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Evan Dewitt's XS650

 

We met Evan Dewitt at the Lowbrow Holeshot. He and his buddies trucked in from Fenwick, Michigan, to mix it up on the dirt track at Western Reserve Motorcycle Club's facility in eastern Ohio. Evan's XS650 was underpowered, but he rode with enough tenacity and skill to take fourth in the main. Here's what the 24-year-old new-school chopper fanatic has to say about his first hand-built bike.


Year, make, model of frame: 1980 Yamaha XS650

Year, make model of fork: Stock, lowered 2 inches, shaved and polished

Year, make, model of motor: 1980 Yamaha XS650, Mikuni 34mm carbs, PAMCO ignition, performance coil, starter removed

 

 

Custom-fabbed parts and modifications: The frame had all the ugly taken off: tabs, stock neck gusset, rear loop, etc. New neck gusset welded in; early Sportster tank installed. I lowered the rear two inches with Burly Super Slammer shocks. The rear shock mounts are in the stock location, I just cleaned them up and rounded them off. The seat rails were lowered a bit and angled up in the front. The rear fender is the stock model cut down and bolted onto the swingarm. I moved the battery below the swingarm. 7/8" Tracker handlebars, Magura quarter-turn throttle, cheap eBay headlight and a NAPA trailer tail light

Size and specs of front wheel and tire combo: Stock XS650 hub laced to a 21" dirt bike rim; Avon Speedmaster

Size and specs of rear wheel and tire combo: Stock 16" mag painted black; Shinko Classic rubber

Paint: rattle canned it myself

Upholstery: Kevin Wilbanks, Main Street Interiors, Ionia, MI

Volunteers: Andy, who welded the neck gusset in; my uncle; Doug Robbins for his 650 knowledge, parts stash and machining of the lowering spacers for the forks and bushings to make the rear shocks fit; Ed at E&V Engineering in Howard City, MI, for lacing the front wheel

Thanks: All the guys I ride with: Rutledge, RV, Doc, Freestyle, T and Murray, who put up with the bike breaking down during rides after I first built it; My dad for having a kickass shop and my girlfriend Lauren for putting up with the many hours I spent in the garage


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Commented on 9-30-2011 At 01:05 pm
 

Very nice, love the clean simple look.

Commented on 9-30-2011 At 02:08 pm
 

Yeah, very nice work Evan, cool to see an XS featured.

Commented on 9-30-2011 At 02:39 pm
 

Nice man! Love the XS's!!

Commented on 9-30-2011 At 04:34 pm
 

dig the brake light and license set up

Commented on 9-30-2011 At 11:14 pm
 

Sweet ride- love the shots of the bike in the woods, it's like artsy moto porn.

Commented on 9-30-2011 At 11:26 pm
 

Was the blue tank brown seat XS with MI plates part of your crew???

Commented on 10-1-2011 At 12:47 am
 

Yes it was

Commented on 10-1-2011 At 01:16 am
 

Cool. I was wondering who the other mitten people were...

Commented on 10-1-2011 At 03:06 am
 

saw that bad boy on the track! kilt em!

Commented on 10-1-2011 At 12:34 pm
 

I saw your bike at the holeshot. Well done man, well done!!!

Commented on 10-1-2011 At 12:58 pm
 

Well played bro

Commented on 10-10-2011 At 07:39 pm
 

Cool Scoot, I like that you maintained the swing arm. Looks all business. Nice build.

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