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Someone pointed out the other day that we don't have a thread dedicated to sharing our rides. We have a "What did you do to your XS today thread." We have one dedicated to "Justa joke." We even have the "Great 2M barbecue hunt" dedicated to finding great BBQ... but nothing for the everyday ordinary ride... or the epic one for that matter. Well, now we do.
Take some pics... shoot a video. Test ride around the block? Day trip? Cross country with friends? Found your Eldorado? Put it up here. I'm pretty sure pics are allowed.
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.
But he grew old—
This knight so bold—
And o’er his heart a shadow—
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.
And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—
‘Shadow,’ said he,
‘Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?’
‘Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the...
Dear XS650 friends:
I have some sad news to convey regarding our good friend RobinC. This afternoon, several of us received the following message from one of Robin's sons who used Robin's PM box to communicate with us:
Hello, this is Robin's son.
I'm not sure where to post this but I figured this would find the right people.
My dad unfortunately passed away this afternoon from what appears to be a heart attack.
I know this group meant a lot to him and I wanted to let those of you who knew him well know and I don't know how long he'll be kept logged in here.
Thanks for being a place where he could find a lot of joy. He spoke of this group all the time.
I don't have any further details at this point in time. I can say that several of us got to know Robin very well over the past few years and a couple of us rode with him - even as recently as a couple of weeks ago. I think that I can speak for all of us who came to appreciate his enthusiasm, his endless good humour, his patience and kindness to everyone and his generosity with his knowledge.
He will be sorely missed.
I am sure that we can all draw our own lessons from this sad event, but I would be remiss if I didn't point out that there will be two especially poignant entries in this years XS650 calendar.
"Hello xs650 friends,
I regret to inform you that WeekendRider passed away in his home this morning 10/19/2018.
I want to extend my gratitude to the members of this forum for your many years of common interest and fellowship.
This hobby was a big part of his life in his later years. He respected and talked about many of the people he met here, and the organized rides he attended.
Like Mailman said, your ripples have a far reaching effect, and the individuals here have touched our lives in a positive way.
Thank you for all the kind words, it means a lot to his family.
Keep your knees in the breeze, God bless"
Thanks for the good times.
***UPDATE*** 12-26-17 from Travis
The Calendars shipped last week and many people have already received them. Shawn ordered some extras, so if you missed the pre-sale you still have a chance to get one, but like I said before, once they're gone there won't be any more printed. Get one while you can!
Order here! http://www.xs650.com/pages/store/
***UPDATE*** 12-12-17 from Travis
Alright guys, the calendar pre-sale is over (has been for a few days) and the calendars will ship as soon as Shawn receives them from the printer. If you missed the pre-sale, a limited amount of extras were ordered and can still be purchased. But once they're gone, they're gone! It looks like it's going to be another good one to add to the XS650 Calendar collection!
Order here! http://www.xs650.com/pages/store/
The add to cart button has been added to the Store page.
Back with the 6th edition - of the official XS650 Calendar for 2018!
Timing will be critical, as we are aiming to get these out to you before year end! The format remains the same with 4 phases of the project.
Phase 1) • NOMINATIONS - 7 days
Phase 2) • VOTING STAGE - 7 days
Phase 3) • WINNERS SEND PICS - 7 days (If you are nominated and would like to get some nice photos of your bike, now would be a great time to do so in the fall before the snow flies.)
Phase 4) • Production/delivery/shipping
1. NEW - Nominate UP-TO 3 bikes that you'd like to see in the calendar for 2018. Nominee must be member with their bike/build posted on XS650.com. (We are looking for another great mix this year so we are limiting each person to 3 nominations) Post your nomination(s) here in this thread with a picture.
2. Contact the owner and let them know of the nomination.
3. Nominations must be seconded by another member.
Now that I'm fairly confident everyone got their t-shirt from the presale, the extra shirts are available for anyone who wants one. There are no Small or 4XL shirts, but at least two of all of the other sizes. Add a shirt to your cart then click checkout and it will tell you if your size is out of stock.
Chop Source is giving away another frame jig for the third year in a row! Same rules as the last two times.
Win a Chop Source Frame Jig Kit!
To enter the drawing just post in this thread! Existing Members Only! You need to have been a registered member before the date and time of this post to be eligible (this will be verified). All entries from members who joined after this post will be ignored. If you are new to the site, register today to be eligible for future member only drawings on XS650.com.
One entry per person (only the first post by each person in the thread will count). You must post before 11pm CDT on 5/14/17 to qualify. The winner will be chosen randomly from the qualified entries. Shipping will be covered by Chop...
XS650.com T-Shirt Presale! (Presale ends Sunday April 30th, 2017 at 11pm CDT)
People have been asking about getting t-shirts made again so we're doing a run of them. The last time we did this was in 2011 and 2012. Daniel Peirce was nice enough to let us use his XS650 engine photo again. We are keeping things simple this time with only black short sleeve t-shirts. They are silk screen printed (7 screens) on Gildan Ultra Cotton shirts. A presale is being held to make sure everyone gets the size they want. The presale will go until 11pm CDT on Sunday April 30th. After the presale, only a few extra shirts will be ordered, so sizes will be extremely limited... To make sure you get the shirt(s) you want, order today!
Front - Digital mock-up
Back - Digital mock-up
Half-tone detail of actual printed shirt
Read more in the presale thread...
MikesXS is giving away an XSCharge Permanent Magnet Alternator Kit (PMA) with 200 Watt stator to one lucky member! Specifically built for the XS650. The kit replaces your old rotor that has failed or magnet that has weakened over time. Replaces regulator/rectifier with solid state electronics. Fits 1970-1979 XS650 with OEM points ignition (or cam timed ignition systems). Will also fit 1980-1984 models running aftermarket cam timed ignition systems. To register, post a photo of your XS650 in the giveaway thread. Existing Members Only. The giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2017.
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