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Let's See The XS's

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by XS650RR, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. LiveSlowDieWhenever

    LiveSlowDieWhenever probably broke down. Just call me greasy.

    Thanks man, but I wouldn’t sell this thing to my worst enemy! It is a fun little cruiser though. Apparently the kits are readily available for around 100 and change, then all you need is a suitable bike and a weekend. It was a fun little project
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  2. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Enthusiast

    Finally got a photo of me riding my recent '79 build.


    A couple more for good measure.


  3. Jim

    Jim People will come Ray, people will definately come. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Very nice!!
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  4. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    Tank really sets it off.........
    kawabunga and Jim like this.
  5. Brassneck

    Brassneck XS650 Guru

    Love your exhaust. Did you make it yourself?
    MrBultaco, kawabunga and Jim like this.
  6. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    kawabunga , that is an eye catching tank.
    Looks fun .
    What bike are your lft. side disc components sourced from ?
    Here are pics of an XS650 in a Portland shop I found today while out tire talking. (Viscous Cycle)
    20190510_113038.jpg 20190510_113014.jpg
    RC4MAN, Superjet, madmax-im and 5 others like this.
  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Beautiful work there brother! For those of you who have Instagram , he has a page listed under andykawaphoto
    He has some great shots on his page. :thumbsup:
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  8. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Enthusiast

    Thanks everyone!

    Yes, I designed and fabricated it but did not do the finish TIG welding. I can make it stick together but not make it pretty :)

    Left side disc is a stock XS650 front disc. The caliper is from an SR500...I forget the year but I don’t think it matters much.

    You’re too kind, Mailman. ☺️
  9. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    SR500, makes good sense. I am surprised this is not very commonly known ?
    Thank you -R
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  10. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter

    Looks really good but that front could come down a bit. I used HHB 2" drop but I think 1" would have been about perfect.
  11. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Enthusiast

    Would love to drop the front a bit but I don’t want the front end any softer. I ride off-road with the bike and it’s a mushy mess in the front as is. I’ve got stiffer springs on the way, I hope to back off on the preload a bit to let the front sag a bit more with them.
  12. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Enthusiast

    So I looked at his lowering kit, am I correct in understanding that the spring rate is unaffected by it? Like, I wouldn’t have to run shorter springs?
  13. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter

    Yeah, you cut the springs the same amount as the spacer. Here's a pic of my front end. It would be gawdawful off-road. On he street it is OK. Not much travel but it will turn on a dime.
    cafe bike3.JPG
  14. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Enthusiast

  15. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Enthusiast

    Well, I guess spring rate wouldn’t change. But the amount of spring does...
  16. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Contact Traxxion Dynamics in Atlanta. Tell them what you’re after. They’ll provide the right springs without cutting. I think cutting stiffens them, but I’m not sure I have that right.
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  17. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Can you describe how well centered a stock XS650 front brake rotor, which is 7mm thick is on Your Lft side SR500 caliper/hanger bracket?

    This pic of a SR500 disc which is 5mm thick was hung in a Lft XS750 caliper/ bracket.

    Now you have a Lft SR500 caliper and a XS650 rotor (7mm thick) is it centered visually ?

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: May 11, 2019
  18. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    My 78 doudle disc parts sourcing seems to end up with this:
    Both stock XS650 calipers.
    Two matchimg SR500 rotors (5mm).
    Rt side caliper hanger off XJ650RJ.
    Lft side caliper hanger off a SR500.
    Still debating on which size front tire.
    Conti Go - either
    100/90-19 or 3.25-19
    Seeking inflated tire sizes ? Which is wider ?
  19. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    On my XS2 the Go 100/90-19 is 4 inches wide.
    The tire on my parts bike is a Dunlop K81 3.60H19 and it is 3 1/2 inches wide.
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  20. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Great Info ! :)
    How wide does your rear
    120/90-18 measure ?
    Im done with K81's due to lack of size choices anymore. Or performance.
    3.60h19 's are no longdr avaliable
    Pass on K70

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