Jay xs 650 1

This bike started as a bone stock 1980 xs 650. My buddy had it buried in the woods behind his house, and it was a deal I couldn’t pass up.



I was up for the challenge of dragging the bike out and starting from scratch. I stripped the bike except for everything I planned on using; motor, front end, front section of the frame.


Jay xs 650 2



I had been wanting to build a low, fast, and dependable short chop for a long while. Gave the dudes over at Factory Metal Works a call and ordered a 2″ stretch-3″ drop rear section.


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The front end is stock Yamaha shaved with Hugh’s 2″ drop spacers. I laced up a 1200 sportster front wheel and adapted to the stock 17-mm front axle.  Rear wheel is Shovelhead with a Mr. lucky’s 32 tooth sprocket.


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Rear caliper is FXR and brake master is 2009 sportster. Harley 3/4 axle.  Tank is a Lowbrow high tunnel wassel, rear fender is ribbed with a Fat-boy front fender tip.


Sissy bar is a swap meet find along with FLH spotlight for headlight. Bullet led conversion for the tail light. Seat is being made up by my homie Weston at Counterbalance Cycles.


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Bars are just some V-Twin jammers cut down for skinny. Biltwell slimline risers and MSR adjustable clutch lever.  This thing is still a work in progress, but getting all the oddball stuff takes the longest. Finished photos to follow.


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