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Sold / Found / Inactive - SOLD 1976 XS650 11k miles

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by Tron311, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. Tron311

    Tron311 XS650 Member

  2. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That’s such a nice bike. I also had a ‘76 blue like that, back when it was new. I like the dual disc set up for the front brake. That’s pretty rare. Have you listed on Craigslist also, it gets you a wider audience. Although you have to put up with a lot of rip off artists.
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  3. Tron311

    Tron311 XS650 Member

    Thanks Mailman, I can't get the damn picture tool to work on craigslist right now but I'm putting it up there next. I've really enjoyed your build thread by the way! Currently working on a 1975 XS650 project which I'm pretty excited about, and fixing up my buddy's ninja 250 so it's getting crowded in the barn.
  4. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Sounds interesting, I hope you start a thread so we can follow along. Best of luck to you! :thumbsup:
  5. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Junkie

    Hello, can iget some pics of the gauges, under seat/ Wiring, all around the tank, and motor as well sent to my email?
    I will PM you my email address thanks
  6. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Looks very nice!

    Is that an Australian or European bike? I didn’t think that North America got the double disks.

  7. Tron311

    Tron311 XS650 Member

    Thanks Pete! I bought it from a guy who had it in a barn in Crystal Lake, IL he was the second owner. I'm thinking it was a Canadian bike because of the brake lining warning light instead of oil pressure? Is there another way to tell?
  8. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    No - I don't think so. I am not an expert on the various versions, serial numbers and colour schemes (Skull is I'd say, but others have extensive knowledge too). Perhaps one of them could chip-in on that issue.

    Our '76s seem to be mostly the red version (see attached photo of my Lucille) while the US bikes seem to be mainly the blue variant - but those guidelines do not appear to be universal.
    Our bikes only seem to come with one front disk (same as in the US) and the switch-over to metric speedos in Canada didn't happen until the 1977 model year. The oil light thing is interesting: Lucille came to me (from a barn) with an "Oil" light instrument cluster while other '76s I have seen all had the "Brake Lining" version. When I start my bike, the "Oil" light comes on just it would if it were a "Brake Lining" warning light - and then it goes off once she is running.

    The problem is that as far as I am aware, no XS650 of ANY year ever came from the factory with any sort of engine oil sensor (temperature, pressure or oil quantity) so there is no reason at all for an "Oil" light on an XS650 dash. I think that Lucille's dash is actually a 1976 XS500C part - as that bike DID have an oil pressure sensor (and that thing really needed it).

    When and why her dash was changed.....I can only speculate, but given Lucille's somewhat "troublesome" nature, my guess is that she had a close encounter of the ditch kind or something like that somewhere in her checkered past.
    Last edited: May 6, 2019
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  9. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Seems they (we) all do .
    Nice pic MaxPete !
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  10. Tron311

    Tron311 XS650 Member

    Sold it locally!
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  11. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Cool - and hopefully the new owner will not mess it up.
  12. Tron311

    Tron311 XS650 Member

    I made him promise not to cut it up! But who knows...
  13. chicagobob

    chicagobob XS650 Member

    I'm the buyer. Won't cut it up. Got to get it running well first. I'll be posting with questions, I'm sure. Anyhow, thanks, Tron311. Nice bike.
  14. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Way to go Bob - and thanks for signing in!

    Welcome from Canada’s sunny southern coast in Windsor, Ontario.

    Please - if you need help / parts/ advice / encouragement / inspiration or just a kick in the @ss - ask here first.

    Please post lots of pictures - we like photos.

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