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My first ever bike build!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Airwolfie, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Hey Airwolfie, she looks like she into it, ready to ride, she is a cutie. still working on mine hope it done in June.
  2. Thanks Richard! She is a cutie, mostly!! Not so cute when the madam decides it's time to get up at 4am because it is light!!!

    So I ripped into the rear light, and found a dry solder joint! Fecking stupid fecking cheapskate crap cheapskate workmanship!! I had to cut the wires, completely disassemble the light unit and start from scratch. got all the wires on, and then I tried to solder the original wires back on, no go!! Fecking cheapskate fecking fecking dirty oily crap wires won't solder!!!!! SO i had to hold the iron on the wires for a bit to burn off all the crud and crap, and eventually it worked. PHEW! Wired it all back on, rebuilt the housing, and turned the key, WHOHOO!!! It works!!

    A nice ride into work tomorrow seems to be the order of the day!!

    I also tweaked the left carbs needle a touch, and adjusted the clutch a fraction, will see how it goes tomorrow!
  3. Stupid laptop!! Tapped too hard, not it posted twice!
  4. Been a while since I posted, I have done nearly 2500 miles on her so far! Most of it commuting to work last year, as I got little time to myself on weekends.

    Apart from replacing my number plate three times, fixing/modifying/replacing my rear mudguard four times, and the front one was remade using a thicker gauge stainless steel, replacing my broken clutch cable with a hydraulic version(which works amazingly well I might add!), she goes like a dream!

    Took her out last weekend for the first time since I put her to bed in September last year.

    Primed her with a few kicks, pulled the choke, turned on the ignition, and she fired up on the second kick! Took her for a quick 45mile blast around the backroads.

    Man, I did sure miss riding my XS!!!:bike::bike::bike:
  5. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor

    yeah I really miss riding mine too...:bike:
    I've got to sort out the clutch basket rubbing before I can take mine out again. :(
  6. That's a bummer mate! Git 'er done!!:D

    Soinds like you are missing a shim or your bolts are too long perhaps?:shrug:

    Looks like the weather is picking up this week, so I MAY have to toddle off to work on her again!!:D:D

    (sorry for rubbing it in!)
  7. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor

    not missing a shim but I need an extra shim to space the clutch basket off the cramnkcase.
    I had a washer left over after my engine rebuild ..:wtf: now I know where it should have gone.
    The PO must have fitted an extra washer because the rear of the clutch basket was rubbing but when I measured the clearance it seemed to be enough but after a few hundred miles its started to rub. :doh:
  8. theDQG

    theDQG XS650 Addict

    Getting caught up in here.. really enjoyed reading this thread- the challenges, the tribulations, and finally hitting the road! Very inspirational!
  9. Yeah I remember now, you did mention that. Qiuck one hour jobbie mate! Lean her over to the left side so you don't need to dump the oil, get that sidedcover off, and get on the job!:D:D

    Sounds easy, but I know it isn't!:wink2:

    Thanks DQG! It's been a long road, lots of stumbles and learning on the way, but what a journey! Loved it, and still am!:thumbsup::bike:
  10. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer Top Contributor

    hey thanks for that tip :thumbsup::D

    I'd read it somewhere before but forgotten it . That will save emptying the oil out at least ....mind you I expect my oil filter will be toast and the oil might need a change anyway.

    I'll try tipping the bike first because I'm not 100% sure it is the clutch basket rubbing
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2016
  11. Let us know the goings on, you can always check the oil when you got the side cover off, you will see if it needs changing.
  12. Azazel

    Azazel XS650 Enthusiast

    Does it hurt the female part when you put it in? :thumbsup:
  13. Kevin The Gerbil

    Kevin The Gerbil XS650 New Member

    I think you have to unscrew the silver top off the spark plug..
  14. Haha yes I know now thanks!
  15. geedubya

    geedubya geedubya Top Contributor

    G'day 2M,

    I cannot find at what setting the "detent screw w/ball" is fitted into the filter retaining bolt.

    I was thimking maybe install it flush.

    Any ideas??



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