Chop Cult’s Joker Machine XS650 Article
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: 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