Greg Villadolid's Yamaha XS650


With help from his friend and customer Tyler Malinky, Greg Villadolid has raised the stakes in garment manufacturing for the chopper industry. 911 Clothing is Lowbrow's vendor for screenprinting and embroidery, and Greg is a faithful Weirdo who volunteers to work in Lowbrow's booth when Tyler or one of his employees isn't available.

I met Greg for the first time in the Lowbrow booth at Daytona Bike Week. Both the man and his machine impressed me with their respective attention to detail. That attention serves Greg in business, too. 911 Clothing has specialized in custom screenprinting and embroidery for organizations and businesses since Greg founded the company in 1989. Greg's work in the chopper industry can be seen in the garments and patches he produces for Lowbrow Customs. In addition to Lowbrow, 911 prints for numerous fire, military and EMS organizations. Greg specializes in supple waterbase and discharge screenprinting inks, and these products give 911-made garments their "soft hand." For laypersons, that's screenprinter lingo for "thin and comfortable."

Speaking of thin and comfortable, here's what Greg has to say about the little chopper he built with co-workers at his other business, WyldRydes:



The bike was built for fun. I always have several projects going, but this was my first XS build. XS Yamahas are good entry-level bikes for first-time builders. They really don't get the respect they deserve. This is one of the reasons I chose this model. This bike was already finished and running when I decided to cut it up and tear it down and do it again. The build went pretty smooth. I made a few rookie mistakes like sending my tank off for paint before installing steering stops, so I over compensated and welded a nice U-shape under lower trees and sent the frame out for paint. When I put it all together and got it off the lift I had to make a 15-point turn just to get it out of the shop door. I cut the U-stop down after fresh paint. I Also mocked up the bike with a vintage rear tire that was not safe to run and couldn't find an exact replacement, so I had a hard time finding the right tire for the rear. Other than that the build was pretty easy, including tearing down the motor and doing a complete rebuild using all high-performance parts.


Owner: Greg Valladolid 

Year/Make: '79 XS 650 Yamaha

Fab and Assembly: Greg Valladolid

Build time: Six months over a Ohio winter. What else can you do when there's three feet of snow on the ground?

Engine: Yamaha 650 bored out to a 750

Cases: Stock cases cut and reworked to remove Yamaha logo

Rods: XS performance

Pistons: 81mm with cut valves pockets for over sized valves.

Cylinders: XS Performance cylinder sleeves

Heads: XS Performance big bore cylinder

Cam: XS Performance high-performance cam

Ignition: XS Performance

Carb: 34mm Mikunis

Pipes: Custom made with Biltwell exhaust kit; brass tips and black exhaust wrap from Lowbrow

Transmission: Stock with a 24-tooth pinion gear installed for freeway fun

Clutch: XS Performance racing clutch

Frame: XS 650 Yamaha front loop with a custom-built hardtail 

Forks: Stock with shaved brake tabs for a cleaner look 

Triple Trees: Endless hours on reworked stock trees 

Front wheel: 21” laced with old-school spool hub and polished stainless-steel spokes and nipples

Rear wheel: 18” dirt bike rim laced to a stock drum brake hub with polished stainless-steel spokes and nipples

Front tire: Avon Speedmaster MKII 21x3.00

Rear tire: Cheng Shin Marquis 100/90-18

Rear Brake: Stock drum drilled with lighting holes

Fuel Tank: Reworked Sportster tank from Lowbrow Customs. Relocated filler neck and fuel valve. Installed a fuel sight gauge and toped off with a crown

Fenders: Used stock XS front fender for rear. Cut modified

Handlebars: Welded up some stainless steel bars with 35mm clip ons

Hand Controls: MX flat tracker dirt track style clutch lever

Grips: Custom 7/8” aluminum

Pegs: Reworked Honda MX Fastway dirt bike pegs

Headlight: Lowbrow Customs

Taillight: Afterhours Choppers Titmouse


Polishing: In house wyld rydes

Electrical: Rick Frasso 

Seat: In-house pan with leatherwork by Xian Leather

Thanks: Rick Fresco, Jerome Borris, Tyler and Kyle at Lowbrow

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Commented on 4-15-2011 At 06:07 am

Fuck Yeah Dude!
I dig that paint

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 06:17 am

Super Nice

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 07:23 am

Kickass bike!

