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Make Offer - 1977 XS650, Mostly Disassembled

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by m064734, May 7, 2015.

  1. m064734

    m064734 XS650 Member

    This is my dad's old bike, purchased by him new in 1977. We got it running when I was in high school around 2001. I took it with me to work on when I finished college in 2006. A friend and I disassembled it to have the frame and some body parts powder-coated. Since then, I've purchased numerous replacements parts and bolted the engine back on, but that's about it. I have basically all of the parts, some old and some brand new, and with an 8-month old at home, no time to assemble them. All wires that were removed have been labelled well, so shouldn't be too difficult to reconnect electrical. I also have the service manual and some other related tools and books. I can send pictures. Just looking for a good home for the bike, so it can get back together. I'm currently in the Oklahoma City area.

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    Last edited: May 7, 2015
  2. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy Top Contributor

    S.W. MO
    Titled? Condition of bike and motor in general?
    Are pictures available?
  3. Okie

    Okie XS650 Addict

    Do you have any pictures of what you have?
  4. m064734

    m064734 XS650 Member

    Added photos. I have the Florida title signed over to me from my Dad. Not sure if it can be signed over a second time or if I need to obtain a new title here in Oklahoma to sign over to the buyer.
  5. m064734

    m064734 XS650 Member

    Engine should be in good working condition. I think the last thing it needed before I took the whole thing apart was new coils. Also, I bet the electric starter needs work, but we always just used the kick-start. Parts are a little dusty, and some could use a little buffing. I did some myself and also had some parts done outside. I had a shop polish out the rims and re-spoke the wheels at one point. We used good FME to keep stuff from getting into the openings to the engine.

  6. Best to get it titled in your name.
    Looks like a '78 fuel tank.
  7. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    WER Forget the little woman and go for this!
    Back at'cha
  8. magoo66

    magoo66 XS650 Enthusiast

  9. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    magoo you're still around!
  10. moparmatt91

    moparmatt91 XS650 Addict

    Do you have spoke wheels?
  11. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy Top Contributor

    S.W. MO
    :laugh: gggGary I was thinking bout it.
    I've got brothers just a skip away from OKC and will be passing through on my way to Pikes Peak in a couple weeks.
  12. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Blue 77 Tank, Recheck the decals
  13. m064734

    m064734 XS650 Member

    Maybe, but it's not a '78. This is the original '77 tank.
  14. m064734

    m064734 XS650 Member

    Yes, on the spoke wheels.
  15. lobster

    lobster XS650 Member

    Whoa! Hands off boys! I hope I have a deal in the works!

    (seriously if someone closer makes it easier I understand)
  16. m064734

    m064734 XS650 Member

    So, in order to get the title, it sounds like I'm going to have to dig out the odometer and take that and the frame to the DMV in order to title what is essentially a pile of parts that could be driven once reassembled. Between the gas to haul this thing around, time, and cost of titling, it's looking like it would be easiest to abandon this thing on the side of the road or take it to a junkyard, which I would hate to do. Any ideas? I'd almost be willing to part with it for just about free if someone would take it off my hands without this hassle (and maybe send me a picture of what it looks like once it's put back together).
  17. lobster

    lobster XS650 Member

    PM sent with offer
  18. In Hoosierland, an in-state title transfer requires you to take the title to the motor vehicle department and apply for a title in your name......bikes from out of state must be verified by law enforcement to confirm serial numbers per vin check before title can be processed and then issued in your name.
    Oklahoma law sounds anal.
    Still, best that the title is in your name, Whatever the cost and aggravation......add it to the sale price if need be, as it's worth it to the buyer.
  19. jbenedict

    jbenedict Yamadog Owner

    Maybe if you assemble it into at least a roller and get the title in your own name someone would want it.

    Unfortunately, unfinished projects aren't worth nearly as much as finished ones. Especially ones without clear titles. If you want to take the time to part it out, you would do better than taking some money and having someone take it away. States are all different on their titling conditions and it sounds like OK is a little sticky. Up here in Washington, we have the option of saying "I don't know" on the mileage and it is listed that way on the title. There is an age thing on that but 1977 should be old enough. Up here, we can sign an affidavit that it isn't hot if you have a bill of sale and the DMV actually issues a ID plate for the frame just as if it was a scratch-built frame.

    Here's a reference to getting a title in OK:


    If it is over 9 years old (which it is) you don't need to have an odometer reading or number.

    If it is from out of state, the DMV needs to inspect your frame number.
    Last edited: May 8, 2015

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