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What have you done to your XS today?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by I am Carbon, Nov 24, 2013.

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  1. Vww18

    Vww18 XS650 Enthusiast

    That recalls me that I've seen the sexiest way to secure bolts on a Bentley 4 1/4 litre Le mans 1928 where all the bolts were drilled and secure with a wire...

    I'll try to integrate that on my bobber somewhere...

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  2. HOTEL71

    HOTEL71 XS650 Enthusiast

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    we in america have this fabulous invention called
    "loctite" its a thread locker...LOL
     
  3. WideAWAKE

    WideAWAKE Single Fins and Twin Cylinders

    well if you’re racing, loctite won’t get ya to the starting line...
     
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  4. Mark450r

    Mark450r XS650 Member

    When I bought my bike the red tail light cover was missing, the rear blinkers were being held on with duct tape and both front and rear right side blinkers failed to turn on. I wanted to do a less obtrusive lighting system in the rear and put on this LED taillight-blinker- license plate holder all in 1 combo. It was only $20 on Amazon, so to save money I chose it to at least get the bike road legal. It’s not too bad looking so it might stay, I just hope the signals and stuff are visible enough. 416C6A25-065C-48BD-97E3-E11B05341867.jpeg 5E2BD628-A15A-44B8-9F57-1F6A9A8FF7E1.jpeg
     
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  5. Mark450r

    Mark450r XS650 Member


    If the damn seat that’s on it was skinnier it would really streamline the bike, but alas, she got wide hips that don’t lie:rolleyes:
     
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  6. Mark450r

    Mark450r XS650 Member

    These are the front blinkers before and after as well. The new blinkers were given to me by the seller of the bike so again, might be temporary but I’m digging them for now. Certainly nice having blinkers that work now :bike:

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  7. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Rode the blue 77 down to the north shore of Lake Erie approximately opposite Cleveland. The cool lake waters had dropped the temps down an easy 10 degrees and there was a bit of mist in the air.
    Putted through Erie Beach and Erieau, quiet little burgs.
    90 kilometres today, bike performed very nicely, it's a keeper.
     
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  8. mick71b

    mick71b Electric start is nice. XS650.com Supporter

    Drug the '71 out of the dungeon after a long sleep. Pulled the tank to have cleaned and coated by the local rad shop and gave it a quick tidy. Carb clean and tune-up next on the agenda.
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  9. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    WJL got a new K70 rear tire and rear brake shoes, the 750A got a new front tire and brake pads and a rotor sanding. Pic of the factory front tire from the 750A, prolly could have rode on it for a couple more years, the tread pattern was getting deeper.:eek: Today the 750A gets rear tire, chain, and sprockets. Typical for me, ride time was as the sun was going down. :cautious: Had the choice last night and wanted to get some more handlebar time with the automatic. It's fun for potsing around on. :sneaky: Getting carb, throttle, idle, settings just right is a bit tricky on the Hondamatic. Bopping around town I noticed some gear heads turning and looking when they heard the odd for a motorcycle engine rev pattern as I Ieft stop signs. :cool:
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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Does it just kind of build up to 3500-4500rpm and more or less hold that steady while accelerating! Kinda like a scooter CV transmission?
    I drove a small Toyota car that had a CV transmission and that’s what it did. It was weird that the revs didn’t rise and fall much.
    I have to say I’m intrigued by Honda’s NC750x with the dual clutch automatic. It gets pretty great reviews all around. Seems like it would make a nice mid size touring bike.
     
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  11. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    More like your grandpa's Caprice pulling a trailer. :cool:
    Took it up "snake road" in high gear; steep uphill with 10MPH switchbacks, handled it just fine, accelerating fast as I'd care to on the twisties.
     
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  12. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    ...something I was wondering would ever happen...actually rode the '77 up and down the street...

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    ...granted it was just a short shakedown through the 'hood but at least now I know it does actually run decent and move under it's own power.
     
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  13. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Looking good!
     
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  14. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Great looking bike Beags. How do you like those mufflers? I’ve heard good things of those sportster style mufflers.
     
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  15. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Muffs seem decent, had to run an 1-1/2" hole saw through the honeycomb material (cat?) to try and open 'em up. Still seem fairly quiet but haven't had it out anywhere except my street. $50 for shocks and muffys at a garage sale so worth a shot.
     
  16. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Adjustable Back Rest Freed Up!
    Now to see how easy it is to mount on the 77.
     
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  17. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    mmm Adjustable back rests!
    Had a brand new one here, bolt on for a late model special, which I don't have, Marty didn't want it, so another member is mounting it on his special now.
     
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  18. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    The no compression motor's out of this, rear wheel changed to spoke, drum, front end complete swap, up next. Be a mechanic boys; it's a rewarding career.
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  19. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    But done for tonight, just sitting on the rear stoop.
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  20. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I don't know why my projects take so long, Johnny's choppa shop could'a banged this out in a day....
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