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Forum: Canada 08-30-2014, 10:58 AM
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Posted By retiredgentleman
Highwood Pass

Thanks guys for the quick response.:1drink
Forum: Canada 08-30-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4,773
Views: 377,765
Posted By retiredgentleman
Highwood Pass

Am I correct to assume the Highwood Pass on highway 40 is open? Is the gas station open at Lochheed Park area?

I figured you dual sport guys would know, even though you shun payment riding:wink: ...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-15-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
Nice bike Joe!

That's just a super well done job on your bike. Great detail and love the colour.

Why don't you become a member over at http://www.xs650.com/forum/. The lads over there would really enjoy seeing...
Forum: Ride reports 05-17-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,322
Posted By retiredgentleman
Loved the video!

Just a fantastic video you lads have put together. Music was just fine as well. The Alps look familiar; I drove through the Alps a couple of years ago.
Forum: Old's Cool 12-02-2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
Pamco Ignition

For sure, the Pamco ignition is a great way to go. I've been using it for about 6 years now. This last year I added the E-advancer to get rid of those nasty fly-weights. No points and no fly-weights...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2013, 10:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,896
Posted By retiredgentleman
You do have a charging problem. At 3000 rpm you...

You do have a charging problem. At 3000 rpm you should have 14.0 to 14.4 volts at the battery,even with headlight on. Stator windings to stator frame should be very high ohms...............if not...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-25-2013, 09:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,845
Posted By retiredgentleman
I have done a 2000 km 5 day trip, on my 1978...

I have done a 2000 km 5 day trip, on my 1978 XS650, through the rocky mountains. As mentioned, its important to know the history; what components have been up-graded, etc.

On my bike I had...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-08-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,323
Posted By retiredgentleman
Xs650

The asking price is high. Offer $2000, but don't pay more than $2500. You would want to do a compression test, before buying, to be sure the engine has at least 140 psi on each cylinder. Also need to...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-05-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,323
Posted By retiredgentleman
Yamaha XS650 would be good for you

You may want to look for a Yamaha XS650. They are easy to work on, and parts are readily available. A real fun bike to ride, and lots of personality.

This is a pic of my 1978 XS650SE. It had...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 56,727
Posted By retiredgentleman
Amazing videos

I have watched all of the videos, and it was just pure entertainment for me. Oisin,your commentary and humour bring the videos to life.

Living in Calgary, I don't take the beautiful mountains...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-01-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,872
Posted By retiredgentleman
Good looking TX650

That's a great lookin bike. I see it has the decompressor on the left exhaust valve. Only the 1972 and 1973 had that. Yamaha thought the starter motor wasn't strong enough to crank the engine. They...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-11-2013, 10:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,111
Posted By retiredgentleman
Electronic ignition

I recommend you buy a Pamco ignition. I have been using a Pamco for about 5 years now on my XS650SE, and they do a fine job.

With points they wear and have to be re gapped an timing reset. The...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-08-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
Nice bike

AC909;
How many miles on your bike? How long have you owned it? Its condition is just outstanding.:clap
Forum: Old's Cool 01-15-2013, 09:39 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
Yes the alternator on the XS650 does not produce...

Yes the alternator on the XS650 does not produce large amounts of power. You can really improve the bikes electrical properties if you reduce the size of some of the loads. If you are using the stock...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-15-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
I have to disagree with your comments on the...

I have to disagree with your comments on the XS650 charging system. Yes, you need to replace the stock rectifier and the stock regulator, but new replacement parts are inexpensive. I bought new...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-13-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,575
Posted By retiredgentleman
12.57 going down to 12.45 volts after 24 hours is...

12.57 going down to 12.45 volts after 24 hours is quite normal. Yes check for current flow using the amp meter on your VOM.

I have a very poor opinion of sealed (AGM) batteries. A friend of mine...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-13-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
Winter here in Canada

Baza.................I saw on the news, all the fires that Australia is having these days. I guess your country is setting records for high temperatures.

Its winter here in our area. My 78 XS650...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-12-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,575
Posted By retiredgentleman
13.8 volts at 3000 rpm means you are charging,...

13.8 volts at 3000 rpm means you are charging, but just not fully charging. To be fully charging the battery you need to read 14.1 volts. Even though the brushes seem to be long enough, might be a...
Forum: Airheads 01-10-2013, 10:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 526
Posted By retiredgentleman
A voltmeter will tell you everything you need to...

A voltmeter will tell you everything you need to know about your electrical/charging system.

I agree with ignatz72.......................LED lights will save amps that are then available for...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-10-2013, 10:17 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
My 1978 Yamaha XS650 SE meets all of your...

My 1978 Yamaha XS650 SE meets all of your requirements. Its about 48 HP and gets 55 mpg. It has kick and electric start. Valve adjustments/camchain adjustment are very simple to do. I use a Pamco...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-27-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,191
Posted By retiredgentleman
I've re-surfaced my rotors several times, and...

