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Introduction & Thanks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SEd27, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. SEd27

    SEd27 XS650 Enthusiast

    Hello All,

    I’ve been a long time lurker and thought that I should undertake proper introduction...

    I bought this 1979 XS650-2F off my parent’s neighbour 10 years ago. The previous owner was going through a divorce at the time and let the bike go far $500.

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    It wasn’t much too look at back then, but it was complete, mostly stock, and the price was right. Additionally, there were just over 12,000 km showing on the clock.

    I had wanted to have the bike up and running that first summer in 2006 to join my friend on motorcycle trip to Alaska. However, a few weeks after the purchase, I met my wife to be.

    Life happened and with the ensuing months and years came a house purchase, marriage, and children. Priorities had changed, but I still managed to find time to work on the motorcycle and research the forums when I had a spare hour or two.

    I wanted the build to have a 1970s factory vibe, so I focused heavily on the restomod route.

    The tank was upgraded to a larger Mikes XS standard reproduction unit and clad in a custom pearl green powder coat with 1975 decals.

    The chassis was powder coated gloss black. New tapered steering bearing were installed. The swing arm received bronze bushings and an upgraded pivot bolt.

    Brakes are the stock Special II with a Mikes XS master cylinder. The front caliper was refurbished and has a stainless steel piston and custom brake line and drilled disc.

    Electronic upgrades include an AGM battery, reproduction Mikes XS harness, an eBay 3 phase rectifier and the VR115 solid state regulator conversion.

    Wheels are XS Performance aluminium rain catchers - 19" front and 18" rear. Tires are Dunlop 404.

    The motor is stock with stainless fasteners throughout. Carbs are Mikuni VM34 roundslides with Uni filters from 650 Central. The clutch has the long push rod conversion, an upgraded needle bearing and heavy duty Barnett springs. Exhaust is a Mikes XS Commando system for Specials.

    It was a long journey, but I finally finished this past week and was able start the bike for the first time.




    Future plans include an electronic ignition, Mikes XS oil cooler and better rear shocks.

    Many thanks go out to the members of this site for their passion for these machines. Without their collective knowledge, I could not have seen this project to completion.
  2. JRay77

    JRay77 XS650 Addict

    Nice ride! Good work!
  3. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi SEd27,
    ooh, nice.
  4. downhiller

    downhiller XS650 Member

    Very nicely done!! I like the two-tone on the case side covers.
  5. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    It's nice to see these done up so well. I'm a fan of the restomod myself. These are wonderful old bikes but can be made so much better with lots of little updates. What you end up with is something that still looks classic but is much more comfortable, capable, and reliable. You did a great job. I could look at threads like this all day long. I'm afraid many more hardtail bobber threads will only make me ill, lol.
  6. Signal

    Signal XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    So much to like. Great job!
  7. Love it, rain catchers look awesome, I feel inspired now to do mine up....well done, very attractive to the eye....now ride that baby :heart:
  8. Uhlaf

    Uhlaf XS650 Addict


    You did an awesome job with everything man.
  9. SEd27,

    That 79' has to be one of the happiest Specials on the planet. Lovely work.
    You should be very proud of what you've accomplished!

  10. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    WOW! Your work shows vision and persistence. Congratulations on seeing it though to the successful end.
  11. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy Top Contributor

    S.W. MO
    +1 on all the above comments. Glad you decided to share and welcome to the site.
  12. grizld1

    grizld1 Grumpy old man Top Contributor

    Beautiful work! It's rolling proof that it's possible to be creative, express yourself, and make something unique without destroying a motorcycle. Congrats!
  13. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi SEd27,
    like they all said, that's what an XS650 should look like.
    And from Saskatchewan, thanks for choosing that particular colour scheme, the Roughriders need all the help they can get!
  14. SEd27

    SEd27 XS650 Enthusiast

    Thank you all for the kind words. Although I grew up riding and wrenching on dirt bikes and other various vehicles, this was my first street bike and first attempt at a restoration.
    I was initially intimidated with the magnitude of project, but the more research I did, tasks became much less daunting. In reality, I discovered that theses bikes are relatively simple machines to work when broken down into their major component parts.
  15. Welcome. The journey was well worth it. You have created a really nice looking bike out of a junk yard fugitive. I like the color choice and the restomod classic look. A job well done. :cheers:
  16. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    The color scheme is growing on me.
    It's pimptastic ! Green for the MONEY and gold for the HONEY !!! LOL
    It really is a sharp looking ride. well done.
  17. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    But we're never really done, are we. Some little things you may need to address in the future ....

    - Better muffler hanger bracket - that single strap down to one bolt head in the muffler's sliding track doesn't hold up long on these vibrating 650s.

    - Braced centerstand tang - they tend to break off.

    But, you should be good for a few seasons. That's about how long it took for that stuff to break on mine, lol.
  18. SEd27

    SEd27 XS650 Enthusiast

    You are correct 5twins, with an old motorcycle you are never really finished. There is always something to work on, but that is part of the fun.

    Short term plans include adding a voltmeter and upgrading the rubber risers to solid aluminium ones (the rubber is already cracking on the installed aftermarket replacements)

    Although I love the Commando System, the supplied hangers were a weak point and needed to be "massaged" to work (I actually think I received two of the same side hanger).

    I did however add the bracket bellow to each muffler to better distribute the load across the mounting points.
    Thanks for the tip on the centre stand tang. My dad has an old Lincoln MIG welder in the garage that I have been been wanting to play around with.
  19. Absolutely beautiful! The '75 graphics seem to lend themselves well with now another color...........

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