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This past Winter was unusually cold for the Houston area. We had snow, a couple of freezes and all around nasty stuff that lasted through April, one of the longest winters in quite a while.
Traditionally during the winter months we take on some sort of project. We have done a few vintage restorations over the years as well as helping a few of our Racer clients prepare and set up their racebikes. This year, our 29th in business, we decided to do something different, a project for ourselves. After some serious though on the matter we decided that Chopper/Bobbers have been done to death and since we have been wanting to build a Street Tracker (Street legal flat track Racer). For some time thats the direction we would go.
We had a Rusted 1975 Yamaha XS650 chassis that had been out behind our shop for about 16 years as well as 3 XS650 engines residing under our stairwell for about the same amount of time. . We pulled em into the shop and had a starting point. Our concept was to use as many parts off of bikes we had laying around the shop and buy as few new parts as possible. Instead we would refinish, replate, repaint, and refurbish parts off of any brand bike that we could make work.
We ended up with Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley, and even a few take off parts from a Custom Triumph flat tracker that our buddy Mark Lanoue races at Pikes peak every year on our project. We had help from many friends, James Moody machined the custom rear wheel sprocket adapter, Mark Lanoue and Shane Davis waterjetted brackets for foot controls and Rear Brake hanger.
Shane Davis and Mark Martinez helping with the frame paint as well as design and airbrushing of the paint scheme on the tank & tailpiece. Sam Romeo at Sam’s Cycle Salvage Found us a great deal on a pair of Kawasaki ZRX 1200 shocks. John Easton at Jemco Exhaust Systems built the Exhaust that looks so good on the bike... Read more