XS650.com is dedicated to the Yamaha 650 twin motorcycles (XS-1, XS-2, TX650, and XS650) and to their owners who love to ride, restore, and customize them. All XS650 enthusiasts are welcome regardless of where you are from or whether you are into XS650 choppers, bobbers, cafe racers, street trackers, flat trackers, or restorations. Enjoy the site!
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November 2012 XS650 of the Month Contest
It was a close race but, Retiredgentleman took the win in the November XS650 of the month contest. The contest was for XS650 Specials, Special IIs, and Heritage Specials, 1978 through 1983. They could be stock or have some mods, but needed to have the stock "Special" tank, forks, and have a twin shock rear suspension. Retiredgentleman actually tied with sseres during the voting, but won in one day "deathmatch" poll to take the win.
Retiredgentleman has had the bike for 6 years and has done a lot of work to it over that time to make it the bike it is today. It has some modifications to make it safe and reliable such as a top-end rebuild, Pamco ignition, modern ignition coil, new solid-state regulator, and a new modern rectifier. It also has Brembo calipers front and rear for better stopping power. Last year the bike was professionally painted (it used to be bright red) and had a pristine OEM exhaust installed. RG says it's "a fun bike to ride and very easy to work on... a real enjoyable hobby/sport."
Giveaway: XS650 Brake Upgrade from Pandemonium Custom Choppers
Our friends at Pandemonium Custom Choppers are giving away a Pandemonium Brake Kit to one lucky member! The giveaway includes a Brembo brake caliper, caliper mount, brake line, and Nissin master cylinder!
To enter the drawing, post a picture of the bike you would install the kit on in the giveaway thread by 11pm CST on December 17th, 2012. See the giveaway thread in the Shops section of the Forum for all of the details.
October 2012 XS650 of the Month Contest: Build Thread
The October XS650 of the month contest was for XS650s with build threads on the site. Voting was for both the bike and the 'quality' of the build thread. Osteoderm took the win with his bike and build thread 'Good Heart, Bad Intentions: another build thread'.
August 2012 XS650 of the Month Contest Winner
The August XSOTM contest was for bobbers with suspension and brakes. The bike called Wicked Soul that was built by Visual Impact (visimpact) and now owned by tidd1340 took first place! The bike has a custom one-piece rear fender and battery box, a Honda gas tank that was highly modified, shaved and dropped forks, a custom kick start lever, and a Visual Impact seat rail kit and seat. The tank is candy red with 24 karat spun gold leaf and hand pinstriping. Wicked Soul was featured in the October 2011 issue of Cycle Source magazine.
The t-shirt presale announced below (scheduled to end 9/15/12 at 11pm CST) has been extended by one full day! The presale will now end on 9/16/12 at 11pm CST. If you haven't placed your order yet, do it now before it's too late. The Daniel Peirce XS650 engine print and magnet giveaway will not be extended and will end at the normally scheduled time.
XS650.com T-Shirts and Daniel Peirce XS650 Print and Magnet Giveaway (Presale Ends 9/15/12)
Many people have been asking about XS650.com shirts again after a successful shirt sale during the Spring of 2011. Well here they are! We have two designs this year. Daniel Peirce was nice enough to let us use his XS650 engine photo again for the same design as last year, and Hugh from Hugh's HandBuilt is allowing us to make shirts with his popular XS650 chopper on the front and back. Just like last year, a presale is being held to make sure everyone gets the exact garment, size, and color they want. The presale will go until 11pm CST on Saturday September 15th. After the presale, only a few extra shirts will be ordered, so colors and sizes will be extremely limited... To make sure you get the shirt(s) you want, order yours today! Check out the shirts!
Tron Wins the July 2012 XS650 of the Month Daily Rider Contest
Tron's '77 takes first place in the daily rider XS650 of the month contest for July! Here's what he had to say about the bike:
"My xs650 is my second bike, first being a cbr 600 plastic toy. I brought the bike back to life after being dead, hidden away in a shed since the 80s. Back in its day, it had been toyed with a bit, butchered a bit, and given a god awful 80's airbrush job.
