capone xs650

Matt – The “CAPONE” project started roughly a year ago after browsing the xs650 site. I immediately hit up Jon Ard from Ardcore Choppers for a hardtail and some fab work.  I originally wanted just a badass low budget bobber to ride to work, but after stumbling on Angry Monkey Motorcyles. They specialize in bare bones badass Triumph bikes. I contacted Dan Patterson at Angry Monkey to pick his brain a little.  He was more than willing to offer advice and suggestions.  He was kind enough to sell me the Cole Foster tank.


I met with Jon Ard again and turned him loose. He is a master fabricator and welder. He fabricated the bars and welded them to the top clamp of the 4 under DNA springer.  He also built the “one-off” bitchin’ pipes.  We wanted them high and down the right side without going around the downtubes.  He nailed it.  Everything was beautifully TIG welded and exactly how I wanted it.



Indy Extreme Offroad freshened up the motor with rings, gaskets, seals, filters, and all new chrome and stainless steel hardware.  The carbs were sent to Old Skool Carbs in South Carolina for some ultrasonic cleaning and a complete rebuild. To top off the new looking carbs, I went with Steel Dragon polished velocity stacks. A brass kicker gave it a little more vintage feel. The oil tank has a fake “sight glass” on the right side with real oil and polished brass fittings. The feed and return oil lines hide all the wiring.



Inside the tank is the reg/rect combo, fuse block, and an 8 cell a123 battery.  The candy lace paint was laid down by Jeff Savage @ Savage Auto Refinishing.  The silver is micro flaked and the lace was sprayed candy purple with candy red  on top.  All the aluminum on the bike was sent to Sure Shine Polishing in Decatur, IL for a freshen up.  There are tons of odds and ends that I’m leaving out, but I think the pics speak for themselves.

I’m sure the buyer in Australia will enjoy it. The insperation behind this build came from Dan Patterson @ Angry Monkey Motorcycles and his Triumph builds.


A few that were involved in the build.

  • Fabrication – Ardcore Choppers
  • Paint – Savage Auto Refinishing
  • Powdercoat – Pro-Kote Indy
  • Motor – Indy Extreme Offroad
  • Carburetors – Old Skool Carbs
  • Tuning – Del’s Performance Cycles
  • Photography – Duncan Photography
  • The Model’s name is Antoinette Tellez.

Thanks, Matt Graves – Brownsburg, IN