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1978 Yamaha XS650 Custom Chopper Bobber XS 650 Hardtail Rigid Magazine Show Bike

1978 Yamaha XS

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Brand new full custom build.

Apr 06, 2014
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US $4,850.00
Approximately C $5,902.45(including shipping)
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Approximately C $7,910.50(including shipping)
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Kingston, New York, United States
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: Brand new full custom build.
Year: 1978 Mileage: 14,000
Make: Yamaha Vehicle Title: Clear
Model: XS
Here’s our ’78 XS my friend Ben and I built for the Greasy Dozen contest last year, sponsored by Bear of Old Bike Barn. We got a bunch of free stuff from Lowbrow Customs, Biltwell, Speed Dealer Customs, TC Bros Choppers, Lowside, Wrench, Showclass magazines, and Old Bike Barn. We tried to make the bike look like a 60′s show Triumph- classy but not too over the top. We built the hardtail from scratch including curved top tubes in the seat area, using axle plates from TC Bros.

We built the pipes using bends from Speedway. They are 1 ¾” tubing so we had to custom make the ends that slip into the head.  The fork shrouds started as a couple old sets of cut up MCM Triumph fork shrouds that we fused, and made the mounting brackets and brake cable holder as accents. The custom footpeg brackets hold a great set of stainless Sanderson pegs Biltwell gave us.

We made the seat pan and our friend Jay at Pirate Upholstery in Kingston, NY shaped the foam, and covered it in fine Italian leather. The rear fender started out as a Norton Atlas front fender that needed a lot of work. We straightened it, sectioned it and welded it back up. It fits really nice and tight on the rear tire and has a cool little duckbill. We’re running an 18” Coker diamond tread on the stock rear rim, and a ribbed Avon on the 21” front rim.

The front wheel is from an early 80’s Yamaha XT500. The forks were lowered, shaved, and a brake lug welded to them. The bars are a sweet old set off a 70’s CB750 chopper from our friends at Strangedays. The tank is a re-pop Wassell from Lowbrow. We used a PMA from Hugh’s Handbuilt, so the bike starts up and runs reliably without a battery.

Pretty much everything on the bike has been rebuilt, custom made, or replaced with new. I painted the tins and frame, while Ben rebuilt the carbs, tuned the bike and spent countless hours cleaning and polishing the motor and wheels. When we were done putting it back together we stepped back and were pretty amazed- it was like a brand new bike.

The bike is without a doubt the most comfortable custom bike I’ve ever ridden. It has a great neutral riding position, and the seat is a dream. It pushes like a bicycle due to the new bearings, handles great, and stops on a dime with the new brakes. Last fall we took the bike on a 5 hour round trip to NYC for the unveiling from another Greasy Dozen builders, and it handled the distance and NYC traffic flawlessly.

The kicker in the pictures isn't included, the bike has a stock kicker on it now. The bike is slated to be in Lowside Magazine soon, it won 2'nd place in the Leadfist Cycles Chopper show last year, and is this month's feature bike on the website

We built this bike to look great, function even better, and be easily ride-able for anyone. We’re really happy with the way it turned out but can’t keep it so it's up for sale. It is for sale locally so we reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

We need a $500 paypal deposit within 3 days of the auction's end, and the balance in cash within a week of the auction's end. Local pick up only, although we might be able to deliver the bike a short distance for a small fee. Shipping is up to the buyer, but we can meet a shipper picking up the bike if you set it up. Please feel free to email with questions or to set up an appointment to see the bike.

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