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Couple of Questions; Pullbacks, Tank Slappers and an Observation

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thuban, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. geedubya

    geedubya geedubya Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    G'day B-O-B,

    Yup The only way for me to get a clear picture in the mirrors is to apply the front brake otherwise looks like everything is suffering from Parkinson's.

    GeeDub
     
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  2. geedubya

    geedubya geedubya Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    G'day again Thub,

    These are what i put on my '76C, from an Aussie bloke who sells Mikes stuff, damn comfortable .
    I do not know what Mikes sell 'em for but over here cost me 75 South Pacific Pesos (AKA Australian Dollars), they are lead filled also.

    Bike still shakes like a dog shitting razor blades but they have a good reach and pullback, guess that is what you get from rubber mounting your handlebars, found NOS mount rubbers cheap from a local Yammama dealer so no slop in the mounts, mind you i kinda' like the vibrations, lets you know you are alive.

    GeeDub
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  3. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher

     
  4. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Thu,
    my bar-end weights did NOT appear to reduce 'bar vibration so it was an upgrade that failed. But WTF it cost me nothing but the labour.
    The #7 lead shot & the plastic 12Ga shotgun shell wads (that are a perfect fit inside a 7/8" handlebar) used to keep the slurry fill at the 'bar's ends
    came from my reloading supplies and the cold-set rubber I mixed the shot into was nicked from work.
    Just perhaps a loose shot fill (tape the holes over?) would dampen the 'bar vibration? Nah, I doubts it.
    I've never reckoned that crash bars worked except as auxiliary footpegs neither but YES for saddlebags, You gotta have somewhere to put stuff, eh?
     
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  5. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Mailman,
    mounting my stock mirrors on little offset bars not only moved 'em outwards so I could see more road and less shoulder,
    (saw those little bastards right here on this site and E-ordered a pair right away) it also changed the mirrors' harmonics so they shook less.
    But even with the stock mirrors' vibro-vision you should still notice those flashing red and blue lights behind you, eh?
     
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  6. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    If I remember right, the frame went through about three revisions. I read probably the same thing you did, and before I got mine I made sure that didn't pertain to my year, '81. The Specials are best imo, in lots of small, evolved ways.

    If you're going to have wobbles out of the blue, on most bikes they will happen around 30-40mph and be very small. They may come back at very high speeds, I don't know. My speedo only goes to 80 and I've had it buried a few times and it feels like 55. It was on deserted roads out west and it just snuck up on me.
     
  7. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Now that I own both, a Special and a Standard, it appears to me that the Special may be a more stable platform. I thought it might have something to do with the 16" rear wheel but after I swapped in an 18", it was still very good. Maybe it has to do with the more laid down shocks. Maybe they triangulate better and make for a more stable rear end set-up. I swapped a stiffer TX750 swingarm onto both bikes and it made a real difference on the Standard, the Special not so much.
     
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  8. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher

    xjwmx,
    ...Deserted roads out west...How cool is that. Mailman knows too! Yeah, I think the wobbles were fixed by 77.
     
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  9. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher

    5Twins, I have a set of mike's shocks. May be part of the rough ride. Like I said back there some place, they didn't come with the lower metal insert for the lower mount bolt to torque up to. What the hay...sell something you only end up bending the lower "L" mount trying to snug up the lower mount bolt. But hey, they did come with 3 sizes of rubber bushings.
     
  10. Jim

    Jim I have a plan. It's something to deviate from. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Noticed that didya.... Have a read here. :doh:
     
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  11. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher

    Yep, Jim. You did "Ed Zachery" (Dr. Chang) like I did. I used the press. are those Mike's two stage Monza shocks?
     
  12. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Those Mike's shocks are reported to be very stiff with little damping. I can't say for sure, never tried them (and never will). Shocks are something you can't cheap out on. Wanna save some money? Paint the bike with a brush, lol.
     
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  13. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher

    5Twins, Those were a hundred bucks. Hahaha Define cheap. They are still head and shoulders better than the 40 year old ones that were on it.
     
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  14. Jim

    Jim I have a plan. It's something to deviate from. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I got 'em from a guy on Ebay years ago for 20 bucks (I think) but I'm pretty sure they're from Mikes originally.... and yeah, I can confirm that for my 160lb butt, they're way too stiff... about one step below a hardtail.... :yikes: I've got some better ones from Randy (machine), just haven't got around to changing 'em yet.
     

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