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I have had lead acid do the same think. One cell goes bad. Yussa batters had problems with the lead connector between the cells breaking. I had one do this, sudden death.
Had it happen to me as well. Stopped to gas up and when I tried to start back up - nothing. Ended up bump starting the bike. New battery and all was good.
 

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Bought a new battery but I was to charge it 24-48 hours before use. Thought I was done for taking the GT750 to the rally. Then I thought, that battery looks an awful lot like the XS battery. Checked and it was the identical size. Quick swap and the Buffalo made it to the rally. Great day, met a lot of guys from the forum. Saturday should be even better!
 

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One of the nicest bikes there!

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Great pics, thanks for sharing. It was a great event, the bikes, the swap meet and most of all, meeting many forum members and making new friends. I even met one of the original owners of my XS!

Thanks OHRider and Gggary for making the long trip to attend this meet.

Glad OHRider got the photo of the diesel Honda CB750!
 

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Vic and his teapot made a great looking pair!
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@XS650D 's bike drew crowds.
There were about 30? XS650 in the Marquee barn and another 10? about the grounds.
The organizers commented on how many XS were in attendance. many, most? ridden there.
Not sure of the ownership of the nice cafe behind 650D's here.

@MaxPete had The Robin tribute bike looking snaz @Jim s paint work glowed.

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Too many names for my feeble brain cells to remember them all, this wears a special tank polished with 2000 grit. Thought it looked quite sharp.

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More later.
 
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Damn Vic... that's a sharp lookin' buffalo!! :heart:
Thanks Jim, it’s not perfect, but a nice survivor that I don’t mind riding. It probably looks better because of the skills of the professional photographer. Lol. I have most of the bugs worked out and probably the last thing I’ll do to it this season is slap on a new rear tire (and put the headlight bucket back on). After seeing how much the other two strokes were smoking at the rally, my bike is actually doing well.
 
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I drove down, through Chicago, crossed Michigan and into Canada at Detroit (border crossings were painless, all covid restrictions, paperwork have been dropped) to pick up Pete just south of Windsor. We then left at 8PM to get in the "land rush" lines with a few hundred others for camping, vender spots Friday 9AM sharp. Pete and I "slept" in the Prius front seats, it was warm but doable. The meet had exclusive use of a large, spread out fairground site, 40? acres, many buildings, barns, horse stall sheds, etc, there were extensive gravel roads, parking, mowed grass fields. Camping spots were quite nice, with many able to pitch tents in various open structures, many swap meet venders camped at their sales spots. Friday was hot then temps dropped to comfortable and cool at night with strong gusty winds. Wish I had taken some overall pics but you can see it a bit in others photos.
Organizers estimated 800 campers and several thousand visitors, I'll guess 200 venders.
3 Americans raised their hands at the breakfast. We were warmly accepted and I now have many new friends! Both evenings, camp gatherings, food and beverage sharing and BS sessions went well into the night. Sharing, helping and camaraderie were the order of the weekend.
By Saturday morning this display greeted visitors as they entered the show. A few of us thought Weathervane should have been on the stand....... but the position had been promised to the owner of the this fine example, that represented both stock and modified.
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As featured Marquee We had a building strictly for XS's, all others were politely (Canada eh?) escorted out ;^)
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An amazing cross section of the XS650 hobby was displayed!
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I spent some serious time parsing out all the work involved in creating this bike, @Jim ;^)
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Angus' road burner 77
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This XS1, came from Calgary! SN253 shows only 2,000 miles and is as found original.
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Some other XS650's, @BluzPlayer your cross country tourer is available, the orange one, 3500 Canadian, might need a few finishing touches......
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Great pics and commentary gggGary. Close to home now?
After the catered Sunday breakfast in the hall,
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Pete, Angus, And I loaded up the bikes, Typical; most were gone or leaving by Sunday morning
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Took Pete back to Harrow (got a shower and lunch there, THANK YOU Kathy) crossed back into Michigan at Port Huron and headed home via the Mackinac Bridge. Too bad it was dark AND raining at the bridge. Slept in a wayside and was home in time for an afternoon nap on Monday, about 1600 miles all told, but less than a mile on Weathervane :cautious:
That was kinda disappointing, I had worked quite bit so it was ride worthy.
Will post up even more later :D
 
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It was great to have gggGary come and to have the opportunity to drive down to Paris with him. As he said, the arrangements for the CVMG Rally were a tad lumpy in places but overall, it was really well done. People who have never convened a big event really have no idea of how much work it is.

The only fly in the ointment for me personally was that Betty sprang a fuel leak during the weekend after several days of faultless operation (note my toothy grin of frustration in Gary's photo above). I still have to dig into it, but it appears that I may have a vacuum petcock problem.

Anyhow - lots of fun and it sure was nice to finally meet some of the forum members whom I have only known on-line up till now and also to have the XS650 recognized as the marque bike for the Paris National Rally!

Pete
 

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I drove down, through Chicago, crossed Michigan and into Canada at Detroit (border crossings were painless, all covid restrictions, paperwork have been dropped) to pick up Pete just south of Windsor. We then left at 8PM to get in the "land rush" lines with a few hundred others for camping, vender spots Friday 9AM sharp. Pete and I "slept" in the Prius front seats, it was warm but doable. The meet had exclusive use of a large, spread out fairground site, 40? acres, many buildings, barns, horse stall sheds, etc, there were extensive gravel roads, parking, mowed grass fields. Camping spots were quite nice, with many able to pitch tents in various open structures, many swap meet venders camped at their sales spots. Friday was hot then temps dropped to comfortable and cool at night with strong gusty winds. Wish I had taken some overall pics but you can see it a bit in others photos.
Organizers estimated 800 campers and several thousand visitors, I'll guess 200 venders.
3 Americans raised their hands at the breakfast. We were warmly accepted and I now have many new friends! Both evenings, camp gatherings, food and beverage sharing and BS sessions went well into the night. Sharing, helping and camaraderie were the order of the weekend.
By Saturday morning this display greeted visitors as they entered the show. A few of us thought Weathervane should have been on the stand....... but the position had been promised to the owner of the this fine example, that represented both stock and modified.
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As featured Marquee We had a building strictly for XS's, all others were politely (Canada eh?) escorted out ;^)
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An amazing cross section of the XS650 hobby was displayed!
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I spent some serious time parsing out all the work involved in creating this bike, @Jim ;^)
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Angus' road burner 77
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This XS1, came from Calgary! SN253 shows only 2,000 miles and is as found original.
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Some other XS650's, @BluzPlayer your cross country tourer is available, the orange one, 3500 Canadian, might need a few finishing touches......
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After the catered Sunday breakfast in the hall,
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Pete, Angus, And I loaded up the bikes, Typical; most were gone or leaving by Sunday morning
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Took Pete back to Harrow (got a shower and lunch there, THANK YOU Kathy) crossed back into Michigan at Port Huron and headed home via the Mackinac Bridge. Too bad it was dark AND raining at the bridge. Slept in a wayside and was home in time for an afternoon nap on Monday, about 1600 miles all told, but less than a mile on Weathervane :cautious:
That was kinda disappointing, I had worked quite bit so it was ride worthy.
Will post up even more later :D
Would be nice to know more about the Commando with XS engine. Looks unusual and interesting.
 
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