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 07:25 am

I saw this bike in the booth (online). The paint is absolutely SICK and just perfectly done. Great bike.


Commented on 4-15-2011 At 07:27 am

I saw this bike in the booth (online). The paint is absolutely SICK and just perfectly done. Great bike.


Commented on 4-15-2011 At 07:28 am

Saw this in person and it had everybody's head turned.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 09:34 am

Beautiful bike, Really like it.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 09:34 am

Beautiful bike, Really like it.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 09:46 am

Nice job on the pipes and the tail light mount

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 11:01 am

Awesome bike. Amazing work.

First you say XS's don't get respect they deserve and then you call it an entry level chopper? Fuck that buddy.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 11:07 am

The bike is great, I love the paint, but wish there wasn't that sight-gauge on the side. I also like the mix of clip-ons and a frisco tank, it's different.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 11:18 am

This bike is weak! First off it is not a Harley Davidson! Second off it has a small ass rear tire! What kind of fucked up paint job is that! Looks gay to me. 18' apes and Satin black with skull emblems is where it's at. You would be laughed at if you showed up to my SOA viewing party riding that girl bike.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 11:20 am

Soft hand discharge? Clue the masturbation!

Bike is dope though. Where's the chick in the black thong?

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 11:57 am

My favorite XS ever.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 12:36 pm

Looks good love the paint!

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 02:31 pm

frame color looks cool as hell, as does the rest of the bike!

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 03:08 pm

This bike is way too clean for me...I am not sure if I would sit on it if I owned it. Amazing job.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 03:13 pm

jerome borris is one of the best paint guys out there. shit looks dialed.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 03:13 pm

jerome borris is one of the best paint guys out there. shit looks dialed.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 03:14 pm

jerome borris is one of the best paint guys out there. shit looks dialed.

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 04:34 pm

This bike makes me angry and I'll tell you why. It's beautiful, but it's something I can never have.

Many of you made fun of my "Chocolate Train," and rightfully so. The bike is a turd. Others made fun of the huge wheels on my Exile "Grudge." But there is a reason I build(modify) bikes the way I do. My size.

I could never ride this bike without looking like a comical ape-man on a toy scooter. I'll never own a bike as truly striking and lovely as this. That just sucks.

Time for a drink...

Commented on 4-15-2011 At 06:20 pm

Dr. Moore the solution is simple: build one for the wife or girlfriend...only ride it
yourself when nobody's watching.

Commented on 4-16-2011 At 01:00 am

A 'wyld ryde' it surely is . . . . I love it.

Commented on 4-16-2011 At 08:38 pm

very cool! dig the licence plate set up

Commented on 4-17-2011 At 06:06 pm


Commented on 4-17-2011 At 07:19 pm

I agree with you again doc. Not denying the talent and skill of the build, I just can't see how anyone larger than a hobbit could put miles on this thing.

Commented on 4-17-2011 At 08:37 pm

Greg is one of my good friends, he has taught me a lot and is always up to help us out when we need a hand or just to do anything in general. If I said to Greg 'Hey man let's split for a while and go be lumberjacks in Wisconsin. Let's leave tomorrow'. He'd be like 'ok, cool.' He is the type of dude who is down for adventure and I don't know that he sleeps or eats as I have hardly ever seen him do either!

Commented on 4-26-2011 At 07:46 am

I look at all the individual parts and know I would never use any of them but then I love they way they look on this bike! That's what's great about Chop Cult! We get to see things from many different points of view. Makes the experience all the richer! Great looking bike from all angles!

Commented on 8-19-2011 At 02:34 pm

Still one of my favorite XS's

Commented on 4-29-2015 At 11:57 pm

Neat bike, really clean.
Be cool to see pics of it actually being ridden, though- artsy angled pics kinda hide what it's really like in person, sometimes.

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