John – In the past I have built cars and dragsters. I bought this bike from a friend for a very low price….it had been sitting in a garage for 5 years. When I started working on it I found there was still gas in the tank, it turned to varnish. I cleaned the tank and carbs and got the bike running. I drove it that summer all stock. I had to have open heart surgery so I was unable to race my dragster that year so I decided to chop the bike. The bike is a 1977 xs650…. has been stretched 5″, 200 mm tire on back, a 110 tire on front, Avon Cobra, the top end is all rebuilt, new rings, and a valve job.
It also has an offset sprocket to run the 200mm tire, and stock points ignition. I relocated the coils and made coil covers. It has a permanent magnet alternator and a 4 cell battery in electric tank. The air cleaners are made out of polished muffler pipe. The chain guard is handmade out of stainless. The exhaust is 2 into 1 that I cut and reworked, sounds great. The frame has custom plates that I cut out to reinforce neck and back area, the frame is all molded.
I built and painted the bike myself. All aluminum is polished by a friend of mine, John. It took about 8 months to build. The front fender is chopped, the tank is an old sportster tank, the license bracket is homemade.
I am now in the process of building another xs650 with an 8 degree rake & 250 mm tire, a jack shaft will be needed. I have attached some more pics of Tangerine Dream and the last one is my new build. Feel free to call me if more info is needed….cell 216 905 8153.
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