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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Stuck in blighty, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. Stuck in blighty

    Stuck in blighty XS650 Member

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    image.jpeg Hi everyone
    My name is Dale and I live in the UK, I have recently bought a 1974 xs 650 that was imported from the USA,
    My intention is to make it brat style! I would like to use the weld on kit from monstercraftsman,but I have not had any reply from my emails which makes me feel a little uneasy, any positive feed back would be very welcome.
    Kind regards
    Dale
    This is my bike
     
  2. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Welcome, Dale.
    Good luck luck on your project. Maybe I'll have some ideas for you once you lay out your basic design ideas.

    Perhaps you could go steampunk and use a lot of brass.
     
  3. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    Welcome

    My first suggestion is to get it running and such before you cut it. Dont waste money on aesthetics until its mechaincally sound. You dont want a pretty garage ornament.
     
  4. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    The forks, front and rear brakes, cam chain adjuster style would all seem to indicate you have a '77 model there.
     
  5. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    welcome,

    Check your frame and engine no's. The bike looks to be a 77 or later Standard. 35mm front end, Chrome fork ears and the rear hub has a plug where the brake-lining switch was. It was removed part way through the 77 model. Really only relevant for the forks when rebuilding, 74 had 34mm and 77 and later models had 35mm forks.
     
  6. timbeck

    timbeck XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter

    Hey Mate---Welcome to the site, but please take littlebills advise and get it running before spending a lot of money and time trying to get a "look" going. Good luck. tim
     
  7. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Dale and welcome,
    like they all said, first, get it running. But what I reckon is; before that, make sure that it'll stop.
    Check out Skull's ID sticky to check your frame number to see what year it is and the photos.
    And where's the rest of it, eh?
     
  8. Gcraay

    Gcraay XS650 Addict

    I'm still working on my first. The best advice I can give is come up with a concept and stick with it. I've changed my mind a million times. Also, keep away from all the different designs out there they'll only drive you nuts.
    Lastly, don't rush, or pinch pennies to much. I did well on this site for used parts, and there are lots of options out there. A rushed project festers regret quickly.
     
  9. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Welcome aboard Blighty - have fun here and best of luck.

    Pete
     
  10. Stuck in blighty

    Stuck in blighty XS650 Member

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    image.jpeg Thanks for the warm welcome guys! I will get the engine done first then the rest in stages, I've still had no email from monstercraftsman regarding the weld on brat kit! maybe there not in business anymore, I'll send another email later on, here is a pic of my first restoration got in a box of bits sorry it's not a Yamaha.
    Regards
    Dale
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
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    figure8 XS650 Guru

  12. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    Monstercraftsmen hasnt replied to my emails I sent 2 months ago regarding foot pegs. I think other retailers sell their stuff though.

    I thought you were now going to make a track bike, according to your Facebook post.
     
  13. Stuck in blighty

    Stuck in blighty XS650 Member

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    I must have had a few beers Bill!!
     
  14. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Very nice ring-ding Blighty!

    JOKE: what do you give a Kawasaki triple owner for Christmas....?

    ....a case of injector oil and a six-pack of pistons...
     
  15. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    Nowhere does it say non XS650 pics arn't welcome..................Good job..............Don't need glow strips on your clothes:)
     
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  16. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yes, could you please turn down the colour of your tank? I can't hear a word you are saying.

    :D
     
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  17. timbeck

    timbeck XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter

    If you like the Brat or drop seat look, give Figure 8's choice of a Visual Impact kit or pre-welded unit a look. I'm building one now and their quality and price can't be beat. Also they ship quickly. tim
     
  18. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Now THAT is a simply gorgeous Kawasaki, Dale ! I'm seriously envious.

    Got a secret passion for the Ring-Ding, as Pete calls them. I guess its no secret, anymore :D

    Here's a pic of my original-paint '74 Kaw 250 enduro F11:

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  19. Stuck in blighty

    Stuck in blighty XS650 Member

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    I've been looking for an F11 for a long time!! Rare as hens teeth over here,thank you for all you're replies, I only have the frame number to hand at the moment it's 447721826 I don't think it's a 74 model but that's not a problem as its not going to be stock! I will be going for the VI brat weld on kit! I will be starting the engine strip next week so I will let you all know what's going off inside it.
    Regards
    Dale
     
  20. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Good for you Blighty. I've never bought anything from them, but word has it that Yambits is a great outfit with good quality parts at decent prices.

    As an aside, I subscribe to Practical Sportbikes magazine and am constantly amazed at the range of beautiful bikes you folks got that we never even heard of, let alone saw over here in the Colonies. The prices you pay for parts, shop equipment and tools though.....yikes! Basically, you pay the same number of UK pounds as we pay in USD or sometimes even in CAD. Why do governments constantly suck the fun out of life?

    Oh well, per ardua ad astra.

    Pete
     

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