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Old 04-02-2013, 05:11 AM   #1276
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That had to be fun to pick up. Bike looks like it would be a blast on a gravel road.

Could be worse


'Kenny Krazyhorse' failing to proceed

At least it wasn't too deep!
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:14 PM   #1277
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1977d

Have a 77D, more or less restored. Had a spare gas tank and side covers so decided to "go British" on her..........








Made the tank and side cover badges on my workbench.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:01 PM   #1278
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That is totally awesome.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #1279
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my '81 custom
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #1280
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"Made the tank and side cover badges on my workbench."


But how? That is really a unique way of giving the XS a new look.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #1281
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tank and side cover badges

I get asked that question a lot. BTW, there are more hours in those badges than I care to admit............

Here's a couple of links with some of the steps. Basically, I cut up some Triumph tank badges, made a new insert and lettering from brass. The curve of the Triumph tanks are quite different from the Yamaha, so had to make a silicone mold of the altered badge and put it against my tank, then pour in resin to make the blank.

set in the pictures:
http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/ns...%20step?page=1

improved set I am working on now:
http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/ns...%20deux?page=1

some other pics:

http://www.xs650.com/forum/album.php?albumid=1481
http://www.xs650.com/forum/album.php?albumid=1158

Am in the process of making improved ones over the winter and with any luck should be able to make 6-10 pairs from the gallon of resin I have. Will skin the shiny parts with foil and paint the rest. If any one is interested, I can put together a post with the tank paint layout (worked out way better than I expected).

Side cover badges are also made from scratch out of .25 aluminum on a homemade milling table. BTW, I made 8 extra pairs and are selling them for $35 (and shipping).


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Old 04-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #1282
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A little paint

Painted the XS in a Husqvarna paint scheme last night. I already had the paint and thought it would be fun to spray it the same colors as the boys Tote-Gote minibike in the background. this will probably be the last time it will be clean this season. I hope to get it out and try some dual-sport riding with it solo for a while then bolt the sidecar back on for the summer.



I might to to spray some silver on the tank sides to make it look like an early Husky or try my hand at silver leafing.

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:33 PM   #1283
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650Central

Anyone give me an idea about 650Central,
have they closed their doors?,
couldn't get onto the website today,
did end up on XS650Garage though, interesting site,
will have to check it out further
Mike Morse - where are you?????????
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:41 AM   #1284
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Finally got some time to do some proper dual sport riding:

The Shinko 705 feels pretty good on the road. The bike handles pretty good even in the rough stuff but the steering feels light. Almost like the wheel is coming off the ground. I'm sure the lift has changed the geometry of the steering. The only time I noticed it was a heavy old XS was in the deep mud , otherwise it feel like riding a 350 Lb enduro.

I think I will check and make sure all the bolts are tight , Lube the chain and take it out for another ride.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:28 PM   #1285
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Finally got some time to do some proper dual sport riding:

The Shinko 705 feels pretty good on the road. The bike handles pretty good even in the rough stuff but the steering feels light. Almost like the wheel is coming off the ground. I'm sure the lift has changed the geometry of the steering. The only time I noticed it was a heavy old XS was in the deep mud , otherwise it feel like riding a 350 Lb enduro.

I think I will check and make sure all the bolts are tight , Lube the chain and take it out for another ride.
Great stuff, I'm looking forward to some dirt on Thursday this week,

Had little heartstarter on Friday, heading out to Griffith for the classic ride,
popped this tyre @ 110kph [65mph], a couple of tailwags, washed off the speed & put it into the ditch in the dirt, stayed upright, so some blokes probably say it doesn't count!!!

Bev was on board & thought it was a great laugh, said it was just like breaking in a new horse!!, that woman is crazier then me sometimes!!
Grant [local] turned up & a phone call later, everything was sorted, JP's Motorcycles came to the rescue [for a fee], new tyre & tube - back on the road
will post photos in another thread [in Olds Cool], later today
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:40 PM   #1286
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73 tx650

Been following this thread, picked up a TX650 today. Excited about this bike and the original condition it is in




link to thread http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=883390
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:25 PM   #1287
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Beautiful find, really well looked after bike, usual patina though
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:57 PM   #1288
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Well... I'll show the life cycle of my 72 XS2.

Here's what it looked like when I brought it home. I paid $500 for it. It kicked over, but no spark. But I didn't care. I was gonna build me a Bobber.





So I took the sawzall to it.





I cut out all the un-nessary stuff.







A little primer on the tank. It was kinda startin to look like somethin.





I decided what it was startin to look like was shit. So I welded all the stuff I cut out back in. What was bad was I cut all the bracket's in half. Coil mount, and horn mount. What was good was I made nice clean cut's that allowed them to be welded back together. I did have to custom make some neck gusset's.






I had to use a little filler plate on the top motor mount.






I never knew what the original paint scheme looked like. Then I went to buy some part's from a guy and he had an original tank and side cover's. That's what made me decide to put it back stock. It's got a long way to go. But I'll get there.





It is currently completely dissembled. I do have the frame painted. And I now have quite the collection of part's piling up. I have almost everything to put it back together. I need to quit messing with this 73 TX750,,,, ya I said TX750 ,,, and get back to the XS2.

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Old 05-01-2013, 10:33 PM   #1289
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Congrats to getting her back to stock!! There are enough ugly "customs" to be transformed in ugly grunge bobbers!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:29 AM   #1290
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Hooray!

We don't have to debate the pros and cons of stock vs custom--you already did both! Everyone's happy!
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