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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 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Oh my little lunchpail? Amazon. 30.00.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Milwaukee-Motorcycle-Distressed-Luggage-PlainTwo/dp/B074VB1M7B
    I would say it’s well worth it for the price point. I don’t think this one is a available in black, but there are a lot to choose from on amazon, probably more in black. The buckles are for show; the straps close with plastic pinch clips like on old backpacks. I don’t know how durable it will be but I needed someplace to carry around some tools and offs and ends I was always stuffing in my pockets. I chose this one because of the shade of brown and actually because it WASNT leather. Real leather wouldn't match the color or texture of my vinyl seat. I’m a stickler for consistency and not mixing too many types of materials or colors. I’ve always been pretty artistic and had a keen eye for aesthetics.
    Here’s some food for thought- There’s a general rule in decor called the 60-30-10 rule. The basic concept is that 60 % of your room is one color, including large furniture, 30% a complementary color, and then you use a third color in little accent bits throughout the room. I actually discovered that I had followed this rule by instinct when putting together my studio, BEFORE I actually read an article about it.
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    green obviously is the main color, brown the second, and gold is the 10. You might not be able to tell, but the grill cloth on my old amp is gold, and my red guitar has gold hardware on it. The handles on my console victrola are gold and the frames of those little accent pictures above the windows are gold. There’s just enough throughout the room to be consistent. I have added a few gold lamps since taking those pics, but you get the idea.
    I think my sense of keeping with this ideal is actually part of how my bike ended up with the look it has; all the “soft” components are brown, What metal can be shiny is shiny and not dull or machined, and the accent bits are gold. The frame is black and the tins blue, but the gold on the tins contrasts with the gold accents. When I put the buckhorns on I think I still had my old chrome shocks, so the only black thing was the frame. When I went to the black/gold shocks, the shocks “became part of the frame”, and black became more of a main color, and chrome more of an accent. If you go back and look at the pics of my bike, you’ll see it inly has 5 colors total; black, blue, gold, brown, and chrome/shiny metal. If you look at the blue/black painted surface of the bike as one color, that becomes about 30% of the bike. Chrome/shiny metal is another 30%, and then brown and gold each become little accent colors. The key is even distribution, not too many colors on your palette, and don’t over do your accent color.
     
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  2. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I really like it! Gotta have one! Bike really looks good, TZ.
     
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  3. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I just use quality regular paint on rotors with no issues. I'm not noted for babying my bikes.
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  4. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    "I'm not noted for babying my bikes....."Ohhh yes your are! Oil coolers and such! You love em" :bike:
     
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  5. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    TZ, you showboatin’ son of a gun ! :laugh2: ;)
     
  6. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Gary was that a chrome Fender? I’ve tried painting chrome several times and just gave up on it because I could never get paint to stick to it well enough, even after sanding.
     
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  8. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Not chrome, came from an 82 HS
     
  9. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    True that, but I RIDE them also. My point was; I have had zero issues with regular paint discoloring or bubbling even with enthusiastic riding and braking. I looked back and didn't find any repainted stock rotors in my pics, but kinda think at least one got painted gold. :shrug:
    tzimmerm note the FZR rotors are found used at quite reasonable prices and are bolt on with a 7mm spacer. Big weight reduction..... Jim... LOL
     
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  10. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    tzimmerman, I like that console. I have a mid-60's Zenith in my media room currently under construction.
     
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  11. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Somewhere in the midwest, during a global pandemic, on a dark, gloomy spring afternoon, in a makeshift attic paint booth....
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  12. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

  13. Tiesco

    Tiesco XS650 Addict

    Finally got a new tire! Now I can test ride it without worrying about it. I also got a new fender 20200327_191107.jpg I also bought some headlight brackets. Slowly it is coming together
     

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  14. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Really is! What kind of tire is that? Looks good!
     
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  15. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Dunlop Gold Seal K70 ( Like mine, front and rear) Don't have that "crotch rocket" look.
     
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  16. Tiesco

    Tiesco XS650 Addict

    It's a Dunlop K70. I think they came stock on triumphs back in the day. For being a road tire, it has a decent amount of trend. You could definitely use it off road down an easy-going trail no worries.
     
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  17. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I think I had a set of those on my R 69 back in the early '80's. Good tires.
     
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  18. Tiesco

    Tiesco XS650 Addict

    Yeah I saw a picture of these tires on this bike online and I thought they were a perfect match for the bike
     
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  19. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Ok, it’s too dark now for pics, but I think you guys will like how my rotor turned out. I was able to take the bike for a quick little 45 min jaunt earlier today before I started taking the wheel off. I got rained on a little halfway out. Pics tomorrow if there’s enough light.
     
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  20. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Took the yam out for a 25 mile round robin to test my repair of the Engine Stop Switch. A perfect run with a short stop to take a pix of the road side wisteria. Love the pull-backs!
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    Came back home to find my Visor had come in! Wooooo Hooo!
    This is gona look good!
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    Yo! TZ :cheers:
    Took the Honda out and pulling back into the drive noticed the volt meter flashing 11.3 V. Hummm, lost the charging system. ( And I was afraid I was gona have nothing to do! But rain coming in again so....
     
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