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Finally got it running! My 81 XS Build Thread [Pictures and Video]

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by poorman9, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Well guys, I've finally done it! I went for my first ride this weekend.

    Back in March I signed up for an account here after buying a couple box of XS parts, a chopped frame and a torn apart motor. Since then you guys have been here to answer questions and offer support anytime I needed it, I want to personally thank anyone who has helped me out with this project, I'd still be staring at a pile of parts in my garage if it weren't for you.

    So in the spirit of sharing, I've made this video. It's a time lapse of me rebuilding my topend (for the second time:doh:) and my very first ride.





    Now to the build info

    I, like a lot of young guys had seen some cool looking bikes on the internet, like the ones from Wrenchmonkees and Deus Ex Machina and got inspired. I posted a want ad on craigslist for an 70-80 Japanese bike, and got this reply "Hey I have a 81 xs650 it's all disassembled but I have everything you need to put it back together.. If your interested in a good easy project bike let me know and make me an offer." $400 later I was the proud new owner of a heaping pile of parts.

    It isn't finished, but it's getting there
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    This is how it looked when I bought it
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    This is how to original owner once had it setup
    It dosen't look that bad, but the things was not in good shape, the shocks were just about the break off the mounts, his "welds" were cracking, everything was rattle ran black, the fender had been cut with what looked like tin-snips...

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    Things I'm still working on:
    • Need to clean up and wrap the wiring
    • Paint, Paint, Paint.
    • Hate my plastic blinkers that I bought
    • Temporary licence plate mount
    • I've rewired all my switches to one control on the left, so I could find a cleaner looking throttle without all the stock button.


    As you can see I'm going for kind of a tracker/brat-style/dual sport look. If anybody knows a good way to describe this bike, please tell me, people ask, and I don't know what to call the style. After I got the car load of parts home, I started searching the internet for inspiration, other XS builds that I liked. I put together a document with of images and helpful text that I referred to often when making decision about style parts. I didn't plan on sharing it, but maybe it might help someone else out
    MultiPage google Doc, with lots of XS images.


    Now on with the Pictures!


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  2. Great Job my friend!!!! Something to be proud of there!
     
  3. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Thanks! Did you ever sort out your kickbacks, timing and other problems?
     
  4. It was all timing. Had to get the motor rev'd to about 4k to set the timing on the boyer. Haven't had a kick back since and hope not to :cheers:
     
  5. jamesgs4

    jamesgs4 fuck this, let's ride!

  6. Mcnabb

    Mcnabb XS650 Addict

    Man it looks pretty sweet!! I would be out riding iffy wiring skills didnt suck so bad lol. Very nice lookin bike tho

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  7. Mcnabb

    Mcnabb XS650 Addict

    Man it looks pretty sweet!! I would be out riding if my wiring skills didnt suck so bad lol. Very nice lookin bike tho

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  8. willyguzzi53

    willyguzzi53 XS650 Addict

    I don't know what style to call it either but I'm building almost an exact twin to yours. Same tank, seat, rear fender, headlight, etc. Even your little electrical box under the seat is the same. Mine's been mocked up and torn down and right now the bare frame is sitting on the floor waiting for a few finishing brackets to be welded on and then blasted. I'm in the process today of parting out an old golf cart that is sitting right where my build table need to sit. BTW, if someone offers to give you an old golf cart that "just needs tires and maybe batteries" run away just as fast as you can.
     
  9. Man... looks like you have all the skill sets covered! I admire that kind of autonomy... you can basically tackle anything! You have ventured to lots of places that I'd fear to tread. Nice project and documentation, too!

    TC
     
  10. MiniDanzig

    MiniDanzig XS650 Addict

    fantastic build man. super nice pics too.
     
  11. KentMoney

    KentMoney XS650 Addict

    nice, it seems like you got this thing up and running fast!
     
  12. That's epic I bet it is crazy fast.
     
  13. 132zed

    132zed XS650 Enthusiast

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    Praise the motorcycle gods. I am so happy for you dude. Good work man.

    Now I just need you to ride down to Texas and help me with mine.
     
  14. Ford40

    Ford40 XS650 Member

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    thats a really nice build
     
  15. shotgunjoe

    shotgunjoe XS650 Hunter

    What did you use to clean the aluminum parts? Bike looks great. Remeinds me a little of mine.
     
  16. Danisdead

    Danisdead Two Wheeled Addict

    That is a great build video. I can't wait to see it finished.
     
  17. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    First off thanks everybody for all the kind comments, this is my first motorcycle, so it's nice to hear some other feedback for my peers. I do digital media work for a living so photos and video are my kind of thing.

    That's crazy man, well we need to come up with a name then, since we're originators :wink2: Bratstyle is too chopper sounding, it's not a tracker though, and definitely not a cafe....hmm

    Thanks, I do kinda of live by the idea of takeling anything. But you know, this is it, I'll never get another summer of my 24th year, and at least I can look back and say I've done something. Now summer of last year, that was an adventure. Everything seemed really intimidating and confusing to me too, until I actually focused and started learning about or trying to do it. Besides, everybody's here to help.

    I guess you're right, at the time it felt like forever, but four months isn't really that bad.

    Haha thanks, I haven't got it out of 3rd gear yet (it started raining again here in Portland) and I've got some charging issues (my next post), but atleast it looks fast! I'll report back when I find out how fast :bike:


    Well, here's a thread about my media blasting process, which was hilariously terrible. Besides that I scrubbed everything down with a red scotch pad.


    Thanks again everybody, Now I'm half way through the Charging System Troubleshooting Guide trying to figure out my I'm never getting any voltage back to the battery, at any RPM
     
  18. sgallaty

    sgallaty Antihero

    I dig on your approach so far, poorman. My bike is heading towards the same aesthetic that yours did. I suggest Bauhaus as an appelation for the style.
     
  19. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Hey 10 point for using the word appellation! Yeah Bauhaus or Minimalistic. Really even cafes, famous for being stripped down, have more added style than I wanted.
     
  20. sgallaty

    sgallaty Antihero

    How's this for crazy? Every single bike you posted in your multipage google doc was one of my inspirations as well. No kidding, every one.

    The stripped down minimalist form follows function ideal, the dual-sport leaning tires, the similar sized rims front to back, the elimination and reduction...

    I presume you removed and plugged your starter, since you're relying on a battery that can only run your stator?
     

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