XS650 Appresh

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

  1. MotoChuck250

    MotoChuck250 Not older than dirt

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    Except for the exhaust system, that 650 looks right at home in that bike. :thumb
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  2. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    I'm thinking more like this when I get time
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    But for the time being - I'm probably going for a quick build along these lines
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    But using a 40mm fork 21" disc front-end off a TT250
    Cheers
    Baza
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  3. Scoozi

    Scoozi Long timer

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  4. Kris

    Kris Long timer

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    CAB8270C-A7F0-479C-AEB9-7B35E7A91FC2.jpeg I just bought this ‘79 XS650 this weekend. Real clean and seems to run well. It was last licensed in 2009 but previous owner stored it correctly. I put a new battery in it and it started easily and after a few minutes of carb adjustment it was idling well. It seems like a fun agile bike.
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  5. FR700

    FR700 Heckler ™©®℗

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    That was a good score.

    Apart from the few mod's it's already got, I'd be inclined to leave it alone and just ride it.
  6. Kris

    Kris Long timer

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    Only mod will be a Illinois Blackhawks speciality plate.
  7. 2manyrides

    2manyrides shifty charactor

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    The red special above...
    Yep, looks to be well taken care of and unmolested. Rare thing these days!

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  8. FR700

    FR700 Heckler ™©®℗

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    To me, the '79 was the pick of the XS'. On yours the bars and the seat are the only non original parts that I can see. Plus, the grab rail has been removed. I like the look of yours.



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  9. Kris

    Kris Long timer

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    728478D7-9F0A-491E-AA99-64F5659B22ED.jpeg The bike has 30k miles but it is in really nice condition, previous owners must of loved the bike and took excellent care of it. I consider myself lucky to have found it, I am going to change the oil and filter this week . Is Mikes XS the best source for a filter?
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  10. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper Long timer Supporter

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    Great bike, nice find.

    join this forum-

    http://www.xs650.com/forums/the-garage.2

    Most of your questions will have answers there.

    Mike's XS or 650 Central for parts.

    Find a good factory or aftermarket manual for your bike.

    Consider non-vacuum type petcocks. If your's are working good, run w/ it. When/if they start giving your fits, go to the gravity fed type.

    On the oil filter, there are two...both are reusable.

    Sump filter is the one you need to check and make sure it's in once piece. Have an oil pan gasket on hand, each time you drop the sump to check the filter/change oil.
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  11. FR700

    FR700 Heckler ™©®℗

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    It does have the appearance that someone cared for it.




    A good place to start learning about the shortcomings of the filters, then decide which way you want to head.

    http://www.xs650.com/threads/oil-filter.72/page-13



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  12. redfishguide

    redfishguide Old Dirt Biker Supporter

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    While I like Mike's XS...... www.650central.com has been my go to for XS stuff and I have a lot. You might have to break down and use your phone but it will be well worth it.

    Jack and Buck
  13. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Spent a few days catching up with mates at the 'Autumn Leaf' rally between Tumut and Yass
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    Had a great time even though I had to battle bad headwinds but it's only 90kms [57mls] from home and 50/50 tar & dirt
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    Collected a trophy [again] - bit of a laugh, between me and the bike - we make 107yrs !
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    Nice view heading home - overlooking Tumurrama Valley
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    Not a style [ADV Rat Tourer?], that a lot of XS650 fans would build, has a strong heart, is needing some TLC [60k] - getting a full motor strip, rebuild & replace where needed
    Cheers
    Baza
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  14. redfishguide

    redfishguide Old Dirt Biker Supporter

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    Nice!!!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

    Jack and Buck
  15. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Must get in and have a look for where this oil is coming from ?
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    Have a good flow coming out on the lower left side - drive shaft / clutch rod are case splits, lips on seal outa - can change in situ but run the risk of pressure blow-out !
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    gear shaft can be changed out easy and have a play with clutch plates etc, while in there !
    Did have some seal carriers which allowed in-situ changes but they compromised the chain type availability - couldn't run O-ring X-ring etc
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    and because I do some silly things occasionally - I need that type of chain
    Cheers
    Baza
  16. retiredgentleman

    retiredgentleman Been here awhile

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    Hunter;
    Congrats on the trophy for combined 107 years. You're making me feel old...............my combined years is 113:lol3.
    1978 XS650SE plus 72!
    Yeah, these engines weep a bit of oil over time. Mostly the head gasket. I don't worry about it.............I just wipe it off occasionally. Try to keep out of those mud holes:lol2
    Cheers
    Retiredgentleman in Calgary.
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  17. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Been quiet of late so not many rallies - between PTSD / Anxiety / Arthritis - all take their toll, physical loss of strength is a big kick for me !
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    Doing the 'Alpine' on the 8/9 June, at one of the coldest places in Australia for a bike rally,
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    probably doesn't compare to some of the rallies in the Rockies and all those high country places
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    And I'm the only one that does the trip on an XS650 [2010 Yarrangobilly]
    Cheers
    Baza
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  18. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Looking forward to an early start @ 0700 [sunrise] Saturday, up through the pine plantations to Tumut
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    then up to Yarrangobilly for the 'Alpine' rally - 50 years this year, I started going to this one in '74 - feel old now
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    Should be white like this -8c a few years ago, well rug up and keep warm !
    Cheers
    Baza
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  19. Philthy64

    Philthy64 Been here awhile

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    Have a good ride Hunter. Take some pic's if you get the chance

    Cheers

    Philthy
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  20. retiredgentleman

    retiredgentleman Been here awhile

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    Australia................going down to -8C ! That's just too cold for me.

    My XS650 was not starting well last year, but never thought too much about it. Well, this spring the battery died; down at only 10.2 volts. Battery was 6 years old. Installed a new battery and now it starts up real quick. Batteries don't seem to last as long as the used to ??

    I had bought an AGM sealed type, but the terminals just did not line up with my XS650 cables. I considered changing out the battery cables but too much trouble, so I exchanged the AGM for the old style flooded lead acid. I think my bike is happier anyway with the old original type battery:lol3
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