I came across this beautiful XS 650 via Speed Dealer Customs' Instagram account. I was instantly drawn to it and asked Caleb Stevens, of Speed Dealer Customs, for more information on the bike. Come to find out, it belongs to Caleb’s cousin, Colby Johnson, and was built at the shop. Colby found the donor XS 650 on Craiglist and traded his Uncle Frank, owner of Speed Dealer Customs, a Yamaha 80 dirt bike for shop time, use of the tools, donated parts and help along the way. Colby was adamant about building the bike on his own but turned to Uncle Frank, and his co workers Brian and Jason, when times got interesting. The final outcome proves that one man dreams can be accomplished borrowing another man’s tools.




Owner name, location: Colby Johnson, Lamar, MO

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1980 Yamaha XS650

Frame: Modified XS650 Frame

Fork: Forks are off a TT 500, which were lowered 3 inches.

Chassis mods: Brat kit, SR 500 swing arm, and 10.5 inch rear shocks.

Tire/wheel size and style: 21 inch and 16 inch black powder coated rims and hubs with stainless steel spokes.



Favorite thing about this bike:  My favorite thing about this bike would definitely have to be the paint job by Scott at Chemical Candy Customs.

Next modification will be:  Leather Seat



Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Some of the cool parts on this bike are the black anodized fuel sight gauge with engraved text. It also has custom dual exhaust built by Speed Dealer Customs. We left the electric start on it and hid the battery under the seat in the aluminum battery box and all of the other wiring is under the swing arm. To be able to keep the factory 530 chain, I had to use a mini sprint car sprocket in the rear to match up with the TT 500 hubs.


Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:  This is my first bike build. I bought this bike online as someone’s failed attempt to build a bobber. After the bike was sitting around the shop for a few months I finally got a break to get to work on it. Then the guys at Speed Dealer Customs and I took a good three months for fabrication and assembly.



Thanks to: To everyone that helped me at Speed Dealer Customs,, and Scott for the amazing paint work!

Give Colby and Speed Dealer Customs a follow on Instagram.

- Lisa

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Commented on 5-8-2014 At 11:04 am

God damn this looks amazing, especially considering its not another hardtail. Totally jealous.

Commented on 5-8-2014 At 11:19 am

Sweet man, I would love to know a bit more about swapping in the SR swingarm!

Commented on 5-9-2014 At 12:18 am

Damn good for a first time build, but if he was so down to build the whole thing I would've liked to see him paint it too, even if it was a rattle can job

Commented on 5-9-2014 At 09:12 am

Fitting the SR swing arm onto the XS frame was surprisingly a breeze. The main reason I swapped them out was to replace the disk brakes with drums. There was a SR swing arm sitting around at Speed Dealers shop. I took mine off and sure enough it fit the frame exactly like the XS swing arm did. It ended up shortening the bikes length overall about an inch.

As fun as building the bike was I figured I would leave the paint to Chemical Candy Customs; a real professional.

Commented on 5-9-2014 At 09:51 am

Love This XS!!

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