XS650 Appresh

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

  1. fleshpiston

    fleshpiston Been here awhile

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    If you love it, stick with it and work out the little things....sounds like the problems you're having are part of her "charm" :wink:
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  2. 1f2frfbf

    1f2frfbf full-time fool

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    If you love it, stick with it and work out the little things....

    I got no choice, I got to fix it, no one else would buy a bike that does such things, and no one but me would put up with her quirks.

    Dammit, now I think I know how my girlfriend feels about me...
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  3. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    In this month's Cycle World, the editor has a good story about his relationship with a Velocette he's been battling to keep running over the years. Good description of the love-hate relationship one tends to develop when you really use a machine to its limits.

    - Mark
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  4. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer

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    Here is my 72' XS2 I traded it for a KLR, tried to get it back but the guy would not let me have it back.
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  5. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    little bit more of a handlebar I'd give a blank check for that...
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  6. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar fine beer sampler

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    Sorry to rub salt into your wounds, but yeah, you f'ed up, that bike is beautiful!!!:cry
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  7. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    That XS2 is beautiful...The earliest XS I ever owned was a '73 TX650, but there was just something about the XS1/2 :cry
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  8. twinsarehot

    twinsarehot n00b

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    Here is my 82ish 650, it's a bit of a frankenbike...

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    Ignore my butchered levers; they are being replaced. Working on turn signals which I just got and some other things; can't wait for the first trip in Spring.

    How I got her...
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  9. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    I've been admiring the XS for a while now. They look like so much fun. How do the other variants stack up against the 650 such as the 400s and 750s? Is it just a displacement thing?
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  10. twinsarehot

    twinsarehot n00b

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    They are all very different bikes, 250's, 350's/60's, 400's and 650's are twins, 750's are triples, and the 1100 is first Yammie 4banger.

    The smaller bikes feel about the same, 650 shakes like a sonofagun, 1100's are FAST and can basically only go in a straight line; I never ridden the 750.

    I'm pretty sure they have almost no interchangeable parts. However, the 650 feels perfect and well rounded. Torque and maneuverable make up for it's slowness, though they have same drag times as the Bonneville of it's time. However, XS's don't leak or die really.
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  11. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    Same frames for the twins I'm guessing? If I were to find a cheap 400 I could swap in a 650 lump later on?
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  12. twinsarehot

    twinsarehot n00b

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    I don't believe so, not without some major frame work...650 frames are way cooler anyhow. The engine cases between the two are about the same, but the 650 engine is about 3 inches taller, probably wider and waay heavier...
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  13. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    No...Totally different. I own 5 XS650's and 2 XS400's BTW and very little interchanges.
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  14. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    5? Hmmm, you should sell me one :evil
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  15. Powershouse

    Powershouse Flower Sniffer

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    They're cheap, readily available parts, not too complicated, and provide a great canvass for creativity.

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    I tore a 77D down and rebuilt it as a cafe bike. Rebuilt the engine on the dining room table over a winter. Rebuilt most every other assembly on the bike. After several attempt at cobbling with the existing wiring harness I threw the whole works out and re-wired the entire bike from scratch, using a small battery for the see-through look (no more electric start) and incorporating a PAMCO ignition.

    **** By the way, PAMCO Pete is a top notch guy. I can't say enough good things about his product and the way he stands behind it and supports users. *****

    I went threw three clutch rod seals before I was finally able to seat one properly and stop the oil from leaking. Now I have to manually lubricate my chain. :lol3

    Anyhow, when my son had his Nighthawk ripped off I offered the XS to him. He replaced the dented blue tank with a shinier red one, and replaced the cafe seat with a skateboard.
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    Anyone who is familiar with the vibes that come off that engine can imagine the butt massage that a hard wooden skateboard transmitted. That lasted about a week, till he showed it around to his skater friends, then he padded and upholstered it.

    Now he's moved off to Colorado and exploring the Rockies with it.
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  16. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    I have been selling off my spares for awhile now...The last ones will follow me to the grave...
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  17. kullokas

    kullokas n00b

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    Well let's don't forget XS500...
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  18. fleshpiston

    fleshpiston Been here awhile

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    Yep, I went the cafe route but wish I would've built more of a standard.....probably would've kept it then.
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  19. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    Unfortunately XS500's weren't very good bikes...
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  20. 2manyrides

    2manyrides shifty charactor

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    My observation is that 77D and 78E share many non essential crossover parts that can be bolted directly on a 650 from off another bike.
    Parts like tailights, complete instrument clusters/ignition switch, fenders, signals, headlights, in some cases mufflers and shocks.
    Off bikes around the same year...rd 400's, dt360, XS750 and so on.
    Amazingly an xs 650 special's parts may not bolt right on a xs 650 STD of the same year.
    Seat pans, muffler brackets ect.
    An XS 650 came stock weighing 465lbs. Just about 100lbs more than a triumph 650!
    77 is the last year of adjustable air/fuel screw.
    In 78 and beyond the headlight/tailight has to be on at all times while the engine is running by law.
    Very limited production of 79 STD's, then poof...only specials.
    Lot's more plastic was incorperated into a special.
    Most parts on a 650 special wont fit on anything else.

    I believe the XS650 motor is unlike any of the displacements...
    (but then...I haven't rebuilt any of those other motors)

    Just my observation through the years...




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