Just Picked this Up Today!! 1971 Yamaha XS1B 650

JonW

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I found this locally on craigslist a few days ago and picked it up today. I really wasn't looking for a new project, but many of us know how that goes! It's a 1971 XS1B. The engine is stuck and there weren't any other parts to go with it. I have since sprayed it liberally with Kroil Penetrating Fluid to hopefully free things up. The only challenging thing so far, is the right-hand spark plug has been broken off in the head and is flush with the top of the spark plug hole.
 

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Yes Sir if it was easy anyone could do it but this time it will need a parts bike
And when that one arrives it is the one that gets rebuilt. ..most likely
I was already working on getting my 1980 650 Special going when I decided to peruse craigslist as I do daily. Now, I've got two XS's to worry about....arggghhh!
 
I’m seeing some really good parts that would seriously go towards paying for a more complete project, but like I should be talking…..
If that was 74 or newer I would agree. But it's a 71, totally different animal than a newer XS.

Some may agree with me some may not.
 
I’m seeing some really good parts that would seriously go towards paying for a more complete project, but like I should be talking…..

The guy who sold me the Yamaha also sold me my 1974 Honda CB750. He recommended I use it as a parts bike, but I would rather take the challenge.
 

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Jon,
Something to try, to get the motor "unstuck": put a socket directly on the crank bolt, use a "breaker" bar, and "bonk" lightly with a rubber mallet. I thought the motor was stuck on my '75 (The Basketcase), but it turned out to be excessive corrosion around the alternator.
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The result of improper storage (holding up the side of a shed for years). Good luck with you XS-1B
 
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