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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Raymondo, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    I quite like the look of it silver!

    If you don’t mind saying, how much did you pay for yours Raymondo?

    Mine came from Norway and it worked out quite expensive by the time shipping and taxes were factored in.
     
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  2. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey Top Contributor

    Daniel, the swing arm came from Germany so shipping pushed the price up to £130-odd. At least HMRC didn't ask for a slice too.

    Living in a remote place like the Borders, you never find anything local and postage always puts the price up. Some couriers are starting to charge more for delivery to Scotland - but it's even worse if you live in the Highlands & Islands.
     
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  3. Bewarethemoon

    Bewarethemoon XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    I can’t remember exactly how much I paid all-in but I think it was pretty close the to what you paid?

    How did you track yours down? I joined the TX750 owners group on Facebook, going to look for a rear axle & spacers next.
     
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  4. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey Top Contributor

    Just a simple search on ebay.
     
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  5. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    The rear axle and sprocket side spacer/dust cover are no different than the 650 parts but I think the right side spacer by the brake plate is nicer, it's chrome .....

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    By comparison, the 650 one is just cad plated .....

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    But this won't apply to you guys with disc rear brakes, you don't have that right side spacer.
     
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  6. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict

     
  7. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict

    Maybe go the whole hog and use the TX750 rear wheel. Bigger brake. More unsprung weight.
     
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  8. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey Top Contributor

    Would like to have wire-spoked wheels. But I don't know how much the change would end up costing, or even whether would find the necessary bits in Britain. So I'll run with what is there for the foreseeable future.

    At the moment, just looking forward to being able to run the bike at all.
     
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  9. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey Top Contributor

    Have spent too much time searching on ebay, Google, Amazon for a suitable master cylinder. Why are computers so stupid? You search for front brake master cylinder but it helpfully brings up rears too. Loads of cheap Chinese master cylinders. Probably not correct mirror thread. State it's for Yamaha and suddenly shows you drum kits instead. Doh.

    Today, finally bought brand new master cylinder and brake lever for RD250. 1/2" piston, correct mirror thread, brake light switch, should be ok. Might buy a single line and omit the union at the bottom yoke. I'll decide once everything pulled apart. Will have a better idea what else is needed then.
     
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  10. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    thats what I did and my front brake is outstanding :D
     
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  11. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Yep...unless you plan to use a second caliper, there's really no reason NOT to go with one solid line...and it might as well be a braided line since they can be found for cheap.
     
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  12. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Brassneck,
    stock lever with double length banjo bolt & a full length stainless brake line to each caliper works perfect on my dual disked Heritage Special.
    I found that the stock fabric lines are WAY too bulge-prone to work nice with dual disks.
     
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  13. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Ah...ya, I see you're point...So the union joint really isn't necessary in any scenario...unless you're looking for a historically correct build or something.
     
  14. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey Top Contributor

    I'm hoping that with new master cylinder, with 12.7mm piston, serviced caliper, new pads if needed, compound tbd, single brake line, one good disc, new brake fluid and properly bled I should have enough brakes. If I still want more - and I probably won't - there's future upgrade paths like more modern multi-piston caliper and more modern floating disc. The various Buell's I owned were all single disc and they never felt lacking in the brakes department. So I don't intend to go for twin discs.

    The various supermotos I've played with all had single disc and none of them lacked brakes! In fact, you could do stoppies with two fingers on the lever. Mind you, not a fair comparison as a good supermoto weighs hardly more than a good snot.
     
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  15. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Drill your disc, that helps too, as I discovered last summer on my new-to-me 650. On my other one, I never ran anything but a drilled disc from the start so had nothing to compare it to. On this new bike, I ran it about a season with the stock undrilled disc, then swapped on a drilled one. It made a difference, an improvement.
     
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  16. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey Top Contributor

    Fitted this master cylinder & brake lever, bought from MCP, don't know if the link will work?

    https://www.motorcycleproducts.co.u...MI0r_MybTp5QIVF-DtCh2hfwZUEAQYASABEgJ1aPD_BwE


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    Sold by them for RD250LC.

    Front brake seems a bit spongy with this set-up - like there's air in the system - so I'll try replacing that white plastic plug with a braided brake line. LOL

    At least it has a smaller diameter piston. And a Yamaha mirror thread. And the lever is a good match too so quite pleased.
     
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  17. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    That should work well for you. I fitted a used Yamaha 1/2" MC to my '83 and yours looks to be an exact copy of it .....

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    And for lower than stock bars, a 90cm long line works perfectly .....

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    I've always found this single disc set-up adequate enough. I've had to do a couple panic stops with it and the fact that I'm still here to tell you about it sort of proves that point. I had that front tire howling and just short of locking up, which is about the best braking you can get. Not sure I'd want it much better because then I probably would have locked up the front wheel, lol.
     
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