audio engineer!

I like the look of the Brat Style bikes and they also seemed like a good start for a total beginner.   Continue Reading →

81 xs 650 dialed

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-03 2015

Mark – It has taken over a year to get her dialed. It seems the last and longest challenge was my electrical. But we rewired the system placed a PAMCO system in it and went all out on the high cranking lithium battery. She is running hard now. Paint by Brian at Graffiti Garage In Iowa, TC Bros all the hardtail goodies. LaRosa seat. Biltwell handlebars. Continue Reading →

garage built death machine

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-03 2015

Chris dvorchak – Got a 78 xs650 hardtail project about half started stripped it all down rewired it with a fuse block from blue collar pirate and and second hand pma. Rebuilt the carbs with jets for the velocity stacks and cut off pipes just to get it running around the block at least. After alot of nights in the garage with pentaram and electric wizard on the stereo and alot of parts later it started coming together.  Continue Reading →

The jeff’s ride – BCK 11

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-06 2015
A low drag 650 as per request. Lowest possible and ridable. Took a while to sort the rear shock problem and have this bike running with less than half an inch gap between rear tyre and the body. For the other parts of the bike, no big revolution. Just took time to check for the right part (most  rebuilt OEM) and surface treatments and colors. The biggest option was also to have a slip-on rear frame loop with a big seat to go for a  ride with his son and longer shocks of course.

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Holme Valley Customs – XS650

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-04 2015

Tom – I started out with a stock 1980 bike, which was blowing a bit of smoke so I changed the piston rings and that sorted it out. Then I chopped the frame and welded on a TC Bro’s hardtail, it took me 12 months from cutting the frame to getting the bike back on the road for shakedown… and that was 2 years ago. Since then it has been on and off the road constantly with various repairs/painting/polishing required to get it to where it is today.

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Iron Alley’s Vintage Racer

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-01 2015

Like a bullet cutting thru the wind

Johan  – I’m Jo and I own a small shop in South Florida named Iron Alley Fabrication specializing in metal work and vintage motorcycles. And like anybody who does this for a living never had the time to build Myself something really cool. Until last year. I have always loved the look of old fairing bikes from the 60s and 70s. I knew it was time I made one for myself.

I took my all original 1972 xs2 and blew her apart, ordered an Air tech fairing and made everything fit around it.

Built removable  brackets to clamp the fairings onto the bike which allow me to run the bike in 3 different looks, “naked”, “half fairing” and “full fairing”. And, custom Made a steel tail section to follow the tank lines and be easily removable.

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