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Old 03-06-2013, 07:48 PM   #91
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...Snowing tomorrow, they say.....


Sheesh.... the wintah that nevah ends.....
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:04 AM   #92
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Got the color right on the graphic this time.....






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Old 04-21-2013, 07:19 AM   #93
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Got 'er up to Vuhmont!




Had a one-day window-of-opprtunity where I had a day, my son had a day, and amazingly, there was a 70 degree day predicted in Vermont!

Loaded the ole girl up on the trailer in Rhode Island on Thursday night, and went for a test-ride in Vermont on Friday....



After a little snow at the Snow Bowl, it was down to the Hancock General Store at the bottom of VT125 for a cuppa warmth...



...and on up VT100 thru the Granville notch, where the tributaries to the rivers were flowin' strong....



...and following the Mad River down into Warren, one of hundreds of picture-postcard towns in rural Vermont....



...and up over by Sugarbush, Mad River Glen to Rt17 and Camel's Hump and down thru Bristol back to Middelbury, where the proud kid now has his bike without the ole man stealin' it!!



Great ride, found that I wanted to snug up the headstock bearings and add some air to the front tire, but other than that... she ran like a top (and my fingers are still tingling.... that is some vibrator, that XS650!)

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:50 PM   #94
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A-yuht - it's Mud Season.

We even get a Ride Report

Nice job!

(Will there be a "Repo Report"?)
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:42 AM   #95
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Looking good, nice photos, just heading into the cold season,
Can't wait, enjoy winter rallys, and doing rides on crisp autumn/winter days
hope to get a few kms under the tyres this weekend,
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:20 PM   #96
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Beautiful build.. am lovin it :) Just the sort of bike for NNY backroading, too. That said, I guess our back roads are pretty damn similar to VTs, being only a morning ride away.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:38 AM   #97
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Well, summer has come and gone.... Will had a summer job in Montana (!) which involved a lot of fishing and hiking, near as I can tell..... Upon his return to VT, we did the fall "barn find" thing and literally pulled the bike-with-cobwebs out of a friend's barn...



The ole girl fired right up, and I got to ride to the nearest general store where I put some more air in the tires... she sat through the summah just fine.



Last I heard, Will was changing the oil and getting ready to find a winter barn... unless I can sneak up just one more day and hit those Green Mountain roads again...

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Old 10-26-2013, 01:20 AM   #98
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Got myself a scruffy 1978 SE which I'm gonna do a bit of work too - get rid of all the Custom crap - and I love the simple look of your 650 - nice bit of inspiration
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:13 PM   #99
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Exceptional job!

Where in Montana was Will. I now live 35 miles west of Great Falls, but lived for a long time in Missoula and St. Ignatius which is about 45 miles north of Missoula.
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:43 PM   #100
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He was working for a financial outfit that specializes in buying old ranches and making them into attractive fishing havens... out of Bozeman. Poor guy had to go fishing a lot, part of the job! He would have love to have had the XS out there, maybe next year!

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Old 10-26-2013, 08:39 PM   #101
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Very nice job! Thanks for sharing the "build" with us.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #102
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Love those old XS650's. I had an old 1975 XS650B that went over 75,000 miles before it needed a head gasket.

Love the build report and hope Will is putting some miles on that good looking old XS!!!
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:18 AM   #103
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cool xs you have there. a borrowed xs650 back in south philly in 1975 got me started in motorcycling.it had a hooker header and I tore the city streets up with that bike.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:08 AM   #104
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Great write up and build
Inspirational
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:22 AM   #105
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Just another day in the salt mines?

He was working for a financial outfit that specializes in buying old ranches and making them into attractive fishing havens... out of Bozeman. Poor guy had to go fishing a lot, part of the job!

I can feel the pain!
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