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  1. LA_Rider

    Hospitals aren't the safest place to be.

    ToglHot, Sorry to hear re; your sister and I agree hospitals are not especially safe. My wife died of CoVid in Feb 21, we both caught it from fully (government vax'd) step-daughters, one is a hospital nurse. Best of luck to you re; your up-coming hip surgery. LA Rider
  2. LA_Rider

    Dead cylinder. When I unplug the good cylinder plug I get shocked.

    gggGary....great info as usual, >I have a nasty story about high voltage and a rain storm on an XS650. But hey....what about the nasty story? Please do share...
  3. LA_Rider

    XSJohn's right side hotter theory - explored

    I realize that this is a really old thread, but from what I've read, if accurate, a pair of temperature sensors, one on each cylinder, attached to a simple microcontroller (perhaps even an Arduino?) programmed with requisite code could be used to sense the temperature situation, sending commands...
  4. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    Update on the airbox story.... After much dialog back and forth between myself and the eBay vendor who shipped to me 1974/1975 airbox set...a pair of boxes, in lieu of the 1979 airbox pair set the ad stated and the included mix of photos of 1979 and 1975 airboxes. It was sold as a set, a pair...
  5. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    5Twins, Is there something unique or special regarding 'red grease'? I've seen that chemistry cited elsewhere, generally in association with powered machine tools such as vertical milling machines. Is it a specific grade or something akin that? Great photos, and you answered the question as...
  6. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    05-12-2022 Got a story and a question... Well, I finally found and bought an airbox set. One of the carburetor ports has some damage, bent, twisted metal. The vendor, posted 8 photos of the airboxes on a white table surface. Both of the boxes had an orange tyewrap afixing the respective cover...
  7. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    Raymond, Thanks for the tips on the clutch adjuster and compression matter. And I had a good chuckle re; the cleaning matter. Yep, there is certainly some elbow grease needed! :) Re; Mom, had several different motorcycles through the years. Unfortunately the only photos I have of those, are...
  8. LA_Rider

    Have ya seen this?

    I've watched a few of Ichiban's utoobski videos, and in each one he illustrates authentic creativity, IMO. Check out this video, heh heh, how clever is this?
  9. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    Ok...good point. I have various S&K tool sets which I bought many years ago.
  10. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    5Twins, great info. As for right/left, I was trying to remember whether my camera reverses the image or not? Thanks for the correction. Maybe the bike isn't in too bad a condition, but is a bit dirty. When I was riding it,, I rode it everyday for about 5yrs until my work started flying me all...
  11. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    I'm beginning restoration of my XS-650E. I am really looking forward to doing this. I enjoy the challenge of restoring things, but I've never done anything like a motorcycle. I've restored all manners of gadgets but mostly electronic gadgets. The astute amongst you may 'see' that I've cooked a...
  12. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    Yep, that is precisely what happened to my center stand, the 'tang' broke off, and I've noticed on eBay that there are a couple of the stands having severely bent tangs...also the most expensive units for sale too. I've never done any welding but I would like to learn and have the tools. One...
  13. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    Yeah Man! That's great info, thanks. I'll look around for an in/lb wrench. LA Rider
  14. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    ToglHot, I wondered about that after reading the other reply. As for cleaning with gazoh-leene, heh heh, there was a time growing up when we were being taught in school to not use petrol due to its toxic nature and explosiveness. Here, years later, it never occurred to me to use petrol...that's...
  15. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    Thanks, I'll give that grease a try. Anyone know if a 1980 XS650 center stand fits a 650E? I removed the side covers to discover that both of the airboxes are missing off the carburetors. They sprouted legs and walked off!! I looked around on eBay and its mish-mash of boxes with missing...
  16. LA_Rider

    XS650E Restoration

    After reviewing dozens of utuub vids on how to rebuild Mikuni BS38 caburetors, I vectored over to PepBoys for some chemicals, only to discover that they have closed their doors for a couple of months while they have changed company name and are remodeling all of the stores. So I bummed around...
  17. LA_Rider

    Cool Website...

    Downeaster, Thanks. Yeah, I know a good a thing when I see it and this website is the cat's meow for XS650s. In the few hours that I've perused the website over the past few days I realized that to restore my XS650E, that there is a lot to know. While I'm fairly handy electrically, I am by no...
  18. LA_Rider

    Cool Website...

    Newbie here...I am very happy to have found this excellent XS650 website. I just learned that I could have repaired the speedo & tach dials on my XS650E and would have saved a hundred eBay bucks for a used cluster. I bought a instrument cluster, the vendor ID'd as a 650 cluster, but its not...
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