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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dburnettwi, Dec 6, 2017 at 1:34 PM.

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  1. dburnettwi

    dburnettwi XS650 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I just wanted to take a moment to formally introduce myself. I purchased a 1979 XS650F in September, and have spent the last few months riding it (and working on it), in between working and going to college. I want to thank you for all of your help in dealing with some of the issues the PO created on the bike. I've worked on smaller CBs, but this is my first time owning a Yamaha. I have to say I love everything about these bikes.

    Currently I'm waiting for the weather in Denver to warm up enough to install some new electrical goodies (Autozone regulator and ebay rectifier, as well as an on/off switch for my headlight and taillight). In addition, I'm waiting for replacement 1.5" headers and EPOs from MMM to arrive so I can install them with my Lossa 12" stainless mufflers.

    Again, thanks a ton for sharing your wisdom on these bikes, guys (5twins, grizld1, weekendrider, 2M, pamcopete, ggGary, and more). I look forward to becoming a valuable asset to the community as well!

    I know how much everyone loves photos on here, so I've attached a photo of my bike as it appears now:
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017 at 5:22 PM
  2. JimD54

    JimD54 Mechanic, 1968-Present

    Looks like you got a nice one to tinker with there.
    Welcome!
     
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  3. dburnettwi

    dburnettwi XS650 New Member

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    Hey, I appreciate it Jim! It was in pretty poor condition when I received it, but it's finally near what I'll call the point of completion. For now, at least! Ha
     
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  4. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy

    CO can a have a long winter when you rather be ridin. Welcome.
    I've pm'd re: your stock exhaust.
     
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  5. dburnettwi

    dburnettwi XS650 New Member

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    I replied to your message, Dan. The winters are pretty snowy, but I still ride year round. Just sucks trying to work on the bike with bare hands without a garage :thumbsdown:
     
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  6. Meddy

    Meddy XS650 Member

    Nice looking bike, I am currently building a 79 that will look similar when finished.
     
  7. dburnettwi

    dburnettwi XS650 New Member

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    I love the 79. I read that for stock carbs, the 78-79 had some of the best Mikunis. When I bought the bike, the PO had put on a pair of those crappy XSPerformance carbs. I found a pair of completely refurbed BS38s from a 79, and it runs so much smoother. I need to start a build thread when I get a chance. What all do you have left to do on yours?
     
  8. Meddy

    Meddy XS650 Member

    Still a way to go yet, still to get the engine running and most of the electrics to do plus a stack of other stuff.

    Link to my build thread, http://www.xs650.com/threads/my-20-year-project.50894/
     
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