SmedSpeed XS650


smedspeed history

After running Smedspeed for over seven years, Howard has decided to 'hang up his tools' and concentrate on his own projects and travelling. If you still have his contact details, please do not contact him from now on. From 1st March 2019 onwards the new proprietor is Rick Forte.

Rick Fortes first intro to bikes was Speedway through a family friend. He grew up going to speedway every Monday night at Exeter County ground, whilst starting to learn about engines on BSA bantams. He then progressed into trials with old twin-shock Hondas.

Having always loved American flat track, Rick decided to build one just like the one he watched Kenny Robert's race in 1979 in Devon. This bike has been raced by his son Kye for three years.  Kye previously raced BMX at national and international level, going onto become World King of Dirt champion.
Kye and Rick built BMX Race tracks for over fifteen years mainly specializing in building indoor BMX tracks at venues such as the NEC Bath, and Bath and West showground.

These days the services he can offer are:
Yamaha XS650 engine rebuilds, rebores, crank and clutch rebuilds, rephased and 360 cranks

Wheel Building - all wheels - Trials, tubeless, three piece spoke type etc.

Frame building and modifications including weld on hardtails in T45 seamless tubing (see picture at bottom of page)

Whole bike builds (choppers, bobbers, flat trackers, café racers) can be undertaken.

If you need a bike moving from your house to Rick or vice versa, Howard highly recommends Dave Bryant at DB Motorcycle Logistics. Contact him direct on 07903 433891 or see his Facebook page

Rick will continue to supply the core parts of the business built up over the years, which include oil filter kits, racing pistons, valves, cylinder  liners and much more, and is your new XS650 source for technical information and any other stuff.

This is Kye Forte out racing a beautiful rephased 750 flat tracker that his father  Rick built.

Kye Forte at Rye House track
Photo © Paul France

The bike is a proper flat tracker, with Champion copy frame made in T45 tubing (available now through SmedSpeed), 750 cc rephased engine, with all the usual tricks. However it is not yet a dedicated race engine, it has more in common with the street engine components than you would think.  See this this article on the Bike Shed website about the bike, which was also featured in Sideburn magazine.

Smedspeed makes a lot of the parts it sells as REAL bike shops should make what they sell.
Give me a call or email me if you think I can assist you in your XS650 build. I am happy to answer technical enquiries, the easiest is to write me an email.


These are experimental parts intended for racing and as such no warranty is given or implied. If you decide to buy it is on the understanding that you assume complete responsibility for any possible injury, loss or damage that may occur as a result of using these parts and that you accept these conditions of sale prior to purchase.