1980 Yamaha XS 650

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

to build a unique one-off bobber,  different from what you typically see. each time i built something i tried to design it differently for the standard design.

What motivated you to start your project?

therapy to get me through winter months

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

• Custom handlebars and bracket held together with Ford model A connecting rods
• Stainless steel thermos used for wiring harness and speedo housing made from a tin cup.
• Custom made copper top end oil line feeds
• Old linesmen’s belt used for battery hold down.
• Mounted Vintage bottle opener on hardtail
• Skeleton Key ignition
• Modified side covers for a one-off look
• Used original rear brake bracket and old grinding wheel dresser to build suicide shifter
• Built cantilever springer seat from original foot peg brackets for a unique design.
• Custom license plate bracket
• Copper headlight bucket
• customized a purchased fender for an old school look
• replaced all bolts and fasteners with stainless

What are you most proud of?

• Utilized V6 valve covers from a 60’s era jeep to fabricate a unique 2.5 gallon gas tank. All brass water valve to build petcock and a diesel fuel cap on a threaded 2 in nipple to feed it.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

Way Too Cool


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