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1971 xs1b restoration!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by xs65071, May 7, 2014.

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  1. xs65071

    xs65071 XS650 Addict

    hey, kind of new to the xs650s (own 3 now lol) I started a restoration on a 71xs1b I picked the bike up for really cheap from a friend, it sat in a garage since 1978, and only has 10xxx original miles on it, the bike was really dirty and pitted, but everything came back to life with a little elbow grease. still a lot to do, and if I were to take it down to the frame and re paint the frame and swing arm will that ruin the value by a lot? and if any one could tell me what they think its worth the way it sits now would be appreciate it. only thing not original is the handle bars and seat. from what I can see.

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  2. xs65071

    xs65071 XS650 Addict

    and also tires were replaces and I replaced the coil wires.
     
  3. Awesome looking bike man, you got that bike looking pretty good, I think the bike is worth $2,000. (MHP).
     
  4. Jpwhit1

    Jpwhit1 XS650 Enthusiast

  5. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi '71,
    it looks like the elbow grease is doing a great job on that bike and unless the frame is red with rust leave it as is.
    A full teardown and rebuild is a load of work and removing the frame's patina can lower the resale value.
    And it may be my elderly vision but that rear wheel appears to be too fat.
    Stock XS1B had a 4"-18 rear tire while yours looks like it's wearing a 5"-16.
     
  6. willyguzzi53

    willyguzzi53 XS650 Addict

    Good eyes Fred. I missed that at first glance.
     
  7. Cpkid

    Cpkid XS650 Addict

    Bike looks good , BUT the front fender is on backwards for one thing . Seat is not stock . And looks like the cylinders and head were painted . Also handlebars are not stock . Coil wires and rear tire was mentioned . Aside from that the XS1B is my favorite behind the XS1 of course. You have a very nice bike . Only 10,300 were made in 71 . The less made the rarer and more valuable . Good luck with it . It's as keeper.
    Regards,
    CPKID
     
  8. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    He sold it Saturday. $2kish
     
  9. Cpkid

    Cpkid XS650 Addict

    Guess it's not a keeper.
     
  10. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    flthead was going to look at it for me when we found out it was sold. Guy was hot to get it gone.
     
  11. xs65071

    xs65071 XS650 Addict

    hey guys havnt been on here for a little while but yes sadly I sold it I already regret it lol, but theres always other bikes out there, a local guy bought it planned on getting it running and putting it back to orginal as possible!
     

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