I went in knowing nothing at all about the mechanics of motorcycles, and resurrected it from the dead, into a mean, havoc wreaking, daily smile creator.
I have documented the work absolutely horribly, and wish I took the time to take more photos and update the build better. I ride the bike daily, rain or shine, about 20 km's into work. On my days off, I hunt down the best forest roads and back roads I can find.
Yes, I ride the piss out of it dirt and pavement." .... Read More
TeeCat's '73 TX650 wins the April 2012 XS650 of the Month Contest
Have a look at TeeCat's 1973 TX650 mild cafe-roadster, the winner of the April 2012 XS650 of the Month Contest. TeeCat brought the bike home in August 2007 as a forlorn non-runner, but he could see that the TX had the mechanical and cosmetic bones of a respectable resto-mod. So, with a vision and a huge assist from countless dedicated XS650.com members, TeeCat embarked on what would be a four-year stint at "Classic Bike University". Sporting the comfortable posture of a roadster and an understated but signature cafe bike personality, this '73 features host of electronic, mechanical and cosmetic updates that delight - and perhaps even confuse - the fond memories of classic Japanese bike lovers here at XS650.com, on the street, and at the pumps. Have a look at a detailed work list in the April XSOTM voting thread!
March 2012 XS650 of the Month Winner
The March XSOTM contest was for restorations and survivors only. Yamasarus' XS1 received 65% of the votes! He took a year to gather parts and the build time was just 8 weeks! Everything mechanical was gone through and all parts were polished, painted, plated, or replaced, and yamasarus did all the work himself except for the chrome plating. It turned out beautiful! Check out the before and after photos!
February 2012 XS650 of the Month Winner
Check out this futuristic XS650 chopper by Justin! This chop is the winner of the February 2012 XS650 of the month contest. There are tons of cool features on the bike like 18" street glide wheels front and rear, custom machine triple trees, clutch window, and so much more. Lots of fabrication work went into this bike so be sure to check out the build thread for more pictures and all of the details of the build: XS650 chopped & Raked Lots of pics!
December 2011 XS650 of the Month Winner
Congratulations to Punkskalar (Hugh's Handbuilt) for winning the December 2011 XS650 of the month contest! This bike has caused quite a stir in the custom bike community in the last few years and has been an inspiration to many. People just love Hugh's bike and his enthusiasm for improving the XS650!
XS650.com decals are now available! Order a couple today and help support XS650.com! These are quality vinyl cut decals that measure 1.187" tall by 5.1" wide. The picture below is the actual decal applied to a black surface. Order XS650.com decals here.
XS650 Cam Chain Tensioner Adjustment and Valve Adjustment Videos
Knowing how to adjust your cam chain tensioner and valve clearances are things everyone who owns an XS650 must know how to do. littlebill31 has put together a few videos tutorials to show how it's done. Be sure to check them out.
Giveaways from Zombie Performance and Monstercraftsman
We're kicking off October with two giveaways! You could win brass mid mount foot pegs from Monstercraftsman or handlebars from Zombie Performance. You must enter the drawings by 11pm CST on October 16th, 2011 to qualify. Don't miss out!
Entries must be received by 11pm CST on August 7th, 2011 to qualify. To enter into the drawing, all you need to do is post in the giveaway thread.
Hugh's 8-Plate Clutch
Check out this 8-plate clutch modification by Hugh (Punkskalar) for his latest XS650 build. The 760cc engine this clutch is going in will be heavily ported, rephased to 277 degrees, and have 11:1 compression. The stock 6-plate clutch was modified to accept 8 plates using hand files, a lathe, and Hugh's precision eyecrometers.
Congratulations to member pregrid who has won the PAMCO ignition! The shirt sales were a great success. Thanks to all who participated. I'll keep everyone posted on the status of the shirts in the presale announcement thread.
