1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  3. Hey Facebook people... We've created a group for XS650.com members to connect. Check it out!
    Dismiss Notice

It's gonna be a keeper build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by gentlemanjim, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    This is my 8th XS650 that I've owned and always regret selling them. They are so versatile with great support here and the after market. So this time I'm building this one to keep, maybe even a daily rider.

    Lot's to come so stay tuned, this will not be a budget build, but a first class semi Café roadster.

    Here's it when bought and Here is the mock up
     

    Attached Files:

  2. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider Top Contributor

    I like what I'm seein'. Gonna have to keep watching this build.
     
  3. I agree Jim. I'll never sell my 74. Been 8 years. I'll pass it on that's forsure.

    Posted via Mobile
     
  4. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    Not much to report got her pressure washed, installed new AGM battery got it fired up ordered a Brembo caliper and a whole host of shit from MikesXS. Weekend dedicated toe tear down.
     

    Attached Files:

    • 3.jpg
      3.jpg
      File size:
      311.2 KB
      Views:
      98
  5. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    Seat (in great shape), sissy bar rack, turn signals, handlebar for sale. Look at first picture posted.
     
  6. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    Here is pics of my most recent keeper builds. There are correct restorations, but the XS begs for some personalized mods.
     

    Attached Files:

  7. Good luck i keep say'n my next buil will be for me to keep but i end up selling them,the one I built to sell is still here lol just can't sell her ( can't now it's the wifes bike now )it was one of the first xs's I built, the black not a triumph bike it's getting a face lift this year and building me a new bobber/chopper TOO KEEP LOL
     
  8. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    Out of the loop repairing someone else's bike. Back on track. Assembled most of the parts and mocked up the Brembo brake conversion. Pretty straight forward. When I get the rotor cross drilled I'm going to have a few lightening holes put in the mounting bracket
     

    Attached Files:

  9. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    Here's a pic of my inspirational bike
     

    Attached Files:

  10. racerdave

    racerdave ^ Gone not forgotten ^

    Nice Honda's Jim. I had a 67 CL77 and a red 75 400SS
     
  11. Awesome looking bikes Jim, I'm currently working on my 1981 XS650 Special, It seems to taking forever, but it will be worth it in the end, and I agree with concerning selling (I only have Two so far 83 Heritage Special and the 81 Special and it would be hard to sell either one).
     
  12. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Funny, that Norton was one of my inspirations as well:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    I followed your build it is absolutely awesome. I'm going with a similar color scheme to your. Do you have any good profile pics?
     
  14. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Right on! :)

    I think this may be the best I have currently...but you can look through my album on this site.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. racerdave

    racerdave ^ Gone not forgotten ^

    Brassneck, my back hurts just looking at those handle bars but she is a sexy beauty to look at. Those 750 triple tanks look so at home on a XS650.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
  16. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Thanks Racerdave,

    Ya, not the most comfortable stance...but ok for short trips around town. :)
     
  17. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    Back at it, been wasting time on someone else's bike
    Got the bracketry fab'd up for the fuel tank and seat. The seat was a nightmare. I should have sent the stock seat pan to Sargent and had them shape and cover to my liking. A little more money, but a whole lot less work.
     

    Attached Files:

  18. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    OOPS I already posted this sorry. Also got the Brembo caliper mounted. Now to send off the rotor for resurfacing and cross drilling.
     

    Attached Files:

  19. It's your bike to do what you want with her, and I chop em too LOL but I guess I mistakenly thought you were going to restore her to stock spec's when I sold her to you, I havn't cut a 75 and before standard and I don't plan to, I just try to pass them on to someone who will restore them. Again I do appreciate the purchase but just sayin I was surprised when I saw 75 parts for sale :eek:
     
  20. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim More Wrenchin than Ridin

    Trust me it will be tastefully modified/restored. Only real change will be the XS750 fuel tank and the seat. I was temped to go pure stock, maybe the next one. I see you have another. We can talk about buying it send a PM.
     

Share This Page