Hey everyone, 1st post on here, long time lurker. I bought a 78 Yamaha XS650 Special about a month ago, planned on build a hard-tail bobber....... Well I have changed my mind, going dual-sport instead. My first bike ever was a 1986 CR80R and loved dirt bikes ever since. Now I can have a dirt-bike I can ride to work!!! I bought it from a Yamaha technician that had it for 9 years, and recently rebuilt the motor on her. I added K&n's to it, and rejetted carb. I also put hi-po clutch plates and springs in her. I figured I may abuse it a little more than PO did, especially if I take it off-pavement. Here a few pictures of what I have done so-far. First is I added some "motocross" handlebars from Jc Whitney, the only ones I could find that had that "vintage" look I was after. I also added a voltmeter, so I know if problems are going on. I don't want to be past u-turn time and not know it. I relocated the ignition to make room for the voltmeter. Drilled the front rotor after alot of thinking and planning it. I know some people are against the idea, but atleast I had assistance from my retired father that was a machinist for 40+ years. I have also began to go through and di-electric grease all electrical connections. I want to try to make them more water tite this way. I don't plan on crossing a bunch of water, but Murphy's law is always in play on a bike. Future plans: 1. Install 2" over fork tubes and race-tech emulators. 2. Change rear shock mounts to enable a 2" raise in back to match front. (I am 6' tall so I want seat a lil higher than it is now) 3. 2 into 1 exhaust with a Supertrapp. I love the tuning opportunity of these and works a spark arrester as well. 4. Track down some "standard" spoke wheels for this instead of the "special" mags it has. 5. Possibly install a 4 Gal. "standard" tank, instead of my 2.9 gal. Added range. 6. Paint (#1 Silver, #2 Blue) with some knee pads like the Trumpy's have. 7. Knobby's of course. 8. The list will grow, too many things in my head right now. That is all I can think of right at this time. I am getting knee surgery tomorrow so kinda, distracted right now.