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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. ThatXS650Guy

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

    Went riding with a guy recently (stupid fast rider) and he said the tires not done until you can see cord all the way around. Looks like you can get a few more miles out of that tire Gary :thumbsup:
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  2. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    It’s beginning to look like the sawzall won’t claim this bike! Lots of life left on that tire btw. :D

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  3. Jim

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

    In the Air Force our jets tires had red cord as the innermost cord. 'Sposed to change it when you saw the red one. We'd black magic mark the red out and go one more flight. Go 'till you see the red cord Gary? :D
  4. XsJosh

    XsJosh XS650 Addict

    That's not dry rot, it's the next layer of tread!
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  5. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Messin' Around on a Saturday
    I had this rashed up early standard fender that turned out to have a bit of a twist to it, so I chopped both ends off of it. I think the narrower tape used as a guide the easier it is to cut accurately. Otherwise its like trying to get yer sideburns even.
    Last Frame in the Shed - 78 Special
    Modelling the shortened fender and the left right calipers I have been saving for something. Nice red side covers from MaxPete, thanks.
    Trying to get all the bits onto frames so I can see what is surplus.
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  6. azman857

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

    Received my diaphragms from JBM today. Hope to get them on the slides and in the carbs tomorrow. No guide to keep the slide from being installed backwards or sideways. A thick "tire" to keep the slide in place and no plastic rings.
  7. nighthog

    nighthog Lifelong member of the Easily Led Club

    Yesterday cleaned an unbelievable amount of crap out of the tank and this morning fitted the fuel taps, checked for leaks, then mounted the tank on the bike. Discovered a problem ... the standard tank is wider at the rear than the special one, and I'll have to cut some of the beautifully painted side panels away to stop them fouling the tank. Bugger.

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    In the afternoon, rode to a local old-Jap-bike meet in the sunshine and had a lovely chat with John, whose '73 TX tracker is rather nice. And wished I'd taken some photos!
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2020
  8. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Sounds like a very fun time !
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  9. BlackXS650

    BlackXS650 XS650 Member

    Got some time to begin detailing, lots more to do till I'll be happy.

  10. buzzword

    buzzword XS650 Addict

    plumbing, but yesterday.

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  11. Love the chrome lugs, my 60's Atala has the same. Hard to paint around though.
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  12. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Strenuous Day on the Powerbox.
    Way back in spring of 2014, I bought this 76.
    The following winter, I set about to rebuild the top end of the motor, paint the frame and generally freshen it up. I got the motor reassembled and put into the frame, then retired and then bought a few more, then moved, and so on. Along the way, I fought with reinstalling the kick start, got confused with draping on a new harness, fixed the starter spring and generally educated myself on these machines, but never got much past this state.
    Today I got it started! So pleased! Took a lot of cranking and several anemic rrumm, rrumm's and the left side came to.the party a bit late, but finally was able to run the carbs dry twice.
    My worries about having installed the cam properly and assembling and setting the points and timing wafted away.
    Feels good.
    (Original tins are stored away)
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
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  13. MaxPete

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

    Excellent - that is going to be another nice Lakeview Original!
  14. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yes, painted the fenders and tank red, will do the side covers silver. 20200917_141501.jpg
    Sportster mufflers I can now say sound nice.
  15. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I've seen this on a few of your bikes and wonder - why do you put the passenger pegs on backwards, lol.
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  16. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Lines up with frame.
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  17. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Here's a mock up.
    Looking at it, I think the raised portion of the side covers should be painted red as well, if only to give contrast to the OHC 650 Electric decals to be applied.
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  18. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Agreed. The silver will compliment the cast aluminum on the engine.
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  19. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    If you're looking for opinions, I would paint the side covers solid red. I prefer less busy paint schemes. :thumbsup:
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  20. XsJosh

    XsJosh XS650 Addict

    Just to give you an idea of how the OHC sticker looks on silver
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