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But mom, it followed me home! And I'm gonna build it right here!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wrenchjohns, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. image.jpg and it’s ugly enough that anyone can see it needs a lot of love
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  2. Right now, the plan is to take this one all the way apart, evaluate then decide on the future. Restore vs crazy custom. This xs2 is fairly complete (more so than the xs1 when it came back). I see original charging stuff, looks like points ignition and IT HAS A STARTER! The kick start doesn't feel right when pushed by hand so that will be seen to when the engine comes down.
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  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Congratulations John! Looks like you’ve got a lot to chew on there! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with your new bike. I hope you start your own build thread on it, best of luck to you! :thumbsup:
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  4. A build thread is definitely a thought rattling around my scattered brain and this may evolve into said thread.
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  5. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Atta boy WJ - this one rates another
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  6. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Looks like a keeper for sure. Good bones to start with. Well done.
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  7. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    seems vaguely familiar, :rolleyes:
    that e start has it's uses.
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  8. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Oooooooooooo, baby! There's so much un-molested original there (besides the tank paint, which is actually kinda cool), it looks like a restoration project! If you have the time (and budget), it looks like a nut-and-bolt job. :thumbsup: Nice find!
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  9. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    Another XS2 coming back to life.:cheers:
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  10. When I picked it up, it looked almost dead on how xs1 looked all the way down to cracked up tires. And this one has a box of goodies, a headlight bucket, and a Haynes manual(kinda handy). Today I'm planning to pull the engine out.
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  11. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Brave you are ! Those early XS bikes are certainly a step higher on the pedestal stairs to accomplish. Very admirable.
    I’ll be watching too
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  12. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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  13. smking0656

    smking0656 XS650 Enthusiast

    Somebody was in my garage and took my bike, HAHA. It was nice to meet you John.
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  14. Either I'm getting old or that engine's heavier than I remember. Any chance it could be both? Hmmm
    P1000916.JPG P1000917.JPG P1000918.JPG P1000919.JPG The engine was gently placed this way for stability, the first three pix are for wire and cable routing. Good meeting you Steve.
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  15. DA5E2B99-9C2A-4240-A5B4-46215506F617.jpeg Today, built an unsexy engine stand.
  16. Today took the top end off. P1000920.JPG P1000921.JPG and it looks really pretty good. Next warmish day I plan to check for big end bearing rock and a visual inspection of the small end bearings. When the lower end is down I'll be looking for the "scrapey" feel that the kicker had.

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  17. I'm starting to lean towards restoration but options are still open.
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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Looking pretty good so far John! Hope the rest goes well ! :thumbsup:
  19. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    WR not much wear on what you have open so far. Good luck with the rest! JC
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