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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

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    I'll just leave this here :D
     
  2. pregrid

    pregrid XS650 Guru

    I like what you've done with the seat!:D
     
  3. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Easily my best styling improvement so far!
     
  4. mattomachu

    mattomachu XS650 Enthusiast

    Got super inspired at the ONE show here in Portland last month, (you may have been there) http://theonemotorcycleshow.com and just picked up a 1975 XS650 in decent shape this past Sunday. Got an extra rebuilt engine also. loved your video and all the info and pix that you've put up. I need to do something about my seat pronto, (currently cow print leather). I saw on one of your posts about your custom seat and your cardboard cut out and the upholstery joint you used . Do have any other info up about your seat build?
     
  5. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    That's about it man. Make sure the frames how you like it. I had to rebuild mine from pretty much the shock mount back (PO chopped it). After that I got a piece of cardboard and used that to figure out where I wanted the bolts to attach. I think it used 18ga steel, I could be wrong though. Just use whatever everybody else is using for seat pans. Once I got it all cut out, bent into shape, bolts welded on, etc. I took it to the upholster. If you wanna see it private message me and I'll ride over to you sometime. I'm in inner SE.
     
  6. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Hey guys, I wanted to post a quick update:

    The bike's been running great, finally got the clutch adjustments right, and my rear fender to stop vibrating it's self to pieces, the weathers finally changing up here and I'm getting some good riding in.

    And now, my next big adventure: a thousand mile ride.
    That's right, on this bike. Not because it's setup for touring or even a good choice for a long distance bike. But because I built this with my own two hands, and in the American way of self reliance I'm gonna ride out through the desert with just my tools, my tent and my f#$%ing can-do spirit.


    Here's to doing in the wind!

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    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  7. Poverty

    Poverty XS650 Addict

    facial expression says it all ..
     
  8. Tell me you are going to born free. Even if you are not, just tell me someone is and that someone is you.
     
  9. pregrid

    pregrid XS650 Guru

    you're fuckin' nuts!!:D
     
  10. KentMoney

    KentMoney XS650 Addict

    whats up guys, I'm going to Born Free. LETS GET AN XS650 BRIGADE TOGETHER!! I am in San Jose, CA so it's a little more than half way between you in Portland.
     
  11. pregrid

    pregrid XS650 Guru

    I give up, what the hell is Born Free?
     
  12. KentMoney

    KentMoney XS650 Addict

  13. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Thanks for the support guys!

    Oh man, I hadn't planned on going. Maybe I should...hhmmm
     
  14. I might have to trailer my over there for Born Free. Kent, you really going?
     
  15. FastColt

    FastColt XS650 Addict

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    dude.....i fucking love this bike! I just added a 78 xs750 to my fleet and im building it to look similar to this. Its such a cool style, its like brat, cafe tracker all in one. Its a Brafcker lol.
     
  16. b1broc

    b1broc XS650 Addict

    dude you saved that bike man damn nice job u definetly put in the work!
     
  17. KentMoney

    KentMoney XS650 Addict

    alfredo, I sure am! It would be awesome to get a group of XS650 chops to go.


    if anyone is interested in a rendezvous, shoot me a PM. or maybe we should start at thread?
     
  18. HiPurpleTurtle

    HiPurpleTurtle XS650 Enthusiast

    I absolutely love that seat!

    I'm going to have to go through this thread later and see if you put up any info on how you made it.
     
  19. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    Thanks man! I'm gonna let you start the Brafcker trend, see if it catches on.

    Guess I never thought about it that way, but you're right, I did bring it back from the dead. haha

    Hey thanks, I've answered a few questions about it on here, if you look back through my stats I'm sure you can find it.
    Here's the reference photo that I bought to the upholsterer.
     
  20. poorman9

    poorman9 XS650 Addict

    And we're off! If you've got a smart phone, iPhone or android download Instagram if you want to follow along. My username is "dcbryan" and my cousin who's riding his cb750 is "nousehername"

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