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What have you done to your XS today?

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

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  1. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Just took her down the interstate a lap for a shake down. Feels SO good! Started right up on the third kick with choke, warmed right up and choke off after about a minute. It was 50 here today. The bike feels a lot faster, probably because of the response from the handlebars now that the steering bearings are tight. Also, I love these new tires. No weaving around on the grated road surfaces, which unfortunately are abundant around here. All it took was 30 minutes to get me chompin at the bit. I am ready for spring!!!
     
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  2. Johnnny13

    Johnnny13 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Replaced the wheel bearings on the front and rear of my buddies 72. Only 1 was a real pain. Also kept the rear top hat that most discard with the old bearings.
     
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  3. MaxPete

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

    Well, I finally got a break from work and went to the CVMG Sunday breakfast at 8:45 AM and then I came home and put Lucille’s beautifully polished RH engine case cover and tappet covers on.

    There is a bit of a story here.... The sect’y-treasurer of our CVMG Chapter asked me to write that little article on XS650s (...and thanks for the corrections guys - I want this to be correct) and in that process, he wanted to come over and see the DCW. When he saw that I was trying to prep three bikes for the big Paris Rally in June, he said, “can I help you - maybe I could do some polishing.... Needless to say,I was all over that like a cheap suit and so he went off with the four tappet covers and a week later brought them back all nicely shined up. Then he took the RH engine case cover (that is why Lucille was leaned over so far) and later this week, he will do the LH cover. The results are below.
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    While I was down on the floor, I finally installed the little Yamaha emblem on the front brake calliper (I’ve only had it for four years...).
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    I also starting polishing the rear wheel hub of Demi which I hope to finish tomorrow or Tuesday. Then I can install the new wheel bearings and seals and spoke-up the 48 spoke 18” rim that I bought for her several years ago.

    Bit by bit...

    Pete
     
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  4. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Robin would be proud. :thumbsup:
    Robin seal of aproval.jpg
     
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  5. MaxPete

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

    I sure hope that he would. Every time I walk past Betty (his old ‘78E) on my hoist, I think about Robin. She’s sure going to look pretty with that snazzy new emerald green paint job that is coming from the “Show-Me” state and the nice shiny muffler from Wisconsin.

    Other than those things and the usual engine tune-up items, all I need to do is get a new set of tires and tubes (which I already have on-hand) mounted and she will be ready for Paris.

    Here is a photo of he (right) and I just after we took Lucille’s engine out in the summer of 2018 - about 3 months before he passed away.

    Pete

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  6. Fawksey

    Fawksey XS650 Enthusiast

    I took the bike through the house to keep her inside. Backing her down the stone steps was hard work. She’s heavy
     
  7. MaxPete

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

    Very nice, but I must ask....was Mrs. Fawksey pleased?

    I think that if I took a bike though the house, I’d be a bachelor again.
     
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  8. Fawksey

    Fawksey XS650 Enthusiast

    Not really she was making Sunday roast dinner and I had to use her as backstop as I came down the ramp into the kitchen
     
  9. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Addict

    Gas in the tank for the first time, maiden voyage around the block.



    Still need to:
    Recover seat
    Mount front fender
    Mount front brake assembly
    Install headlight
    Finalize voltmeter install
    Mount mirrors
    Do what I've forgotten to mention.
     
  10. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    Through the house is one thing, through her kitchen is quit another, especially when she is cooking. You do live dangerously!
     
  11. MaxPete

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

    Sounds good Norton7d!

    ....and yes, gutsy move Fawksey!!
     
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  12. looks great! I hope to be at your stage in about 2 months. Many, many pieces of top end rebuild everywhere right now.
     
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  13. tekk220

    tekk220 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Built a bike table today. But now I have to wait for the wife to help me bring the bike off so I can get the xs up there Lol
     

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  14. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    When I built my motorcycle table, I built a ramp, attached with door hinges (so it's removable when not in use). You can just see it behind the tool box... 002.JPG
    It's still a two-man operation, but it's a lot easier...
     
  15. tekk220

    tekk220 XS650 Enthusiast

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    I use my foldable ramp and secure it to the table. I’m just short so cant roll back while holding the bars securely. Lol
     

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  16. tekk220

    tekk220 XS650 Enthusiast

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    Both cylinders get about the same... does this mean I need to rebuild ‍♂️
     

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  17. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    If you tested them "dry", try giving each cylinder a couple squirts of oil and re-test. You should be in the 130-140# range if all is good. If that's "wet", it's a little low, and you're looking at an overhaul.
     
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  18. tekk220

    tekk220 XS650 Enthusiast

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    this was after I had the bike running for a few minutes
     
  19. tekk220

    tekk220 XS650 Enthusiast

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    but im a little shocked cuz the bike seems to be running smoothly
     
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