Biker Metric

Our friend Trent over at Biker Metric sent me a couple pics of the "Freedom or Death" XS650 the other day. He's working on getting the auxiliary gas tank hooked up then we'll have more pics. This bike was built by my friend Jeff at Saint Motorbikes. It's running an Elswick Cycles hardtail and custom auxiliary gas tank under the seat. This was a really cool project because it's the result of a few different small companies getting together and donating parts and labor for a low budget build. If you don't already follow Biker Metric, you should! Trent's constantly posting about all kinds of British, European, and Japanese bikes from Jawa's to BMW's to Honda's you'll find a lot of cool stuff there.


Custom Drop Seat XS650 Hardtail

This is a hardtail that we built over the weekend for a customer who wanted something a little different than the standard drop seat hardtail. We've built quite a few of these recently. We don't normally advertise them but they are available for around the same cost as a standard drop seat hardtail.


If you want it done right do it yourself!

Well this post isn't really bike related but this is what we've been doing for the past two days. We had a "handy man" that was supposed to build our office and bathroom in the new shop. The first pic is what he accomplished in three weeks before I finally decided to take it into my own hands and get it finished up so we wouldn't have to wait another month to move in. The second two pics are the rough finished bathroom after Jamie, Zach, my brother-in-law Ralph, and I worked on it for two days. We're gonna be back to busting ass on parts tomorrow and through the weekend then hopefully we can make more progress on the shop next week.


Sportster Evo Hardtail, Oil Tank, Battery Box Kit

Most guys order their hardtail then order an oil tank and battery box later. Well if you have the cash to buy all three at once we'll mount the battery box and oil tank up to your hardtail for free. The top picture is a kit that we finished up today and the bottom pic is one that we built and installed to a customers frame a while back. These kits sell for $585 + shipping.  


Battery Boxes

We have a couple standard size battery boxes available for Triumph and Harley batteries that sell for around $85 + shipping. The one pictured here is for a Triumph but it also works well for Yamaha XS650's. We can also build custom size battery boxes but the price might be a little higher depending on size. These are just simple mild steel boxes with clean high quality welds. I don't really find it necessary to get all crazy with billet aluminum and laser cut designs on a battery box.


Custom Frames

Here's a few pictures of some of the custom frames that we've built. I originally got into the motorcycle industry by working as a frame builder for Daytec Center (the highest quality frame manufacturer in the world). I spent 8yrs at Daytec learning everything I could about motorcycle frames and perfecting my welding skills before finally starting Elswick Cycles. We can build custom frames for Harley Big Twins, Sportsters, Triumph 650 and 500 unit engines, BSA A65/A50 engines and will eventually be offering complete frames for Yamaha XS650's. All of our frames are built in a jig to the highest quality standards with high quality materials and 100% tig welded. All frames include an MSO.  


Ralph's XS650

I originally started building this bike into more of a narrow chopper style bike for myself. A couple months ago I decided to give it to my brother-in-law since he's always tattooing me for free. He wanted to change it up a little and build it into more of a bobber. I love the way it looks with the Triumph TR25 front end and the spooled 21" wheel. We're gonna be running a 21" rear wheel  instead of the 16" and some lower bars. This is gonna be a badass little XS so keep an eye out for updates.


Triumph Hardtail Kit

We offer these complete kits with the oil tank and battery box already mounted for around $625. They're available for Triumph unit 650's or 500's. Our hardtails are the highest quality Triumph hardtails on the market. These have billet machined mounts and are completely tig welded. We dogleg the lower tubes for a balanced look and proper chain clearance. We also spent a lot of time perfecting our stress relieving procedure so they're a true bolt on fit (no prying or bending needed to install them). The owner of another "factory" had the nerve to ask me for dimensions, etc. shortly after we started building these then he went on to copy our design. Our hardtail is far superior in design, fit and quality. 


Custom XS650 Hardtail

We had a customer ask if we could build a hardtail for his XS650 that would allow him to use the stock foot controls. This is what we came up with. We're capable of doing this type of hardtail as a service if anyone's interested.


Ironhead Sportster Hardtail

We're now offering top quality weld on hardtails for Ironhead Sportsters. Like all of our parts, these are made to order. Current lead time is around 3-4 weeks. Please contact me for more info. robert@elswickcycles.com


XS650 neck rake service

If you're gonna be shipping your frame to us for a hardtail anyway, why not have us rake it out a few degrees and clean up the neck area. We normally charge around $225 - $250 to clean up and rake the neck like the frame shown in this picture.

Elswick Cycles Update

We have a lot going on here at Elswick Cycles but we're finally getting caught up on parts just in time for the busy season. In less than a month we'll be working out of much bigger shop in Hesperia California which will make things a lot more organized and help us to be more productive. We also have a new version of our website that'll be up and running soon. The new website will have all of our existing products plus some new parts that we have in the works. I'm gonna try to get back to updating the blog everyday. Sorry I haven't done much with it over the last few months.