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Joker Machine's Yamaha XS650

 

After decades of racing bikes and making parts it should come as no surprise that Joker Machine can build a mean custom motorcycle. In this case, it's Geoff's venerable Yamaha XS650 that got the treatment. We don't feature nearly enough XS's here on Chop Cult, but we're going to change that in the near future. Thanks to Geoff and Bryan for letting us invade their work day and roll this baby out into the rain for a quick shoot.

 

 

Owner name, location: Geoff Arnold, La Verne, CA
Bike name:  Joker's Yamaha XS650
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 77 Yamaha XS650, with 750 cylinder, performance cam, and dual 34 Mikuni's
Frame: modified stock frame, braced swingarm
Fork: stock forks with Hangon Springs and oil
Chassis mods: strengthen brace and swingarm
Tire/wheel size and style:  18" tires, Avon rear, Metzler front
Favorite thing about this bike:  tighty looks
Next modification will be:  bike is complete
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Hagon adjustable dampening rear shocks, 18" front rim, Joker universal rearsets,  compelete removal of kick starter rubber mechanism. 
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:  
Thanks to: (you may include links to websites here): Hagon Shocks, Born Again Painting, Specialized Coating, Alumin-Art, Orange County Plating, Juan's Metail Polishing

Owner: Geoff Arnold, La Verne, CA

Engine, year and make, model, modifications:
 1977 Yamaha XS650, with 750 cylinder, performance cam, and dual 34 Mikuni's

Frame: Modified stock frame, braced swingarm

Fork: Stock forks with Hangon Springs and oil

Chassis mods: Strengthened brace and swingarm

Tire/wheel size and style: 18" tires, Avon rear, Metzler front

Favorite thing about this bike: Tidy looks

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Hagon adjustable dampening rear shocks, 18" front rim, Joker universal rearsets,  compelete removal of kick starter rubber mechanism. 

Thanks to:
Hagon Shocks, Born Again Painting, Specialized Coating, Alumin-Art, Orange County Plating, Juan's Metail Polishing

You can check out more cool stuff from Joker Machine here.


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Commented on 2-13-2012 At 03:06 pm
 

I tell you for the money these little bikes are the way to go! The custom directions are endless You can go Cafe', Chopper-Bobber or Desert Sled and they look right. 650cc of reliable Yamaha power. The bikes are plentyful and the mods will not break the bank. Joker did a very nice job on this Cafe inspired job. Tim

Commented on 2-13-2012 At 03:07 pm
 

Nice and simple. I'd ride it to the ground. Great to see some Jap bikes on the cult.

Commented on 2-13-2012 At 03:42 pm
 

Tidy Looks indeed. Slick as hell. Love it.

Commented on 2-13-2012 At 07:30 pm
 

Really really nice job. The fact the bike looks so simple and clean means it must have had a ton of hours put into it. And it shows.

Commented on 2-13-2012 At 09:23 pm
 

I wish I had $600+ to drop on one of those Brat Style seats. They're fucking perfect.

http://www.bratstyle.com/parts/kustom%20seats.htm

Commented on 2-14-2012 At 03:44 am
 

good lookin XS....nice work

Commented on 2-14-2012 At 03:15 pm
 

Such beautiful machining. Proudly made in the USA.

Commented on 2-14-2012 At 05:31 pm
 

Concure with all the posts, clean and lean with just the right amount of mods and flash. Looks like it would be a blast through the twisties...

Commented on 2-14-2012 At 06:32 pm
 

Just saying if a US company made a seat like this they might be in the money

Commented on 2-15-2012 At 12:17 am
 

Sik xs650. I was looking at those Hagon shocks. How do you like them?

Commented on 2-15-2012 At 12:48 am
 

WHEELIES !!!& SMOKESHOWS !!! beet it like owes you $1000

Commented on 2-15-2012 At 03:18 am
 

what kinda exhaust? im drooling

Commented on 2-16-2012 At 01:30 am
 

Great job on the Yamaha. Inspiration for my XS650 build

Commented on 2-16-2012 At 11:50 pm
 

XSellent. Fantastic build. I love the many ways to build an xs 650.

Commented on 2-21-2012 At 06:53 pm
 

Pure. Simple. Cool.

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