View Full Version : xs650 calling from the UK

02-02-2011, 10:46 AM
Yo, im new to the forum, as I said in the introduction thread, im so glad to find a forum which welcomes Japanese bikes. Big fan of the xs and love the sr500s, planning on getting one for future projects.
Anyways, Ive got a '78 xs650, in the middle of building it now. Its my first build. Ive been into bikes most of my life, mainly racing dirtbikes but this is my first attempt at building anything.

Heres my bike when I bought it.


This is how its looking these days


Specs are: tc bros hardtail, standard front half of frame with gussets removed, forks lowered 2 3/4 inches, 21" up front, 19" rear. Peanut tank, old lawnmower tank for fake oil bag/electrics box. Home made seat pan, wrapped in my old leather jacket. Standard header pipes, which will be extended longer at some point. Vintage lucas fogranger front light, lucas replica tail light. Drag bars, avon tyres.

Things I have made myself are, seat, mudguard struts, seat and electrics box mounts, headlight mount, footpeg mounts. I try to make as much stuff as i can, to save on cost. Only have limited tools. Like to make a bracket I gotta use grinders and hand files. My dad has a small lathe which ive learnt to use to make a few bits.

I like em low and skinny! Let me know what you think...

02-02-2011, 12:25 PM
I like how clean it is. It looks like everything is hidden pretty well... unless its now yet operational

02-02-2011, 12:39 PM
no its not yet running. Im still finishing off building a few bits and bobs. Still have to run brake lines and wiring, plus add a battery, but im going to try and hide as much clutter as possible. Once its running il strip it down and get her painted up.

02-02-2011, 12:47 PM
A couple of other shots



02-03-2011, 1:04 AM

02-03-2011, 1:18 AM
totally bitchin, did you chop the gas tank? it is very nice. all good


02-03-2011, 1:08 PM
Cheers man, The tank is how i bought it, ive just added mounts and taps. It was advertised as a lambretta chopper tank?!

02-03-2011, 4:46 PM
Damn clean....

02-03-2011, 5:38 PM
Its so simple... really digging your scoot.

02-03-2011, 6:16 PM
badass, the brake setup and that tank are dope...

02-21-2011, 10:24 PM
What are the wheels and brakes from?

02-22-2011, 2:55 PM
Rad ride. I love it. As asked before me, where does these wheels come from?

02-28-2011, 2:03 PM
The wheels and brake are from my dirtbike. 21" front, 19" rear. Just had to make a bracket for the front caliper to fit the xs forks.
I got the front brake working now, found a tiny pit bike master cylinder to use for it. Worked out pretty rad. Hooked up a brake line with some braided hose for super smooth sexy action.


Also changed up my electrics tank for a vertical one i made from a fire extinguisher. Just need to get it welded to the brackets i made





03-05-2011, 6:50 AM
What make and year dirt bike?

03-06-2011, 3:59 PM
The fire extinguisher tank looks great. So does the 19" back wheel. You've got a really clean bike going there, keep it up!

03-07-2011, 6:35 PM
Man. I dig this bike!!!
totally rad - to the maxxx!

03-08-2011, 1:52 AM
Any idea what exact bike that master cylinder comes from? That thing would solve a lot of our problems on this board (looking for a master cylinder that isn't huge and obtrusive). Very sleek. Love the fire extinquisher and brake set up as well. This thing has class!

03-09-2011, 3:46 PM
Cheers guys,
The wheels are from a honda crf 250, 2005.
Master cylinder is from a pitbike made by Stomp. Not sure of the model, I just found it in a box of spares.

04-07-2012, 8:04 AM
So its been a while since ive posted on this build thread. The bike went on the back burner for a bit, whilst I was working on my sr500. Finally been able to get this build going again. Heres some progress pics as it stands at the moment.


I also just got hold of a p-nut tank. Not sure which il be running, but im liking the p-nut a bit more, plus its a bit bigger, so more miles.



I need to get a bit of aluminium welding done to fit the electrics box to the mounts which will fill most of the gap in front of the rear wheel. Not a great deal of work left to be done, hopefully il be ripping by the summer!

04-07-2012, 10:11 AM
Nice Bike !
Good proportions

I prefer the position of the first tank, lower tunnel I guess.
If you prefer the P-Nut, maybe you can frisco the tunnel to move it upper on the backbone. (just my opinion...)

11-06-2017, 7:16 PM
Did the crf250 front wheel fit the lower forks? Or did you have to modify to make it fit?

12-25-2017, 11:43 AM
Nice and clean, good job. Great adapting the dirt bike brakes. That p-nut sits nice, the bottom is parallel with the top of the motor and it hides that frame rail nicely.