Psychedelic colors schemes, restored original parts, loud pipes
The project started out a little over a year ago. I had never ridden a bike, much less built one. I sought an xs650 due to its seemingly endless supply of parts and thriving community. As luck would have it, a friend of a friend had one for sale. It was a 1978 Heritage Special that had been slightly modified into a Yamaha xs650 cafe racer, didn’t run good, but the price was right.
I took my daughter to pick the bike up. Seeing as how I had never ridden a bike, I had to take the man on his word. He showed me how to start it and I watched him circle the block, but other than that I knew nothing.
We got the bike home in my garage and I would start it and dream for a couple weeks. After I ordered my initial set of parts, my daughter, father and I began to tear the entire thing apart; Down to the last bolt.
I tried to reuse as many bolts and pieces as I could on this build, but here is a small list of things done to this bike:
- -top end rebuild with all new big bore pistons and port/polish
- -full clutch rebuild
- -frame modification on the rear and front neck support. stock rake
- -custom made sissy bar that holds the fender and is mounted to the swingarm.
making the sissy bar and fender completely independent of the frame
- -boyer brandsen digital ignition
- -cheapie sportster tank
- -custom laced 16″ and 21″ wheels with cheapie avon tires
I’m sure I am forgetting a lot, but want to keep the list short. It was a long road of hard learning, trial and error and sleepless nights. It took about a year to finish and I can honestly say I am happy with it. By pure luck and magic, it came out just the way I had hoped. I have gained lifelong friendships and strengthened others.
xs650chopper.com – So, this is your first motorcycle AND your first time building one – How does it ride?
xs650chopper.com – It’s very 75’s retro- Did you have a picture in your head of what you wanted to build or were you making it up as you went along.
Thanks to: Magalea, Dad, Richard, Dave, Josh, Kevin (Auto Muffler King), Kevin (Simple Bob), Chris (paintbychris.blogspot.com), Sundie, Tia813, Larry Mcbride and everyone else who helped out. You can read more here: I couldn’t have done any of this without you guys!