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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by buffaloborn, Jan 12, 2011.
Except for the exhaust system, that 650 looks right at home in that bike.
I'm thinking more like this when I get time
But for the time being - I'm probably going for a quick build along these lines
But using a 40mm fork 21" disc front-end off a TT250
More here:- https://www.livemotofoto.com/blog/2017/6/minabear-1983-yamaha-xs650
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.
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.
Only mod will be a Illinois Blackhawks speciality plate.
The red special above...
Yep, looks to be well taken care of and unmolested. Rare thing these days!
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.
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?
Great bike, nice find.
join this forum-
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.
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.
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
Spent a few days catching up with mates at the 'Autumn Leaf' rally between Tumut and Yass
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
Collected a trophy [again] - bit of a laugh, between me and the bike - we make 107yrs !
Nice view heading home - overlooking Tumurrama Valley
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
Jack and Buck
Must get in and have a look for where this oil is coming from ?
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 !
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
and because I do some silly things occasionally - I need that type of chain
Congrats on the trophy for combined 107 years. You're making me feel old...............my combined years is 113.
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
Retiredgentleman in Calgary.
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 !
Doing the 'Alpine' on the 8/9 June, at one of the coldest places in Australia for a bike rally,
probably doesn't compare to some of the rallies in the Rockies and all those high country places
And I'm the only one that does the trip on an XS650 [2010 Yarrangobilly]
Looking forward to an early start @ 0700 [sunrise] Saturday, up through the pine plantations to Tumut
then up to Yarrangobilly for the 'Alpine' rally - 50 years this year, I started going to this one in '74 - feel old now
Should be white like this -8c a few years ago, well rug up and keep warm !
Have a good ride Hunter. Take some pic's if you get the chance
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