Is this worth 1500?

teamWicked

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For stock eye esthetics, the '75 wins in my book.

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I beg to differ...
 

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Generally speaking, the roadsters got better with each successive year, but I believe there are a couple of exceptions to this, and one is quite serious.
The single piston brake calipers which were introduced along with the 35mm forks for the XS650D, are in my opinion, a retrograde step. They may be lighter, but they seem to lack rigidity to me.
The other thing I don't like, although it is only cosmetic, is the cheapo looking idiot light cluster that came in the same year.
Not a performance issue, but the thing just looks cheap and nasty to me.
The Special got a much more classy looking set up when it was launched.
Otherwise everything else bad got sorted.
The twin cable carbs, the fragile fuel filler cap, the micky mouse brake lining sensor etc.
A pity they didn't fit a grab rail until the final year
 

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Looks to me the dust cover is broken and some one has tried to sand the fork lower but not the caliper brackets.

The forks are the right way round for the US models. The caliper mounts got changed to the rear of the forks in 76

Can use this thread for a guide.
https://www.xs650.com/threads/xs650...workshop-manuals-and-other-information.30569/

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Upon further inspections of other 75’s. All of them have a shorter dust sleeve on the US models
 

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