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What size wheels were originally on a 1971 xs650?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by schachterle, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. schachterle

    schachterle XS650 Enthusiast

    I have a 1971 xs650 basket case that needs wheels. What size wheels were on there originally?
  2. inxs

    inxs xx

    - front...1.85 x 19...36 spokes...3.25 - 19, 3.50 - 19 tyre

    - rear....2.15 x 18...36 spokes...4.00 - 18 tyre

    - both DID steel rims, chrome plated
  3. afordy

    afordy XS650 Member

    From what I remember the front was a 1.85 x 19 and the rear was a 2.15 x 18
  4. If you want original looking wheels, you'll need a drum front wheel like this:



    I just sold this in the Classifieds :(
  5. inxs

    inxs xx

    - if you want a drum front end, the SR500 has one that is almost a copy of this - it has only 5 holes instead of 6 RHS, and the air vent LHS is different...

    - it also seems to be more effective as a brake than the original...its made to fit however a later 35mm fork, use spacers - and requires the retaining bracket if using later forks for the 298mm disc
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2009
  6. fatmanxs

    fatmanxs XS650 Enthusiast

    i have 72 with 18 inch front wheel and drum brake which supposedly only went up to 71. removed my front axle and washer fell on ground and i dont know where it came off. anybody know?
  7. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    If you have an 18" front wheel, that's been changed (original was 19"). If you have a drum brake on a '72, that's been changed (original was a disc). Maybe it's from some other bike and maybe the washer was an added spacer that was needed. The '70-'71 drum wheel used no washers for spacers.
  8. fatmanxs

    fatmanxs XS650 Enthusiast

    youre probalbly right that it has been changed. but washer fell out when i pulled axle out so i wanted to put it back where it was
  9. mason s

    mason s XS650 Enthusiast

    bought my 76 with the same front drum. great looking wheel.

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