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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. shane_lxi

    shane_lxi XS650 New Member

  2. Gordon

    Gordon XS650 Junkie

    Early XS'S had an 18" wheel, with 'rain catcher' type wheel's. Nice wheel's. Polish up real pretty, and with new spoke's and refinished hub, wow.
  3. shane_lxi

    shane_lxi XS650 New Member

    ^ thanks for the info! Is it the same drum or do you need the drum and axle and everything?
  4. Gordon

    Gordon XS650 Junkie

    When I bought one it came with everything, but I think they are the same.
  5. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    It actually came with a 16" on the rear, I found a guy here on the forum that was looking for an 16" and I traded him straight across for me.

    And this bike, was probably my biggest inspiration behind the build, so I'm glad it ended up looking similar :D
  6. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Well everybody, I've now joined permanent magnetic alternator club.

    My original alternator was never putting out more than 12 volts, so I got on craigslist bought a banshee stator and adjustable timing plate. Also I picked up a lightened flywheel for $60 and after a couple tries I got a working three phase rec/reg from the junkyard.

    Read more about it here if you're interested.
  7. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict


    Thought you guys might enjoy this!
  8. pregrid

    pregrid XS650 Guru

    Cool shot! What kind of glue did you use to stick the helmet to the front tire?
  9. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Lol, I actually had it locked around the buckle and a spoke, the only thing I could find that the little pad lock I had would fit around.
  10. pregrid

    pregrid XS650 Guru

  11. faber

    faber XS650 Member

    Nice. Like it a lot. How is that combo speedo/tach working?
  12. C-Los SD

    C-Los SD XS650 Addict

    Very cool looking. What is your left handlebar switch from?
  13. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    You know, it's not working at all actually. I think I had the drive cable coming in at too sharp of angle and it was kind of forcing the back of the gauge down, anyway, it stopped working. So I'm gonna take it somewhere and see what's up. I still haven't gotta a chance to wire up the tach either. More to come...

    I have no idea what it's off of I'd guess so 70's trail bike? It's metal, which was hard to find. It's got a blinker, a horn and a kill switch on it, which was all I needed.

    The idea was to strip down the bars as much as possible. I hate the look of those big plastic housings with the switches. I bought a new throttle body/sleeve so I could get rid of all the switches on the right (don't need a start button, and there's a kill switch on the left). But I guess the one I ordered from Motion Pro wasn't right, I never could find just a straight throttle without any buttons or switches that would work, so I just threw the original back on there. The switches aren't even wired up on the right.
  14. PatDoody

    PatDoody XS650 Enthusiast

    Great build! Alot like how I am building my current xs. I think this style bike is going to be very popular soon.
  15. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Hey everybody, we just got a break in the rain here in Portland so I ran out and took some pictures, of what I've been working on.

    Since I've posted the original picture, I've done some more work, most of it just for ascetics. I did change my clutch springs, and convert to a permanent magnetic alternator. I also found out that my old passenger pegs mount right where I'm guessing the old side planels went.

    I got rid of the LED ebay blinkers, which broke instantly and looked stupid. and replaced them with a couple sets from Lockhart Philips, which I think look much better.

    I also got another tank on craigslist. My plan was to sand it down and clear-coat it, I was hoping it'd be dent-free...but it wasn't :shrug: so I clear coated it anyway.

    I'm missing a badge on one side, so if anybody's got an extra one (that matches the left) then I'll gladly buy it....on with the pictures.



  16. sgallaty

    sgallaty Antihero

    Man I think those dents improve it.
    Musick76 likes this.
  17. pamcopete

    pamcopete Ride.Enjoy.Life is Simple

    Wow, love the video...:thumbsup:......happy to see the shocks...:D....great project, even though you have the other ignition system...:wtf:
  18. xscessivecompulsive

    xscessivecompulsive Live 2 Ride, Ride 2 Live

    Hey David, the bike looks great!! I just took a look through one of my parts boxes and I have that badge your looking for!! Lemme know if you still need it!!

  19. smurph

    smurph XS650 Addict

    Like the minimalist look, and the seat came out great. Nice work.

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