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XS650 Model Identification/Year/VIN, Workshop Manuals, and Other Information

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 650Skull, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Jan_P

    Jan_P XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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  2. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Raymond. First post in this thread has the vin charts
  3. 2xs

    2xs XS650 New Member

    Thanks, looks like it’s a Tx then mystery solved. I will ask at local Yamaha dealers if they can tell what It’s original colour was. Probably a long shot and even if they do I am not sure if anyone knows how to mix the original tx paint colours anyway. I would like it to be a standard colour but maybe a random colour is better than a poor attempt at a standard colour that I only have photos to go by. Has anyone out there attempted the original TX650
    Colour with success. Are these bikes more sort after as standard or makes little difference??
  4. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    73TX650 also had Pearl Yellow Gold as a 73TX colour. I think this was more of a non US colour.

    And Yes yours looks like a TX650. The tank is a different shape to the 70-72 XS650's. Also the big change was to the front brake rotor, forks and hub. 73 Rotor is a straight bolt on to the hub rotor that is used on the 73-76 TX/XS650's

    On the 72 the rotor and hub are 2 parts that set into each other and can't be used on any other bike separately.
    Mailman's 72 XS2 shows the Rotor and hub
    Post #'s 545/548.

    ID Chart01.jpg
    This chart is from, theXScafe blog. member INXS, (vernon), made this up himself from his information he collected. With your bike being 78 past the cut off number on this chart, would most likely be right, and the chart wrong. There is no guarantee that 21700 is set in stone. Vernon asks on his site for any information to confirm or information that may differ to help make it more accurate.

    I have done a lot of vin and model,information collecting, from members on this site to help with this. I colour coded what i found out and in the PDF version, (posted in post #1), i have tags next to models i have confirmed.

    Country ID and Colour Chart World wide  Jpeg 1.jpg
    On this chart it has the US and Canada getting the TX650 then it also has other as getting them as well. Other would include Australia and NZ.

    It is Most likely the Vin no's on the 73 TX where consecutive world wide and there was no separate set of Vin #'s for different countries.
    This did definatly started in 75 when the European models got different internals in there motor. Before that is still a bit vague and there appears to be some confusion..........

    Here is a colour abbreviation chart for the XS650
    3c Dutch Colour Codes Jpeg.jpg
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2021
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  5. 2xs

    2xs XS650 New Member

    D7312D48-15C6-49E6-8870-BC8F1CAB0054.jpeg F87C531D-F273-48E3-BB93-8D1419AEBB13.jpeg Wow Skull so much information, thanks mate. Had wondered if mine was originally a pearl yellow gold but possibly the orange on my tins is just under coat. No sign of metallic flake blue anywhere though? Having not actually seen either of these two tx colours in real life, anyone out there have a view on the better colour that I should try to reproduce. Even better anyone done it already?
  6. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    He came onto the site years ago Paul, promoting this Youtube video. I helped him correct a mistake and got no thanks, so didn't correct any more. He has left 2 models and has lumped one of those 2 in with another that is completely different visually making it a stand alone model.......... also left out a lot of different colours for some models......... so ????

    As a curiosity have you checked out the first page on this thread......
  7. Jan_P

    Jan_P XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Thinking out loud here
    If a repaint has happened it is rare to paint over all original paint .. .. Under some bolt head or so the original would be seen

    I do believe the exact paint color can be found to buy but if it can be found as a spray able Auto paint ( not sure what it is called in English-- Lack here )
    is more uncertain..

    Not long ago I was at the paint shop .. getting some touch up paint for kitchen cabinet doors that had a little fire damage
    Had the door with me.
    The young girl had some kind of a reader .. big as a Pack of cigarettes .Like a pocket calculator . Electronic device Holding that against the surface
    getting a code
    Don t ask me how it works it is something electrical ..
    That device gave out some code that she printed into the mixing machine Keyboard like Some drops of that and a more of another
    And shaking that can ..
    Spot on brushed on an dried .Cant see it has been painted at the edge..

    Paint jobs are expensive .And I believe not so easy tog get fine ( I am no expert )
    Most people avoid it on cars and bikes unless we are talking rich people doing a top job.
    But I have seen bad jobs on expensive cars. Lot of preparation and surface cleaning needed.

    There are people out there ..e bay and so that sells touch up paints for Motorcycles and Yamaha XS 650
    Bought it for a dent on a Red tank I was Planning to pull out a dent on . 1982 or so
    Had the code exact right
    But it still looked like S*hit ( and I can accept less than perfect ) most likely because the sun had burnt the color on the tank so It was the right code .But the Tank no longer had that.
    There are firms getting recommendations here .. But I think you are US $ 300 down as soon you are over the doorstep.With the tank under your arm..

