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XS650: Finnish Beauty   Leave a comment

Over the years I’ve enjoyed many a dalliance with Finnish flowers. Today I use a Nokia. Enjoy regular saunas. Listen to Apocalyptica ( heavy metal cello) and Finntroll (folkmetal). A beautiful country. In all seasons.

 

1 .. Exxo, Finland ... 'Beacher'

Exxo, Finland … ‘Beacher’

 

Exxo Metzola (and mate Joakim) from Turku. Finland. Entered his XS650 “Beacher” in Sweden’s Norrtälje Custombike Show 2011. Took out 3rd Chopper. Building almost everything themselves. Including the Egli-style tank-in frame. Sweet!!

“And yes, it is rideable ;-)”

 

2 .. ... and friend

… and friend

 

 

Joakim at Norrtälja 2009.

 

 

3 .. a Joakim Liewendahl special ... 'Soul of Pagan' Forssa Bike Expo 2009, Finland .. 2nd Trike

a Joakim Liewendahl special … ‘Soul of Pagan’ Forssa Bike Expo 2009, Finland .. 2nd Trike

 

  • “.. started almost 3 years ago – “Soul of Pagan”- The name describes Finnish native themes and Kalevala – the National Epic. The idea came from a t-shirt I saw at Helsinki International Airport.…
  • Received 2nd prize. Trike. Norrtälje Custom Bike Show 2009, Sweden, which is my favourite show.
  • The trike has an Ultima 113″ motor + 5-speed tranny with suicide/jockey.
  • It has a Weber IDF downdraft carb, which still needs some jetting/adjustment, but it rocks 🙂
  • Don´t ask me how this bike handles and how it rides – it´s like rodeo! But fun.
  • … took almost 3 years to build this trike. Everything except the motor, carb, tranny and belt drive is made by me.
  • Handlebars are “Deerhangers” – my own design.”

Posted April 9, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Design, XS Pics

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XS650: Diggers   Leave a comment

 

Diggers. Straightline highway racing. On-ramp to Off-ramp. Acceleration rulz!

Low. Light. Long.

Sissy bars and pillion seats? Undesireable.

Tall forks and apehangers? More comfortable to simply wash your armpits.

Drag style. Wedge.

Fell for these, late 70’s.

 

1 .. John Reed aka ‘Uncle Bunt_ … XS650 digger Blue Manx … ‘Yamanx_ .. _79

John Reed aka ‘Uncle Bunt_ … XS650 digger Blue Manx … ‘Yamanx_ .. _79

 

 

Sprung frame by Peter Malowanay. Engraving by JR.

 

 

2 .. nice engraving … also wheel rims and rear brake plate

nice engraving … also wheel rims and rear brake plate

 

 

3 .. … text from SuperBike, Nov 79

… text from SuperBike, Nov 79

 

 

If anyone knows what happened to the Blue Manx, a former owner is looking for her.

These from Cad-Bikes. Mark ‘Duckman’ van der Kwaak. dbbp. Cool site.

 

 

4 .. cadbikes xs650 based digger

cadbikes xs650 based digger

 

 

5 .. XS650 digger

XS650 digger

 

 

 

6 .. Cool

Cool

 

 

7 .. if it was only real

if it was only real

 

 

8 .. nice hardtail digger, kawasaki 1100 .. momo … not so sure about the front frame mods

nice hardtail digger, kawasaki 1100 .. momo … not so sure about the front frame mods

 

 

9 .. Icon 1000 – low down & shifty

Icon 1000 – low down & shifty

 

 

Kool!!

XS650: Tasty   Leave a comment

 

1 .. very nice bobber

very nice bobber

 

 

2 ..  fine lines ... even though I am NOT a hardtail fan

fine lines … even though I am NOT a hardtail fan

 

I don’t know anything about these bikes. Except I like them. Fine jobs guys.

Posted March 27, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Design, XS Pics

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XS650: XS1 Yoshida   Leave a comment

Found this cool pic a few years ago. Thought “Tasty resto”.

 

1 .. XS1 ...Kool Green

XS1 …Kool Green

 

Was followed by this …

 

2 .. here, the penny dropped ...

here, the penny dropped …

 

Respect. Nicely detailed. However certain things are not easily replicable.

Here is the build thread. And more pics. He is quite passionate. Here n here/here. Here

Posted March 20, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Design, XS Pics

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XS650: TZ250N   Leave a comment

  • Early 80’s
  • GP World Championship
  • TZ250 rulz

Until Honda rolled out the RS250, ’85

 

1 .. TZ250H

TZ250H

 

  • 1981
  • TZ250H
  • Mechanically-governed 500cc powervalves. Closed to 8,750 rpm. Fully opened 11,000 rpm. Reliable power
  • Crankcase was split left and right
  • Run backwards
  • Tapped from the center
  • Lower piston speed. More reliable bottom ends
  • Free flowing exhaust gases
  • Mikuni ZC carbs
  • New frame. 6.5 pounds lighter
  • Engine a little more forward
  • Improved rear shock
  • Reduced rake improving the ride
  • Wire wheels on offer

