Show Class Magazine Presents Voodoo Child


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Photos By Casey Murphy



Strange Days 3 is one of many small grass roots events we sponsored this year. They built Voodoo Child to be raffled off to one lucky soul who attended the event. Sean London was the lucky winner, here's his story



So basically the Voodoo Child is a 1972 Yamaha XS650 survivor chop.  The bike was purchased by Calvin Piorkowski of Retrofit from Steve at East Coast Machine.  Calvin pretty much rode it like he stole it until the gas tank formed a serious leak.  He couldn't swap tanks due to the mass amounts of bondo from the original 70's owner.  So the Voodoo Child got parked for some years until a year before Strange Days 3.  At that point the dudes from Retrofit did a complete rebuild on the bike with plans to give it away at the event.  They rebuilt the motor, scored a twisted springer for the front end, and built a shit ton of other parts of the bike.  If you didn't notice, the bike has a 4" stretch in the swing arm which was done in the 70's as well. 



Paint was done by Toon Town paint, chrome by Atlantic Coast Plating, and the build was completed by Retrofit.  From there, the bike was raffled off at the Strange Days 3 event!  Me, I'm just the lucky motherfucker who won.  I have no plans to change this bike at all.  I'm going to ride the piss out of it until it blows up and then I'm gonna do it all over again.  



Owner: Sean London (Philadelphia, Sewer Gods)

Built by; RetroFit Cal Piorkowski, Joe Piorkowski, Ben Thollot. Newton, NJ

Bike: 1972 Yamaha XS 650



Frame:  Stock 

Fork: Springer - unknown 

Chassis mods: Extended swingarm - original modification from the 70s



Tire/wheel size and style: 16 rear 21 front 

Favorite thing about this bike:  The stance 

Next modification will be:  Up to the new owner



Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: The struts were bent cold using a pipe threading machine. Gas cap modified as a wire cover for the taillight. Friscoed sporty tank. Seats recovered to match originals. Various handmade stainless parts. Left side cover was modified and extended to cover the chain. Battery and electrical are hidden under the cover below the velocity stacks. Too many other tricks to list.

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: It is scary as hell to ride. 

Thanks to: Huge thanks to Retrofit, Bob at Toon Town Paint for hooking us up with a killer paint job and Carl Miller for the upholstery work. For more information of Strange Days, please visit



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Commented on 9-30-2013 At 09:05 am

Cal, Joe, and Benny are all fantastic folks and they build some sweet stuff. This bike is even more awesome in person. Good Job Retrofit and Strangedays crews!!

Oh, that Sean guy is pretty ok too so I'm glad he won it. :-)

Commented on 9-30-2013 At 09:26 am

So stoked to win this bike! Thanks again to the Strange Days crew and the Retrofit dudes. And thanks to Show Class for featuring the bike!

Commented on 9-30-2013 At 09:34 am

I see London, I see France...

Commented on 9-30-2013 At 10:29 am

Best looking xs I've seen so far! Dig it

Commented on 9-30-2013 At 12:48 pm

love the look of this xs!

Commented on 9-30-2013 At 09:24 pm

Love this bike, seeing it person was a treat. Awesome event, can't wait for next year.

Commented on 10-1-2013 At 06:18 pm

Killer XS! I can't imagine winning something like this. SO COOL. Seems like it went to a great home too. Right on!

Commented on 10-3-2013 At 09:09 pm

Sweet stance and great xsbuild!!!!

Commented on 10-4-2013 At 06:21 am

Dig it. Very cool show class working with chop cult. Love the mag and always happy to see it in the mail almost as much as I like waking up and checking chop cult!!! awesome bike. good people, that's what its all about.

Commented on 10-4-2013 At 11:39 pm

People, take note of motorcycle lines and proper layout. The frame lines up with the tank and bars... The rear end lines match with the pipes. Simple. Perfection.

Commented on 10-5-2013 At 06:42 am

Thanks Chop Cult and Show Class for the feature! And thanks to everyone else for all the support! Once again congrats Sean! We are scratching our heads for what we come up with for next year!

Commented on 11-6-2013 At 10:44 pm

You guys do some superb work my friends.....

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