Craigslist Find Of The Day

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Road Rash, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. bensgone

    bensgone Been here awhile

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  2. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    You're missing out. Some people like my parties so much they never leave.
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  3. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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  4. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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  5. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    I must resist another XS 650, I must resist, I must resist....ok, I think Im good.

    Once past the toaster oven pic I saw another forlorn XS650 at a pretty decent price, lol. I've been scoopin them up over the years (back when they were dirt cheap) for future Street Tracker projects.

    Since I started doing that, the Hipster crowd has figured out that they make great project bikes and the prices for crusty old ones has gone way up...apparently this guy hadn't got the word...that's a pretty good buy, if it has a title anyway.

    I think I have like 9 of them stashed away now...no more, lol.
  6. andredl

    andredl Sold my K Bike for a Deere

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    That's okay, there are worse things to hoard. Besides, they were really cool bikes in their day.
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  7. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    I can't think of a worse bike, actually. My 79 XS650 Special was easily the worst motorcycle I've ever owned. Looked kinda cool, but absolutely unreliable in every way. Electrics, carbs, suspension, you name it, it was going to fail and leave me stranded. I wouldn't touch one today if it were free. Turned me off of Yamahas for nearly 20 years!

    Charles.
  8. andredl

    andredl Sold my K Bike for a Deere

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    I was wondering why your bike was so bad. I put over 70K on my 78 XS750. Both bikes probably shared a lot of engineering.

    Then I remembered that bike taught my how to work on carburetors. And that I split the cases at least 3 times to fix the crappy transmission. Haven't rode a Yamaha since.
  9. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Bash all ya want, I've owned many, many Yamahas (street and dirt) and all have served me very well.

    I have no intentions of leaving the old 650's stock anyway once made into Street Trackers.

    Attend any bike show, it'll be literally full of these bikes in many, many different configurations. Its a tried and true design, you just have to know how to tweak em a little bit here and there...once done, they're bullet proof.
  10. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    If by "tweak" them, you mean "fit new carburetors, make your own wiring harness, weld gussets onto the frame and swingarm to make it death-wobble slightly less, gut the ignition system and replace literally every single component (not forgetting the POS advance mechanism) with aftermarket items, replace both handlebar controls, replace the plastic swingarm bearings with aftermarket bronze bushings, and don't forget that dim and unusable headlight" then yeah, I can see doing all of that making the XS650 bulletproof. But that's a major project, a major undertaking, and a major expense.

    Charles.
  11. PNWRR

    PNWRR The Master Cylinder

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  12. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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  13. MUDHWY

    MUDHWY Paddle Shifter

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  14. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Ok, you win.
  15. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Hmm... I came off as a total dick in that reply. Sorry about that. All I can say is I'm having a bad day, and I loathed my XS650 so much that the memory of it brought a bunch of anger and resentment to the surface. They are a nice-looking motorcycle, and I'm willing to entertain the idea that my bike was a lemon, and that not all XS650s are lemons. Or even most.

    I apologize for the dick attitude.

    Charles.
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  16. Trinity_Session

    Trinity_Session Long timer

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  17. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    The term "Farkleosis" comes to mind.
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  18. Wallowa

    Wallowa Diver Down

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    Now that is funny..its says "Stay Dirty My Friends" and maybe it has seen dirt...but the extra fuel on a bike with stock 9 gals which is good for 450-500 miles..Hmmmm..but hey, red RotoPak looks good and shouts adventure...

    All said and done I believe this bike is a good buy rather than buying a new one...but Gawd it is obscenely clean! :brow
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  19. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    Yeah. And seeing how it's the ultimate single-track solution...so why is this farkle-pig for sale???
  20. Trinity_Session

    Trinity_Session Long timer

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    You are thinking about the Adventure, the regular GS has around 6 gallons of fuel.
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