Back in the XS650 game: 1981 Cafe/Tracker

mrtwowheel

Honda Etched On Brain
Top Contributor
Messages
2,759
Reaction score
2,488
Points
263
Location
Michigan, tri-state area
Never had that problem. Could you put the front tire against a wall or just lay the bike down with some padded supports? I've smacked a few stubborn SOB's lately with success. I've also broken a few bolts lately. I like to smack and then tap,tap,tap. Beat your own drum.
 

scott s

XS650 Guru
Messages
1,025
Reaction score
244
Points
63
Location
Rock Hill, SC
Still haven't gotten the drain plugs loose (haven't rounded up the help yet), but I did oil the filters and went from 2.5 to 3.5 turns on the mixture screws.
On the first real ride, I noticed some low/mid range .... we'll, let me rephrase this.... low/mid seemed OK, but it was REALLY happy up top.
I'm running 137.5 mains, stock pilots, 3.5 turns in the mixture screws, UNI pods and a baffled 2-1 exhaust.
Seems pretty good so far. I'll check the plugs again after the next long ride.
 

5twins

XS650 Guru
Top Contributor
Messages
23,457
Reaction score
19,648
Points
813
On the BS34's, you usually need to richen up the idle circuit too. There are two ways you can go about that, the pilot jet and the air jet. The air jet doesn't have as big of an effect so if you want to make the idle circuit just a little richer, reduce that a size or two. That will make the pilot circuit richer but not as rich as changing the pilot jet.
 

teamWicked

Amatuer
Top Contributor
Messages
2,657
Reaction score
11,240
Points
513
Location
Sheboygan, WI
The P.O. did that and it all clears fine.

One thing that I WILL probably change if I keep it: that front brake line. I don't like the way it's routed but, with the ends that are on there, I can't route it like I want. May have a new one made up eventually.
I found a set like this (not this one) with 2 15 degree ends and one 90 degree end for ~$17 on Amozon or ebay. 90 cm. The ends screw on so you get the brakeline routing that you like.
https://www.amazon.com/Fireyouracin...cphy=1028202&hvtargid=pla-1650854411453&psc=1
16608549515642024731560753498585.jpg
 
Last edited:

OLD ROOKIE

Go Slow and Wave at Your Neighbors.
XS650.com Supporter
Messages
68
Reaction score
138
Points
33
Location
20832
Rotated the bars forward a bit and swapped out the mirrors for a bar end. Been trying to break loose the drain plug(s) for an oil change and losing that battle. It's especially hard with no center stand and one set of hands. I tried using a wheel chock and the damn thing still fell over.
Might have to bite the bullet and have a shop break them loose for me.

Runs really well with the Gonzo CDI, though!

View attachment 221253View attachment 221254View attachment 221255View attachment 221256View attachment 221257

Drain plugs - lean bike against a wall with kick stand side facing wall. Take floor jack handle and slip it over your 1/2" breaker bar handle and give it a go. Works for me.
 

jetmechmarty

Project collector
Top Contributor
XS650.com Supporter
Messages
5,931
Reaction score
16,876
Points
688
Location
Coldwater, Mississippi
Drain plugs - lean bike against a wall with kick stand side facing wall. Take floor jack handle and slip it over your 1/2" breaker bar handle and give it a go. Works for me.
With a Cornwell breaker bar, my Craftsman socket broke. With an S-K breaker bar, the breaker bar broke. YMMV
 
Top