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'79 xs650 Modern Cafe Build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by catskillmtncustoms, Dec 19, 2014.




  1. Thanks guys. I'll probably mount up both, and then drop one if I feel it's too much.

    Thanks for following also!
     
  2. I finished machining all the parts for the front wheel and brakes. The hub will be polished and laced up to a new 19x2.15" rim.

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  3. I really like the look of dual rotors, IMO.
     
  4. Can never under-do front braking, twin discs derigure. It's a cafe racer after all
     




  5. Yeah, I am happy my decision now that everything is bolted up. I think the extra stopping power will be well worth the the few extra pounds.
     
  6. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    haha, and it's always nice to be able to flip the bike over the front wheel if necessary! :-D
     
  7. pago cruiser

    pago cruiser XS650 Addict

    Been off the board awhile on other projects; glad I checked back in!
    Great ideas and execution. :thumbsup:

    My $0.02: you can't be too thin, too rich, or have too much brake. I converted a KLR650 front end to dual disks for my build.

    PM sent on another item.
     
  8. Sorry for the slow update. I picked up another cb350 for a build and sell project. The plan is to build a light and nimble scrambler. Nothing too groundbreaking, but completely re-built with detail and craftsmanship.

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  9. As for the xs, I received my tires, tubes etc. The rims are Excel, 19x2.5 front and 18x3.5 rear. The hubs were powder coated satin black.
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    Everything was great and I was very excited to lace up my fresh wheels when I found that my new spokes were too long for the drop center Excel rim. I had ordered these spokes to fit with the deep drop center, but no-go. I pulled some measurements and it seems that I just need spokes sized as if I were lacing to a 18" rim.
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  10. I'm very much enjoying this build. excellent work with geometry and the metal fab.
     
  11. ZAIN DIAZ

    ZAIN DIAZ XS650 Enthusiast

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    Colin please make a great seat!!! :thumbsup:
     

  12. Thank you, I am always trying to improve.


    I don't know who Colin is, but I will need some upholstery work!
     
  13. ZAIN DIAZ

    ZAIN DIAZ XS650 Enthusiast

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    I mean the solo seat brhother
     

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  14. I just wanted to post a quick update to keep this thread to date for anyone whom may be following.
    Recently the xs650 has been sitting neglected while I've been working on some customer fabrication projects.

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    I've also been plucking away on the cb350 scrambler that I am building to be sold when complete. I recently finished up the new tube subframe and aluminum electronics tray.
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    I hope to have some updates on the xs soon!
     
  15. ZAIN DIAZ

    ZAIN DIAZ XS650 Enthusiast

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  16. Unfortunately, not a whole lot new with the xs650. I've been accumulating some little parts here and there, but nothing to really post about.
    But, I have been busy. I attended a metal shaping class to improve my shaping skills, and I will be hand making the xs650's tank, tail and side panels from aluminum. Here are a few pics from the class. I made an aluminum chopper style tank with knee indents. To be honest I think it's an ugly tank, but I designed it to be a challenging shape.
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    I've also been working hard on my cb350 project. I am currently making that tank at home. Here are some progress pics of that.

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    I promise some xs650 updates soon!
     
  17. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Holey stretchers, Batman! That's a huge shaper!
    I'm thinking sidelining as aircraft cowling restorations...
     

  18. Yeah, there are some serious wheels in that shop!

    They are used to make automotive panels, and we're all designed and handmade by the owner Wray Schelin.
     

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