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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. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    The Counter Balance seat requires removal of the seat hinges. You must also run a custom fender if you want to run one. Due to the flat base it does not allow the curverature of the factory fender. I can take more specific pictures if there is something in particular you want to see.
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  2. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    The Clean Cardboard Test
    - Also keeps spots off the concrete.
    But what I really did was clean a set of carbs and install them with fresh spigots and thick mounting gaskets. So far so good - got rid totally of that break up at 4000 rpm. Almost happy with the idle at stop signs.
     
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  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Your bike came out really nice Angus!
     
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  4. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I have a rotating collection of about 15 sections of cardboard for just that purpose.
    Some resemble a Jackson Pollock painting,

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  5. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Got Yer Attention, Eh?
    This beautiful red flake RK was parked at the same meeting place for the CVMG meeting which I attended riding my blue 77 XS650.
    For me, 154 km round trip and it took 8.76 litres, which is 5.69 l per 100 km or 41.33 US mpg or 49.64 Imp mpg. And nothing fell off or leaked out.
    A footnote, the BS38 carbs were the 78 - 79 variety, all standard jets, Uniflow pods and after market stock like mufflers.
    Beauty day for a ride, especially given the calendar.
     
  6. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    After managing to pinch a rear tube on a rear tire change awhile back I gathered a couple more tubes to get on the front job first this time (ez) and then go back to fix the rear.
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    After using the big chrome spoons now a few times I must say going back to the small old simple motion pro dirt bike spoons for those last two pries on the bead was more familiar and "safer" feeling. Success on the Aluminum Takasago rim! I've shyed away from this style rim out of concern previously but they are doable.
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    Headed into the next SR500 rotor double disc set up...
     

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  7. Ratranger

    Ratranger XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    So in cleaning and organizing the garage I was looking at the XS1 engine I have. It has no numbers on the crankcase, but with a good light I was able to see the numbers on the head. Looks like it is #1150. Partly looking at it trying to decide if I should keep it or sell it. 20201108_152300.jpg
     
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  8. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I don't think the head numbers in any way relate to the actual serial number. I think they are just for matching the top cover to the head.
     
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  9. Ratranger

    Ratranger XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    I think your right. I just went and looked a little harder, the cases have a number on the back, nothing on the front, 3254. No reinforcing ribs, so I wonder what year it actually is. I know it's an xs1, no decomp, no estart provisions, all triangular adjustment covers.
     
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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yay! Victory goes to the persistent! I like your zip tie idea!
     
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  11. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Machine, add a pair of Motion Pro rim protectors to your tire tool collection and rim damage worries will be a thing of the past. About $15 a pair but worth every penny .....

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    The best tire irons I've ever used are this set from Ken-Tool. Ken-Tool is a professional tire changing tool maker and you won't find much better......

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  13. Ratranger

    Ratranger XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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  14. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    Replaced my worn out handlebar clamps with a chrome unified clamp. barclamp.jpg
     
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  15. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    So this weekend I did some horse trading with member Jray77. He was in need of some wheels that I wasn’t using, and he’s got quite a parts hoard himself so we worked out a trade for a rebuildable top end. I was happy doing an even up trade since cash is tight. I don’t immediately need a spare top end but figured it was more useful to me than those wheels were. I spent a little time inventorying what all I will need to set this all up.

    1. barrels had a few broken fins. I sourced replacements on eBay for 35bucks to my door.
    2. Need points housings. Sourced some from DogBunny for very reasonable price.
    3. Breather vent. Found one in spare parts bin.
    4. Will need to order cam guide from Hoos, cam chain, 2 cam bearings and seals, pistons & rings when the time comes. Everything else I have already including gasket kit.

    So today I started disassembling the rocker. Everything came apart nice. I remembered I had leftover CB Performance elephant feet adjusters, so I started grinding reliefs in the rockers to fit. 3of4 are done. Need another conical grinding bit to finish. Everything else is bagged and tagged. This was supposed to be a slow project when time and money allows. You all know how that goes though.
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  16. Grimly

    Grimly XS650 Addict

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    Technically acquired today, but not received yet.
    A pair of Hardly Showa air shocks from a Road Fat Bloke or somesuch.
    They'll fit nicely on the XS, which is currently sporting a knackered old pair of Suzuki shocks that only serve to keep the wheel from rubbing the mudguard; they're not much cop as suspension.
    That will be three bikes with air shocks, and if the XJ shocks blow out, I'll replace them with another pair of these. Excellent suspension for dirt cheap money. s-l1600.jpg
     
  17. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Rode Today!
    Almost 20 C in the third week of November, I could not call myself an enthusiast if I had not gone out for a putt-putt.
    Only 29 k today, but each heat cycle it seems to go better.
     
  18. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    2020 In The Can
    From 20 degrees yesterday to 7 or so today, time to put it away while the weather is still clear and dry. Prediction of rain and maybe snow overnight.
    Time to finish clearing Mrs. Lakeview's side of the garage so she can park inside.
     
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  19. MaxPete

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

    Nice!
    I rode a bit today too - and it was a wee bit “fresh” I’ll admit.

    I finished up the Great ST1300 Farkle Sale of 2020 as well - and that brought in a nice piece of change I’d say.

    Pete
     
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  20. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Been looking for a set of tire irons. I’ll give these a try and get those rim protectors too.
     
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