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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Chad_Bakken, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Chad_Bakken

    Chad_Bakken XS650 New Member

    Hello everyone! I just acquired my first XS and thought this would be the best place to post an introduction. My name is Chad, I am from the Richmond Va area and am 31 years old. I've been racing dirt bikes for 27 years and love anything to do with off road. I am a huge vintage fan, street and dirt. The bike I just got is in need of a lot of work so I'll be doing a lot of reading and probably asking questions from time to time.

    I'll add a photo of my project. It needs a lot of love as it has been sitting for a long time. It's a 81 650 dirt bike. I don't have many details on the conversion or who did it. From my research it has a CZ front end, Bultaco type plastic fuel tank and a PE Suzuki seat. I plan to restore it into a desert sled type bike and race it next year in our local Virginia series and a few national events along the east coast.

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  2. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hey Chad! Welcome aboard! Fer sher do a build thread to both document and let us follow along.
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  3. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Interesting starting point!
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  4. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Back in the day (mid-70's) a friend and I built a "twingle" 305 Honda (CL77) Scrambler. Herding that tank around a dirt track wore me out 45+ years ago.

    I can't even imagine a 650-based dirt bike these days. I suppose actual suspension would help a lot tho. I think the CL had MAYBE 3 inches on the back and not much (if any) more than that at the front.
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  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor


    Well this is a refreshing change of direction! :geek: I have seen some really cool dirt bikes made from our 650’s. There are some examples on YouTube.
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  6. motormike

    motormike XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Welcome... we like photos.... details.... :)
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  7. Chad_Bakken

    Chad_Bakken XS650 New Member

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I’m in the beginning stages of just trying to get the bike running before anything else. It’ll be a long winter project. I’m hoping to race it in the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series in the Open A class against all the modern mx and enduro bikes. Should be a good time! I started the tear down yesterday afternoon. Once I get along further I’ll post up a build thread.

    I’m not 100% sure in my direction yet though. I’ve got a lot of stuff laying around. May go with a traditional desert style bike. Or a full custom with long travel suspension and all that. Time will tell. I’ll change my mind 1000 times while doing the build.

    The ADD is real.

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