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The Daily: Zebco's' XS650

 

James showed up on this bike at last month's Biltwell 500. Armed with a giant backpack and fishing pole, a loud fat guy semi-famous for giving nicknames that stick dubbed James "Zebco." On his ride all the way from Denver, Colorado, Zebco's trusty Yamaha never let him down.

The asymmetrical sissy bar and luggage rack James fabricated the night before may seem an eyesore to chopper fashionistas, but it hung tight and held James' shit the whole trip. Given the harsh conditions and fast pace of Zebco's Baja adventure, that's saying something.

 

Bike name: If it had a name, it would be cheapskate. Nearly everything on this bike is made from old crap in the garage or second-hand parts from ebay and craigslist,except for the gas tank, plate holder, and tires. 
 
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 
stock 653cc engine, , 1981 yamaha xs650, the only mod is BBQ black and sanded fins, polished bits and covers. 
 
Frame: 
I shaved all of the crap tabs and junk off the frame and modded the rear section of the frame to look like those rad bikes from Bratstyle in Japan. Yeah I’m biting their style, so what? 
 
Fork: I shaved the unnecessary tabs off, someday ill polish up the sliders. 
 
Chassis mods: rebel rear shocks, bronze swingarm bushings, tapered neck bearings. 
 
Tire/wheel size and style: rear tire is a 16” shinko 240 double pinner whitewall, front is a 3.25x19 avon speedmaster. 
 
Favorite thing about this bike: My favorite part is the jockey shifter and foot clutch, Its just fun. The worst part is the damn seat, shit hurts after 20 minutes of riding. 
 
Next modification will be:Replace the crappy old wiring, install my 21” wm1 front wheel that I laced to a Harley sporty front drum. Maybe switch up the rear to a skinny 18”. Finish cleaning up the neck with a new gusset I made but haven’t installed. Maybe a new tank? Getting bored with mine already. And the list goes on and on and on… 
 
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Homemade foot clutch and jockey shifter from a camaro or something, found it in the junkyard. Homemade mini window bars,krylon bombed bare-metal and faux-friscoed knockoff suckerpunch sally gas tank, relocated coil, scratch and dent sale bates wannabe headlight, stupid wal mart battery that I had to install in phoenix on the way to the BILTWELL 500, 520chain conversion, 18/32 sprockets for highway cruising, kikker 5150 moped grips, vintage throttle, partly homemade exhaust made from scrap pieces and used mufflers, no school choppers plate holder with a model a light. I made the seat and had L&R upholstery sew up a cover. 

 

Here's what else JamesGS4 has to say about his Daily rider:

Bike name: If it had a name, it would be Cheapskate. Nearly everything on this bike is made from old crap in the garage or second-hand parts from eBay and Craigslist except for the gas tank, plate holder, and tires

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Stock 1981 yamaha XS650, the only mod is BBQ black and sanded fins, polished bits and covers

Frame: I shaved all of the crap tabs and junk off the frame and modded the rear section to look like those rad bikes from Bratstyle in Japan. Yeah I’m biting their style, so what? 

Fork: I shaved the unnecessary tabs off, someday I'll polish up the sliders

Chassis mods: Rebel rear shocks, bronze swingarm bushings, tapered neck bearings

Tire/wheel size and style: Rear tire is a 16” Shinko 240 double pinner whitewall; front is a 3.25" x 19" Avon Speedmaster

Favorite thing about this bike: My favorite part is the jockey shifter and foot clutch; it's just fun. The worst part is the damn seat. Shit hurts after 20 minutes of riding

Next mods: Replace the crappy old wiring, install my 21” WM1 front wheel that I laced to a Harley Sportster front drum. Maybe switch up the rear to a skinny 18-inch. Finish cleaning up the neck with a new gusset I made but haven’t installed. Maybe a new tank? Getting bored with mine already. The list goes on and on

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc:
Homemade foot clutch and jockey shifter from a Camaro or something; I found it in the junkyard. Homemade mini window bars; spray bombed bare-metal and faux-Frisco'ed knockoff Sucker Punch Sally gas tank; relocated coil; scratch-and-dent sale Bates wannabe headlight; stupid Walmart battery that I had to install in Phoenix on the way to the Biltwell 500; 520 chain conversion with 18/32 sprockets for highway cruising; Kikker 5150 moped grips and vintage throttle; half homemade exhaust from scrap pieces and used mufflers; No School Choppers plate holder with a model-A light. I made the seat and L&R upholstery did the cover.


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Commented on 7-23-2010 At 04:54 am
 

crazy denverite, fucking cool

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 05:21 am
 

I love that gas tank.

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 07:04 am
 

how did you set up the jockey shift? is there a foot clutch i cant see in the pics? got any closeups of the setup? nice bike!

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 07:12 am
 

Looks good to me.

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 11:12 am
 

come sit by us! were going to mex too!

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 04:35 pm
 

I like it!

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 04:36 pm
 

"Youzza fast on bike tho are." Yoda

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 05:54 pm
 

love this bike. nice work man

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 09:21 pm
 

looks like fun

Commented on 7-23-2010 At 11:05 pm
 

Neat little bike. But I've never had a yamaha that i could rely on.

Commented on 7-24-2010 At 09:55 am
 

rad little scooter.

Commented on 7-25-2010 At 01:07 am
 

CHEAPSKATE!!!

Commented on 7-25-2010 At 04:49 am
 

shweet little chop man

Commented on 7-25-2010 At 06:27 am
 

Straping all your shit on your bike and heading for mexico from denver col. thats getting it done, hats off to you and your bike.

Commented on 7-26-2010 At 02:38 am
 

I like it.

Commented on 7-26-2010 At 06:18 am
 

"Nearly everything on this bike is made from old crap in the garage or second-hand parts from eBay"

If that's the case you've made the proverbial silk purse. Nice job.

Commented on 8-3-2010 At 12:16 am
 

Im diggin it!

Commented on 8-4-2010 At 02:02 pm
 

Hey, I think I know that guy! Great pics; but it doesn't catch how shiny red that tank really is.

Commented on 8-4-2010 At 11:33 pm
 

Thanks everyone!

Commented on 8-22-2010 At 10:39 am
 

hey could i ask what jetting are ya using im having trouble with mine.Im in thornton so i would guess yours would be super close. I have similair exhaust on mine and no airbox.

Commented on 12-8-2010 At 09:01 pm
 

niiiiiice!!! where can i get one of those tanks?

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