    That is why it was jaw dropping to me that little gadget mentioned above getting an exact match
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  8. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Hey mr and mrs banana head....looking good.....

    I reason a I asked is, it has been up so long, and i wondered if long time members ever went back over the thread from time to time. Thanks for the accolade and it is nice to hear, to be honest, they weren't the reason to do the ID.thread. Like you when i went to buy an XS i couldn't find the information i needed, as the bike i was looking at was a bitsa and i wanted to understand what i really had....Didn't buy it and it wasn't till i learned about the models that the bike wasn't what the owner claimed. Good bike and probably a good buy at the time but he either didn't know or lied,

    About 8 months ago i did a full rework on the ID on models and incorporated text on models and added other nationalities to the models as well. It is a world wide site so adding them made sense
  9. Jim

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

    Just noticed you did some updates Doug... nice.
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  10. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Thanks Jim............still more can b done........
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  11. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    That's a great shot of the gold TX. I'Il use that in the list to replace the shitty one i have..........cheers
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  12. txxs

    txxs XS650 Addict

    Hi 2xs. The numbers in the chart for the TX appear to be incorrect. I've owned several TX and three of them have numbers higher than 217100, the highest starting with 2179??. So it is definitely a 73 TX engine and frame number. Hope you restore it to original.
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  13. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Any verifiable information is appreciated to make the chart as accurate as possible. With 2xs's post, this is the first time someone has queried and posted proof that the cut off vin # on the chart for the TX is wrong.
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  14. txxs

    txxs XS650 Addict

    What is classed as verifiable information?
    I'm an owner of some so I assume that is more verifiable than information sourced on the web.
    Anyhow I went over and took some photos from 2 of them; one starting with s650-2178xx, one starting with s650-2179xx. (last 2 digits hidden from your prying eyes)
    IMG_4772a.jpg IMG_4786a.jpg
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  15. teamWicked

    teamWicked XS650 Addict Top Contributor

    I did a two day course on color(colour), very compressed and basic. Each color represents a certain portion of the spectrum from ultra violet to infared. Blues will have a big portion of blues with lesser amounts of the rest of the spectrum. Reds, yellows, greens the same. If a replacement color has spectrum close to an original and the amounts of intersect graphicly at certain wave lengths they will look identical with that back ground illumination but vastly different in other wavelength lighting.
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  16. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That's cool. I didn't have any of this info when I started rebuilding. I just wanted to keep is as close to the original color as possible. I was looking good till somebody :whistle: let it fall over in the trailer and bash the tank. So I get another tank and take the original down to my auto parts. I tell the girl, get your laser and hit this and see how close your computer can get to Bountiful blue. It came up with a VW color and I can't tell the difference. Side covers are original, tank is not.
    Got the paint and reducer. Got the little bottle that attaches to the spray cartridge and in business. stuck on the decals, clear coated with two part epoxy and
    if I didn't tell you, you wouldn't know.
    bike paint.jpg
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  17. Old RT3 Guy

    Old RT3 Guy XS650 Enthusiast XS650.com Supporter

    OP, KS
    I'm not throwing rocks here I'm simply curious as to why ?
    What can a baddie do with a VIN Number from a 44 year old Japanese motorcycle ?
    It's not like they can run up your credit card or empty your bank account or worse, re-title your house and put you in the street.
    What part of that VIN becomes protected personal information (PPI) and why?
    Sweet looking 77 by the way !
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  18. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    With the prices of the early XS's over here it could be worth while for a Guy who steals a XS1/1B/2/TX could grind off the no get the no posted from on here, Get a police check to see if it is registered or stolen and if not re-stamp the bike to sell.............Poor old txxs does his bike up and goes to register it and the cops now grab him for falsifying a vin no to register the bike..........If he cant convince them he is the victim, then the bike is probably impounded by the cops and court case pending.

    Few years ago a friend who had a shed full of bikes had an old BMW stolen. The thieves took of a sheet of iron and man handled the bike over the top of several others to get it out then replaced the sheet. Stolen to order. they knew what they were after. ..............So it could happen that a vin is stolen.
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  19. txxs

    txxs XS650 Addict

    Short answer is: - none of your business.

    Actually I would suggest it is not advisable for anyone to put your full ID on the internet.
    You are free to do so if you want to but I choose not to.

    The original post was to provide info to assist with the identification of early models
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  20. YAM277

    YAM277 Yamaholic XS650.com Supporter

    And now the would be thief, only has to guess 98 more guesses on the VIN?
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