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

  1. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    There is a frame behind the bags. It's made from 1/4" round stock steel. They are bolted to the front shock mounts and again behind and below the rear turn signals at the fender mount. So, no, the bags don't rub the shocks.
     
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  2. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    From a road star, cut and modified like gggGary tends to do. :p

    bag rails.jpg
    I've been very happy with these gears brand bags.
    gears bags.jpg
     
  3. fixthe

    fixthe XS650 Enthusiast

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    Nice, I'll look into something like that. For now I'll just keep em up in the awkward looking spot.
    Had to remove the right side one. This being only my second bike and the first with a kick start, I wasn't thinking and put it right in the way.
     
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  4. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Addict

    Is this only for '80 and up models?
     
  5. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    No. I showed a picture of bags mounted on my 1980 Eleven Special. The 1980-84 XS650 Special is almost the same. Earlier 650s have hinged seats. That's the only difference.
     
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  6. fixthe

    fixthe XS650 Enthusiast

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    Got new bars, grips and mirrors on - huge improvement. Couldn't get my clutch right though and have to head off to work, so I've got a buddy coming by later to give me a hand. Might need a shorter cable, but he may have an idea to route it differently.
     

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  7. kawabunga

    kawabunga XS650 Addict

    Sorry, should have quoted @gggGary. I was referring to the needle mod.
     
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  8. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Definitely. That stock cable is way too long now. Bike is looking good! :thumbsup:
     
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  9. fixthe

    fixthe XS650 Enthusiast

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    I read a bunch of people saying the stock cables can be saved with some "creative cable routing" but didn't see any photos, so that's why I want a hand from a buddy.

    This is the problem with having a newborn - my free time comes in bursts so if I start something and don't finish then I can't ride. Ordered carb rebuild kits today and I'm going to get the same guy coming down today to do do my carbs when the parts come. Time allowing, I'll watch him do it or maybe get him to instruct me on what to do so that next time round I could hopefully do it myself. Then after that the bike will stay how it is until winter.

    *Edit:* Didn't look hard enough, I'll give this a shot after work http://www.xs650.com/threads/how-to-route-clutch-and-throttle-cable-with-lower-bars.46870/
     
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  10. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yes... 80 and up BS34's with the fixed needle. The washers gave my mid range a definite improvement.
     
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  11. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yes this is a BS34 only thing, USA models do not have adjustable needles.
     
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  12. JohanD

    JohanD XS650 New Member

    B5B99AC4-B7BC-4054-BAB3-97C6B9F90BF0.jpeg Getting better by the day!
     
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  13. fixthe

    fixthe XS650 Enthusiast

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    Beauty! Where did the seat come from?
     
  14. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Junkie

    These are just plain sexy...what do I need to run these on a 76?
     
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  15. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Something to keep the bags from flopping in and getting caught in the rear wheel is a good plan. Yeah I've been burned a few times.
    If you keep them far enough forward and capture/tie the lower front so it can't tilt out in the wind the shock will hold them out..
     
  16. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Junkie

    I would want the hard bars to work as a guard....they came from where?
     
  17. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    They were on a 1600 Road Star, then I "fixed" them
    roadstar saddlebag brackets.jpg
     
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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

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  19. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    This works too. off and on one bolt, just some hardware store aluminum stock drilled and bent to fit.
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Junkie

    Are the rear blinkers removed when these bags are mounted?
     
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