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Forum: Photos 06-27-2015, 08:52 PM
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Posted By retiredgentleman
Icefield Parkway Alberta

Deleted post as unable to link picture.
Forum: Americas 06-18-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 369
Posted By retiredgentleman
Kootenay roads

You should consider taking Highway #6 from Vernon to Needles/Fauquier to Nakusp to New Denver to Nelson to Belfour and Crawford bay. Also #3A to Creston.

I drove that route 4 years ago, and...
Forum: Canada 06-02-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,110
Posted By retiredgentleman
Fauquier gas availability

Its been 4 years since I last drove my bike along highway #6 from Vernon to Needles and on to Nakusp. Can I assume there is still gasoline available at Fauquier?
Thanks
Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
Pamco ignition

The Pamco ignition is an excellent ignition. I used it for a number of years along with the stock mechanical fly-weights (ATU), on my 1978 Special.

Problems occur when the tiny fingers, of the...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-06-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,752
Posted By retiredgentleman
Looks like a 1979 Standard. Definitely not a 1981.

Looks like a 1979 Standard. Definitely not a 1981.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-04-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By retiredgentleman
Excellent museum

I enjoyed a visit to that museum a few years ago. Some fine airplanes on display such as a DC3 and a Hurricane. The quality of the aircraft restorations is very high.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-21-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By retiredgentleman
Reserve Relay

I agree with your wiring changes. They should work just fine.

I suggest you add some fuses. The brown wire leaving the ignition switch going to the kill switch should have a 10 amp fuse. The...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 02-14-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,934
Posted By retiredgentleman
Did you buy the 2 bikes in Europe, or did you buy...

Did you buy the 2 bikes in Europe, or did you buy them in the USA and ship them to Italy?
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 02-13-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,934
Posted By retiredgentleman
Great pictures!

Your pictures bring back memories for me. I drove through the Alps in 2012 and it's an amazing place to visit. I know what you mean about using second gear a lot. I hope you post more pictures:deal
Forum: Old's Cool 01-17-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
"50 foot controlled skid"....................not...

"50 foot controlled skid"....................not my idea of fun. Sounds like you have good driving skills.

A few years back, a deer tried to T-bone me. I had to do emergency hard braking with both...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-16-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79291038@N07/7714996...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79291038@N07/7714996178/

Yes, used the stock disc and the stock forks. I made up the adapter plate from 3/8" aluminum. No spacer required for the disc mounting on the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-15-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
Brakes

Having good brakes is super important on these powerful machines:deal

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79291038@N07/7714996178/

I use a 4 piston Brembo, and it has massive stopping power.:D
I...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-13-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,916
Posted By retiredgentleman
Just an outstanding video:clap I used to...

Just an outstanding video:clap

I used to follow grand prix racing in the 1960's. I remember John Surtees as a real winner for sure.

Thanks for posting!
Forum: Old's Cool 12-22-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,235
Posted By retiredgentleman
Oops..........................yes of course, 1972...

Oops..........................yes of course, 1972 being the first year. I guess I need to learn to count numbers a little better.
Forum: Old's Cool 12-21-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,235
Posted By retiredgentleman
Actually the first 2 years, 1970 and 1971 did not...

Actually the first 2 years, 1970 and 1971 did not have electric start. 1973 was the first year.
Forum: Old's Cool 12-18-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
The only problem with the sump strainers is that...

The only problem with the sump strainers is that cold thick oil will rip a hole in the unsupported part of the fine mesh. The old original strainers and the newer replacement strainers will all get a...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
Erections can be difficult sometimes!

Yeah, some of you lads are getting up in age, so erections may be more of a challenge than in your younger days:D

Looks like a good time camping:clap
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 12-06-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 30,469
Posted By retiredgentleman
Canadians travel on a Triumph

That's a great plan you have, so just keep posting.
Forum: Old's Cool 11-24-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
Yes, the alternator cover is spaced out to allow...

Yes, the alternator cover is spaced out to allow for some cool air to circulate into and out of the alternator. It will help to prolong the life of the rotor and stator windings. I believe the stator...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-23-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
XS650 Exhausts

Mikesxs known for having a wide veriety of parts, but also well known for selling parts of poor quality.

The Yamaha OEM stock exhaust is top quality construction. My bike's original exhaust had...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-10-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 18,769
Posted By retiredgentleman
Getting up on centrestand

Here is a simple method to help you get the bike onto the centrestand. In your garage area where you normally park the bike, place a piece of 2X6 lumber on the floor. Place another piece of 1" lumber...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-27-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
Great pictures!

That's a fine set of pictures!:clap

Yes indeed, camshaft seals do wear out. I just replaced both camshaft seals a few weeks ago. They were 7 years old. Its the heat from the...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-11-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
The mechanical advance (ATU) with its fly-weights...

The mechanical advance (ATU) with its fly-weights and springs is OK, if its working properly. However, the fly-weights wear out (dimensions change) and the springs lose tension over the years. The...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-10-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2,292
Views: 412,444
Posted By retiredgentleman
Stripped phillips screws

If you plan to keep the bike, replace the phillip screws with allen head bolts, and no more worries:deal
Forum: Canada 08-30-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6,251
Views: 501,965
Posted By retiredgentleman
Highwood Pass

Thanks guys for the quick response.:1drink
Forum: Canada 08-30-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6,251
Views: 501,965
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: 2,292
Views: 412,444
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: Epic Ride Reports 05-17-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,752
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: 2,292
Views: 412,444
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: 2,533
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: 4,552
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: 1,716
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: 1,716
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: Epic Ride Reports 05-12-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 61,517
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: 2,667
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: 1,680
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: 2,292
Views: 412,444
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: 17,803
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: 17,803
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: 4,866
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...
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