TC Bros. Featured Customer Ride - Gunnar Schwede

TC Bros. Customer Rides – a series dedicated to the fabrication ingenuity and creativity of our customers and featuring their rides they've shared with us.

Sent to us from Gunnar Schwede of Athabasca, Alberta, Canada

In his own words.

 "I bought this XS from a friend of mine who had it sitting in his garage for about 4 years collecting dust. The bike was pretty much in its original state but I still decided to convert it into a bobber. I did a search for a hardtail section for my project when I came across TC Bros Choppers.
I started the project in March 2014, so it took a little over a year to get the bike to what it is today. Of course, this just included some weekend and rainy day work. Winters are long here so it's good to have a hand on a motorcycle once in a while during that time.
With this build I wasn't going for the shiny chrome polished look, so the painting was done using satin black rattle-cans. The tank was finished with Sharpies (black markers) by my two daughters (16 and14), each got a side to work on, free to draw anything (I got lucky, no unicorns or fairies were selected). I finished the tank by drawing the top, then clear-coating the whole thing with a glossy 2K MAX rattle-can and finally scuffing it to a dull finish.
The bike is on the road and is a lot of fun to ride. Certainly draws a bunch of attention riding and parked anywhere. 
I have my eye on a 750 Honda Four for my next project....."
Here is my parts list:
TC Bros. Brake Pivot For Forward Control Linkage
Yamaha XS650 High Performance Steering Head Bearing Kit
35mm Fork Seals (Fits 1977-84 Yamaha XS650 and many other bikes)
TC Bros. Universal Fender Strut Kit
TC Bros. Black Weld On Kick Stand for 1-1/8" Frame Tubing
TC Bros. Universal Linkage Kit
TC Bros. Yamaha XS650 Forward Controls Kit
TC Bros. Custom Rear Drum Brake Anchor Rod
TC Bros. Solo Seat Mounting Kit (with 3" springs)
7/8" Chrome Chopper "T" Handlebars 6" Rise
7/8" Throttle Assembly With Vintage Style Grips
Chrome Scalloped Headlight - 5 3/4"
TC Bros. Yamaha XS650 Extended Cables Set +5"
Drag Pipe Baffles 1.5" Diameter (PAIR)
1-3/4" ID Universal Chrome Exhaust Clamp
TC Bros. 530 Gold Heavy Duty Motorcycle Chain 120 Links
Universal Clamp On Air Filter 39mm (1.54")
TC Bros. Model A Side Mount Tail Light/License Plate Bracket
XSCHARGE XS650 Permanent Magnet Alternator Kit PMA (Fits All Years)
TC Bros. Battery Eliminator Capacitor Kit for XS650 PMA Charging System
Universal Clamp On Air Filter 52mm (2.04")


On behalf of TC Bros. Nation… Thank you, Gunnar!!! 

~ Tyler and Tim


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Send us an email to with some GREAT pics of your masterpiece. [NOTE: >>> the higher quality of the image resolution, the better your bike will look!] Thx.

Please include:

1. Your name, hometown and email address.

2. Make, model, year - technical details and specs.

3. What TC Bros. parts you used.

4. Any and all personal notes about yourself and the build that you feel will add to the enjoyment and experience. Where you grew up, who introduced you to and how you got into motos, your first bike, your inspirations, your favorite ride in your neck of the woods and why… interesting personal thoughts and feelings you experienced during the build, etc., etc. - Essentially a slice of your world. You get the idea… have fun with it!!!


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