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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Scout, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Scout

    Scout XS650 New Member

    Hey guys,

    Back in 1978 I bought my first New street bike, a 650 Special. Sold it a couple of years later to buy a GL1000, and while I loved the Wing, I always regretted selling the Yami. Last year I was in Australia, and went to the fantastic Motorcycle Museum there, and saw about 10 XS 650's. I came home to Toronto and bought a couple of them in pieces. A project someone got tired of. So now I plan to build one as close to stock as I can, and build one safe, but in as is condition. I'm here to get answers, and give as many as I can.

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  2. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Nice to hear. What year did you buy to fix up?
  3. gggGary

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

    We are NOT interested in seeing pics.
    We DEMAND to see pics! ;)
    Welcome aboard and tell us more!
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  4. Jim

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

    Welcome to the forum!!
    Has anyone mentioned we like pics yet? :whistle:
    Am I the only one concerned with the growing size of the Canadian Mafia? :cautious:
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  5. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Canadian Mafia :lmao:
    What next, Maple Syrup monopoly ?
    Did notice Canadian XS'ers are on the rise !
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  6. I resemble that comment!
    Welcome new member! I have been around perhaps a year and am so thankful to all of the guys who freely offer such knowledge and experience. Wouldn't have my bike running without this site!
  7. Raymond

    Raymond XS650 rider & fettler XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi Scout, welcome to the forum. You've come to the right place for help with rebuilding your XSs. What years are the bikes you have? Should be able to work out from the frame and engine numbers - have a look in the Tech section, here: http://www.xs650.com/threads/42

    Plus photos, did anybody mention pictures?
  8. OHRider

    OHRider XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

  9. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Welcome! Just in case you missed it, we like pictures...:p
  10. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    North GA
    Welcome. Are you going to reassemble a Special or something else...?
  11. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Welcome! Don’t know what help I can offer, but I’m not so far away so if you need anything, just give me a shout!
  12. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Welcome as well!
    Show us some pics!
  13. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    Welcome! When do we get to see these projects ?:D
  14. canuck1969

    canuck1969 XS650 Addict Top Contributor

    Welcome Scout.

    You will find more information and help here than any other place. Many years of experience among the group. As Bosco said, I am also just down the road from you if you need anything. Don't be afraid to ask.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2021
  15. Greyandridin

    Greyandridin Got nothing to do and all day to do it XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Welcome Scout this is the go to place and the go to people
    About 2 years ago I stumbled onto this site and there is SO much info here
    If you want to hit the WoW factor just look in the tech section
    Ask questions you'll get answers If you need parts ask if someone here doesn't have them they will steer you in the right direction
    I must have 30-40 pages bookmarked just for specific info I'll need in the future
    And if your semi bored check out the The Lounge section
    Anyway I'm done yappin time to find a bucket some beer and some snow and out to garage I go
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  16. Boog

    Boog Traveling Stroyteller Top Contributor

    Hello Joe and welcome form Virginia. Good luck on the build and of course, please start a thread to cover it all. I won't speak for others, but I need to see the progress; motorcycle porn is awesome. I get in trouble looking at other porn...
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  17. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

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  18. Scout

    Scout XS650 New Member

    Looks like this is the site for me. Thanks for the warm welcome.

    The one bike is a 74, and the other is a 78 650 Special. I will get some pics of the bikes together and post them. That is obviously a requirement....:)
  19. Jim

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

    Ahhh.... he's a fast learner too..... :sneaky:
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  20. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    The good thing about those 2 models, although one s a special and the other a standard, is that either can be made to look like the other using most parts. The 74 has 34mm forks and the 78 has 35mm forks, but both of the triple tree stems are a straight fit into the frame head.

    Make sure the 74 is a 74. Between the 73 and 74 there are major changes to the frame so that earlier 70-73 parts will not interchange with 74 frames and the motors have major internal differences

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