From the “you don’t see that every day” department! Very well executed! Tanks Russ!
Hi there I came across your site whilst browsing for bike build ideas. I thought you might like to see a couple of pics of my 1996 yamaha Virago 1100 street tracker which I’ve just finished. It has a custom built rear subframe to supper a hand made seat on a fibreglass seat base, Benelli Mojave tank, flat tracker bars, custom grips, led rear light, custom indicators, metalflake paint, lots of chrome, custom built air filter, fabricated rear number plate and light mount, harley headlamp cowl, reshaped mirrors.
I hope you like it, I have subscribed to your blog, keep up,the good work.
I like your style David. That red/white Cafe XS650 is sweet!
My name is David Sharp from the UK and I own and run TH1RTE3N MOTOS
I specialize in custom tracker and cafe racer and streetfighters
I have included a couple of sample pictures and would love to have the bikes featured on your site and can supply further info and spec sheets if required
Thanks to Steve Baugrud for the pics. This is almost a hybrid(ish) tracker cafe. I like it.
It’s a 1981 yamaha xs650 that I picked up for $100
I completely rebuild engine, including vapor blasting the jugs and case down to bare metal. Side covers, frame, forks, triples, mag wheels, swingarm, and just about everything else on bike is powder coated iron glimmer. Tires are Avon speed master mk2 front and rear. Clip ons are tarozzi, throttle is magura, and pipe is a ceramic coated one- off from gordon scott engineering. Tank is from a 1977 xs750 and seat is steel made by house on fire industries. Upholstery is genuine cow from new church moto. I threw away wiring harness and wired from scratch. I used some wrench monkey style blinkers for safety. This is my forth build. I work in medical field during day and build a bike here and there on my limited free time in my garage. Taught myself how to weld, grind, cut, etc.
A cool tribute build called the “Lineaweaver Special” Lot’s more info on the E-Bay AD. NO!I am NOT affiliated with the sale! Sop please do NOT contact me about it. (It tends to happen when folks get lazy about reading the copy).
“Offered for sale is a one of a kind Lineaweaver Racing assembled Rotax powered flat-tracker. This bike was custom built as a tribute to Ricky Graham. Ricky was AMA Grand National Champion three times: in 1982, 1984 and 1993 earning him AMA Athlete of the year in 1993. The bike was assembled during the 1991-92 calendar year. Andy Mill, the world-renowned World Cup downhill skier and, commissioned the assembly of the bike and was the first owner. Andy put nearly all of the bike’s current miles on it, totaling less than an estimated 20 hours. Being a race-modeled bike, no odometer exists.
Mechanically the bike is in excellent shape. The 600cc Super Single Rotax engine is Wood prepped, possessing special pistons and cams for higher flow and more power. The dyno sheet included with the bike shows 80whp at just over 4000 revs. The engine sits on a custom Wood designed frame weighing no more than 15lbs with a wheelbase of 54.5 inches. The bike itself weighs in at 251 lbs wet. The carburetor is a 41mm flat side Keihin. The bike does not possess an electric start, as it was intended to be pushed by a race team, kick started in second. That said, an electric starter could be easily added in the future for those interested.”
Steve, Here’s a few from the vintage bike show last weekend
1) Nicest build there IMHO
2) Look close ! A tracker for the street
3) Cushman scooter as promised
Of course lots of vintage stuff. 1st year for this show at the LEmay Museum. Next year should be better.
An XS650 hybrid dirtbike. I absolutely LOVE this build. I’ve mapped out a similar build a few times over the years. Glad to see it could have worked.
Gotta love street legal trackers!
Wow… just wow.. I can’t figure out what that engine is. Any guesses?
Sorry, I was told recently that I use the word “stunning” too much in my posts but I’m struggling to find a more appropriate word for this bike. Andrew raises the bar for a back yard build to a new high. If I wasn’t such a 2 stroke junky I would be all over these XS 650’s. They’re possibly the best blank canvas in all of motorcycledom.
Just completed this one. Custom aluminum tank, custom triple clamps, 03 gsxr forks, rotors calipers and hot wing glass seat pad is custom master cylinder, custom made exhaust, barns style hubs, radian swing arm, stainless steel bars, LED tail light, Piaa eye ball lamps, custom rear brake hanger, sun rims, Buchanan spokes, Maxxis tires, Mikuni carbs, Braille batterie, Progressive shocks. Andrew Elia Solon Ohio
Laurent Huille sends in this intriguing build. I had a build like this in mind a few years back when one almost fell into my lap. I would have gone in a different direction with the exhaust and headlight I think but this shows that it could have worked.
I’m a French biker
This 1979 XLS 500 is my second “self custom bike” (pardon pour mon anglais approximatif!)
Have a good day!