Not every custom built chopper has to have a Harley or Triumph engine. There’s a cheaper and just as cool alternative popular among garage builders.
I got an email from Ted who’s totally dedicated to XS650 choppers. Here’s what he had to say.
“Seriously. The Yamaha XS 650 is a great bike to build your first chopper. Parts for the bike are cheap which is good in the current economic environment. There were over a quarter million XS650s in 40 different variation produced by Yamaha between 1970 and 1985. The XS650 big twin, in America and worldwide has developed a cult following. Check out www.xs650chopper.com The XS650 engine is indestructible which is probably why they were produced for so long. A abundance of cheap parts make the XS650 a great platform to build your first chopper.”
Here’s a few examples of some bloody sweet bikes sporting XS650 drive trains. Check out Ted’s site for more.