I've re-surfaced my rotors several times, and there is no shudder. My micrometer shows they are the same thickness on all areas of the rotor. I use Brembo calipers, and have excellent brakeing.
...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,575
Posted By retiredgentleman
A simple test is to measure the current flow in...

A simple test is to measure the current flow in the rotor. You would need to connect your VOM in series with one of the wires that go to the brushes. Select the meter to read amps on the 10 amp...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-23-2012, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,191
Posted By retiredgentleman
I use my drill press to turn the rotors. I have...

I use my drill press to turn the rotors. I have made up an adapter that bolts to the rotor. The adapter has a shaft that I insert into the drill press chuck. I run the drill press at about 300 rpm,...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-22-2012, 09:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,191
Posted By retiredgentleman
If the rotors are only scored, it only takes...

If the rotors are only scored, it only takes between 0.005" to 0.009" to re-surface them. I'd say a 5mm rotor could be re-surfaced twice, before it would hit the 4.5 mm limit.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-22-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,191
Posted By retiredgentleman
Motorcycle rotors can be easily re-surfaced. I do...

Motorcycle rotors can be easily re-surfaced. I do my own at home, and these rotors are 34 years old. One has been re-surfaced and the other has not yet been done....
Forum: Old's Cool 11-25-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
The best thing to do is to remove both carbs, to...

The best thing to do is to remove both carbs, to the bench, for inspection. Measure the float height as compared to the spec that is 24 mm. You may find one float is not set correctly. or it could...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-15-2012, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
The stock alternator has been working fine for me...

The stock alternator has been working fine for me for 6 years now. Its the original stator and rotor on my 1978 SE. I use some spacers on the cover plate to allow for some cooling air flow.
...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-08-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
I can't see any benefit to this clutch...

I can't see any benefit to this clutch activation. My stock clutch works fine.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-28-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,182
Posted By retiredgentleman
This is a pic of my 1978 XS650 SE. I've been...

This is a pic of my 1978 XS650 SE. I've been using electric start for the last 6 years. Never had to kick start yet. I've added a few modifications...........Pamco Ignition (solid state), Accel coil,...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-21-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,703
Posted By retiredgentleman
If you run the back wheel up onto a 1 1/2" thick...

If you run the back wheel up onto a 1 1/2" thick board, there is no lifting by hand at all. Just rock the bike once by pushing down on the centre stand tang, and when the bike rocks toward the back...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-14-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
If you mean the washer that covers the 4 magnets...

If you mean the washer that covers the 4 magnets on the rotor, use steel for that one.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-13-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,143
Posted By retiredgentleman
I couldn't agree more. I'm on another forum with...

I couldn't agree more. I'm on another forum with bikes from the 1970's...............XS650's. Guess what the latest rage is on that site.................yup, changing over from the stock cable...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-08-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,215
Posted By retiredgentleman
That bike would be an 1982 or 1983. This link has...

That bike would be an 1982 or 1983. This link has the VIN reference:
http://www.biker.net/650parts_index.html
Forum: 2 smokers 08-06-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,590
Posted By retiredgentleman
Beautiful bike there! The restoration is very...

Beautiful bike there! The restoration is very well done indeed:clap
Forum: Old's Cool 08-04-2012, 10:26 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
I bought the calipers from www.gothamcycles.com...

I bought the calipers from www.gothamcycles.com (http://www.gothamcycles.com). I made up my own adapter brackets from 3/8" aluminum.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/7714996178_eb58c12d8d_z.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 08-03-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,703
Posted By retiredgentleman
Here's a way to get the bike up on the centre...

Here's a way to get the bike up on the centre stand, without busting a gut. Lay down a couple of short pieces of 2 X 6 or 2 x 8 lumber. They are about 1.5" thick. When pulling into the garage, just...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-03-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
Another option is to install a Brembo 4 piston...

Another option is to install a Brembo 4 piston caliper on the front. Should be able to use your existing stock disc and stock master cylinder.

I installed the 4 piston Brembo calipers on my front...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-10-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1,781
Views: 298,836
Posted By retiredgentleman
Baza ; You Aussie guys are just having too...

Baza ;

You Aussie guys are just having too much fun.....................keep doing it:D

cheers
RG
Forum: Ride reports 05-30-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 27,666
Posted By retiredgentleman
Cariboostrom; Great report on your travel...

Cariboostrom;

Great report on your travel last summer. I think you're just having too much fun. I'm the same age as you are and I also enjoy biking in our beautiful outdoors.

We both...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-27-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,411
Posted By retiredgentleman
Super looking bike and excellent picture...

Super looking bike and excellent picture quality:clap

I thought it rains all the time in the UK:D
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