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Visual Impact Airbrush & Graphics XS 650 chop

Back in the beginning of the year my project started. I have restored cars and I do custom paint on cars and bikes but I never built a bike so this was definately a learning experience. The project started out gang busters like all good projects do. After about a week I had the bike stripped,cut apart and the new hardtail from G&L welded on. As the weeks went on, my time that I could put toward it was being taken up by other things and mainly by getting paint work out the door for my business. wwwvisualimpact2com-005

So I slowly started buying parts when I could and I kept a running tally of what I spent on the build, right down to the sandpaper I used to sand the bike with. I wanted to see what it would actually cost me to build a bike. That tally came to just a few dollars over 4,000 including the cost of the bike. The build ended up taking about 6 months in time. Although most of that was spent thinking about what it would look like and not actually getting to work on it.

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The running theme of most guys projects. Anyway, here is my first bike and hopefully my first of many to come. It was a blast to build and I am very pleased with my end result. Some build info…….I started with a 1977 xs 650 standard,  the hardtail is G & L of course(top notch stuff I must say), the tank is a wassell.

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I welded in the sight guage bungs on it and I made a new tunnel so the tank would sit higher up on the frame. The sissy bar is hand made and so are the mid mounts. The seat pan is a blank from accufast. I welded on the perches and mounts and drilled around the perimeter to give it a cool look. The bars are clubmans. The rear fender is a 30s ford spare tire ring. I re radiused it to fit the wheel. The front headlight is off of a scooter. It houses the speedometer in it.

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I spent quite a bit of time doing bodywork on it and changing it from a side mount to a bottom mount and converting everything from 6v. This piece is my favorite part of the bike. Somewhere in the middle of the build I almost bailed out of using it because I felt it was to large but Im glad I stuck with it and saw my complete vision to the end. The battery box is custom made using a tcbros box. I welded on bungs and put the all thread in and made the top battery hold. Finally the paint….

The frame and many of the smaller parts were painted to resemble a patina’d brass finish. The tins were done in a super fine silver to mimic a raw look. All the pinstripes were matched to the color of the brass. The end result is my bike I call “THE BRASS MONKEY”.

Thanks for checking it out.  If you wanna see my build go to my web site.

Mike

Visual Impact Airbrush & Graphics   www.VISUALIMPACT2.com

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