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Author Topic: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)  (Read 18208 times)

Offline treitz

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1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
« on: Nov 06, 2013, 18:46:55 »
Brand new project... Buddy of mine and I picked this up to work on over the winter for a ridiculous steal of a price. Shortly thereafter my brother in Texas decided he wanted a bike. Long story short, he bought it, then sold it 9 months later.

The beginning...

It will probably end up being a blend of brat, track and scrambler styling.

Plans include daytona bars, dual sport tires, new paint (colors TBD), and of course all of the little things like gauges and grips and a new seat...

Going to brake it down to the frame, shave the tabs and what not, paint the frame, and then start building it back up.


Before & After pictures below. I just realized I lost all of my photobucket links in this thread.

This build took a total of 3 months start to finish.

« Last Edit: Sep 30, 2015, 19:36:36 by treitz »

Offline treitz

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #1 on: Nov 19, 2013, 19:34:45 »
Forgot to post these pics...

Tear down is going smoothly. Thursday we will get the back wheel off, and pull the engine. Then it's on to cutting the tabs and working on the frame before it's off to powder coat.

Night 1:

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Night 2: (Like my high quality stand?)


Super Organized Pile of Parts:
« Last Edit: Jan 27, 2014, 19:53:31 by treitz »

Offline treitz

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #2 on: Dec 04, 2013, 12:17:23 »
Motor pulled. Next up, shaving the tabs. Then it's off to get the battery box and rear hoop installed before going off to powder.






Offline treitz

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #3 on: Jan 03, 2014, 12:54:39 »
Tank is ready for primer, and frame is off to powder coat tonight.

Going to go with a dark gunmetal style gray on the frame, and decide on the tank color once we get the frame back.






Frame hoop and battery box building...






Battery box + key hole.




Offline D4N63R

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #4 on: Jan 03, 2014, 13:24:44 »
that white bike is one of my all time favorite motorcycles. It's just so right..

nice progress so far

Offline ApriliaBill

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #5 on: Jan 03, 2014, 13:39:27 »
I think these bikes were over looked gems. I've owned several and will probably own more. They run well with modern traffic, take modifications well and are easy as hell to work on. I talked of putting a single sided swing arm on one once and the triple guys almost strung me up... By the way, the Ton is a joke to these bikes, they run hard when set up right. Oh and your progress is looking really good.
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."

Offline Topoisomerase

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #6 on: Jan 03, 2014, 13:43:48 »
Treitz, as in, ligament of?

Offline treitz

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #7 on: Jan 03, 2014, 14:17:10 »
that white bike is one of my all time favorite motorcycles. It's just so right..

nice progress so far

It is a beautiful bike. Our color scheme has changed a million times already, so we will see where we actually end up.

I think these bikes were over looked gems. I've owned several and will probably own more. They run well with modern traffic, take modifications well and are easy as hell to work on. I talked of putting a single sided swing arm on one once and the triple guys almost strung me up... By the way, the Ton is a joke to these bikes, they run hard when set up right. Oh and your progress is looking really good.

Yea, really excited about this bike. Actually building it for my brother though who lives in Texas. I guarantee I will wish I was keeping it when it's done though.

Treitz, as in, ligament of?

Treitz as in first initial, last name.

Offline Beldrueger

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #8 on: Jan 03, 2014, 23:45:00 »
Saw the build on the triples site. Looks good.

Offline treitz

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Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
« Reply #9 on: Jan 04, 2014, 19:49:40 »
Saw the build on the triples site. Looks good.

Thanks man! Love your build. Probably my favorite 850 I've seen.

Thinking we will go with a gunmetal frame. Probably similar to what you did.