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Finally finished my XS2

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by eight0, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Well, I have finally finished my XS2.. (I say that but are we ever finished). I've fitted indicators and mirrors since taking these pictures as riding in London whilst holding your arms out isn't fun. the last picture what it looked like when I got it.




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    Last edited: Mar 25, 2018
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  2. figure8

    figure8 XS650 Guru

    Nicely done!!!
     
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  3. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Thanks, it's my first resto so been a bit of a learning curve. couldn't have done it without the help of people on this site.
     
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  4. Jim

    Jim "No...Try not. Do ... or do not. There is no try." Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Very nice!!
     
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  5. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Addict

    Sweet!
     
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  6. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang' Top Contributor

    Absolutely beautiful eight0! Looks great, sounds great. Excellent job!
     
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  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    WOW - that is one spectacular bike eight0 - very nicely done indeed.

    Congratulations - you've got a lot of fans out here with that old gal in your stable!

    Pete
     
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  8. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Thanks all. I originally wanted to customise it but when I went through it, I found that apart from the missing indicators, xs650 badges and seat.. nothing had been changed. Even the seat pan was original and rust free. So I couldn't bring myself to do it and decided to do a resto instead.
    Hardest bit was then having to find XS2 parts as a lot are very slightly different than the later models.
    If anyone is stuck finding bits I have come across some good sources!
    And yes, I know the Speedo isn't an xs2 speedo...
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2018
  9. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Wow that really came out nice! I am also just getting started on an XS2 resto, I’d be happy to have mine come out as nice as yours!
    I’m sending you a PM.
    Thanks Bob
     
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  10. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Studying your pics, what I'm seeing looks like a correct 72-73 speedo, with an even more rare XS1/XS1B tachometer...
     
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  11. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Hmm well I thought it must have been the Speedo that had been changed but maybe it's the tach. Well at least that would mean the milage might be correct!
     
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  12. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict

    Really nice looking. Sounds great. Great job, and salvation for the bike.
     
  13. Meddy

    Meddy XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Very nice, love the colour.
     
  14. txxs

    txxs XS650 Addict

    Very nice job.

    (By the way that XS1 tacho is worth a bit of money, don't give it away)
     
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  15. motormike

    motormike XS650 Addict

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    Nice...add grab rail and seat strap and it's done. Was this a US model..?.. From my understand'n the 72' Xs2... was the first model year import'd to the Uk..?... Did they come in a range and black ?
     
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  16. eight0

    eight0 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Yeah I think the UK model was orange and black. This was a US import so originally in Candy red and white like this.
     
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  17. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before parked Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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    Beautiful restoration, eigtht0. Now go and enjoy it.
     
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  18. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    Very nice job. Glad to see another one on the road again. One question about the clutch cable. Looks like it needs to tucked in a bit, kinda hanging in the breeze
     
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  19. Lovely ,Ive got an original grab rail if your interested
     
  20. Grimly

    Grimly XS650 Addict

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    Nice job.
    I'd be interested in that seat you took off, if you're getting rid of it.
    From reading your account, it was built onto the original pan, which you've re-used? In that case, I'm still interested in the foam and cover.
     

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