XS650 Appresh

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

  1. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    This one at the Cleveland International Motorcycle Show Saturday.
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  2. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Well if you want proof of how tough these old beasts are, try this on for size :ear
    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!!! :deal
    I really need a good kick up the arse sometimes, gotta start running logbooks again!!! :lol3
    Cheers
    Baza
  3. SOS

    SOS Ignorance is a gift

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    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.
  4. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Yep - looked @ that & thought it'd be fairly nice for one project bike I have in the mix :deal
    Cheers
    Baza
  5. SantaFeTrailer

    SantaFeTrailer Stromtrooper

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    I was driving home from my father's house the other day and all of the sudden I noticed this in my rearview:

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    It's a '77 standard. Hasn't run in 25+ years. Time to tear into it and see what's what.:clap
  6. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    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 :deal
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    made it to rally site about 1930, woke a sleeping McCardigan & invaded his campsite, :clap
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    what lovely bike, very reliable, even made it to 'Karuah' - eh DRF, cheeky bugger!!!
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    only took a few photos
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    Some nice old things there :wink:
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    'White Beast' & Harley @ Rylstone :freaky
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    Cheers
    Baza
  7. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Bump, photos of repairs soon, new seat cover etc., :huh
    Cheers
    Baza
  8. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    :hmmmmm 2 cylinders :augie
    Can't beat a proven design, can improve on it, I suppose, :amazon
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    'White Beast' has been cracking-up lately, well the seat cover has, & with rego this week :deal

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    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 :ear

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    5 hours later, :ace lots of hhhhhmmmmms, a few f**##** shits, :ddog a phone call to 'fati [anger management, for me - not 'fati] :freaky we have success, well I'm happy anyway :lol3
    Cheers
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  9. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Lookin' good... a couple of hundred-thousand more k's in that one, I suppose!!

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  10. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    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
    Cheers
    Baza
  11. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    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.

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    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.
  12. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    High pipes is my vote! :wink:
    Cheers
    Baza
  13. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    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, :deal
    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 :ear
    Cheers
    Baza
  14. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    No! That seems pretty short lived. How were the springs?
  15. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    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!!
  16. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    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!!!!
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  17. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Beautiful
  18. retiredgentleman

    retiredgentleman Been here awhile

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    AC909;
    How many miles on your bike? How long have you owned it? Its condition is just outstanding.:clap
  19. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    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 :lol3 Just makes me appreciate it even more though. These bikes are just amazing!
  20. daveoneshot

    daveoneshot Been here awhile

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    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.