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Featured Finally, I found my Holy Grail Bike!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Vincenthdfan, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan XS650 Addict

    Here it is....bought from the bike's original 75 year old owner.

    A beautiful 1970 XS-1, all original, 15,000 original miles, always stored inside...a true gem.

    I drove 15 hours round trip to get it and I couldn't be more happy with it!

    Thank you again Larry, its found a loving home. :bike:


    I'm the guy on the right, Larry's on the left.


    Making it's trip to it's new home.

    This bike is going to look perfect next to the 1971 XS-1B that I bought from it's original 73 year old owner last year too (Thanks again Wayne!!).
    cycleranger, old boy, HIGHRPM and 2 others like this.
  2. figure8

    figure8 XS650 Guru

    Congrats man, that's gorgeous!
  3. fox23

    fox23 XS650 Addict

    Beauty man!
  4. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    wow, looks like it's in really great shape! How many xs' s do you now have?
  5. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan XS650 Addict

    Probably too many...it's a sickness, like rescuing lost puppies from the pound.

    I love the early ones, been looking for a pristine '70 for a long time.

    The other, newer ones I have are for future Street Tracker, Café, and or Scrambler projects.

    I bought the newer ones back when they were a dime a dozen, try finding em cheap now!!

    The Hipsters have definitely found these wonderful bikes, as evidenced by my trip to "The One" motorcycle show in Portland last year.

    There were so many XS engines in so many different themed bikes it was crazy!
  6. MrYeats

    MrYeats MrYeats

    great find...I know you will cherish it for many years...
  7. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    That's fantastic! It looks new! Congrats on a great find!
  8. wherearewe

    wherearewe Rub on Ya Titties

    Gonna hardtail it or go cafe?:wink2:

    But seriously thats a minter!
  9. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Woosh That Is incredible, you DOG you!

    Vinnie you got do us po bstds piecing together bikes from old scrap a REAL FAVOR? Do up a serious photo shoot THEN upload the pics to the site and do a thread on it. That could become the definitive resource for the restorers guide. What's the VIN, or near abouts?
  10. I am Carbon

    I am Carbon shade tree mechanic XS650.com Supporter

    Fantastic find! If all your bikes are inside then ya don't have too many
  11. Congrats, what an awesome bike (love to have one of those):bike:
  12. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

  13. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan XS650 Addict

    Here ya go...a few more pics as a few have requested. The green changes color every time the lighting hits it differently, lol.

    The headlight nacelle is different, Larry put a more modern bucket on there in order to use more modern lighting, but I have all the original stuff to go back on...just haven't had time to throw it back on yet.

    The turn signals did not come on the bike either.

    Larry noted that as the bike did indeed come equipped with a signal indicator light on the tachometer and the switch gear on the left handlebar he didn't see a reason to have no signals on it.

    So, back when the bike was new, he had signals installed that a local dealer had left over from some enduro take offs.

    I'll be removing them as well.






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  14. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan XS650 Addict

    Here is a really nice write up Larry did regarding the history of the bike on his blog as well.

    Nice to hear it from his perspective.

  15. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Fantastic pics, Vince. And Larry's write-up is great, too. Yes, the 'dog assist' kickstart is helpful.
    It appears that you also have the even rarer right-side clamp-on mirror, in pristine shape.
    Are missing that odd half-moon washer for the chainguard, item #22 in this pic?

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  16. vsop-dk

    vsop-dk XS650 Addict

    Really nice pics, a true keeper. Impressive how nice it still looks after all those years.

    Thanks for sharing.
  17. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

    Very nice bike. Thanks for posting
  18. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That's great stuff! Thanks so much.
  19. Grimmith

    Grimmith Samurai

    woooooooow... that is beautiful!!....Yeah I don't really agree with the blinkers either, I'm assuming when he rode it on occasion that he ride around a mass amount traffic or public? I
  20. That is absolutely sweet! Those look like the correct signals but the front mounts should be in the headlight bucket side bolt holes for '70 and I really can't remember how the rears mount.
    Zip960 likes this.

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