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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi all. After looking at all the XS sites out there, I've decided to kick my sidestand out here. You guys seem like a nice enough bunch. So... couple of questions. My fingers tend to throw out the F word from time to time (in a friendly sort of way). Is that cool here, or should I try to refrain from such language?
    Any trolls hang out here? If so, Is there any way to block them? I'm 63. I ain't much inclined to put up with stupid with the years I got left.
    Last question. I recently retired and decided my first major retirement project will be a restoration on a 1980 XS that I picked up a few years ago. I figured this forum would be a good place to document the restoration. Is that an acceptable use of this forum? If not, any recommendations?

    Thanks for any input guys, Jim.
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  2. nj1639

    nj1639 Paleo-simplistic Top Contributor

    Hey Jim, welcome aboard!
    We're a pretty tolerant bunch around here. As far as profanity? I'm a firm believer that profanity in the proper context enhances language, but I spent my formidable years in south Jersey and not everybody out there feels the same. It'd be interesting to see how many times the F bomb has been used on site by doing a word search......lol.

    There's a feature on the forum where you can block and not see posts from selected members.

    Doing a thread on a build is acceptable and there are many in here.
    Post some pics up if you can, we love pics.
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  3. MaxPete

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

    +1 on all that!

    Personally, I occasionally use colourful language but I tend to adjust the f@cking spelling of the sh!tiest words to operate the effect.

    Anyhow - welcome!

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  4. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I been to Jersey, say no more;) I spent 22 yrs in the Air Force. It's been said that if a GI couldn't cuss and move his hands.... he wouldn't be able to talk at all. I love pics too... I'll try and get some up tomorrow. Thanks for the input.
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  5. figure8

    figure8 XS650 Guru

    Welcome and good luck.
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  6. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thanks Pete. Opinions... should I start a new thread titled "Blah Blah RESTORATION" or just carry on in this thread?
  7. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Welcome JimD54, profanity used as an expression seems to be ok, as mentioned some use *&% or whatever i don't have a problem with it, personally I think the C word goes to far.

    Been a couple of trolls but the locals usually sort them out by notifying the mods by using the report button. ............If you don't like an attitude, or feel a post, is not where you want the thread to go, or it's counter to what you are doing it is your choice to allow it or not. Refer to the rules there are only 2 and the rest are guidelines............1 Mod and the 1 admin are all that control the site permissions and in the 9 years and 25,000 members i think there have been about 5 people banned. Have to be a real nusince to get that far. Most things get sorted by helping the mods if there is something suspicious or a bad attitude.

    That being said we aren't all that good at reading so pics really do help............
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  8. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Get a feel for the place and where or how to find the information before starting a build thread.............your choice. "Tech menu".... under....."maintenance and general Trouble shooting" ........has a good new to you bike and what to do on a new to you bike, basic really and helps to get all your ducks in a ro
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  9. gggGary

    gggGary When a whole one is just too much. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Welcome aboard, and ABSOLUTELY build threads of any sort are encouraged and welcomed! Even A-holes like me say howdy do!
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  10. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Ha, Ha, ha, last time this question was asked i suggested a new thread and you guys said "na just carry on"................:laugh:
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  11. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thanks for the warm welcome and input guys.
    I think I'll just start a new thread tomorrow. 6 months down the road, a bike restoration thread titled "New Guy Here.. " would seem kinda silly wouldn't it... I'll put a link here when I get it going.
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  12. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Welcome, Jim.
    Thank you for your extensive Service.
    I'm 63 and have an '80, too, which I'm always tinkering with..
    This is a mixed bunch of guys but generally friendly.
    Like most populations, you will be treated similarly to the way you treat others.
    Hope the build goes well, and look forward to your pictures.
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  13. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Jim , welcome to the site. I think you're going to find a pretty good bunch here. Helpful, friendly and knowledgable.
    Sounds like you're no rookie, so maybe we will learn something from you! Anyway, looking forward to your build.
    Like your avatar btw.
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  14. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Here's a teaser...


    Unfortunately... yes, it looks every bit as silly in person:( On the bright side, it has 3 things going for it. 1. I got it for a song. 2. It ran before I started tearing it down. And... 3. Every f&#cking piece of it is original except for the seat and pipes. I bought it to chop it, but the more I looked at her, the more I realized a restore is completely doable.
  15. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    The avatar is a pic a friend sent me yesterday. It's me during a NATO exercise from 1973. Gawd that seems like a million years ago. You're right I'm not a rookie when it comes to turnin wrenches. One of the reasons I picked this site was because it looked like there's a lot of experienced people here. I'm hoping the learning will be a two way street. Thanks for the welcome Mailman.
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  16. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That avatar is actually you!? That's so cool!
    I swear I thought that was straight out of Band of Brothers. Were you also a movie star?
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  17. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thanks for the input Skull! Not a fan of the C word either. Looks like a pretty good bunch here.
  18. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Ya can't ask for better than that! Thanks for the welcome.
  19. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    I know i said show us some pics but did you have to show us that..............lol...........looks ok, might need a gear selector

    80SG Factory Electronic ignition, (TCI), BS34 Carbs. ...........A couple of threads running at the moment with some problems with the TCI and fixes. Keep an eye out, and do a search on TCI. Good system but age can cause magnets to fade, easy fix, and the control unit, (under battery box), to have issues, Not often but it happens.

    Don't strip it get it running and sort any issues it may have.............Charging and associated parts, although your bike will have a combined Solid State Reg/Rect.........ignition...........wiring............also easier to sort problems systematically now instead of putting it together after a tear down and not knowing what may have caused the problem or where it is............Carb problems can be attributed to electrical and vise versa
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017
  20. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    You might consider what many of us do, a resto-mod. Keep the bike mainly stock, just change a few items like the bars and seat to make it look and ride better. Fix and upgrade all the mechanical stuff. Fixes for many of this bike's short comings have been worked out by owners over the years and most all of it is documented here somewhere.

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