Just kinda thinkin

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by CaptTeach, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. CaptTeach

    CaptTeach Been here awhile

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    I have an XT600 which I like except for a few things For one the suspension is too soft for off road so I have thought about changing that out to WR/YZ stuff. Another thing, on longer trips that big single stirs up a vibration that drives me crazy. SOoooooooooooo What if I started with another frame and put the suspension I want on it and then powered it up with an XS650 engine? It should not be much heavier than the stock XT and a smoother power delivery with the twin. At this point its just a thought - but one that I'm gonna do some serious pondering on
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    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Having owned three XS 650s I would hardly call them a cure for vibration.
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    You're trading a low-frequency vibe of the thumper with a buzz from a vertical twin. I've not owned a yamaha 650, but if it's anything like an older Triumph 650, the buzz will numb your feet and hands after a short ride.
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  4. CaptTeach

    CaptTeach Been here awhile

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    I have both bikes - the XS is being built as a Street Tracker and I really do like my XT for zipping around town, so much so that I ride it more than all the other bikes I have.

    I think there is more to gain overall in the overall build - There are tons of hotrod parts for the XS650's such as rephased cranks/cams and big bore kits. Dialing in the amount of power I want should be easy enough. My XT seems to be happier at speeds below 65mph which is really just fine but I do like to have the power to get around something rather quickly vs getting stuck in the wrong lane going around some jerk that speeds up when you pull out to pass. I think the stock XT is just too soft suspension wise for any serious off road play - I tell people that it's a street bike that just looks like a dirt bike.

    I have so many projects now that I have no idea if I will even start this one - between customer projects and my personal stuff there is already a few years worth of stuff in the shop. It's just one of those ideas that keeps creeping into my head as I'm working at the shop
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