XS650 Appresh

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

  1. beys

    beys Adventurer

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    All that original! Only thing I changed is the rear fender, which is a bit longer in the german version and the shock absorbers, which I switched to Konis.
    Tail light is from 80 up, dual disc 76 up as well as the Tait-frame, which was never sold in the US, I think.

    greets beys
  2. nsu max

    nsu max Been here awhile

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    Man did we get ripped off.
  3. 2manyrides

    2manyrides shifty charactor

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    It's another example of what the corporate structure thinks we as american's want. Like with radio, pre programed play list's that exclude anything but what the survey says.

    In that 80's era I had great discust with the nature of styling of bikes, as it seemed that everything was going towards a laid back cruiser.

    My personal opinion...
    Give me a choice everyday between a new 80 special and a new 80 STD,
    and I'll choose and 80 STD everysingle day!
    Most likely Yamaha's research resulted in the fact that the masses in America wanted specials.
  4. beys

    beys Adventurer

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    And they didn't even want those a few years later.
    A german dealer bought about 1000 Heritage Specials from 82 and 83 which haven't been sold in US for a piece of bread and sold them in Germany over the years.
    That's where my 5V4 is off which was sold in 86!

    Sorry, got no better pic:

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    Its in pieces by now to meet a 77 STD frame with a sidecar.

    greets beys
  5. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    Needs more tank bag.
  6. buggiebuggie

    buggiebuggie Been here awhile

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    I gotta fever... and the only cure... is more tankbag!
  7. beys

    beys Adventurer

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    I do what I can, mate!
  8. buffaloborn

    buffaloborn EAT WINGS OR DIE

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    In all realty I hate my seat. It's very comfortable, however I hate the way it looks. I think a Corbin gunfighter would look much nicer with the sissy and the seat rail removed, but Corbin doesn't have the product for the 83 XS. I also have euro bars I'm putting on soon.

    It's a Mustang seat I got with the bike when I bought it. Small tear on the ridge. Brand new it would retail for close to 350 bucks. Anyone want to trade it with me for a flat brat style 80-83 XS seat?
  9. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    I think I prefer the seat on my '81SH, made for touring!

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    I know 'Mrs Ghost' does.
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    Cheers
    Baza
  10. Harry94025

    Harry94025 Been here awhile

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    Here's my 1972 XS-2. A previous owner painted the headlight shell/wings and side covers black; I've concentrated on steering head/swingarm bushings and making sure the engine is in good shape.

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  11. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    It actually doesn't look bad with those parts in black, the light king/queen is not my thing though :) Would love a tank like that, it looks much more classic compared to the later ones.
  12. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Neat looking tanks, unfortunately won't fit later models [from memory]
    Cheers
    Baza
  13. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    That is also what I have concluded, but the later special tanks, with a profile similar to the standard have the mounting holes for emblems and should fit.


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  14. 2manyrides

    2manyrides shifty charactor

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    buffaloborn, :clap
    Thanks for starting this thread...I been using it. I imagine you're still too snowed in there in buffalo, and although these two 650's don't look like a vision of your conversion, they are the starting point everyone has to use!
    9-12-10, 2 xs650's took the rock creek road. 8 miles of bumpy, busy, narrow, twisty road. With a hemet mounted consumer camcorder.
    I documented the road I hadn't driven on in 20 or more years.
    This video is about 20 minutes long, and it's pretty much straight up ride footage.
    (sound of the bikes...sound of the wind)
    If you have the time to watch it, and make it through to the end...
    it means you really like 650's, like to see the road go by, and really like to ride! Enjoy....
    2manyrides

    <IFRAME title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Cq95F2JjSU" frameBorder=0 width=640 height=510 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>

    Also could mean you are still deeply snowed in and starving for entertainment...
  15. toslow

    toslow Been here awhile

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    did this one last year
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    gonna start on this some time this year
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  16. EsconDeasy

    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    Original Yamaha advertising, 1979

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  17. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    I remember that ad [or something similar], neat to see it again! Thanks for posting.
    Cheers
    Baza
  18. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    I used to have one in the late 80's, a 447 model from 1979 I think it was:

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    Super reliable, brought me all the way to Israel, Egypt and back using more than a liter of oil for every 600mls when we left and 1.5l per 600mls when we came back. Never left me stranded. No, I didn't have money to fix it, was a poor student back then. Sold it later on when my wife was pregnant. Would love to have one again, was the best Japanese copy of an English Parallel Twin.
  19. Garbln

    Garbln Been here awhile

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    "was the best Japanese copy of an English Parallel Twin. "

    I prefer to think that it was the Japanese showing the English how to do it right. It wasn't a copy as it didn't leak oil and the electrics worked. (mostly)
  20. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    It was a Hosk copy If anything.

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