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Build Thread...Special to Cafe Bike

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MaxPete, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    no, no gloomy.. meant like revving it and shouting out "Do me !"
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  2. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor


    Gary nailed the other reason to name them: it makes it easier to keep track if you have several bikes (and many do...).

    anyhow - it’s my party and I’ll cry if I frickin’ want to.
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  3. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Ya but have you ever called one by the wrong name?
  4. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    They don't care, as long as you show them some love. They have souls, because you put yours into them. Therefore, they all deserve names, even if they're not necessarily flattering ("The Basketcase"?). I had a car once, I called "The Klingon Flea Trap". Foreign. Not pretty. Taught me how to turn a metric wrench, and one of the best I ever owned. Hated to part with it :( but saw it more than a year later. Somebody was still giving it love... :wtf:
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  5. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    I don't usually name my vehicles but I do buy them customized plates.
    Mind you, SGI is kinda weird about those. Once you get one, it's yours for life.
    I got my "XS11" plate pinned to a wall because it couldn't be transferred along with the bike.
    Friend had his GUZZI plate pinned up 20 years between Guzzis.
    Tried for an XS650 plate but no, "We might use the XS number series one day"
    Told 'em "Any 12 year old could computer-sort that registration as pre-sold"
    They said "We don't employ 12 year olds"
    And my wife's car plate is ALVA so I can remember who I'm married to.
    (And so we can find it in car parks.)
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  6. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Someone sent me a video of a Delta Lockheed L1011 being dismantled in the boneyard. Watching it was rather painful. I left sweat and blood all over those airplanes. I rode them all over the world. They're a large part of my life. As such, inanimate objects become important to us. My bikes don't have names, but I get it.
  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Okey dokey sports fan: I finally took a mental health day (off work) yesterday and got into the DCW for some time on my bikes. As you may know, I am preparing all three of my XS650s for the big CVMG Annual Rally in Paris Ontario in June and each has its own set of issues:

    1) Lucille :yikes: is a 1976 XS650C and just needs some engine case polishing and while I’d sure like to get her tins painted, I am not sure that is realistic given what else is on my plate.

    2) Black Betty is a 1978 XS650E and Jim is presently painting her tins for me ( :bow2:) and she will be getting a new RHS muffler (THANK YOU Gary :bow2:) and the usual head re-torque, timing chain, valve lash and points care and a new set of tires and tubes plus the front brake is sticky.

    Which brings me to....

    3) Demi
    - the 1981 XS650SH and the subject of this thread. This slightly crusty old gal is getting the full meal deal and yesterday I tucked into her in grand style. I figured out the tank mounting arrangements and am working on the seat as well. Once those are sorted out, I am shipping the tins and seat to Jim along with the paint and he is going to work his magic on them. Meanwhile I will keep going on everything else starting with polishing the rear hub and brake plate and then spoking up the new 18” wheel and getting new tires front and rear. It’s gonna be tight....

    I may have to change the name of this thread to the Three Chicks Build...

    Here are some photos...
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2020
  8. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    You Go get at it MaxPete ! :cheers:
  9. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Atta boy Pete! :) I vote for more mental health days for you!
  10. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    North GA
    Hmmmm... That looks quite familiar... What do they say about great minds?
    cafe bike.JPG
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  11. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

  12. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Looks good so far Pete! Love that tank on the 650 too. Uhh has Lucille had a spill?!? She looks leaned over a little too far lol JC
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  13. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi JC - nope, she's is just fine thanks.

    One of my CVMG buddies is polishing her RH engine case cover for me and I had just changed the oil when he offered, so I leaned her over to get the cover off without having to drain it. He has already done my valve adjuster covers and the RH side oil filter cover - what a super friend.

    It isn't the cost, quite honestly, I am just so busy these days that I can't miss any opportunity to move these old gals forward quickly.


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  14. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Yes Pete, finding the time is sometimes very tight. Even the interruptions constantly happen when I'm out in the garage..
    Slow & Steady wins the race they say.
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  15. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I understand all what you mean Pete. Recently added a Skidoo to my garage and has been taking time away from both bikes. It is worth it having something can ride and work on near all seasons. :D JC
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  16. Hey guys. New to the site and ans the xs world, its already helped me figure out a few things. I've "tightened" the spring clip and it seems to be engaging with the starter now but I'm wondering if this gear is returning to the correct position. What do you think?

    Its not resting flat against the outer gear. Im wondering if the coil spring isnt strong enough?

    OOPS ive posted thing in the wrong section. must have had too many tabs open. not sure who i managed to mess up so bad

    Attached Files:

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  17. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well, I finally got back out into the DCW and continuing on the theme of the Three Chicks Build, I made progress on all three of my gals:

    Betty (1978 XS650E): got new tires and tubes and a nice shiny new muffler from Baraboo plus I freed up her sticky front calliper, straightened her rear turn signals, fixed a faulty tail light bulb, installed a new set of rear brake shoes and mounted a beautiful set of Euro bars on her (these were a gift from a fellow Essex-Kent Chapter CVMG member).

    Demi (1981 XS650SH > Café bike) I am working on the rear wheel (switch from a 16” to an 18” steel 48 spoke rim) and she has temporarily donated her LH engine case cover to Lucille whose case cover is being polished by a friend. It was good to get that cover off as I REALLY need to clean in there. She’s looking pretty crusty in there for sure and I will also change her rear brake shoes and rear wheel bearings as well before spoking up the new rim and mounting a new pair of tires and tubes.

    Lucille (1976 XS650C) is now fully operational and ready to ride to the CVMG Sunday Breakfast tomorrow morning.

    Slowly, but surely, were getting there.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2020
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  18. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Juggling the chicks again eh ? Brave, busy man ! Awesome that Lucille is a runner for Sunday morning even
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  19. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Cool fork brace on your Cafe project MaxPete. Leaving it on there ?
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  20. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    yup. I’m not a fussy person about strict originality, but I’d like to keep Lucille and Betty as good examples of mid- and late- Standards with sensible modifications to enhance reliability and safety and so Demi is my bike for modifications. She will get the 18” rear wheel, dual disks, of course the XS750 tank and cafe seat and she will keep the fork brace, plus a couple of other little surprises this spring - and perhaps someday a 750 kit (I know a chap who has one or two of them).

    yeah, I like messing around with Demi......
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2020
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