What have you done to your XS today?

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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.
On the VM34’s are the chokes linked or do you just choke the left side to start?
 
On the VM34’s are the chokes linked or do you just choke the left side to start?
Not linked on mine... the left carb has a lever arrangement that raises the choke plunger and the right simply has a plunger. Not sure if all the aftermarket VM carb sets are supplied this way...
 
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.

Nice to hear a positive review for Speed Moto Co. I'm looking to get some VM34s on my bike too. I've heard nothing but good things about 650Central for carbs, but Speed Moto is almost local to me which makes me trust their jetting to my climate a bit more.
 
Got home from work and went to put her up on the centre stand and over it went onto the concrete.
The centre stand snapped in half on one side so now I need a new turn signal and right hand mirror. IMG20240709171851.jpg
 
Nice to hear a positive review for Speed Moto Co. I'm looking to get some VM34s on my bike too. I've heard nothing but good things about 650Central for carbs, but Speed Moto is almost local to me which makes me trust their jetting to my climate a bit more.
I had to prompt them to ship it (and hey everyone falls behind from time to time) but it was exactly as described and they were a pleasure to talk to and plenty accommodating. Plus they offer assistance for life if you need any help with it or have any questions.
 
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The alloy mounts were in a box of parts from a PO so I don't know their provenance. They look beefy and well made, and fit really well, so they are probably NLA.
@XSTime , those alloy headlight ears look like replicas of Ceriani items. I think if you search for Ceriani headlight mounts you should find some very similar if not identical to those above.
 
A couple of weeks of no XS650 work here. Still mulling over which electronic ignition system to go for when I start work on the bike again next week. None of the available systems are without their detractors, no universally accepted best system. It seems to me anyway.

I would like to try the Tri-Spark system, it looks very well built and the manufacturer answer emails promptly. But the UK reseller doesn't seem interested in selling to me. Buying directly from Australia though not a problem, makes it too expensive after shipping, UK tax etc....

So it's looking like probably I'll buy the Boyer Bransden system despite a couple of people I usually listen to telling me not to buy one. I will finally decide and place an order over the weekend for delivery next week. Looks like eBay is the best price/delivery to me.
 
A couple of weeks of no XS650 work here. Still mulling over which electronic ignition system to go for when I start work on the bike again next week. None of the available systems are without their detractors, no universally accepted best system. It seems to me anyway.

I would like to try the Tri-Spark system, it looks very well built and the manufacturer answer emails promptly. But the UK reseller doesn't seem interested in selling to me. Buying directly from Australia though not a problem, makes it too expensive after shipping, UK tax etc....

So it's looking like probably I'll buy the Boyer Bransden system despite a couple of people I usually listen to telling me not to buy one. I will finally decide and place an order over the weekend for delivery next week. Looks like eBay is the best price/delivery to me.
did you look into Sachse? https://www.xs650.com/threads/sachse-ignition.65694/
 
Allison was complaining about old paint's fork action. Swapping back and forth with a 2009 Honda will tend to highlight 40 year old suspension shortfalls.
Got the TX buttoned up enough to move it off the lift. Paint's front tire pressure was, cough, way low. Bumped that, rode it, then dropped the spring preload from the highest setting to the lowest. Bike has progressive brand rear shocks with springs set to least preload. Seemed better to me, a nearby town road is a great suspension test track :unsure:. Long as it was on the lift, it got a once over and bit of spit n polish, love them wheels, might steal em from her :sneaky:.
Changing the headlight, what's on there was more about style than illumination. Found an H4 reflector and a seriously bright LED bulb, now just need to stuff everything in the bucket, know what i mean?:banghead:
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Which LED bulb?

Allison was complaining about old paint's fork action. Swapping back and forth with a 2009 Honda will tend to highlight 40 year old suspension shortfalls.
Got the TX buttoned up enough to move it off the lift. Paint's front tire pressure was, cough, way low. Bumped that, rode it, then dropped the spring preload from the highest setting to the lowest. Bike has progressive brand rear shocks with springs set to least preload. Seemed better to me, a nearby town road is a great suspension test track :unsure:. Long as it was on the lift, it got a once over and bit of spit n polish, love them wheels, might steal em from her :sneaky:.
Changing the headlight, what's on there was more about style than illumination. Found an H4 reflector and a seriously bright LED bulb, now just need to stuff everything in the bucket, know what i mean?:banghead:
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Which LED bulb?
It's a Bro-view, this model is NLA, newer models don't take up as much room in the bucket but these are some serious light cannons. The low beam has a strong cut off so it doesn't maim on coming drivers once aimed properly, but also a wide spread.
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High Beam
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It's a Bro-view, this model is NLA, newer models don't take up as much room in the bucket but these are some serious light cannons. The low beam has a strong cut off so it doesn't maim on coming drivers once aimed properly, but also a wide spread.
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very nice. I had a buddy try Philips Ultinon Classic H4s in his vintage Porsche. They look and work very well. When I am done tuning with my 700cc build, I am going to do a headlight bake-off in my garage.

here are the Philips bulbs and come in warm-white color and are a direct fit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-Ultinon-headlight-brightness-Easy-fit/dp/B0CZ16YS8Y
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here is my friend's car with them:
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