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RonXS' Build Thread - The Soft Cafe

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RonXS, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    Thanks Gary I'll need to get a different cap.
     
  2. ThatXS650Guy

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

    Are you trying to use the same key? I took the tumbler out of my XS650 tank and used it on the XS750 gas cap.
     
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  3. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    Thats my plan... It looks like you can easily remove the key 'cylinder' and move it to the new cap... at least from one OEM cap to another. I'm not sure about aftermarket/Ebay/reproduction stuff.
     
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  4. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    SR500 seat cowl located at "Moto Cycle" Vancouver WA.. saw it.
    Slightly dinged up ok ?
     
  5. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    Yes... dinged is fine. Any idea how much? I've found complete seats on eBay with the cowl for $120 shipped.
    I need to paint it anyway.
     
  6. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    MotoCycle, give a call. They stayed open.
    Cheap deals. They are not into vintage. They part out mostly newer sport bikes online.
    Few Yamaha bits around there to be picked. The SR500 cowl is the purple color and the seat is rotton.
    Cheap :)
     
  7. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    Thanks to Machine's 'steel trap' memory, he helped me get a SR cowl. Thanks Randy! :thumbsup:
    Oh when I mentioned to Carter that you (Randy) are the 'redhaired XS650 guy'...he laughed and knew exactly who you were... lol
    Being shipped from NW Moto Cycle in Vancouver... $35 shipped.

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    It's a little rough but better than starting from scratch. I can fix the cracks and it's being painted anyway...
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2020
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  8. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    Another package arrived... I'm gonna need this to locate the DT250 front fender. That fender will offer no fork bracing at all...
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    I tried to contact the Scott guy, but got no response...
     
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  9. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    steel trap memory :lmao: well no, its more just an apparent life long habit of local parts sourcing..
    Too stubborn to change now
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    Very glad you followed a lead and found that ! Nice going Ron :thumbsup:
     
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  10. 2XSive

    2XSive At least one screw loose behind the handle bars XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    I may have a spare set of these brackets too. LMK if others don't turn up and I'll do a search in my parts bin.
     
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  11. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    I may have found the issue that was affecting the PO... He said that the bike was running on only one cylinder (don't know which one wasn't running). I drained the tank through the petcocks and fount that one just dribbled fuel when in the ON position and didn't flow any on reserve. Fingers crossed that it was that simple. Didn't take them apart. It was dinner time and I didn't want to come inside smelling of gas. The wife has me trained. :)

    Almost have all the seat bumpers in place - 2 at the tank, 2 under my butt and one at the top of the loop. I think I've touched every piece of rubber in my collection - more than once - to come up with a solution this puzzle.
     
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  12. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    Made some Moto Lanna styled turn signal brackets. I would have rather used theirs, but no response to my email. I was hoping that they could mail small parts. Anyway, I found a stainless bracket from an old exhaust. Cut, welded and drilled and now have these. Not perfect but they will do... With the turn signals removed from the headlight, I can work on mounting up the fairing.
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    Last edited: May 10, 2020
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  13. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    Got the SR500 cowl. Fixed the cracks, stripped the paint and sprayed some primer on it. With the seat rubbers in place, there is enough clearance that nothing needs to be trimmed. Woot!
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    I really like the Q-bond plastic repair product. You can even make parts from the stuff. Read about it in Motorcycle Consumer News I think.

    Drilled out the pins and replaced the foot pegs with these for a Honda VTR1000. I used them on my old Moto Guzzi V11. Should be fine on the XS...
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  14. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Fine good lookin RD650 Ron !
     
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  15. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    I am leaning towards a Daytona Special paint scheme for the RD650.
    Imagine a black bike with a chappy red stripe flanked by two white stripes...
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    I have something different planned for the tank paint job. Definitely outside the 'box'. I'm gonna need to see it on the tank first before I share. Quite possibly it will fall into the love-it/hate-it category. However, In my mind it looks great!
     
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  18. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    Ron I'm hoping you find some long chrome muffs for that hot rod !
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    Last edited: May 13, 2020
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  19. RonXS

    RonXS XS650 Addict

    I didn't get an exhaust with the XS, so I will need a complete system. That's OK as I'd like something chrome for this build. IMO the exhaust is like motorcycle jewelry and should be bright and shiny. It (and the tank) are the first thing(s) people notice.

    I would like an exhaust that is:
    • Reverse cone style - My favorite style of exhaust muffler.
    • 2 into 2 - I like the balanced look from either side, right or left.
    • Mid-length system - The end of the muffler stops at or just before the rear axle.
    • Keeps the center stand - Makes servicing so much easier.
    • Slight rise at the back - I like the look and adds ground clearance.
    • Affordable - $400 range.
    This is the overall exhaust look I'm after, but in chrome or polished SS...
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    I have not found an exhaust that hits all my bullets. I've found two exhausts that are close...
    MAC Standard 2 into 2
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    Mikes XS Commando type system for '78-'84 Specials
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    If you know of other exhausts that I've overlooked please let me know.


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    Last edited: May 13, 2020
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  20. ThatXS650Guy

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

    One of the differences between the bike you posted and the two systems is the way the header tubes bend. The stock system has a more rounded contour while the aftermarket systems follow the lines of the frame. It's a personal choice but I prefer the aftermarket bends.
     
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