XS650 Appresh

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by buffaloborn, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. buffaloborn

    buffaloborn EAT WINGS OR DIE

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    Hi everyone. I'm sitting here in cold Buffalo, NY right now waiting until I can take my 1983 XS650 out on the road once again. Does anyone own an XS on this board? I've been lurking for a real long time, and am curious to see what everyone else has got. I don't have any photos of mine yet, but will once it gets warmer out. This is something I'd like my XS to look like eventually.

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  2. Garbln

    Garbln Been here awhile

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    Here's mine, a 77 with a 750 kit.

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  3. AtLarge

    AtLarge Been here awhile

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    Good looking bikes guys. Some of my fondest memories as a kid are riding my big brothers brand new baby blue 650. To be trusted enough to ride it alone at 14 made me feel like such a grown up. Ah... the 70's.

    BB I really like your sig line. I'm not gonna steal it but I will borrow it for an indefinite length of time. :rofl
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  4. zilla

    zilla Long timer

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    Got a 74 in storage.
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  5. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    I own one too, it had highbars, old cables etc.

    So I put on dragbars, changed the cables, gave it all a good clean up.

    Right now I am waiting for my Pamco ignition and performance coil to play with :)

    Edit:

    http://www.xs650shop.de/startseite/?t=1711

    Looks like the one in the top banner, will see to get some pictures before long :)
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  6. The Daver

    The Daver n00b

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    I used to own a '77

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  7. ReCycled

    ReCycled Been here awhile

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    My '79, I bought it new but sold it two years later. It returned home two years ago in need of a makeover.

    Not the best bike photo but it's what I had from playing TAG a couple of months ago;

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  8. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    XS650's make great cafes and street fighters. I like the basic look of your prototype, but some of the details strike me as odd - the leading axle fork, the overly-delicate front disc that looks like it should be on a bicycle and probably works like crap, screened-in porch sidecovers, and RV-World trailer taillight. But the basics are right on.

    - Mark
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  9. buffaloborn

    buffaloborn EAT WINGS OR DIE

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    Yeah I think i just like the aesthetics of the bike. I don't think I could go that extreme with the build, but would be interested in loosely basing the idea off of it.

    ReCycled: That bike is gorgeous man. Looks like Evel's XR750.
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  10. Drilldogger

    Drilldogger Been here awhile

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    I have a 79 street tracker. Had a XR750 style seat pan, now I've put on a stock rear fender (going to shorten it) and either a brat style seat or a solo style with bitch pad.

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  11. rbjenterprises

    rbjenterprises Just wandering in SW VA

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    Here is mine from last year. Bags are now black and mounted on an Olympic copy of a Krauser rack. The chrome bag trim is gone also.

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  12. jamesgs4

    jamesgs4 Been here awhile

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    Here is mine, pic taken in Baja last summer. 81 special, so it was hideous as a stocker lol
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  13. don-vee

    don-vee Adventurer

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    LOVE these bikes. Here's mine...
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  14. buffaloborn

    buffaloborn EAT WINGS OR DIE

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    I LOVE YOUR BIKE. What year is it? Where did you get your seat? What kind of tank is that?

    Do you have any more pictures???
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  15. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    This one's a beauty.
    But even the handfull of pictures here shows that these are bikes you can really ride, in what ever way you want. It's cool to see how many different ideas people have about what they think a bike is supposed to be. This thing seems to work in any incarnation you choose for it. You won't find too many other bikes this versatile, yet still reliable and inexpensive.
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  16. JBMorse

    JBMorse Been here awhile

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    I too love this bike! Do you have a build thread or more pictures anywhere? What kind of handlebars do you have there?
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  17. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Lots of interesting items on the bike, nice.

    Just out of curiosity, since you have a hand shifter, what does the pedal that looks like a brake (where the shifter used to be) do? Is it the clutch now?
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  18. Drilldogger

    Drilldogger Been here awhile

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    Here's mine in it's former street tracker form!

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  19. BikerDave

    BikerDave Greybeard Rider

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    Here's my '83 mostly stock XS............it's my sixth XS since 1971

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  20. arkansawyer

    arkansawyer Long timer

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    I've got two, but they don't add up to one bike somehow. Nickel plated frame was the thing that sold me. One day I'll have it together and running.
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