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My 60th birthday present

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mailman, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Repair Index Page, this thread has grown long. I hope this helps make it a little easier to find stuff.

    Page # Post # Subject

    2. 25. Factory tool kit

    2. 38. Initial inspection / tear down

    4. 69, 76. Begin carburetor rebuild

    4. 77. Diagnose leaky clutch pushrod seal

    6. 107. Clutch pushrod seal replacement, clutch pushrod bushing
    replaced, NOS long one piece push rod, New front sprocket

    8. 145. Crankshaft seal replacement, new alternator brush set installed

    8. 157. New tires, rear sprocket, rear brake rebuild, disassemble clean
    and lube speedo drive

    10. 184. New drive chain , handlebar bushings, removing clear coat from
    The rims and polishing

    10. 198. Cleaning wiring connections

    11. 209. New spark plugs, new decals for gas tank and side covers

    12. 229. Changing fork oil / disaster strikes!

    13. 247. Bike started first time!

    14. 273. Clean and lube advance mechanism Part 1

    15. 282. Advance mechanism Part 2, first video, first ride, charging
    System check...not charging, discover intake air leak

    16. 301. Step by step charging system diagnose, order new
    Components , VR-115 voltage regulator, 3 phase rectifier

    16. 317. Polish engine case

    17. 331. Part 1 charging system overhaul

    18. 348. Fab rectifier mount

    18. 352 Test new charging components
    21. 404. Diagnose intake leak

    21. 417. Pamco installation

    23. 450. Diagnose carb issues

    24. 461. Jetting change

    26. 508. Speedometer repair

    27. 530. Brake caliper rebuild

    29. 574. Pamco E Advance Installation

    31. 606. Headlight bucket wires

    32. 623. Headlight bucket cont.

    33. 647,
    659 Steering head bearing
    Part 1

    35. 686. Steering head part 2

    35. 693. Headlight bucket cont

    35. 699. Diagnose intake leak

    36. 707. Intake leak repair jetting change

    37. 731 Can this carburetor be saved? Worn body

    38. 743. More carburetor probs

    39. 771 Cautiously optimistic video

    40. 789. New carb body from Gary

    41. 803. NOS. Luggage rack

    41. 816. Front brake squeal

    42. 838. Brake squeal pt 2, stainless front brake line, new master cylinder.

    43. 858. Carb tuning. Pilot jets manometer results

    44. 873. First oil change / sump filter

    45. 894. Sump filter cont.

    47. 936. Starter gear / clutch replacement

    49. 968. Carburetor body replacement

    Well this all happened pretty fast. Just six days ago I posted in the lounge that I was in search of a clean survivor. Today, five days short of my 60th birthday, I pulled the trigger on a 1977. I found it at a dealership in Colorado. After a flurry of phone calls and going back and forth with emails I was satisfied with the bike and a deal was struck. This is the third bike I have bought from a dealer out of state, the upside is, that you can pretty much rely on the information they give you and this dealership specializes in classic motorcycles and they sell clean roadworthy bikes. The downside is its in ANOTHER STATE and getting it transported , while not difficult to arrange is time consuming. These companies book up weeks out and it could take as long as 6 weeks to get my bike. In the mid to late 70's I was on a serious Yamaha binge. I had (at different times) a '73 RD350, a '75 XT500, a '76 XS650, and a '78 XS750. They were all great bikes but the one that always haunts my memories is the 650. So without further ado here are some photos as it sits on the dealers showroom. Yeah yeah I know the paint is wrong, but it's just paint. The bike is clean and complete and ( so they tell me) it runs nice. I plan to keep this one. If there are problems I will fix them. The wait however is killer, probably be early December before I get it. Wish me luck, Bob
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017
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  2. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy Top Contributor

