xs650 chopper 2009

The bike was given to me by my sister after the death of her husband. I had originally painted it for him as his budget did not allow for a Harley. He knew that I had not much interest in HD’s (basically; seen one seen them all) and had built several alternatives over the years BSA’ s Honda’s and Yamaha’s. We had talked about what could be done with this bike but he died before we could start the project. Once I took possession of the bike I determined that I wanted to build it using the stock suspension, stretching the swing-arm 3″ and relocating the upper shock mount forward and lower, then using Progressive 10-1/2″ shocks.

xs 650 2009

The engine cradle is stock from the neck to the rear motor mounts but everything else has been modified or built from scratch. The tank has the tunnel lowered and the bottom has been flushed and mounted Frisco style. Motor remains stock with the exception of a Boyer ignition, Mac headers and K&N filters. Headlight is Sportster style and handlebars are 1″ drag with HD controls. All unused frame tabs/mounts have either been removed and remaining have been re-welded and smoothed.

xs 650 2009

Paint was done by me using PPG base-coat/clear-coat urethane. Also built the seat pan but let a pro do the upholstery as I do not have a commercial sewing machine. The wheels are Excel 4.25 x 18 rear and 2.25 x 18 front which came anodized gold for motard use, which I stripped and polished. All of the fabrication and assembly was done in my home shop by myself and 2 sons with the exception of the above noted upholstery.


Thanks again;
John Ferguson