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Old 03-15-2011, 05:50 AM   #181
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Shameless plug xs650exhaust.com I'm still working on it but should be finished soon. I've been a member here for a while and this is the first time I have mentioned my business (I think?) so don't be hate'in
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:46 PM   #182
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Hey Gordon, how's going? I'll be interested if you're creating some good gear for sure, I'll PM you with some ideas of mine.




Photo from yesterday, sorting out a dirt leg of the Cancer Council Ride which goes around Australia, starting in April, this is an annual event [started last year], and yep there will be an XS650 in the mix!

www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=639180 is the thread if you want to have a look.


One of the above beasts will be getting dirty!
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:52 PM   #183
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Know of anyone in europe doing that kind of work Gordon?

Import duties are ripping us off here.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:20 PM   #184
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Shameless plug xs650exhaust.com I'm still working on it but should be finished soon. I've been a member here for a while and this is the first time I have mentioned my business (I think?) so don't be hate'in
Nice
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:06 AM   #185
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"was the best Japanese copy of an English Parallel Twin. "

I prefer to think that it was the Japanese showing the English how to do it right. It wasn't a copy as it didn't leak oil and the electrics worked. (mostly)
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:18 PM   #186
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Baza and Lasse

Hi Baza and Lasse, I would love to ship to Australia because I do get emails from there time to time for exhaust but shipping is very expencive As for Europe I ship there all the time, I think I might have a little cult following in France because I get a lot of orders from there and I apreciate it Also a lot of orders from the UK. Lasse, if I did know anyone over there that made custom exhaust for the XS I would gladly post but I'm sorry I don't.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:20 PM   #187
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Nice
Thanks Bryn, they are great bikes to build and modify.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:19 PM   #188
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Gordon,


Those homemade pipes on the 'Kenny Krazyhorse', work well but need to be moved higher up [just under tank], how tight a bend can a bloke do with out compromising flow?
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #189
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I had an XS650 for my first motorcycle. I think it was an 82 Heritage Special. The stock handlebars and suspension were downright scary!

I have been thinking of getting one again because I really enjoyed the engine, sound, and feel of the parallel twin.

How did they handle when new or when the suspension was properly maintained? I believe I may have had a well worn example.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:41 PM   #190
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of my '75
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:43 PM   #191
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I have a biased opinion, that not all owners will share...(I think)
I've owned a 77D since 82.
From a one lunger background I found it heavy and "dippy".
The first test ride told me that right away. At 465LBS it's not completely "nimble".
That said, I have still forced it to everything from groceries and dogs in my lap, the wife and camp gear on jeep trails to a lap around laguna seca speedway. The bikes are versatile. Front springs need added preload to keep from bottoming. I bought the SP below for parts and could barely stand to put a couple miles on it before I tore into it.

For low dollars the average joe can dial one in.
But what used to be a song and a dance at one time is now and arm and a leg...but isn't everything?



Above...that didn't feel right to me
Below...photo of picture on the front page of the newspaper that had been emailed back and forth.
(I have one of those newspapers some where)

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Old 03-22-2011, 04:35 AM   #192
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That bottom photo is still reverse image!



Couldn't help it, it was driving me crazy!

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Old 03-22-2011, 06:21 AM   #193
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Thanks for that Baza

In reguards to handling...
I'll say they can go 80 all day, stay pretty stable at high speed, but can be a little squirmish about expansion joints/grooved pavement.
I've traveled along at 95+ with two up.

Lack of attention to swing arm bushings head bearings and motor mounts greatly amplify the road's input.

Certainly a longlasting bullet proof type of bike.

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Old 03-22-2011, 10:39 AM   #194
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Posted this on XS650.com. if anyone can help that'd be great.

"Hey everyone,

I have a 1983 XS650 Heritage Special. I changed out the bars on the bike, from Buckhorns to the Euro bars. I rerouted the throttle cable, as directed from another thread from the right side of the tank to the left side of the tank, and under the controls. There is no significant loop as far as I can tell, but the damn thing kicks into a 4000 rpm idle when I start her, and increases without me even touching the throttle. I don't want to take the bike to a mechanic, as I'm fairly mechanically inclined. This is my first bike.

What am I doing wrong? Should I also reroute the clutch cable? Would this make a big difference with regards to this problem? Can I adjust the throttle? Or is this an issue regarding the idle screw?

Does anyone have pictures or youtube videos of switching bars using stock cables?"
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:05 AM   #195
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Nice looking website, gordonscott........ wishing you all the best, and will keep you in mind when and if I ever find that xs650 I have my eyes peeled for....




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