Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Travis, Sep 15, 2020.
Like I said in my "self" nomination, WJL was and is @wrenchjohns build, he gets the credit. I just fluffed her dress and winked at the boys.
Kinda hard to deny that she IS a wisconsin girl now.
Well said, Peter.
I've been thinking similar thoughts for the past few years, but you have expressed them.
Well, anyway - I wasn't intending p!ss anyone off or drive anyone away, but I have had those thoughts rattling around for several years and I figured that now the voting is completed, I could say them without affecting the outcomes.
Yer drive'n me away Pete!
Also want to say thank you for the votes, it really is appreciated.
I kinda think a mixed calendar with those that really support the site with lots of posts and pics of the build process getting an advantage with me but exceptional quality builds also get my respect on their own merits. Multiple votes allowed also helps spread the love.
Out in her favorite playground, back roads.
No Specials for 2021. There is, however, a nice mix of stock bikes and customs.
Just because someone is new to this forum does not mean they are not passionate or knowledgable.
My 650 experience began in March 1973. I graduated from high school on 1972 with a draft lottery number of 6. I sold my 1969 Suzuki 350 in the fall expecting to be drafted by spring. Nixon called off the draft in February 1973 and I was hired at a local bank for $350 per month. The local Yamaha dealer had a leftover XS2 for the blowout price of $1100. I only had $880 so I bought a leftover 1972 GT380 (the framed bill of sale hangs in my shop)
I finally bought an XS2 in the late 70s. Became friends with a group of 650 fanatics that are still friends today!. By the mid 80s, we lived and breathed 650s.. My friend Rex built a nice shop and became the 650 hangout. $300 to $400 bought a nice one and a dollar a cc was top money. We would scour the classifieds for 650s and lost count of how many we bought and sold.
One Saturday in 1990 Rex and I went to look at a one owner XS2. It had been sprayed with WD40 and parked in his woodworking shop. Was covered in sawdust. Had 6000 miles and the price was $650 firm. Brought it home and cleaned off the sawdust and it was perfect. Rex decided to park it next to his XS1 in his family room.
Rex died suddenly in December 2016 and his daughter asked if his old 650 buddies would help liquidate all his bikes. There were 8 650s (including a 77 he bought new and stopped riding when the odometer read 650. His grandson kept it. I pushed out the bikes the two of us pushed in 27 years before. One bought the XS1 and I bought the XS2. Another friend bought another XS2 and has it parked in front of the side of the cardboard crate side his new XS2 came in. Anoter bought back a 77 he sold him in the 1990s, I was put in charge of waking them up.
He had prepared them for storage and all three were running with little work . All are ridden on a regular basis. For the past three years we have a memorial bike show at a local winery (had to cancel this year). Have a special section for " EX-REX" bikes including ones he sold in the 80s and 90s.
Took this yesterday while on a ride through Amish country in a covered bridge
Thanks for the post. That's a good story. I can certainly understand how banter on these forums isn't for everyone. I certainly enjoy reading a story like this, even if @MaxPete had to drag it out of you.
My dad had a friend with a brand new XS-2. I was 13 at the time. Hooked right then! It's nice you have one that keeps your friend close to you.
Self promotion and linking to a build thread and/or writing up a description with pics was the norm a few years ago.........also there were a lot more people engaging in the voting.....
http://www.xs650.com/threads/2015-xs650-calendar-vote-here.38633/ Votes in the 80's, 70's, 60's in 2015 and a Special when specials were hated on.........you will find it can be for the person and there contribution to the site and not especially for the bike.......Thanks for all your input RG.
.in 2016 there were 3 bikes that had over 100 votes and a couple in the 90's............
It is accepted by Travis that a person can have as many of their bikes up for nomination in the calendar....... only one of the bikes, (no matter how many votes), can be accepted into the calendar..........To me that is not fair, those votes take away the opportunity for another persons bike to be included.......
I'm very pleased with the selection we have collectively made. Most of the bikes I voted for are in, though that's not the point. I agree with the feeling expressed above it's preferable if there has been a build thread or at least we feel we know the bike & owner. But it's not essential. Each individual has chosen the bikes they like, so in a way the calendar reflects our collective good taste.
Personally, my prejudice, I don't rate money as a factor. A bike won't garner more respect because it's had a shed load of money spent on it, but if I like it I'll still like it. Perhaps I tend to choose the bikes I'd like to be with, to ride, to own? They don't need to be perfect or highly finished. Don't like too much fussy detail. Just in some undefinable way cool or 'right'. Just saying.
Great story of friendship and XS650's, Glenn.
An ecclectic mix of styles and builds. I missed last years calendar but i will not miss it this year... I agree that build threads and provenace make things more attractive but then i also agree that it isnt a pre-requisite to a viable entry...I tend to evaluate execution of style...How well done is it and visually stunning in details...or in its simplicity of design...
While my mind is open to all builds..I am still a purist at heart...
@Scott Halbleib will you please send me an email at email@example.com with your email address so I can communicate details about the calendar. I am unable to send you a message on the forum. All other calendar entries have been contacted via inbox.
gggGary, I thank you for the recognition. john
I am humbled and appreciate the chance to compete for a spot in the 2021 calendar. Personally I like my mad max style cafe vibe so not sure if next year will bring any changes, but only time will tell of course. Congrats to all the ones who made it to the calendar!
This year had a short voting window. I gave people a few days to self promote and ask for main photos to be swapped. I intended on sending out a mass email on Saturday to promote voting, but then forgot about it. I believe those two things explain the low voting numbers. It's probably better this way because now the regulars here had their votes really count.
Regarding multiple nominations.. You could vote for 20 of 28 bikes if you wanted, so I don't see how it matters much. You are not limited to voting for 13 bikes. I think it's a fair system. Or fair enough!
I'll be posting the tie-breaker vote soon!
Trav also had a cutoff date of membership to qualify for voting. I think the idea was to prevent vote packing from "vote for me" postings on other forums. keeping the members here in the rightful majority.
What a great selection of bikes for this years calendar!
Good luck everyone ... I already have an idea for the next build. Need to move house first for a bigger garage
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