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What have you done to your XS today?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by I am Carbon, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. JAX71224

    JAX71224 jax71224

    Rode mine today and to work. Felt great to ride the first weekend of February! First ride to work this year.........YEE-HAA.......
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  2. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Musher dog loose from sled @ 1:30
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  3. cafetools

    cafetools XS650 Addict



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  4. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    ^Yeah, well, some ppl can do stuff themselves and I have to assume some can't. ;)
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  5. WT100

    WT100 100 countries or bust!

    If you can only afford to rattle can or a cheep MAACO paint job to get your build on the road so you can RIDE, then no smart ass MEME matters.
    Just my opinion, but riding about 10K miles a year is where my money goes.
  6. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    One reason is as good as another for having a bike, but really you don't need a professional painter to get a professional job. That is because a tank and two side covers are not hard. Nothing remotely like painting a car.
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  7. Machine

    Machine Race the wind

    Absolutely sometimes ! Wish I could do some touch up now even .
    Rattle Can Painting is very good weather
    dependant for success !
  8. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    One should expect the occasional bug, a bit of orange peel, and some dust in the rattle can paint job, but wet sanding and a good buffing will take care of that.

    At the risk of over-using this photo, I'll offer this r-can job I did about 5 years ago on my '76.

    XS650.rebuild 004small.jpg
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  9. Machine

    Machine Race the wind

    Beautiful YamaDude ! It is interesting you painted your 76 headlight bucket and ears black.
    The colored bucket and ears have my interest on my 78.
    This tank has dents near the emblems. If I could fill and paint the tank sides and headlight bucket and ears an eye catching color, say metallic orange ? That would be something..
    Hmm, RT 20190205_111730.jpg
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  10. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    In my humble opinion, the tank of a motorcycle is its "jewel",

    ....painting the bucket and ears black allows the tank to pop.
  11. ramblin5

    ramblin5 XS650 Member XS650.com Supporter

    Do it! Can't wait to see it.
  12. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    What did you do to paint the chrome?
  13. Ozboy

    Ozboy XS650 Addict

    Here is a link to RC done by a company here in Perth that specialises in RC paint. One of the best descriptions on painting with RC i have read. Note that they use a higher pressure can pack than the regular auto store stuff. I will get round to doing my tank and sides soon and will be using this stuff.
  14. WT100

    WT100 100 countries or bust!

    That's fantastic!
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  15. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Addict

    View attachment 134695 68E339A9-3780-465C-87E2-66E835BDC90A.jpeg View attachment 134695 I pulled the forks off last week and have been HAND sanding/polishing all week. Starting with 220, 400, 600, 1000, then Blue Magic polish. I have ONE fork leg close to good enough. It would be great to have power tools, but good old fashioned elbow grease and long, cold, boring winter days can yield similiar results. Left is untouched, right is almost done.

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  16. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter

    Not much to do and real cold out figured I would inspect and set valve adjusters. Found both intake adjusters almost flat and left side had a chunk taken out. I visually checked the top of the valves and there was no sign of damage.
    20190209_150138.jpg 20190209_150259.jpg

    I got some NOS adjusters a month ago while surfing ebay and changed them all. Quite the difference from the used intake ones that were near flat to new ones with a good dome to them. Only have the left exhaust one which looked to be as good as the NOS ones. Now got all new ones in and valves set!
    Time for a reward and cheers to RobinC (RIP) since it is his month on the calender!
  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Wow! I’m really surprised to see those adjusters wear so much, maybe they all do?

    Here! Here! :thumbsup:
  18. Machine

    Machine Race the wind

    The One Moto Show in Portland had a few XS650 based entrys today. A very fun show. This year is the 10th. Tonight will be very busy. Here are some pics.

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  19. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter

    Nice paint job on thoses bikes and like the pipes on that tracker in pic#7 :thumbsup:
  20. Jtcrash

    Jtcrash Satans proctologist

    Just finished up torquing and dressing this gem up. Another step towards installing it

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