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Mai's interesting xs650 at the London Bike Shed

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by peanut, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    can't wait ? cut to around 5 minutes 30 for startup and ride off;)

     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2019
  2. arcticXS

    arcticXS XS650 Junkie

    I like it. Basic, classic, simple, cool!
     
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  3. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    are you talking about the bike or the chic ?:)
     
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  4. arcticXS

    arcticXS XS650 Junkie

    Good question! I actually liked both
     
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  5. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I like the forward controls. Interesting pivot point for the rear brake pedal...
     
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  6. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I thought it was her 'forward controls' that ArticXS was talking about :)

    You're very observant 2M.... I'll have to watch it again I hadn't noticed. I certainly noticed how well it idled and pulled away smoothly ...it sounded great
     
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  7. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I agree and I am not a fan of hard tails but that is a well designed, un fussy attractive bike .:)
     
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  8. peterg

    peterg XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

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    No air filters! That can’t be good for performance.
     
  9. arcticXS

    arcticXS XS650 Junkie

    I guess that hardtail design allows no space for that kind of luxury.....Maybe 4" of stretch could have helped in that respect. Anyway, I don't think air filters would improve performance over correctly jetted open carbs, but velocity stacks should.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2019
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  10. peterg

    peterg XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

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    I was thinking of all that London grit getting sucked into the engine.
     
  11. arcticXS

    arcticXS XS650 Junkie

    Yes, THAT is definitely an issue!
     
  12. JRay77

    JRay77 XS650 Addict

    Yeah I'd definitely put some kinda screen/filter with a hose clamp on those carbs. I've never been a fan of those King and queen tall seats either. Different strokes for different folks as they say. Nice ride all in all and she's having fun. Most important. It's art. It's what she wanted and she's having fun.
     
  13. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I expect they thought that a stretched, long wheelbase design wouldn't suit weaving in and out of busy London commuter traffic ;) I think keeping to the original wheelbase and fork setup is more practical for her riding location :) I hope that someone gives her some advice about fitting some foam filters soon , it would be a shame to damage that engine
     
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