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Old 02-02-2013, 03:32 PM   #10370
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Joined: Jan 2011
Location: California, sometimes the coast, sometimes Tahoe
Oddometer: 492
'78 XS650 re-listed for sale

EDIT: XS has been sold. CJ is the new owner.

I’m reposting the XS650 with a lower price of $1500. I’m lowering the price simply because she needs to go soon; I’m moving to California and it would be simpler if I don't take her with me.

I took her out today, and she runs like a champ. Carb tuning is spot on, alternator charges the battery, all the lights work…she runs great and will attract attention wherever you go. I couldn't wipe the grin off my face today wile riding.

But when I was out on her today, I was reminded of why the doc told me I shouldn’t ride. So she needs to go to someone who will ride and enjoy her. She's not a garage queen or a show bike...she's perfect for bombing around and having fun.

1978 Yamaha XS650, asking $1500 obo: odometer shows just under 25,500 miles (unsure if accurate or not, but that’s about what’s on the title too). Clear CO title in my name and in hand, and currently registered. She’s not perfect, but pretty darn good. Previous owner converted it to look like a Triumph Scrambler, complete with black ceramic-coated high-mounted side pipes from Gordon Scott. Engine was rebuilt by previous owner, carbs rebuilt, frame, wheels, and a bunch of other stuff powdercoated black; wheels were powdercoated by the previous owner, then spoked, trued, and balanced by Woody’s in Denver; tank, fenders, & carb covers painted British Racing Green (some scratches & chips…it’s a good 10-footer in terms of appearance, but was a garage paint job by the PO). Brand new seat. Avon Distanzia tires front & rear; front is nearly new; rear looks to be better than 50% tread remaining. Has a PAMCO Ultimate electronic ignition installed (no points to fiddle with), a permanent magnet alternator installed (charges the battery far better than stock, but should have the TDC timing mark re-done, a very simple task), a new battery (purchased in December 2012), CBR600 front brake with near-new pads and disc, 5th gear has been replaced with an overdrive gear (better for the highway), a small oil cooler (requires the use of a different oil filter readily available at; and the carbs are jetted for the altitude, the exhaust, and for the pod air filters. Comes with enough oil and filters for several thousand miles. Starter is installed but not connected; bike starts on 1st or 2nd kick. Brand new wiring harness installed, along with brand new switchgear. Speedometer works but reads high; a new speedo and tach cable are included, along with a couple manuals and a few other miscellaneous bits. New fork seals and oil, new shifter shaft seal, and the clutch pushrod & crank (alternator) seals are good and not leaking.

Sale is final, I offer no warranties expressed or implied the Yamaha, and the bike is to be used at your own risk, for which I bear no responsibility.

PM me with your contact info, and we’ll set up a time for you to look. I’m in Fountain, at the south end of Colorado Springs.

'13 Yamaha Super Tenere - my dream bike

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