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What year front end / brake set up is this?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Norton7d, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Norton7d

    Norton7d XS650 Addict

    Just bought a 71 with a dis brake, it was my opinion disc didn't occur until 72?
    It has a 73 inspection sticker, so I assume its either. 72 or 73 front end? 20190713_175726.jpg 20190713_185753.jpg 20190713_190337.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
  2. mrtwowheel

    mrtwowheel Honda Etched On Brain Top Contributor

    I see what you mean by the inspection sticker. That front axle must have been too long, they used a big nut for a spacer.
  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    It sure Looks like my XS2 front end.
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  4. willis

    willis XS650 Junkie Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Master cylinder looks like possibly a ‘75???? Not sure what other years it was used on. Where is the brake light switch on it?
  5. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Kinda secretive pics there.
    I see an XS1 throttle, and a gold fork ear.
    Bottom bracket (triple tree) shows 2 mount holes for hyd brake splitter.

    I smell mix/match...
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  6. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    On the early disc systems the brake light switch is a pressure switch down on the manifold on the lower triple. It’s not on the lever as on later bikes.
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  7. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    Definitely a 72. Big nut and square washer are on the shaft that the rotor rides on. Rotor looks to be a 72. Master cylinder may be aftermarket should not have threaded hole for mirror. The break light switch was on the bottom side of the master cylinder on a OEM MC.
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  8. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    A 72 would have a kill switch on the throttle.
    2M is right. Looks like someone put a 72 front end on a 71.
  9. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    That 72 front brake is a one year only deal. You will no doubt get the chance to find out why. It's not awful, just needlessly complex. Hint; watch out for the rubber bumpers. There's a seldom applied service bulletin for that!

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