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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. azman857

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

    Today, I cranked up the SG to hear her run. Yesterday , I checked her plugs to see what
    the jet changes and needle settings did and they were almost perfect! I'm leaving it alone for now.
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  2. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Great. Can you post pics of plug colour?
  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That is one clean bike! But that’s all Boscos hard work! :thumbsup:
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  4. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I knew that, but It does look good! One of these days there will be a vote for Mr. Clean! :laugh2:

    Edit: Oh my, then we'll have to have a vote for the Rat bike!
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  5. Paul42

    Paul42 XS650 Member

    Hi all.
    Put up my first post last week. This is a quick update.
    Weather has been wet and windy here in UK this week so not been able to paint. Decided to get some indoor work done so tooled the belt that I made to hold the battery in the chop.
    Then got some decent ish weather yesterday so managed to get frame and all the bits painted in primer.
    Plan for today is flat back and get the Matt black on..... fingers crossed...........
    Cheers, P.

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  6. These are the Dunlop D404's. Thought I would try something different. I'll probably wait to put them on when my foot heals.
    Although, the front should be done first. I have a wobble in the front end while slowing down with no hands. This usually happens when the front tire is worn. Or is could just be the early XS blues.

    Dunlop D404.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2020
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  7. jetmechmarty

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

    I've always had good luck with Dunlops. Maybe I'll try those when the time comes. Pirelli is my current go to.
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  8. They are on sale at Dennis Kirk. In the early 70's I remember buying tires for $25. Not anymore. And it seems that all companies are raising their prices. Get these while you can. If I like them, I may just buy another set and keep them till these wear out. With flat feet, I do that with shoes too!
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  9. azman857

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

    Bosco659, I just rechecked the plugs and the left side is sooty. Rt side is darker too so they are not photo worthy. I spoke too soon. More fine tuning needed. Must have jinked myself from what I said yesterday.
  10. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well, of course they are! That's what I put on the Honda! :doh: I knew those sounded familiar! :laughing: I'm almost to the point of dangerous. Riding time; Gotta go! :bike:
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  11. How are they? Do they handle? Do they last? Inquiring minds need to know.
  12. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hey, marlin. I like them. I didn't think I would, but the Honda is heavier than the XS. Don't know if that makes a difference. The two bikes ride different so It's hard to judge. I have a grass strip to access the drive. 404's are slick in the wet grass. K70's bite better. I have had the 404's on the Honda about a year and 1200 miles. I can't tell any wear. On pavement they are solid, and handle well thru the bends. I don't know about wet pavement on either bike. :shrug: I'm a fair weather rider. I use extra caution with the 404's when I see gravel. It walks around a little bit and 15 to 20 is all I do on gravel roads. . I wouldn't take the Honda off the road onto the grass shoulder at speed, wouldn't even think about it. The XS, no problem at speeds up to 45. Never can tell when you might have to give something the road. The Honda I rely on brakes. But Deer and Hogs, it's a crap shoot. Deer hunters will enter the woods soon and chase the deer out onto the highways! WOOF!
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2020
  13. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Today I bent up the rear frame tubes. (PITA) This years new motto is to substitute XS650 build in place of fall yard work. Working out great so far.:thumbsup:
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  14. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Your pipe fitting skills are impressive. Anyone who has ever tried to cut and fit joints from one round tube to another, and throw in the fact that the tubes are at an angle to each other, knows how hard it is to get a clean , gap less joint. Your joints look just about perfect! Well done! :thumbsup:
  15. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    What Mailman said! That's cool beans, right there! :rock:
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  16. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I still have to turn a couple of slugs down on the lathe and plug weld them in. I`ll bevel all the edges and make one last fit before the final weld. Have to install a swing arm before welding.:thumbsup:
  17. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Big shout out to 650Skull who has changed the first few posts on the Model ID thread to include changes in each year plus new photos!!
  18. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    :woowoo:being the humble:wtf: man that i am :bow:..........i greatly accept the Nobel XS650 ID, pix, brochure, information prize.........:laugh:

    Thanks lakeview, still more to do...........trying to include a more world view id.........
  19. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    @650Skull I had to go look! :geek: Really impressive job cataloging all that. My hats off to you sir!
  20. SomervilleXS650

    SomervilleXS650 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Wow, I just saw that too. Dang Skull, a thankless task if there ever was one! Thanks for the efforts.


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