XS650.com T-Shirts, Hoodies, and Work Shirts (Presale Ends April 14th)
After many requests for XS650.com shirts, the design is finalized and a presale is being held to make sure everyone gets the exact garment, size, and color they want. The presale will go until 11pm CST on Thursday April 14th. After the presale, only select garments, colors, and sizes will be available. To make sure you get what you want, order yours today! Check out the shirts!
Every shirt you buy (during the presale only) will enter you into a drawing to win a free PAMCO ignition courtesy of Pete! A $98.95 value and one of the best ignitions made for the XS650! See www.yamahaxs650.com for more details on the PAMCO ignition. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Saturday April 16th! Good Luck!
Two Wheel Mafia at the Washington DC International Motorcycle Show
Frank Rutigliano's XS650 took second place in the Freestyle Class at the 2011 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Washington DC! Congratulations Frank! This was his third XS650 build and they just keeps getting better and better.
Interview with Frank at the show:
More videos from the show featuring Two Wheel Mafia:
Winter is just around the corner (or already here!) for many of us in the North. If you plan to store your motorcycle over the winter or for any extended period of time, take a look at this article Gentlemanjim put together on how to properly store your motorcycle.
In the spirit of Halloween, XS650.com is having a pumpkin carving contest! The winner will receive $75 toward any order from Mikes XS or 650 Central. Get creative, start carving, and you could have $75 worth of free parts! Hurry, submissions must be received by midnight (CST) on October 31st.
How to Modify the Original Clutch Spring Screws
Clutch spring screws can be a pain in the ass to remove. An impact screwdriver is usually necessary and sometimes they don't even work when the Phillips head strips or the screw snaps. Notice the thin threads on the screw on the left. The one on the right was modified by member kent_in_kc so they should never be a problem again. Upgraded spring screw kits can be purchased for about $30, but if you need it done now or are short on cash, this is a good alternative.
The animations below show the difference between a normal XS650 engine where both pistons rise and fall at the same time, and a rephased XS650 engine where one piston is mid-stroke when the other is at the end of its stroke. Learn more about rephased XS650 engines.
Normal XS650 Engine
Rephased XS650 Engine
This beautiful mono-shock XS650 was built by Chad Goings and his father Bill Goings. They are from Wichita, Kansas and spent two years working on this project. They designed the bike around the mono-shock and careful thought was put into every aspect of the design to keep it simple and clean. Great work guys! Check out more photos of the finished bike. View the build thread on 650 Rider.
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Looking for a Wiring Diagram for your XS650?
Several XS650.com members have posted wiring diagrams for the XS650 in the Forum. Maybe one of the diagrams will be just what you’re looking for.
So you just bought your first XS650 and got it home. Now what?
Sure it looks decent and should clean up just fine, but it's running a little rough or maybe not at all, and you don't know where to start. Well you've come to the right place! This should be a good starting point: Bike won't start? Running rough?
Also check out the Technical References by clicking 'Tech' on the top navigation bar, or by clicking a specific category under 'Technical References' on the right side of this page.
8-Plate Billet XS650 Clutch Project by inxs
On the left, a stock XS650 clutch modified by Peter von Sphinx to accept 8 friction plates. inxs is planning an 8-plate clutch of his own using a billet clutch basket. Check out his 8-plate billet clutch project thread.
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This is Ian's latest build he calls XS650RR. This project was a four year build process and now he uses it to race in Ontario with the Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA).
Ian plans to upgrade the rear wheel to a disc setup this year and is looking forward to building his tracker project this winter. Beautiful bike Ian!
Check out this XS650 pumpkin!
Trex carved this chopper! Then a moose ate it the next day!
Andy Carter of Pangea Speed sent in these great shots of Jessica and him during their trip a few months ago to the salt flats. Andy used to build hot rods and now is focusing on motorcycles. He likes to ride what he builds and isn't afraid to open them up or get them a little dirty. Thanks for the shots Andy!
You don't see too many pictures of xs650s with beautiful women on them. Maybe we should start a thread. This bike was built by Jason Richardson and that's his wife Megan. The unique frame was fabricated by Jason and his uncle and has 38 degrees of rake. The tank is off an old Honda CB. Nice work Jason!
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