Brady- I love my XS650! What more can I say?

Its a 1982 xs650 and a year in the making here she is. I purchased it for $600 from a guy in Oklahoma which he was using it as a parts bike. My vision of the bike started out much different than what it looks like today. This was my first build and and cant wait to start my next one.
Most of everything on this bike was built by yours truly. I fabricated the forward controls, handlebars, license plate and tail light mount, brake and shift linkage, electrical box, battery box, saddle bag, seat cover, bmx pedal kickstart, and numerous tabs. I used 1 inch bars, with Harley throttle, and Harley Spoon clutch lever.


Notice in a few pictures that I HAD a fender until it rattled loose, and wedged itself between the rear tire and battery box doing about 50 mph.
I dont know why but I purchased a seat pan that I could have just made myself, but I ended up going with a G&L Hardtail with a 4″ stretch.


I used a 1959 Cadillac Tail light. Some Harley guys would kill me but the tank I got off a AMF Harley Sportster, but oh well it sure does look nice on my XS (Ebay $45). A saving grace was the electronic ignition, with high output coil that I purchased from Mikes XS.


If you notice some pictures has a rear fender and some don’t. Well, just in case you were wondering loctite that guy in place. OR it will rattle loose at 50 mph and wedge itself between the tire and battery box. It took a cutting torch to get it out. But luckily it didn’t split my tire. So its fenderless from now on.

Brady Carter