XS650 Appresh

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

  1. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    Thanks, unfortunately they do not...not for the XS1...maybe I can get other model years' forks to work?
  2. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    I stand corrected, had a look & had assumed that '70 [XS1] to '73 [TX], were all the same, but it is not so :deal
    Had a look @ Haynes workshop manual, yes, not having worked on a drum brake front end since the '70s, I realised that there is quite a bit of difference between those models :eek1
    That being the case, you have two choices, find another set of original drum brake front forks, or convert to disc brake front completely, [as long as the steering heads are the same] :wink:
    I'm sure that there will be someone on here who has done that operation & can shed more light on that process! :ear
    Cheers
    Baza
  3. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    Thanks! And, yes, I'd like to hear about what's involved in that conversion too. :ear

    I'd hate to go that route, of course...it would significantly change the look and correctness of the bike...but, on the other hand, I do wanna ride the thing! :1drink
  4. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    I would assume that a complete front end off a disc brake [XS2/TX] should slot straight onto an XS1 frame, :deal
    I'd look @ whether a later model ['74 onwards], front end would fit too :wink:
    Cheers
    Baza
  5. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Loaded for the weekend up @ Tuena, :freaky
    Photos Sunday night, if ya lucky! :lol3
    Cheers
    Baza
  6. Dirtsampler

    Dirtsampler Adventurer

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    Would you consider revealing what you pack for one of your weekend jaunts? I am in awe of your trips and adventures. We have access to some fun territory here, and I'd be happy to camp as you do ( when you don't leave your tent behind :rofl). Thank you for sharing your adventures, good and less good. I believe you've made a convert of a 65 yr old dirt guy. Thank you.
  7. SpeedFourJoe

    SpeedFourJoe Adventurer

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    I recently finished my '75. Here it is as I got it.
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    Done for now.
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  8. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Might have to do that one day, lay out all the gear I carry & take a photo of it!

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    Bev decided to stay home - something to do with wet weather :rofl
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    So I just repacked, left the tank-saddlebags on & chucked the topbox back on, & headed off in the mud :clap
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    Couple of old mates turned up on their respective old bikes :lol3
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    Good weekend was had despite the rain!! :freaky
    Cheers
    Baza
  9. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Dirtsampler, this photo shows three different types of bikes [GS650BMW, 640KTM & XS650], but similiar packing styles, saddlebags, tankbags & rear racks :huh
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    Basic kit for weekend, I'll explain layout & packing as I go, :rofl
    across the top of photo, basically - tent [orange bag], sleeping kit [big red bag] & folding chair [blue], all these live on the seat in front of the topbox [when travelling solo] :lol3
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    Tank-saddlebags = tuckerbags [2 red] & gas-kit [blue], small tankbag = spare gloves, balacava, maps, torches & spare bits :evil
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    Daypack = spare clothes & toilet kit, lives in topbox [not much weight], :wink:
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    For this w/e, I carried 5lts of water [no water @ camp], tawny port & tarp in the L/h pannier :1drink[​IMG]
    Gas kit :eek1

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    Gotta boil the billy! :lol3
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    Big red kayak bag;- sleeping bag [-10c], pillow [log type], horse blanket [army issue], air bed & two rubber groundsheets [army] :clap
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    air matress type :rofl
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    I use JTS [made in Sydney] Fibreglass panniers, R/h pannier = tools, bikespares, tyre tube, tyre pump, folding shovel, folding handsaw, spare oil & date roll! [toiletpaper] :lol3
    Normally I wouldn't use the tanksaddlebags when solo, but because of water availability where we went, it was necessary to carry then normal :clap
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    DT175 circa 1978, heading up through Queensland, :eek1
    Hope that gives you some ideas on packing & what to carry, you can get better/smaller/lighter gear which helps, but I'm used to carrying plenty of gear! :wink:
    Cheers
    Baza
  10. Dirtsampler

    Dirtsampler Adventurer

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    Thanks Baza, that's exactly what I was after. I have a line on a mostly stock "77 XS650 that has been neglected but not abused, so I will be setting the bike up to remain mostly stock, not particularly pretty, but used to explore, camp and fish. I really appreciate your sharing your experiences.<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
  11. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Yell out if you want more info, I'm hoping to finish the exhaust & other mods [panniers], on 'Kenny' this week, :eek1
    before going back to work after a month on holidays, ever notice how you go on holidays with big ideas of completing projects - but it never gets done? :deal
    Cheers
    Baza
  12. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Update on 'Kenny's renovations :deal
    Decided to have a go at building the seat I want for solo work, so we start with two bases;

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    Bases; white one is an old rusted 'standard' seat, had to build it up with fibreglass, interesting job - never played with it before, the other a cut-down 'special'
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    cut-down 'special', ready to go
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    after cutting & tucking & bolting together :deal
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    next job is to tidy up the rear section, with a rack?, maybe :wink:
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    It fits!, looks OK too :lol3
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    now to renovate the upholstery, clean & oil so to speak
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    Cheers
    Baza
  13. Dirtsampler

    Dirtsampler Adventurer

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    Kenny looks sad with his pipe hangin down. The seat looks like it will be very comfy. I'll be interested to read your test results.

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  14. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    This from the show us you bike at the bridge thread.
  15. dohcammer

    dohcammer Been here awhile

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    I'm not usually a fan of non-black painted frames on bikes, but yours has just the right proportion of blue throughout. Well done. Nice looking bike.
  16. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Not mine, just lifted it from that thread.
  17. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    That one is bpeckm's bike I think (build thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=858793 )


    Thomas: We both have DRZ400S and "early" XS650s. It is too bad you are in Ohio or we could probably take over the world :D
  18. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Hey, thanks guys! That is/was my bike (I built it for my son....)

    Yes, I was apprehensive about the blue as well, it was my son's choice... but it does look good. I had a local guy make up some Yammy logo stickers to put on the tank, and that was just the right thing.

    Bike is a BLAST to ride!:evil



    :D
  19. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Thomas: We both have DRZ400S and "early" XS650s. It is too bad you are in Ohio or we could probably take over the world :D[/QUOTE]

    Or at least go for a ride!
  20. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Found an old rack as a donor to the project :wink:
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    Originally off an XV535???? :clap
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    Attached to 'standard' base :huh
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    'teched' :rofl
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    good coat of black before being put back together :eek1
    Cheers
    Baza