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Let's See The XS's

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

  1. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor


    Samples of Moe's work.
  2. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I’m loving that XS750! I don’t know why they didn’t remain more popular. I had one that I bought brand new and it was a fantastic bike. I think it would hold up very well today. You can’t find a nice original anymore!
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  3. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    The XS750 was featured in Motorcycle Classics. It belongs to John Chaves, Director of the Yamaha 650 Society. Moe’s work on that bike is impeccable. I think that bike has 1200 miles on it. Read about it here.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2019
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  4. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I’ll check it out, thanks!
  5. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Addict

    Yea, and the matching revamped 72 went for 13k on EBAY.
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  6. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    Triples in general all suffered the same fate-- most people thought them weird and wouldn't give them the chance they deserved.

    It's one of humanities biggest failings: in general most humans reject anything that is different.
  7. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

  8. madmax-im

    madmax-im Yamaha...Go your own way... XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I almost bought a 750 triple last year but the owner was being a dick about the logistics so I never got it...Those bikes have the "shaft effect" when given throttle from a standing start..the bike "rises" before it engages..The XS850 was better in most ways but it too had the "shaft effect"
  9. madmax-im

    madmax-im Yamaha...Go your own way... XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    This is not my bike, but mine was exactly like this. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it is a rare color. Most are silver and blue for that year.
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  11. kiwi

    kiwi XS650 Enthusiast

    BC 604
    I have an 850 special, completely stock, as apposed to my modified 650. Terrific bike, not a canyon carver or long distance tourer, but for the day rides I often do, works good. They got a bad reputation early on and never fully recovered. The 850 supposedly had all the wrinkles ironed out.
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  12. UFD402

    UFD402 XS650 Member

    Current project

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  13. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Moe Colors 1975 XS650B
  14. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Wow, that is a beautiful little bike, with just enough tasteful mods! I like it! :thumbsup:
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  15. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Moe credits John Chaves (Director, 650 Society) with the engine rebuild. Up close and personal, I'm here to tell you, it is a very lovely bike. I grabbed the photo off of FB. I've seen some of Moe's work and it's very impressive.
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  16. kettle738

    kettle738 XS650 Member

    Here are the XSs I've been lucky enough to own over the last few years......starting with the big ones......(which I no longer own)

    This is a pic from the 1980s....and it's reversed....that fairing is a John Mockett design...the top section turns with the handlebars...bizarre and utterly brilliant.
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    This one came to me this way.....(not to my taste at all, but it was very cheap and fast at the time).. it burned oil at an alarming rate, but was totally reliable.
    XS11 Team Hernia.jpg

    This one I restored, it was an absolute peach, viton stem seals cured it's smoking habit and that is one of the most comfortable bike seats ever made.
    XS1100 Ebay Feb 2017 015 (1280x960).jpg
    This was a ruinously expensive restoration.....a good mate of mine still owns it.
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    This is the one I should have kept, 4,000m from new and as nice as they get.
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    And this is the current one......which is nice, but not as nice as it looks (see the master cylinder in 'what have you done to your XS today') This bike will give me some angst before it's finished. If you look very carefully you will see a hole drilled in the frame web, a couple of inches above and to the rear of the upper footrest dome nut...... it's the same both sides and they go right through...I cannot work out why this would be done.....any suggestions gratefully received. Those holes mean a total strip to get them welded. I suspect there was a fairing as the front indicators are missing. In the world of radio controlled flying model aircraft, apparently there is a class of model called a 'stand off'....they are made to look absolutely correct but only from a certain minimum distance, (20 foot stand off for instance) get any closer and it suddenly doesn't look right any more....I would describe this bike as a 20 foot stand off.

    And lastly, this one, which to be honest, was a mistake..... I just couldn't find an XS2 at the time, I'd been looking for ages, so I bought this as a substitute.....just 5,000m on the clock and it looks true, but it's been poorly stored......naturally, in the best traditions of sods law, the XS2 above came up a few weeks later :banghead:....now I have to finish the XS650C to an acceptable standard to allow me to sell it so I can get the XS2 on the bench....it's quite a decent bike, the engine covers are now polished and it looks a lot better than this photo, but it feels like time wasting
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  17. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Beautiful Bikes.:thumbsup: They could use a little bigger license plate though?:yikes:
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  18. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    Indeed, we Americans are blessed not to be forced to run the drag-chute sized license plates required in some countries.
  19. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Addict

    Did the European \ non US 76 C models get twin front disc?

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