Timeless

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Article By: Heather Callen

Photos By: Kerri Schindler

Originally Published In The October 2018 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

Thanks to Austin Andrella of Austin Martin Originals (AMO), Timeless, the bike gracing these very pages, has a style that is just that, timeless. This bike started life as your typical stock ‘76 XS650. Like many people fi nding their way in this industry Austin works a day job to keep the lights on for his family while AMO plays second fi ddle and fi ts into his “spare time”. Just like any plumber or mechanic, his projects are the last to be worked on. After being on the back burner for about 6 years, Andrella fi nally had a chance to do something for himself. Wanting to push not only his fab skills, but also his creativity and ingenuity he got to work. He started by sketching the frame out then promptly started cutting, bending and notching tube. Austin turned the neck down from a solid piece, rolled and arched the backbone, and went with a gooseneck single downtube front section. The hardtail section is made of two U- bends and more arching gussets.

With the gooseneck and 7” stretched rear it keeps this bike super low and long. The matching 21” wheels keep it all proportioned from front to back, and with a 21” seat height you actually sit in the bike. Austin’s buddy, Cole from 138 Cycle Fab, was cool enough to let him come down and weld together one of his knee action girders. To complete the look he used the slender Wassell aluminum rear fender. For the gas tank, he chopped down a sporty tank, narrowed it a bunch and domed the fl at spot on the top. He then hammer formed a new bottom and made an arched tunnel to mate up on the frame. To finish the  aluminum and threw some bead rolls on the side. This air box hides not only his pod fi lter but also the capacitor, and fuses, the regulator is hidden on the underside. It fi lls the void like it’s supposed to be there. The paint on the tins was a collaboration between two talented painters. Steve from Flamethrower Customs laid down the 1940 Ford Lyon Blue and Alex of Hamilton Design Co. did the aluminum leaf and graphics by hand.

Now for the power plant, after shaving 150 pounds off the stock platform, Andrella wanted to add some HP’s. Ace Powder Coating did all of the vapor honing in a crazy turnaround time of only 2 days. Meanwhile, Hugh from Hugh’s Handbuilt received the crank and cam to be rephased. (Did I mention he loves deadlines?) Hugh actually closed his shop that Monday and focused completely on the project so Austin’s could get it back and assemble the motor that weekend with Daniel from Pandemonium.

Did I mention that he managed to build this bike in 3 months after hours while working a full-time gig? Back to the motor, rephased 700cc JE forged pistons, HP clutch plates and springs. Daniel stepped up and worked Friday till 3 am and was back at it on Saturday. By Sunday, the duo had a tuned Monster XS motor ready to be thrown in the clear powder coated frame done by RH at Capital Powder. The mid controls and linkage for the external foot clutch and suicide shifter were all made in house. Andrella whipped up some nice stainless bars with internal throttles leaving the bars with no levers; nice and clean. The stainless curvy exhaust was next, winding back thru the frame and dumping out the front. He also put some ribs in the pipe for accent. Barebones Leather covered the seat, and as always did an impeccable job. A bike with all this motor needs some stopping power so Austin turned to Lyndall Racing for a fully fl oating crown cut race rotor with a modifi ed Harley caliper. A Brembo master cylinder with LC Fab remote reservoir rounds out the braking. 138 Cycle Fab also made the leather grips. AMO machined some accents on the motor covers, less is more, and contrast is where it’s at.

She won “Best of Show” at the  XS 650 Chop off last year and is his favorite bike to ride. Yes, she gets ridden! He was also lucky enough to be an invited builder at the 1st In Motion show in Galveston, Texas last November. Austin would like to give thanks to his buddy, Mark, for help with the reassembly, which only took 5 days from parts to a running bike! Damn fi ne job, and we are looking forward to his next offering.

TIMELESS TECH SHEET

Owner: Austin M. Andrella

City/State: Akron, Ohio

Builder: Austin Martin Originals

Year: 1976

Model: Yamaha XS650

Value: Priceless

Time: 3 Months

ENGINE

Year: 1976

Model: XS650

Builder: Pandemonium Custom Choppers

Ignition: Pamco 277

Displacement: 700 cc

Pistons: JE Forged

Heads: Stock

Carb: Stock Rejetted

Cam: Stock

Air Cleaner: Uni Pods

Exhaust: AMO

Primary: N/A

TRANSMISSION

Year: 1976

Make: Yamaha 5 Speed

Shifting: Handshif – AMO

FRAME

Year: 2016

Model: AMO Gooseneck

Rake: 32°

Stretch: 7”

Forks

Builder: 138 Cycle Fab

Type: Knee Action Girder

Triple Trees: N/A

Extension: N/A

WHEELS

Front Wheel: Black Bike Wheels

Size: 21”

Tire: IRC Trials

Front Brake: N/A

Rear Wheel: Harley Hub

Size: 21”

Tire: IRC Trials GP-1

Rear Brake: Lyndall Racing High Carbon

PAINT

Painter: Flamethrower Customs

Color: Lyon Blue/1940 Ford

Type: No Metallic

Graphics: Hamilotn Design Co

Chroming: Nickel Plated by Akron Plating

ACCESSORIES

Bars: AMO

Risers: N/A

Hand Controls: N/A

Foot Controls: AMO

Gas Tank(s): AMO

Oil Tank: AMO – It’s An Air Box

Front fender: N/A

Rear Fender: Wassell Aluminum

Seat: Barebones Leather

Headlight: Aux Beam LED

Tail light: Light Asylum/Old School

Speedo: N/A

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kerri Schindler

XS 650 Chop off last year and is

his favorite bike to ride. Yes, she

gets ridden! He was also lucky

enough to be an invited builder

at the 1st In Motion show in

Galveston, Texas last November.

Austin would like to give thanks

to his buddy, Mark, for help with

the reassembly, which only took

5 days from parts to a running

bike! Damn fi ne job, and we

are looking forward to his next

offering

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