Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, Sep 26, 2017.
That is a very nice machine....more power to you...
If you ever you come across the pond look me up, as I would love to learn from the Master.
just about perfect, eh?
Me, I'd swap out the rototiller 'bars for a 'bar that's ergonomically better but perhaps (like Marty) they fit you?
Suggest you look at drilling the brake disks and if it's not already been done, swapping in a smaller piston front lever and stainless brake hoses.
Boy... If I had a nickel for Everytime a set of buckhorns got bad-mouthed here... I could finish the speed twin wannabe...and enough left over to fill the tank. For me and this bike, they're exactly what I want... but thanks for askin.
That’s a lot of nickels!
Double Disc it ? Looks So good. Works great with the stock master cylinder. And it Looks So good
Actually... gathering up the bits to do the dual disk on the front. Maybe this winter....?
Mmmm.....double disc! You know I hate it when Jim has something better than me!
Like it. I have left side bits
I've been running dual front discs for years. Undrilled. I'll admit it, for the looks. Does it stop faster? I don't know. Still using the factory M/C.
Drilling discs is largely about improving wet weather performance.
....but what would a guy who live in ARIZona know about wet weather....?
I would't do it.
Stopping well is addictive.
Yeah Bob double disk that 72, that'll show him who has talent!
Well, I was thinking more like my ‘77
I was actually thinking of a single sided swing arm and a Ducati front end for my XS2.
I recently added a drilled disc to my '83 and it did improve the braking a little bit. I never knew if it would before because I never rode my '78 without a drilled disc.
Now that would be interesting to follow you doing it. I've got a spare titled XS2 frame. Hate to see it hacked up. But I could make an exception for you. That build could hit a 1000 pages.
"looks" is in the eye of the beholder but double disking will significantly improve the brakes' "feel" and effectivity.
If it's done right.
Stock M/C, stainless wire braid hoses & drilled disks. Upgrade to XS11 slotted disks if you can find them.
1) I have found that XS650 dual disks are a right swine to bleed.
2) The second disk & caliper will add to the bike's unsprung weight
(which normal street riders won't notice & sidecar operators won't care about)
Agree with it all . I like the easy SR500 left side find. 5mm rotors are also a great idea ? I hope..
As for looks over function ?
This guy understands
If you find the buckhorns ride nice, you are not alone. This list even has an informal "Buckhorn Gang".
Not me though. Unto the second generation.
While taking the 1986 pre-purchase test ride on my NOS '84 XS650 Heritage Special I thought:-
" I love this bike but these expletive deleted 'bars just gotta go!"
A decade or so later I bought a low mileage '80 Special on my son's behalf.
The bike still had it's original Yokohama tires and buckhorn 'bars.
Did a terror-tour home in the rain on those hard-as-wood tires, like riding on sheet ice.
Told my son how much he owed me and alas, that the tires had gotta go.
"Why?They look great."
"Try a ride round the block"
" These tires gotta go! And these expletive deleted 'bars, too!"
Oh I grant you that it doesn't happen very often but, it does rain in AZ. I've been caught in a few downpours. One time I got caught so bad I couldn't have gotten wetter in the shower. Another time I got caught, I might have had been able to see about 10ft ahead of me. It was a whiteout of rain.
And what temperature is your rain? I bet it doesn't freeze your soft parts!
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