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Old 10-01-2007, 09:32 AM   #1
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Yamaha XS 650 Dualsort?

I guess this is the proper place to ask this.

Has anyone ever turned a Yamaha XS 650 into a dualsport? Has anybody ever seen one?

With all the talk about the new BMW F800GS it would seem that a guy could make a nice XS 650 dualsport.

If you bought everything used, bored the engine, got a different frame, aluminum swingarm etc. you could have one cool dualsport.

So, what do you think?
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:46 PM   #2
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I have seen some turned into more of a dirttracker, they look pretty cool.
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:55 PM   #3
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I havent built one but I have seen some set up for Vintage MX with Ceriani forks, 21" front wheel, a set of knobbies and a high level 2 into 1 exhaust.
Damn mean lookin bike along the same lines as a desert sled.
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:00 PM   #4
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:06 PM   #5
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Dayum! 205'd again.

Check out this link as well:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ighlight=xs650


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Old 10-11-2007, 05:30 PM   #6
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Does this mean that WR forks and swinger are a bolt on to an XS frame? I'm a huge XS fan and had 2, one street tracker one stock. imagine an 840 kitted XS in a bike like that.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:20 AM   #7
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Does this mean that WR forks and swinger are a bolt on to an XS frame? I'm a huge XS fan and had 2, one street tracker one stock. imagine an 840 kitted XS in a bike like that.
There are a few more tubes and gussets that have been added to the frame.
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:32 PM   #8
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XS650s have been used as the basis for choppers, bobbers, flattrackers, cafe racers, sidehack racers, hill climbers, and whatever else folks could dream up. I recall seeing photos of a mini Jeep and a tractor powered by the OHC 650. I've heard of vintage MXers powered by XS650s, but not seen one.

Yamaha sold the XS650 here in the USA from the 1970 XS1 through the 1983 SK Heritage Special. They were sold in Canada at least through 1984. In the USA we got 2 different engine types, and the Europeans got a different one. The big differences were in the crank pins, rods and pistons. All were ball and roller bearing crank and cam, so were pretty robust.

I'm working on a DS that is more of the 50s-60s scrambler/desert sled variety, but know another guy working with monoshock rear suspension and long travel forks. I don't care to have mine that tall, but would like a bit more distance from the seat to the pegs, and improved suspension.

There are still a lot of XS650s around, and parts are readily available from several sources. Engines can be massaged fairly easily to 750cc, rephasing the cranks from 360 to 277 is being done. Bigger bores and longer strokes can be done, but everything costs $$. Twingle is easily accomplished by changing the cam, but hard on cam chains.

Go to www.650motorcycles.com and check out the hundreds of photos of stock and custom bikes.

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Old 10-01-2007, 07:30 PM   #9
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He says it weighs 301lb dry. Champion frame. These are for sale fairly regularly on vft.org
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:54 PM   #10
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I'll have to find some old pictures, but my first bike was a '76 XS, and all i did was through a set of block pattern trail tires on it, and I hit the dirt. Geez, that was almost 20 years ago!!! I'm getting old!
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Old 10-02-2007, 08:37 AM   #11
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WOW!

Thanks for the pictures everyone. My imagination is really working now!

Grizzy.
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:33 AM   #12
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:50 PM   #13
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WOW!

Thanks for the pictures everyone. My imagination is really working now!

Grizzy.
I had an 82 Heritage Special I tarted up into a standard style back road bomber,parts from some older XS's bolted rt up,alloy spoked wheels,bigger tank,seat,longer shocks,etc. It didnt work half bad and would endure long high rev buzzing of the motor with no complaints.
Ive got a TX 750 parts bike sitting here now,perfect set of akront style wheels on it,Id like to graft em onto an XS and build another one up,many TX parts are XS parts as well,wheels included.
Hmmmmmmmmm................
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:52 PM   #14
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Found this one on www.650motorcycles.com. Very nice!
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:53 PM   #15
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Another view.
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