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.
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.