This bike is called "The Mongrel". It is a blend of many carefully selected components, hence its name. It started life as a low mileage '81 650 Special with chrome 19" front rim and 16" rear with stepped cruiser seat and inset tail light. Then it got a 750 big bore kit with the oversized cylinder block and full thickness sleeves, new main bearings, heavy duty rods, elephant foot rockers, Web #59 cam and kit, street exhaust porting, 2 into one exhaust with 1 ¾" headers sleeved to match the exhaust ports, Mikuni 34mm round slides tuned to the motor, K & N air cleaners, overdrive 5th gear, heavy clutch, and a variety of other goodies. It pulls like a crazed ape through all the gears, turning 4,000 at 70mph instead of 60 like the stock tranny would deliver. A stock 650 in good condition has 160 lbs of compression. This motor has 190 lbs and runs fine on pump premium. It is a digger with mountains of torque. It has a Mike’s XS café seat which has been modified with improved cushioning, repositioned rear light assembly, European touring handlebar, and a pair of laced aluminum spoked rims from a '73 Yamaha TX750, which are 19" front and 18" rear and come with a huge rear brake. It looks and handles way better than a stock XS650. The rear suspension has a custom built pair of 13" Progressive shocks from 650 Central which combines with the taller 18" rear rim to ideally center the weight between both ends. The front steering head has tapered rollers and the rear swing arm has bronze bushings. The front brake has a new master cylinder, performance pads, and a braided stainless line. Tires and chain are new. The entire loom and fuse panel is all new. Charging rate is right on spec. All electric features and lights work as they should. It sounds, looks, runs and handles a LOT better than a stock 650. While the motor will happily run past the stock red line with almost unbelievable power above 5,000 rpm, there are buckets of torque as low as 2,500 – 4,500 which makes this an ideal street and back road ride. The two into one tuned exhaust has a wonderful song when the motor starts to breathe. Throttle response is much crisper than a stock motor. It also is remarkably docile as low as 2,000 rpm and accelerates smoothly from that speed without complaint. We changed the clutch and fitted 7 friction discs and blasted the steel plates so we were able to substitute 3 of the heavy duty springs with stock without any sacrifice in clutch bite. In fact, it works better and at the same time reduced lever effort noticeably. The frame was stripped and powder coated, the top coat paint is two stage black urethane with gold striping. It is show condition paint. A lot of money and labor was spent on this bike. When the bike was taken out for a test ride one rider said it reminded him of a junk yard dog…a mongrel...a bike that asserts itself when called upon. It was built well with matched components. I have a clear title in my name.