A Long & Winding Road-A Lifetime With My 72 XS2

Yamikaze

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I bought my motorcycle against my parents wishes back in the summer of 1980. My Dad told me he would kick me out of the house, somehow Mom got him to let me stay... that didn't last.
When I bought my bike it was close to being a basket case. I had no idea what I was doing and only knew I wanted a Yamaha 650. I did not realize it then, but I bought a bike that had been in a wreck, had been chopped 6" over with a CB750 front end. It had wiring issues, swing arm issues, top end issues, and just about every other issue you could think of. Over the corse of several years I worked out many of the bikes issue. Found a donor bike, and between the two made a fairly nice 1972 XS2 650. I was happy with what I had, and wanted to retire the bike for a weekend toy... bought a new XJ1100J took it in for break-in maintenance, rode the 650 to work, and got cut off by a kid with a 2 hour old license. Fall of 1986
The bike sat in my brothers garage for countless years, and somewhere along the way I found a front end. 2010 I went looking for a parts bike, but found Mikes XS instead... All my needs satisfied. I rode the bike for a while, put on about 15,000 miles, and decided I needed to put it away for a while.
I am cleaning it back up, and addressing issues I either need to address, or want to address. Just before I wrecked it, I had to swap in a new motor. I found a very low mile 1981wreck with less then 2200 miles on it. I wrecked it a month after the swap.
Pictures from along the years.
 

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I love the story! I can just hear your dad now :laugh2: , my dad hated my first bike too. You and that bike have a great history, you’ve been through a lot and you keep bringing it back to life! Thanks for sharing, you and that bike are meant to be together.
Long may you run !
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In the past I only polished my covers with steel wool I like the brush affect not the chrome affect. This time around I’m gonna try to do polish to a high gloss finish. I coated the rear hub with Everbright protecta clear. I saw some good reviews so I figured I’d give it a shot. So far I’m real happy with the finish we’ll see how long it lasts. I plan to use it on both side covers and all rocker covers covers too.
 

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The picture doesn’t do it justice. I think I’m done polishing the side cover. Now it’s time to prepare it for clear coat.
 

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so thats a brush on product? or rub on ?
Edit : I had to Google it its a brush on product
I have another question though when you're coating the side covers does it run down the sides when coating the top
I saw this also ProtectaClear is the correct coating product for a grill. It is good up to 550 F degree's and at 600F degree's it will gas off
So it should be able to take the heat
 
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so thats a brush on product? or rub on ?
Edit : I had to Google it its a brush on product
I have another question though when you're coating the side covers does it run down the sides when coating the top
I saw this also ProtectaClear is the correct coating product for a grill. It is good up to 550 F degree's and at 600F degree's it will gas off
So it should be able to take the heat
I have not put it on the covers yet. I will post results when I do in the next day or two.
 
Put the first coat of protecta-clear on. Ended up having some runs… I should’ve leveled the cover off like it is in the picture I left it sitting on an angle. What can I say, my wife was calling me up to dinner! Oh well live and learn. I’ll put on a second coat. At least this will be hidden by the gearshift.
 

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I put the second coat on. So far so good. I am real happy with this product. The runs flattened out, and I had a hard time finding them.
So far I have coated my float bowls, rear wheel hub, alternator side cover.
I still plan to do the clutch side cover, valve covers, and the shock bottom tubes.
 

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