Here is the latest xs650 by the TC Bros. The bike’s name is “Holey Roller” for obvious reasons. There are a shit-ton of speed holes drilled throughout the bike including a couple of large holes through the side of the gas tank. Check it out..

Q – How long did it take to build?

Tim – Build time: 2 Months (in our free time)


Q – Is the engine rebuilt? 

Tim – The motor was a good runner already (only had 5,000 miles on it) but we stripped it down, honed the cylinders, put new rings, gaskets, and seals in it. We repainted the motor and put stainless steel hardware on it, along with polishing the side cases in house too (we cut down and drilled the case on the chain side to improve the looks). The bike is kick start only (electric starter removed to save weight). We used the XSCHARGE PMA Kit and it worked great as always.


Q – You said you are using the XSCHARGE PMA Kit with capacitor to eliminate the battery (kick start only) – What size capacitor are you using and were you able to fit all the electronics in the small electrical tube?

Tim –  The capacitor is a 50,000uf which works great with Pamco or points ignitions. With the permanent magnet alternator there are no wearing parts, so you will have a maintenance free charging system. One downfall to the early model XS650’s is that you have a separate rectifier and regulator on your bike, the regulator operates on an old “points” style system. Eventually the regulators will fail because of wear in the moving parts and old age. The permanent magnet alternator comes with a new solid state combined rectifier/ regulator (no moving parts to fail) that looks much cleaner. We also relocated the ignition coil to clean up the neck area of the frame. We mounted it in between the air filters so that it is hidden. All the wiring, fuses, and capacitor are hidden in our “electronics tank” (also available on our website) TC Bros. Choppers Custom Chopper/Bobber Electronics Tank that looks like a round oil tank. The electronics tank is 4.5″ diameter and has removable caps (8″ long with both end caps installed) for hiding all of your wiring and ignition components while still having access to them.. We mounted the regulator/rectifier on the bottom of the tank for heat dissipation. The toggle switch on the side is for the hi/low beam on the headlight (we wanted to have no switches on the handlebars). We also used our new weld on kickstand to give it a finishing touch. Kickstands are often overlooked but stock kickstands are usually the ugliest part on a bike!


Q – Did you build it all yourself or with your brother? Who gets to keep the bike? or will you be selling it..

Tim – Me and Tyler (TC Bros.) built it together, so this one is another shop bike that we will be forced to share haha.


Bike Details:

  • Platform: 1980 Yamaha XS650
  • Frame: Stock front half and TC Bros. Weld on Hardtail rear. Powdercoated In House by TC Bros.
  • Front End: Stock XS650 forks with unwanted tabs shaved off
  • Wheels: Stock Yamaha mag wheels, drilled out and powdercoated gloss black by TC Bros.
  • Tank: Cleveland Cyclewerks Frisco Mount Sportster Tank Modified with “holes” by TC Bros.
  • Fender: Custom 7 Metal West Handmade 5″ Wide Fender
  • Seat: Custom Alligator Embossed Leather Covered By MisfitSkinny Kustoms. TC Bros. Air Ride Solo Seat Kit Installed
  • Bars: TC Bros. Lanesplitter Handlebars
  • Electrical: XSCHARGE PMA Kit with capacitor to eliminate the battery (kick start only). Pamco Electronic Ignition.
  • Lighting: TC Bros. 33 Ford Side Mount Tail Light Bracket and Triangle Headlight.
  • Exhaust: Custom made up-swept drag pipes by TC Bros.
  • Brakes: Stock Calipers and CNC Drilled Rotors by TC Bros.
  • Controls: Custom Drilled forward controls by TC Bros.
  • Paint: Lee Hoffman
  • Photos: KB Photography