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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by buffaloborn, Jan 12, 2011.
This one at the Cleveland International Motorcycle Show Saturday.
Well if you want proof of how tough these old beasts are, try this on for size
Thought I'd better change the oil & filter on the 'White Beast', no probs, dropped the oil out - 'shit this is a bit dark??', :eek1
pulled the paper filter out, using a MikesXS system, 59,500kms marked on the filter, 70,787kms on the speedo, only 6,000kms overdue!!!
I really need a good kick up the arse sometimes, gotta start running logbooks again!!!
Hey, Baza there is your front end swap. I was at the Cleveland show and saw that bike. It was cool, but since it was a street bike front end I didn't look too closely at what it was. Might be a good option to use the trees and find the longer travel forks to match.
Yep - looked @ that & thought it'd be fairly nice for one project bike I have in the mix
I was driving home from my father's house the other day and all of the sudden I noticed this in my rearview:
It's a '77 standard. Hasn't run in 25+ years. Time to tear into it and see what's what.
Headed off with Fozzy from Yass, eventful trip - bee sting about 40km from Yass, steam engines in Oberon, 60kph speed limit along Bells Line Rd.,
a confused GPS in Kurrajong
made it to rally site about 1930, woke a sleeping McCardigan & invaded his campsite,
what lovely bike, very reliable, even made it to 'Karuah' - eh DRF, cheeky bugger!!!
only took a few photos
Some nice old things there
'White Beast' & Harley @ Rylstone
Bump, photos of repairs soon, new seat cover etc., :huh
Can't beat a proven design, can improve on it, I suppose,
'White Beast' has been cracking-up lately, well the seat cover has, & with rego this week
so with a new cover from MikesXS & a profound faith in my ability to do a half decent job of replacing the cover, I headed to the workshop
5 hours later, lots of hhhhhmmmmms, a few f**##** shits, :ddog a phone call to 'fati [anger management, for me - not 'fati] we have success, well I'm happy anyway
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Lookin' good... a couple of hundred-thousand more k's in that one, I suppose!!
Very comfortable seat, considering it's probably the original unit, it wasn't too bad, foam was in great form & the stitching has only been separating in the last six months, :eek1
A little progress on the old rat bike today. A new Shinko 705 on the front. I was hoping to have this back on the road by March 1st but now its looks like it will be at least a month, Still needs paint and the clutch should be replaced.
I would like to change the exhaust as well. I cant decide if I want to go with scrambler style hi-pipes or a 2-1 low setup.
High pipes is my vote!
Had to postpone a trip yesterday due to clutch slippage, only had the trailer & Bev onboard, roughly 400kgs all up ??? :eek1
pulled the cltch apart, only thing I could find was glazed fibre plates, only had 30,000kms on them - so not impressed,
anyone else had this problem, & what sort of mileage / Kms when it happend, also what & where are the plates you're using, I bought these from MikesXS
No! That seems pretty short lived. How were the springs?
I know it has been said before but....
After working on everything on my XS2, for my wife, she did not like the bike...Too sensitive on bumps on the freeway and too "jumpy"... I thought she did not like the road handling of the XS2 which has never been impressing but what to do... Having to change the rear tire I took the new shocks off just to check if there was any freeplay in the swing arm...5mm in each directions... the inside "bearings" fell off just by looking at them and the nylon bushing must be half of their normal width.
This should have been the 1st thing I had done!!! So bronze bushings, SS axle and inside tube now!
Lets see if the wife likes it now!!
I am getting ready for the first ride/campout of the season which turns out is going to be all paved. I decided to not take my DS bike since it was all paved and so I had to get a rack for my ol' girl to haul my gear. Turned out really well and I think I will keep it on permanently. Fresh rubber, fresh oil, all new oil filters... come on Spring!!!!
How many miles on your bike? How long have you owned it? Its condition is just outstanding.
Thanks for the compliments guys. My dad and I restored this bike from boxes about 10 years ago now. I would say that I have put about 12,000 miles on it since then. I look at MikesXS now and all of the original items they are reproducing and just cringe. When we did this resto eBay wasn't much and Mikes didn't have hardly anything in the way of OEM reproduction stuff so we drove all over the country getting parts. You don't even want to know what we gave for the seat and pipes on this bike, and don't get me started on the seat grab rail Just makes me appreciate it even more though. These bikes are just amazing!
OK.....I'm new to 650's and need to know this : I'm looking at an abandoned XS 650 with what looks like a compression release on the front left part of the motor ( sitting on the bike ). Is this a rare thing ?? This bike needs a total resto, but it's complete, no title, no keys, bad cables, etc. Turns over, 'tho. Any thoughts here ??, thanks in advance.