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Vintage Bobber Build Thread

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by phil1rowe4, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Very nice work on those pipes Phil! They look great! :thumbsup:
     
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  2. Thanks Mailman,

    I fitted a Hughs CDI this weekend and then started it up. Second kick then straight into a nice idle. No oil leaks or fuel leaks. Couldn't be more pleased.
     
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  3. timbeck

    timbeck XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter

    Good for you Phil, it's great when a project come together and everything falls into place. Second kick, nice idle, no leaks = Perfect.
    tim
     
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  4. Here's a link to a video of the bike running. It's still a bit loud so needs some extra baffles.



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  5. New electrics loom has now been built so lights and indicators etc. all working. Fitted a new chain and made some exhaust baffles to quieten it down a little.

    Still need to make a chain guard due to the swing arm changes and I want to modify the kickstarter to swivel at the top rather than the bottom. Tank liner planned for this weekend followed by painting of the tank and guards.

    Biggest issue I've had is getting some leather lacing to wrap the handgrips that colour match the seat. This stuff is too red!
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    Then it should be ready for safety certification prior to Australian registration (MOT).

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  6. Hi guys,

    I had a go at converting the kick starter from a bottom swivel to a top swivel using some donor parts from an unknown Japanese bike. I chopped the top off my XS650 kicker, built up some steel so I could machine it into shape and then grafted the donor top section onto the original kicker.
    Donor on left, original in middle with modified top, and early model on right.
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  7. Tank and guards now painted and chain guard fabricated, so only final assembly and taillight wiring to do and it's finished!
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  8. Finally got it finished and on the road. Still running a bit rich but runs well and handles nicely.
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  9. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before being parked Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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    Hey Phil, you have made me a 'bobber' fan:). I really like this build as I do your other ones.:cheers:
     
  10. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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    What MrBultaco said goes for me too. My next build is not going to be a tracker style bike. Your build is simple and clean. Just the way I like it. Great Job.:thumbsup:
     

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