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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. Wulfbyte

    Wulfbyte XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    D0EBB956-F716-4928-AAC9-54E82D95943B.jpeg B6E8B820-3582-4D0B-B3D3-480D09B16A25.jpeg Didn’t get hit too bad by Dorian! Brake pads finally came in yesterday ,put them on today,cleaned up bike checked a lot of nuts and bolts for tightness, will go back and get it inspected again bright and early Monday mornin!
  2. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    What great fortune that you and millions of others (not so much for the Bahamas :() were spared significant damage.

    Gotta love the sissy bars !
    I got the same sissy/rack on my '81 when I bought it as a barn find.

    ...and the chrome side panel is something I've never seen.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2019
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  3. Ratranger

    Ratranger XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Hey look, high ratio primary gears. Gotta say thanks to Ivan Hoey for making these available, and bringing this set with him in his luggage to the US saving international shipping.

    I still gotta peen the screws over so they can't come loose, but they are locktited.
  4. JAX71224

    JAX71224 jax71224

    That appears to be a KG brand rear rack, well made,and good chrome on them. I have one too as well as their bolt- on trunk box for when Mrs. Jax rides and it has a backrest pad for her too. That big trunk box is pretty handy for 2 up day rides so incidental purchases can be just pitched in! We rode around in the western North Carolina Smoky Mountains area a few years back with it on and it made a large difference in her comfort level, while totally compromising the sporty look of the "tracker" theme! Oh the things we do for them that they have no idea of..........
    madmax-im, MaxPete, GLJ and 6 others like this.
  5. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Getting hit right now on the east coast of Canada. Had a tree fall down in the back yard but not too bad. Nova Scotia is getting hit real good with high winds, rain and storm surge. Nice bike btw!
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  6. MaxPete

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

    Well, let's all hope that this big storm doesn't cause any more harm to people or their property as it passes into history.

    I am not doing anything to my XS650 today...but yesterday was a big day for Lucille and I...

    We went to Wheels on Wyandotte which is a big car and bike show here in Windsor. It isn't very formal but it is fun! Our local chapter of the Can. Vintage M/C Group (www.cvmg.ca) had about 25-30 bikes of all types and vintages out and we just walked up and down the line checking out the nice hardware (some photos are below).
    Bikes.jpg Bikes-3.jpg IMG_0063.jpg IMG_0065.jpg James-1.jpg James-2.jpg
    The little 1954 James 250 <I think> attracted a lot of attention as it is a cute as a bug's ear and runs like a ring-ding should. The other kind of fun thing that happened was that the Windsor Police were raffling off a couple of bicycles in support of a summer sports camp for underprivileged kids that they help to finance and so I bought a ticket and by golly, I won (this photo was shot at a post-show BBQ at CVMG member Kevin's home)...
    Anyhow, the reason that I am not doing anything with my XS650 today is that I am preparing for a bike trip out to Winnipeg - departing early tomorrow morning. I have a business meeting there on Thursday-Friday of this week and I am making this into a short bike trip before the crummy weather gets going later in the fall. I will be riding the Honda ST1300 and I have a bit of prep work to do on her plus packing before I go.
    My route (see map below) is about 1740 km and will take me straight north in Michigan to the Upper Peninsula (say 'Ya' to da UP eh?) and then west on US-2 through Duluth MN and onwards NW to the 'Peg. I will try to get past Duluth and stop in a smaller place west of the big city on Monday evening.

    Any suggestions on a decent motel stop either east or west of Duluth - anyone?
    Tomorrow's weather looks good but I'm pretty sure I am going to get wet on Tuesday - no matter where I am. I have built an extra day into my schedule (I have to be in Winnipeg on the evening of Wednesday Sept. 11) just in case the weather gets too nutty. If I have extra time, I will likely ride into North Dakota and see some sights (suggestions are welcome....)

    On the return route: my meeting ends at noon or so on Friday and I will take off chop-chop to escape what looks like a lot of rain in Winnipeg that day. I plan to swing down into Wisconsin and I hope to stop-in and see the Baron of Baraboo and the Shed of Ill-Repute on Saturday.

    Anyhow - it should be a fun ride and I've got my Frogg-Toggs set to go but I live in hope that they won't be needed.

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2019
  7. Wulfbyte

    Wulfbyte XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Nice pics pete! Looks like a great time! And have a great and enjoyable,safe ride on your trip!
  8. MaxPete

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

    Thanks Wulfie!
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  9. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict

    Have a great trip. Take care in Duluth, strange things happen in Duluth.
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  10. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That is quite a trip, Pete !!
    Be safe and have great time.
  11. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter

    Looks like a great ride. Be safe.
  12. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Even on a map, that looks like a long way to go in two days!
    Safe trip Pete!
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  13. DoubleE

    DoubleE XS650 Enthusiast

    Ohio USA
    Pete, if coming back via Baraboo, you might consider a ferry ride from Manitowoc to Ludington and avoid Chicago (and give your butt a bit of a rest). Safe travels.
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  14. MaxPete

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

    Good thought EE - I might just throw some tie-downs in and do that!

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  15. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Good luck Pete looks like a neat trip! Ride safe. JC
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  16. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Nice photos from the show Pete! That’ll be one heck of a ride, have fun and stay dry! :thumbsup:
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  17. MaxPete

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

    I’ll be tryin’ Bob, buuutttt, I think I’m gonna get wet on Tuesday.
  18. Grimmith

    Grimmith Samurai

    I got the engine out, with some help lifting it lol. Cleaned the shit out of the engine, and then now to grind off any un needed metals for racing motor bike :D

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  19. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Good Bones '78 Starts and Runs!
    Put on a fresh set of carbs this morning and it started without too much fuss, starter is quiet, motor has no rap or tap, no blue smoke and no drips. Battery charging at 13.6 at fast idle so with all these positives, I will go ahead and put some "flesh" on it.
    It will be stock and the next owner can get creative with it.
    Now the grass needs some attention.
  20. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    I “like your style” ! Lol good work saving these XS’s

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