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  1. R

    New here, where does this go?

    Hey, new guy here! I’m Max, I’ve always wanted an XS, and well, a couple weeks ago, I finally got one! 1980 XS650 barn find with a literal truckload of spares! So I was rebuilding my carbs, and I found a stray light green wire by my backbone... My headlight is out, and I looked it up, LG...
  2. Augie

    Hello from Kansas!

    Greetings fellow XS 650ers. I'm a 20y/o TIG Welder from Central Kansas, lived here all my life. I caught the motorcycle bug when I was in early high school. Scratched up enough money by the end of senior year to buy and build a CB 750. It wasn't anything special, lots of cobbled togetherness but...
  3. Chopped7

    new guy. i think i screwed up

    Hi guys. i'm Jim in Phoenix, AZ. i've been riding motorcycles a good part of my life with a little 10 yr break through my 20's to get married and have kids and such. i started riding at 6 yrs old on a honda 50, then a Yamaha 100 enduro, Hodaka 100 Super Rat, my buddy in middle school had a...
  4. H

    My first XS650! Looking for feedback on my purchase.

    Hi All, And thanks for any and all warm welcomes to the forum! I have been riding for a few years, not many. I've had a couple bikes (Honda Rebel, Suzuki 650). I do a significant amount or work on my car so I am open and willing to do work on my XS650. I am mostly wondering if I got a good...
  5. M

    Just got my 1st XS!!

    Hi all, Just wanted to say Hi. I've been riding since I was 3 years old and recently in the last couple years have related a passion. I have built a couple cafe bikes 1 was a Seca and the other a CB500T. I started to really appreciate the bobber style and started doing some homework...
  6. O

    xs650 special into xs650?

    good afternoon, i am new to this site but not to yamahas. my first purchase was between an xs400 special and an xs650. i picked the former because i felt like it was the best choice at the time, primarily an economic one, and, although i enjoyed that ride i regretted not buying the 650...
  7. A

    New guy

    Hey guys. Long time lurker first time poster. I have a 78 XS650. Have owned a few other bikes and still own a couple others. This seems like a good community of enthusiasts and a great place for shared knowledge. I'm in western Washington if you care. Thaks guys. Aaron
  8. 7

    New here, 75 brat/bobber/make it mine build!

    Hello everyone new member ,long time creeper haha. So i figured that I might as well start this thing off right by an intro and an insight to my build . So 2 weeks ago I picked up a 75 that someone had put a tracker rear section on and rode it a total of 3 days and decided...sweet I not my kind...
  9. N

    New XS650 in Central Texas

    I just came home with a 1982 XS650 Heritage Special that has been sitting in my father's warehouse for the past 25 years. It will be the basis for my first "build from the ground up" MC project. With the dirt cleaned off of it, it is really one of those once in a lifetime garage finds. The...
  10. T

    Hello from Tasmania

    Hi guys, girls, all in between, i have just purchased myself a 75 650, 7000 miles on the clock and have already been to this site more times then i can count in the last week, the amount of information on here is massive and a huge help! so thanks to everyone already for making my life so much...
  11. D

    Long Time Reader, First Time Poster

    Hi Guys, As stated in my title, I have been lurking the forums for a while to help me through all my questions about my motorcycle. I also bought a shop manual and it has been helpful so far. I bought my '81 XS650 in the spring of 2015 and got my bike license in June 2015 as well (I am...
  12. K

    Intro and bike

    Hi all, let me start by saying this site is awesome. I recently purchased a 1979 xs650 special. Unsure whats going to happen with her yet, but I am pretty excited about this little bike. THanks for all the usefull info you guys provide on this site!! Pictures of the bike soon!!:thumbsup::thumbsup:
  13. xs2-John

    New to the Forum

    Hello all. I'm starting my second restoration (or rescue) mission on a vintage M/C and will surely need your knowledge from time to time. Back in 1983 I bought a brand new 650 Heritage Special. And while that was 30+ years ago, it still remains one of my all time favorites, out of about 20+...
  14. J

    New to xs650s, but ready to build

    Always liked the look of these bikes and finally decided to start a build. I want to build a mono-shocker and got a frame to start with. While I was looking for an engine local I stumbled across a pair of '83 xs650s and picked them up for 400 bucks Pretty sure the guy didn't know what he had...
  15. K

    Finding the right Fuel Tank

    Hi All, I've newish member here from Melbourne, Australia, first time posting. I'm an owner of a 1973 TX650 which was imported from the USA by the previous owner and I'm in the midst of restoring it to a cafe racer. Unfortunately the bike came with a fuel tank that doesn't seem to fit on...
  16. Add_Lightness

    Just joined the club!

    Hi everyone! A couple weeks ago I bought my first motorcycle, a 1978 XS650 that a previous owner (2 owners ago) had rebuilt. I've always liked the cafe racer style and when I saw this bike, I had to have it. As far as I know most of the engine was rebuilt and there are about $2k in part...
  17. michaelpthompson

    I guess I've joined your club now...

    What a great forum! Glad to meet you all. I was sitting on a friend's back patio, drinking beer with some friends, when one of them happened to mention that he had a 1975 Yamaha that he'd part with for $200. Not running, uncertain history, but $200? I mean, how could I turn that down? Haven't...
  18. TwistedThrottle

    New guy from North Carolina

    Hey everyone, new guy here from Northeast NC. I just purchased my first xs650 ('79 special 2) so I'll be spending quite a lot of time here researching the topic. Im going to build a hard tail for it (as soon as I get a new 1-1/8" die in for my bender) among other things. Actually, this bike...
  19. P

    Knocking in Tennessee

    I recently purchased a 1999 Vstar that I was told needed a carb rebuild to get it running. I did the rebuild and gas squirto out of the top jets into the air breather. I have gotten it running but it has a scary knock in the top end of the rear cylinder . It is a steady constant knock that...
  20. jtziggy

    New Guy

    Hello, I have been looking at the site for information this last week and decided I had better introduce myself. I am the proud owner of this lovely XS. I have been wanting to do a Tracker build for a long time. I built a RD350 about 30+ years ago (Tracker style) before that I always had a...
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