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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AleXS, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. AleXS

    AleXS XS650 Member

    Of course the date is not important, except if you want to know where your bike comes from and where it rolls to ;)
    According to the VIN, mine is a D, not a C, but as I do not like "Bountiful blue" or "Maxi Marroon" that much, I a very glad to do as if it was a "French blue" C ;)
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  2. Boog

    Boog Traveling Stroyteller Top Contributor

    Hello @AleXS and welcome from Virginia
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  3. Raymond

    Raymond XS650 rider & fettler XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    tlc is tender loving care. Something we all need.
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  4. Hudriwudri

    Hudriwudri XS650 Member

    Hi Alex,

    Tlc is an abbreviation for the Us-slang term " tender love n' care"
    Meaning, personally I think that the brake calipers that you have on your as well as I do have on my xs (and my Sr) are a heap of crap since they are floating calipers instead of the old Tz-style "dual pistons", and thus the more brake force one applies the more sliding friction one has on the sliders of the caliper that one should every couple months check for stick friction, one can get them to work mighty fine with sintered brake pads (would have to look what the brand is).
    In case you need some european spare parts dealers, you know that there are two good (at least they used to be about 15years ago) ones in germany.

    First thing I would control if your ignition advance shaft runs in needle bearings or in bushing, and in case of bushings junk them immediately.
    Don't ask me why I suggest you to do so besides the marvelous upper rod knock I had on my old engine:D

    Kind greetings from genova

  5. AleXS

    AleXS XS650 Member

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    Hi mates and sorry for having been absent for a while.
    Thanks a lot for the replies and explanations.
    I have been quite busy and last weekend, I picked up the tank and other parts by the painter.
    And now here are some pictures.
    Work in progress and next step next weekend.
  6. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Very pretty Alex!
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  7. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    Very nice.
    You are endangering Mailman's health. He sees this he'll need a smoke and he has asthma. :rolleyes:
  8. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I think you may want to route your new brake line down behind the headlight .....


    ..... then over the front of the lower triple tree .....


    You can fab up a little guide strap and bolt it where the original junction block went .....


    This keeps the new line tucked in nicely and you don't even need that clip down on the fender mount anymore .....

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  9. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Junkie

    Something like this.

    Attached Files:

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  10. AleXS

    AleXS XS650 Member

    Here is the piece to stop the forks...

  11. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That bike has led an interesting life.
    Oh if it could talk.
    Paint is beautiful!
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  12. AleXS

    AleXS XS650 Member

    Thanks Gary, I did not mention that the lines are melted in the paint and do not make an extra thickness.
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  13. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Looks like someone "repaired" that steering stop, hence all that nasty welding, lol. I'm by no means an expert welder, but even I could do better than that, lol.
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  14. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Addict

    I'm a bit late to the party, but welcome! Beautiful motorcycle you have, sir! I think I would have someone qualified look at the frame to ensure the welds are safe.

    Lot's of great roads once you get outside of Paris. It's been ten years since we visited, but boy would I love to go again!
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