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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Road Rash, Nov 13, 2009.
That's like saying "He was alive when I locked him in the basement last year."
I resemble that remark.
WOW! Remind me never to go to one of your parties!
You're missing out. Some people like my parties so much they never leave.
Great presentation!! for the microwave
I must resist another XS 650, I must resist, I must resist....ok, I think Im good.
Once past the toaster oven pic I saw another forlorn XS650 at a pretty decent price, lol. I've been scoopin them up over the years (back when they were dirt cheap) for future Street Tracker projects.
Since I started doing that, the Hipster crowd has figured out that they make great project bikes and the prices for crusty old ones has gone way up...apparently this guy hadn't got the word...that's a pretty good buy, if it has a title anyway.
I think I have like 9 of them stashed away now...no more, lol.
That's okay, there are worse things to hoard. Besides, they were really cool bikes in their day.
I can't think of a worse bike, actually. My 79 XS650 Special was easily the worst motorcycle I've ever owned. Looked kinda cool, but absolutely unreliable in every way. Electrics, carbs, suspension, you name it, it was going to fail and leave me stranded. I wouldn't touch one today if it were free. Turned me off of Yamahas for nearly 20 years!
I was wondering why your bike was so bad. I put over 70K on my 78 XS750. Both bikes probably shared a lot of engineering.
Then I remembered that bike taught my how to work on carburetors. And that I split the cases at least 3 times to fix the crappy transmission. Haven't rode a Yamaha since.
Bash all ya want, I've owned many, many Yamahas (street and dirt) and all have served me very well.
I have no intentions of leaving the old 650's stock anyway once made into Street Trackers.
Attend any bike show, it'll be literally full of these bikes in many, many different configurations. Its a tried and true design, you just have to know how to tweak em a little bit here and there...once done, they're bullet proof.
If by "tweak" them, you mean "fit new carburetors, make your own wiring harness, weld gussets onto the frame and swingarm to make it death-wobble slightly less, gut the ignition system and replace literally every single component (not forgetting the POS advance mechanism) with aftermarket items, replace both handlebar controls, replace the plastic swingarm bearings with aftermarket bronze bushings, and don't forget that dim and unusable headlight" then yeah, I can see doing all of that making the XS650 bulletproof. But that's a major project, a major undertaking, and a major expense.
Kept the receipt for every farkel, expects to get a 100% return on each one. Yeah, GLWS.
Remus and Ohlins but yeah... Steep.
Ok, you win.
Hmm... I came off as a total dick in that reply. Sorry about that. All I can say is I'm having a bad day, and I loathed my XS650 so much that the memory of it brought a bunch of anger and resentment to the surface. They are a nice-looking motorcycle, and I'm willing to entertain the idea that my bike was a lemon, and that not all XS650s are lemons. Or even most.
I apologize for the dick attitude.
This is one well kitted wet head.
The term "Farkleosis" comes to mind.