    S.W. MO
    Fly up Friday night, put it in a rental pick-up be home Sunday morning.
    Congrats and happy birthday to you.
  3. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    Actually the white looks good. I look forward to helping iron out the wrinkles when she makes her way home.
    But first thing is first. Since this is a new to you bike, look in the tech section on how to get a barn find running again. I really dobt it runs nice. Run and rides....yes. But main jets rarely plug up, so anybody at that shop and anybody test driving it will grab a hand full of throttle..
    Be prepared to get her caught up on routne maintinence, i.e. Valves, timing, cam chain tension, .
    Its not the shops fault, just something that needs to be done before you start it for the first time.Iwonder how long that shops had it?
  4. DanielBlack

    DanielBlack XS650 Junkie

    Congratulations, Mailman! We'll have to meet up for a ride. Happy birthday, too. Mine's on Sunday.
  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I know they have had it since at least mid summer. They tell me they got it from the son of the original owner. I also ordered a Clymers repair manual , I should have that before the bike arrives, let the fun begin.
    P.S. Daniel, I told you that bike was on my radar! Haha
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  6. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Bob and congratulations,
    like WER sez, go rent a truck and fetch the machine yourself, eh?
    and when you do the Lazarus thing on it, check the date stamp on those nice-looking tires.
    More than 6 or 7 years old and they'll be hard as wood even if they look perfect.
  7. 77's rock , lucky you ! 777 Ding !
  8. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    How 'bout an early supplemental Xmas gift, like a hitch and bike hauler?
    There's even some that fold up, and can set vertical in the garage.
    Go gettum, cowboy...
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  9. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

    I also like the white/black pin strip paint. Nice,clean, and simple
  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Thanks! You know it's growing on me. At first I thought I would go right back to the stock paint job , but it's nicely done and I have a black motorcycle to share the garage and I kinda like the contrast. A little ebony and ivory action. Haha
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2016
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  11. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    P.S. To all the members who said go up and get that thing. Man it's killing me not to. The bottom line is , I'm trying to be as financially conservative as possible and after crunching the numbers the cheapest ( and slowest) way to get it home is a slow truck.
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  12. Looks the goods....love the paint too.....
    Happy birthday as well, I'd be really tempted to ride the sucker, iron bugs out and ride off into the yonder
  13. zeroxs650

    zeroxs650 XS650 Addict

    Congrats on the new bike and Happy B-day. That is a fine example of a 1977, I had purchased one this past winter and has been a blast to ride. This forum is a great resource of information.
    Ride Safe
  14. SantaFeTrailer

    SantaFeTrailer Social Distancing Since Before it Was Cool

    Nice bike Mailman. My dad bought himself a '77 XS650 as a 40th birthday present. Of course that was 30+ years ago. It's in my garage now, disassembled.
  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Nice! So what are your plans for your dads old bike? That's a nice connection to have.
    The bike I just bought was passed from father to son.....and now me.
  16. SantaFeTrailer

    SantaFeTrailer Social Distancing Since Before it Was Cool

    It was a little too trashed to be worth resto'ing, so I am losing some weight and cleaning it up, but nothing radical. Lowest priority project, but at least it's indoors now.
  17. Paul Sutton

    Paul Sutton Still Looking Good Top Contributor

    Congratulations, very tidy bike. Nice chrome, exhausts, spokes, alloy rims and polished engine. I agree with the others, white is excellent, something very aristocratic/noble about the paint job! Someone has put a lot of time and effort into preparing that bike just for you.
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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Today was a productive day. Bike has been paid for, I've already got it insured, and transportation is locked in.
    The bike will be delivered in eleven days with a temporary license already in place. Woohoo!
    I can't wait.
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  19. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    Start the countdown to take-off.
    Of couse after ajusting valves and such.
  20. XS650D

    XS650D XS650 Junkie

    That 77 looks really sweet.Looks like original pipes in excellent condition.
    If that bike is all original someone took good care off it.I have a 77 BUT its been a total
    frame up rebuild.Alot off work and $$ just to get it to look like yours.One thing i have found
    and mentioned many times on this form,keep the original parts as there most likely built
    way better quality that after market.Honestly the only things that really need changed
    out are the Regulator,Rectifier other wise the rest off the bike is pretty sound!!
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