G’day, XS650 mates! Today, we’re taking a trip down under to showcase Jeff’s 1974 TX650 chop. While it might be a TX by name, Jeff assures us it’s got the heart of an XS, and after laying eyes on the pictures he sent over, there’s no doubt this bike is all soul.

Jeff’s chopper is a testament to the timeless appeal of a custom build done right. He rescued this bike from a mate who had big plans but no follow-through and turned it into a 20-year labor of love. And let me tell you, every bit of this machine screams homemade pride.

A rigid rear end handcrafted by Jeff himself, a 16-inch Harley rear wheel, and a Honda four hub modified to fit—this bike is a melting pot of motorcycle heritage. He chose the 40-spoke rim for its classic look, lacing it up with stainless steel spokes that shine against the Aussie sun.

The sissy bar isn’t just for style; it’s practical, serving as the perfect anchor for Jeff’s swag on those weekend getaways. And with an engine that’s been pulled apart, inspected, and fitted with all new bearings, seals, and standard pistons, this chopper is as reliable as it is good-looking.

Jeff’s TX650 originally sported forward controls and a springer front end, but as the years rolled by, so did the need for comfort. Now, with mid-mount controls and dirt bike forks providing a bit more suspension, Jeff’s back is singing praises, and the bike still turns heads wherever it goes.

The tank, snagged from a Sportster, is dressed in a self-applied coat of green metal flake, shimmering with that old-school chopper vibe. And while the bike’s had its share of tweaks over the years, one thing remains constant: it’s a regular on the roads and a true head-turner.

Jeff’s story isn’t just about building a bike; it’s about building a companion for the road. This TX650 has seen miles and memories, and it’s not done yet. It’s a living piece of history, evolving with its rider, and proving that the journey really is the destination.

So hats off to Jeff and his 1974 TX650. It’s builds like these that keep the spirit of the XS650 community alive and kicking. They remind us that with a bit of ingenuity, a few parts from here and there, and a whole lot of passion, you can create something that’s not just a mode of transport, but a way of life.

Keep riding, keep building, and keep those stories coming by sending them here.