Lucille pulls another one on me....

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The manual also advises that you do not operate below 3500rpm around town - Guess I just wrecked a good bike!

Edit: This 3500 rpm refers to general riding not breaking in.
 
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Good point, guys. Break-in procedures for new bikes are a bit different from the break-in procedures for top-end overhauls. The new bike engines have to break-in everything, rings, crank, tranny, ...etc. Top-end overhauls are only concerned about the top-end, the bottom is already broken-in. I've never seen factory manuals to specifically call-out the differences...
 

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You need a Canadian speedo - they go to 140 MPH - but again, that would only apply if you rode the XS650 off a cliff....or were being towed by a Hayabusa.
I stopped at a gas station and this guy came up who looked kind of slow and told me my speedometer had been changed. He said the bike will go faster than 80. I told him about the 55 national speed limit in the '80s and the 80mph speedometer and red 55 mph was part of it, talked about the oil crisis some, and then in the same voice he said "the speedometer has been changed."
 

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The "Owner's Manual for the TX650 contains information on Pages 22 - 23 regarding rpm limits during breaking-in. Here is the link to the xscafedotcom:
https://thexscafedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/tx650-owners-manual.pdf
I realize you don't have the TX but the information is the same in my HS Supplement so will apply to Lucille also. They also state the first oil change at 250 miles but I believe that is too long. From general reading I find recommendations from 50 miles upwards with different rational offered.

After my rebore I changed at 150 miles with maximum of 3000 rpm being used and it really needed it. The oil was full of extremely fine metal suspension as expected. I then changed again after another 700 miles with a maximum of 4000 rpm being used and the oil was very clean. Changed after another 850 miles and at this point the engine started to run very nicely up and down the rpm range from 1200 to 5500. So it has taken approximately 2000 miles for the engine to start feeling nice and smooth. I am yet to go beyond 5500rpm but will get there soon.

I like the bit on page 4 of the manual where it refers to "oil tank".
 

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Txxs, I was going to mention that diagram. I think they got confused with the 2-Strokes. Perhaps this is why so many believe you should oil the air filters???

Oil.jpg

Note where the petcock is???
 
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Maxpete glad you got your bike back together and riding! It is a nice time of year to get out. J-C

It sure is J-C! Fall is my favourite time of year.

Actually, the temp here in Windsor this weekend is supposed to hit nearly 30C (86 deg. F) and with the humidity, it will feel like 37C. This coming week I’m riding the ST1300 down to Ottawa/Gatineau QC with some buddies. And then next week, Forum member Lakeview and I are headed to the Vintage Yamaha Rally in North Carolina - him in his van with his ‘76 XS650 and me riding the always entertaining Lucille :yikes:
......at least, that’s the plan....
Wish me luck!

Pete
 

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TM, that sounds interesting and relevant to Wales also. Where do you put the silicone grease? I currently have it in the connectors and the ignition switch. Are there any HT areas where it will benefit? Do you just unscrew the spark plug caps and stick some in the central wire core? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
 
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As a matter of fact, I’ve been working down my list all day and am nearly there 5T - but thanks for the reminder.

Everything is coming up nicely though. The only anomaly was the timing chain tension which required a substantial adjustment - 275 miles - but I suppose that’s likely normal. Everything else has not moved at all.

Pete
 

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Hey - question:

I am installing a volt meter - quite a cool one from a place called Gammatronix in the UK - and it requires a ground, a +VE battery connection and a third connection to a power source that comes on with the ignition key (I suppose the lights could also do it):
Q: where would you suggest I tap into the wiring harness - in the vicinity of the battery box?

I am always cautious about cutting into factory wiring harnesses (well, it’s a MikesXS) - especially when they are working well!

Pere
 

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Cool, the 3-wire version.

You can wire it like the 2-wire version:

Post #20
http://www.xs650.com/threads/inexpensive-voltmeter-monitor-voltage-while-riding.27151/#post-425474

Or, better, use the full 3-wire installation:

Post #22
http://www.xs650.com/threads/inexpe...voltage-while-riding.27151/page-2#post-425492

With the 3-wire,
Black to a good ground.
The +VE directly to the battery, or as close to a direct battery as possible.
(This eliminates any voltage drops)
The last to switched power, like brown...
 

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Instead of re-crimping a new connector on, I usually make a short "jumper", a single bullet to a double. There's a good chance you'll find an extra open ground connection, I think I did. For switched power, I think I pulled it from the front brake light switch wires. That only sees occasional use, not full time.
 
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