Expensive

Pushed Kawasaki’s KR250

 

2 .. 85 ... TZ250N

85 … TZ250N

 

  • 85
  • TZ250N
  • Reeds too small and heavy
  • Flawed cylinder redesign
  • Bit of a pig
  • Exhaust, Carb kits, A bit of suspension fiddling. None covered poor engine performance

85. Honda’s 70HP RS250. Twin-spar aluminum frame. Rubbed Yamaha’s nose in it

In the 90’s.  YZR/TZ 250. Yamaha had a little success …

 

3 .. keeping the price right ... and Dotti ... bet she's still doing her thing there at Yamaha Ca

keeping the price right … and Dotti … bet she’s still doing her thing there at Yamaha Ca

Posted March 15, 2012 by xscafe in Forums, Frame - Design, General, Tools, XS Pics

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XS650: XS-Sport…Phil Little   3 comments

 

1 .. XS Storm ... conceived as a quick makeover for late model 650 Specials

XS Storm … conceived as a quick makeover for late model 650 Specials

 

 

Phil Little. Racer turned Glasser. Omar’s Dirt Track Racing. Sold-on, 2008.

“ … street trackers were largely personal and scratch built projects up until 1988. Bill Birchenal mentioned that in addition to making dirt track tails for 650 Yamahas I should make full conversion kits … and it was the success of Omar’s Dirt Track Racing … around 1988 was the nexis for street tracker  popularity … at that point they were easier to build. The kit approach to street trackers includes Sportsters. Storz was the first to do this and I came along, a johnny-come-lately with my cheaper and easy-build SXR street tracker …” Phil Little Racing.com.

 

 

2 .. Yamaha 650 Street Tracker

Yamaha 650 Street Tracker

 

This is the very bike that started the world wide street tracker trend. A complete ground-up makeover including stock engine rebuild. The engine is stock. OmarsDTR.com.

 

 

3 .. Norton Manx conversion ... Yamaha 650

Norton Manx conversion … Yamaha 650

 

“I built this bike and developed a complete conversion kit (under Omar’s Dirt track racing name) to transform a Yamaha 650 into a Norton Manx look-alike. A simple conversion, completed without removing the engine from the frame or repainting the frame. Best using a standard model with wire wheels. 1974 to 1979”.         Omar’s DTR .

As Phil Little Racing he wants to market a ‘Sport’ kit. A la Craig Vetter and Tracy Nelson.

 

 

4 .. XS Storm .. Vetter, X75 Hurricane ... Tracy Fiberglas Works

XS Storm .. Vetter, X75 Hurricane … Tracy Fiberglas Works

 

Neither street tracker nor café. “Sport Custom”- Craig Vetter, X75 Hurricane! Tracy Nelson, Fiberglas Works. 70s.

Relegated to Storm,  “conceived as a quick makeover for late model 650 Specials. Cast or wire wheel model. For an X75 replica, select a 650 Special with chrome trim. Black themed bikes suit later Heritages. I want a X75 replica, 19″ front, 18” rear wire wheels from a Standard on my show case bike. Of course means a swing arm and brake parts conversion.

  •   Body parts will be offered in coloured gelcoat – no painting.  Orange, Yellow or White (for repainting)

X650 Storm conversion kit for Yamaha 650 Twins.“Now the entire idea here is to offer you a cheap body kit that looks terrific and is easy to install. I think the kit will sell for under $900 but I can’t be sure yet. I know I will be able to make tanks for less than ever before because I have found a new anti-ethanol resin from a secret supplier (don’t ask, I won’t tell). This will eliminate the expensive interior tank coating process which I have done for the last seven years.

The tail design uses the stock rear fender and taillight. This saves too because I don’t have to include a taillight into the design or price. Another thing that will save you a ton of money is the fact that I will make the body parts in orange and yellow gelcoat. You won’t have to spend $400 bucks on a paint job. I will make the body parts in white for those of you who want to do a custom paint job. I will have a graphics kit which give a professional, finished look to your conversion.

You should be able to install the entire body on a Saturday. You pull off the stock tank, seat and sissy bar. You’ll be cutting off some seat rail tabs but the rear loop stays. Once you’ve sprayed your cuts in black you just slap the body on and hook up the fuel lines. I’ll supply the petcocks and gas cap. By Sunday you should be riding”.

 

 

5 .. no seat ... no rear guard

no seat … no rear guard

 

 

6 .. the real mccoy ... recently on english ebay ... around 500 quid ... NOS BBB X75

the real mccoy … recently on english ebay … around 500 quid … NOS BBB X75

 

XS650: XStreme – ly fast   Leave a comment

Not quite the gas turban I had pictured.

riding this bike was like feeling the hand of god … grabbing you on the butt n throwing you forward … interesting intro … reality even more so, interesting – very

truely a road legal motorcycle !!

Money back Guarantee if the bike doesn’t do at least 250 mph.

Posted March 7, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Design

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