Curtis Worsham dropped by our virtual hangout with four pics that tell the tale of a 1970 Yamaha XS650 with a history as rich as its sound. This isn’t just any old rebuild; it’s a retro resurrection that’s come full circle.


The first picture Curtis shared is like a time capsule—just the frame and motor, all in pieces. It’s a snapshot of potential, a puzzle waiting to be put back together. This bike’s got a backstory that could fill a book. Originally pieced together in the early ’70s, it was the cool ride of Curtis’s childhood neighbor. But then, drama: a fire in ’82 turned it into a barn ornament for over two decades.

Fast forward to 2003, and Curtis rolls up his sleeves, ready to give this XS650 a second shot at glory. He’s rebuilt the motor from the ground up, making sure it purrs like it’s 1970 all over again. The frame and tank? They’ve been sandblasted to oblivion and then powder-coated, giving this beast a finish that’s as tough as nails.


Curtis didn’t stop there. He’s a man of detail, so he remade the battery box, switched to electronic ignition for reliability, and even handcrafted a taillamp bracket and chain roller. Oh, and let’s not forget that custom seat—because if you’re going to ride, you might as well do it in style.

The other pictures show us the bike from every angle, and man, does it look good. It’s like a piece of history that’s been given a new lease on life, ready to tear up the roads with a new owner in Alberta, Canada.


Curtis, hats off to you, my friend. You’ve taken a bike that was literally in ashes and turned it into something that any rider would be proud to call their own. It’s builders like you that keep the spirit of the XS650 not just alive, but kicking hard.

As Curtis moves on to his next project, we’re reminded that the life of a bike builder is a journey of constant discovery and creativity. So here’s to the next adventure, the next build, and the next story. Ride on, Curtis, and keep those wrenches turning!