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72 rest in peace officially junked it

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by xschop, May 8, 2016.

  1. xschop

    xschop XS650 Enthusiast

    My 1972 xs650 chop is officially rip :(
    On my way home from the bike blessing in oak creek Wisconsin my bike caught fire..I jumped off he motorcycle and as I tumbled and rolled I got up and was still on fire...fellow riders helped put the fire out considering I was on fire and I suffered 2nd degree burns..but unfortunately my bike suffered the worst...she went out in a ball of fury as I stood there watching her slowly burn :/
    We had good times but I'm sad to say even though I am barely recovering and still suffering from my wounds the heart ache of not having my bike is what hurts me the most..what started as a basket case to a fully functional 84mph on the freeway one kick xs 650 I've glad to say we came a long way but tones her go out like that burns a hole in my heart....my point of this is guys you might beat your bikes down teach her a lesson you might baby her or anyway you treat your motorcycle at the end of the day don't take her foregranted because she was there for everything in your life...sorry to have to vent on you guys but I just had to let this out ...now looking for another xs...so far found a 79 and a78 xs but I feelings not the same :(
    Thanks for hearing my sad rant
     
  2. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Shoot...sorry for your loss!

    What caused the fire, do you know?
     
  3. XStretchified650

    XStretchified650 Back in the 650 Saddle

    Sad story...glad to hear you survived the episode.

    My first thought was 'that was a pretty sucky bike blessing'. Thinking further though, you did survive it albeit without the XS.... so the bike blessing was pretty much a spot on success.

    Sidebar.....I did a bike blessing ride from Libertyville to Kenosha last Sunday. Never did one before but it was the 27th annual. I've got pictures but my XS is lost in a sea of American Iron. I did see one BWM, one Honda, one Road Star and two Kawasaki's in the mix.

    Back to the Thread.... Good luck with xs650 Chop II.

    XStretchified
     
  4. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    Make new feelings with a new to you bike.
    Speaking of feelings, wait until your nerves in the burn areas kick back on.
    When that happens, feel lucky to be alive to feel life.
    What on you got burned? Legs? Ass? Or the jewels?
     
  5. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi xschop,
    sorry to read that you got burned and hope you heal up OK.
    losing a bike, especially one that you put all that money and time into, can be traumatic.
    But it's kinda like the "Until death us do part." clause in the marriage vows.
    After whatever mourning period you find appropriate for a lost bike you just gotta start looking around for another ride.
     
  6. xschop

    xschop XS650 Enthusiast

    To brassneck
    Thanks for the condolences and to be honest I'm still figuring that out when I went to the tow lot I looked at her for a while to try and figure it out nonetheless most of the fire was concentrated by the carbs...who knew that carburetoros could melt because I literally had no carbs or battery after the fire..but tone honest I think it was my error and I'm assuming I forgot to turn the petcock off and my carbs overflowed and leaked he entire time and when I left when the bike got up to temp it ignited? That's my only theory as of now but I'll feel even worse if it was my dumb ass fault

    Xsstretchified
    Yeah it was a crappy bike blessing this was my first year and what's sad about it every year member of my family goes something bad happens idk why but every year faithfully like clockwork something happens so suffice to say that'll be my last time going to the bike blessing but thanks for he encouragement

    Angus67
    Yeah I really want to make feeling with a new to you bike but it's hard because to be honest I'm Leary of buying another xs still because going through all the basket case problems I went through with my bike I'm very and maybe overly concerned with what I buy I don't wanna go through that again haha so I'm trying hard to find an unmolested xs here in Milwaukee Wisconsin anywho my left leg got majority of the burns everything from my knee down to my foot received second degree burns idk but I smelled like pure gasoline so not sure still how ingot that much gas on me but thanks

    Fredintoon
    I agree Fred it feels traumatic because I kept my bike in the living room in my apartment eveynight and not having her there when I wake go it's been hard and as corny or stupid or dumb it may sound I honestly feel like I lost my best friend and it's not the money I care about what I care about is the time and the energy I invested in her..I knew every but and bolt on that bike like I know the curves on my fiancé to say he least...but your right till death do us part ...and the only way I'll be able to get over the mourning period is I just have to buy another bike so in trying my hardest to pull all my little to no resources and buy another xs...I think that'll be the only way to get over it is by getting another xs and honoring my original xs by devoting this bike to her ....any ways so far my healing seen alright going to the hospital today for a follow up to see how I'm helping I'm still on medication for the pain and I've been off work for a week so not sure if they'll let me return to work if I'm still in pain

    THANK YOU VERY MICH FOR THE SUPPORT I NEEDED TO VENT AND DIDNT KNOW WHERE ELSE TO GO BECAUSE NONWHERE ELSE COULD UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP YOU DEVELOPE WITH THESE XS'S BUT THANK YOU INFOULDNT HAVE FOUND A BETTER COMMUNITY...if anybody lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin willing to help find another xs id be happy to hear from you
     
  7. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete 1979 XS650 Special

    D@mn! Glad you are OK, sorry to hear about the bike.
     

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