What have you done to your XS today?

New headpipes for my '74. No issues, had to cut about 4" to be happy with my mufflers.
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Pulled my oil filter on the side of the motor found a pile of shavings 🥲

Now I get to learn how to rebuild one of these bad boys !
What kind of shavings? Alloy? Steel? Rubber? How much was there? The details are important - best view you have of wots going on inside. Little bit of fine alloy particles is par for the course. Larger chunks a worry, likewise steel - if in doubt, test wiv a magnet. Bits of black rubber means the cam-chain tensioner is suffering. Picture by any chance?
 
What kind of shavings? Alloy? Steel? Rubber? How much was there? The details are important - best view you have of wots going on inside. Little bit of fine alloy particles is par for the course. Larger chunks a worry, likewise steel - if in doubt, test wiv a magnet. Bits of black rubber means the cam-chain tensioner is suffering. Picture by any chance?
I’ll grab a picture today, but it was a significant amount of shavings unfortunately. I’m not 100% sure if it was alloy or steel to be honest.
 
What kind of shavings? Alloy? Steel? Rubber? How much was there? The details are important - best view you have of wots going on inside. Little bit of fine alloy particles is par for the course. Larger chunks a worry, likewise steel - if in doubt, test wiv a magnet. Bits of black rubber means the cam-chain tensioner is suffering. Picture by any chance?
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Check the sump screen. I would expect to find the screen ruptured. Oil gets pulled through there and goes through the oil pump to the screen you’re showing us. Theoretically, if the sump screen is doing its job that would have to be oil pump debris, but I doubt that is the case.
 
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Spot the Mockup
Spent a couple hours this morning hunting hardware for headlight rim, direction lights, muffler mounts, passenger peg bolts and so on.
I'm pleased with getting the exhaust system buttoned up, usually that's one of the last items. Tomorrow, the carbs, I have a nice clean pair of BS34,'s choke actuated with a knob instead of cable that will go on.
The seat, sidecover and tank are just sitting there for Inspiration, colour to be decided.
 
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Just got a sissy bar /luggage rack back on the 75 again
It took getting parts from 2 members to make a nice set

Missing 2 Castle nuts ( there here somewhere ) or
Hardware store's open tomorrow
 

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I've always had the combo on 650's in the past and now both are setup
It's easier to pack things (tie them down ) especially when gone for a few days
The first 650 I had, had the same setup and if I had a dolly behind me I'd always say I wouldn't lean to hard on the sissy bar it's not that sturdy
Every girl would hug the stuffing out of you hoping she wouldn't fall off
It never failed :pimp:
That and if they commented on the vibrations I would reply " it's the most fun you could ever have with out batteries " :whistle:
 
. . . Every girl would hug the stuffing out of you hoping she wouldn't fall off . . . It never failed . . .
Ah, nineteen years old, Yammy YDS7, 250cc 2-stroke, sharp powerband, 5,500 rpm was the magic number, very pert young lass from Heriot-Watt University on the back, who pulled herself more tightly against me every time we accelerated through those revs, fond memories . . .
 
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Admittedly not much. Picked it up from the shop. After a bit of digging into the carbs my mechanic said we’d be better off getting new ones. Got some VM34s from Speed Moto, jetted and ready to go. She’s running great now, across the range. New throttle cable and the feel is great. Really responsive, plenty of snap-back. Also put on these Gripper pegs from Analog.
 
I finally replaced the handle bar dampners on the 75s handle bars ( handle bars when there's only one your riding with)
Anyway after having the parts for a few years i ran out of excuses
Oh yeah Mikey before your done take a look at the where the throttle cables are at when putting the handle( bars ) back on
 

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Autoroute Special has Carbs
Spent a while connecting the harness tail to neck. Trying to get it all tucked away neat like.
Then put the carbs on, and tightened all the motor mount bolts.
Next comes the electrical connections in the headlight shell..... Can't wait.
 
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