Not today but recently.
I saw an XS650 project advertised on ebay and bid on it. Collected my winnings from a dealer about 60 miles away. Now I haven't done much riding for the last 40 years or so because my wife did not want to do any more home nursing or forego my wages. I was not a very safe rider even at 30 and seeing me with scaffolding on my legs upset the kids.
The kids now have grandchildren, one of whom is riding my '93 SR 125 as his learner bike, and she died so I didn't think the promise held any longer.
The project turned out to need brake kits front and rear and a bit of encouragement to get compression back on one side, chasing the compression I did what I now call a "yankee decoke" which I found on this forum. This involves removing the exhaust to clean the exhaust valves and improved things enough to run the motor through several heat cycles.
After being stood for 16 years that seemed ok to me so I rode a bit to remind myself how joyful a middleweight twin is, there is more to do starting with renewing seals and various rubber bits and chasing the drive side oil leak. The bike is an SG with electronic ignition and now starts and runs acceptably.
You guys are a mine of information and help and I thank you all for the help I found here and will find in the future.
I am going to mine bits of the garage I've not been into for a while, there should be a hardtail frame for an xs 650 motor and a blown motor under the bench.
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