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Joel's XS650 Chopper

 

I don't know why we don't feature more XS650s around here. They make great chops and are affordable and reliable compared to a lot of other options. Joel's bike caught our eye at the Dixie Roundup and I was lucky enough to have a chance to shoot it while taking advantage of Larry and Ashley's hospitality at Garage Company Customs.

It’s been a solid bike. I've been building and rebuilding it for three years. It did leave me by the side of the road once with charging issues; I had to limp it home in the rain a couple of hours with a bunch of 6V lantern batteries. I can’t complain—I like it more every time I kick it.

 

Owner name, location:  
Joel Stinson, Birmingham Alabama
Bike name:  ? 
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Motor is a 79 xs650 because the 73 motor was a solid mass of rust - fresh top end, Pamco ignition, permanent mag alternator with Hugh’s bracket, cut up old 2-1 exhaust
Frame:  1973 xs650, home made hardtail, stock rake 
Fork:  old swap meet 8 over xs650 with springs cut down to make it 6 over.  Legs shaved with angle grinder, files, and lots of sanding 
Tire/wheel size and style:  Stock 18”, dirt bike 21”
Favorite thing about this bike:  The old license plate  
Next modification will be:  I would like to tear into the motor again and bore it to 700 with a bigger cam, maybe extend the fork longer or rake it, who knows.  Only real plan is to put down miles on it.    
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc:  Home made sissy bar, handle bars, stock pegs re-used and moved up a couple of inches, lowbrow alien tank, narrowed tractor supply trailer fender, rattle can paint, some kind of old 70s chopper headlights.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:
It’s been a solid bike, been building and rebuilding it for 3 years.  It did leave me by the side of the road once with charging issues, had to limp it home in the rain a couple of hours with a bunch of 6V lantern batteries.  Can’t complain, I like it more every time I kick it over.
 
Thanks to:  God for mercy , my wife Sarah for her support and sense of style, Mike for helping turn wrenches, the Haints and Garage Company for their hospitality and for keeping old choppers alive in Birmingham             Yes another dumb blog - www.wrong-gen.blogspot.com
 

 

Owner: Joel Stinson

Location: Birmingham, AL

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: '79 XS650 because the original '73 motor was a solid mass of rust. Fresh top end, Pamco ignition, permanent mag alternator with Hugh’s bracket, cut up old 2-into-1 exhaust 

Frame: 1973 xs650, home made hardtail, stock rake

Fork: Old swap meet 8 over xs650 with springs cut down to make it 6 over.  Legs shaved with angle grinder, files, and lots of sanding

Tire/wheel size and style: Stock 18”, dirt bike 21

Favorite thing about this bike: The old license plate

Next modification will be: I would like to tear into the motor again and bore it to 700 with a bigger cam, maybe extend the fork longer or rake it, who knows.  Only real plan is to put down miles on it

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Home made sissy bar and handlebars; stock pegs moved up a couple of inches; Lowbrow Alien tank; narrowed trailer fender; rattle can paint, some kind of old '70s chopper headlights

Thanks: God for mercy, my wife Sarah for her support and sense of style, Mike for helping turn wrenches, the Haints and Garage Company for their hospitality and for keeping old choppers alive in Birmingham

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Commented on 6-11-2012 At 01:25 pm
 

Now that's just plain perfect. Very nice chop sir!

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 03:00 pm
 

Great ride, that seat and sissy bar, along w the shaved legs, top notch. Great example of the cool stuff you see on the xs bikes.

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 03:29 pm
 

pretty sweet man!

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 04:04 pm
 

Great lookin' XS bud!

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 05:03 pm
 

Sweet little XS, congrats on the show win. Nice meeting you at Garco after the Roundup

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 06:20 pm
 

love it man.

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 07:03 pm
 

cool bike, Im curious about how he got the dirtbike hub to work on the xs front end...

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 07:17 pm
 

looking good!

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 09:01 pm
 

No boom boom with soul brotha.... too beacoup

Commented on 6-11-2012 At 09:55 pm
 

Very well done XS. It was cool meeting Joel at the Roundup. Hope to see him on the road this summer!

Commented on 6-12-2012 At 12:14 am
 

Very nice! Less really is more!

Commented on 6-12-2012 At 12:34 am
 

nice chop, was admiring it at the dixie roundup. I gotta get my xs going!

Commented on 6-12-2012 At 01:26 am
 

that is rad man, havent seen a good king and queen on an xs650 before but that is sweeeet. and now my girl wants one!

Commented on 6-12-2012 At 03:09 am
 

Great stance! Sweet bike man.

Commented on 6-12-2012 At 08:05 am
 

Real nice chopper, love the slim king & queen

Commented on 6-12-2012 At 02:31 pm
 

Can't wait to put some miles down next to this beautiful bike, great work Joel!

Commented on 6-13-2012 At 11:43 am
 

To me it's about the style and how much the guy loves his bike and you have both. love it man

Commented on 6-13-2012 At 11:51 pm
 

so simple love this bike.

Commented on 6-15-2012 At 03:03 pm
 

very clean XS chop, sir; great lines, simple & stripped down, excellent example of how awesome these little twins can be with some decent skills & good imagination.. a definate inspiration to the rest of us with old yami twins sitting idly waiting to be finished. i applaud Mr. Stinson & the Alabama boys for their combined efforts.. the south has rose again in the form of a modern d.i.y. chopper renaissance coming at ya from the dirrrty south..lol.

Commented on 6-23-2012 At 04:59 am
 

goddamnit! finally a good xs in the news.

Commented on 6-24-2012 At 06:45 pm
 

thats a nice bike

Commented on 9-25-2014 At 03:59 am
 

Great build man, perfection. Who did the seat for you? Looking for something similar?

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