Quality over quantity?

“Assembly of Japanese bicycles requires great peace of mind”

The term minimalism is used to describe a trend in design where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influential in modern design. Applying minimalist design to your motorcycle is simple. If you don’t like the way your bike looks take more stuff off ! Apply the KISS principle.


In the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig explains to his friend John Sutherland’s “romantic” approach to life, where he refuses to study and learn how to maintain his own expensive new BMW motorcycle. John simply hopes for the best with his bike, and when problems do occur he becomes extremely frustrated and is forced to rely on professional mechanics to repair it.


I am by no means a professional mechanic. But I trust my own mechanical ability more than I would trust anyone else to work on my bike. However, there are situations where I recognize my limited abilities in building and working on my own bike. For instance, in rebuilding my engine I plan on taking the cylinders to a machine shop to have the cylinders honed out. It would not make sense for me to do it myself. I don’t have the tools or experience.

What’s my point? In developing this blog I had the idea of it being a kind of magazine for the xs650 Chopper seen. However, there is only so much time I can spend writing high-quality pieces. That is why I invited Hans from Holland to write a column and why I have also invited a couple other people to write their own kind of monthly post. I’d like to get someone with an interest in writing a more technical type of post. Let me know if you’re interested. And maybe eventually open up the site to more of a broad view of the Yamaha xs650. But for now the sites will stay with posting KickAss xs650 CHOPPER with some words and description. I like seeing what other guys are doing with their XS650. That’s why I think it’s so cool to have a form where guys can send in their bikes. I’m pretty happy with the current site structure with monthly features at the top of the site and daily posts from guys building their bikes posted underneath. I think that it will work out to be a nice combination. This site is designed in a minimalist style and I intend to keep it that way as it grow. Keep sending in your cool xs650 choppers but help me out, take a minute to write something about your xs650.


Some of you may have already seen this 650. If you haven’t seen it or even if you have, taken a good look, it’s a pretty sick bike. This motorcycle from Heiwa Mc is in my office top 10 list of coolest most well done xs650 custom Chopper. It has mad class. The olive green paint is eye candy.