Post by tomterrific on May 19, 2009 6:08:46 GMT -5
Check out the local craigslist every day. If you are not doing this already you will be amazed at the number of cool old bikes that get put on the list for sale. Finding one that is qwned by an enthusiast and in perfect ridable shape is the most difficult. Most of the bikes are dragged out of a garage and the dust washed off. Get a title too because without a clear title in your name you will have loads of grief. DT Yams for around town and trail riding are cool. The old T-500 Suzuki is a sleeper and is reliable as a rock. A Mach III will soil your jeans. A Mach 4 will be the last bike you own (Cause of death - wheelie!). Those last two are not cheap. The Spanish 2-strokes from the 70's are very cool and many are street legal the same as a DT.
I've had all of the RD's and think the 400 is the best. Of course the RZ is the ultimate 2-stroke pocket-rocket, but "cheap" ?probably not. The Water Buffalo (GT750 Suzuki triple) is pretty cool too. I'd skip the 380 Suzuki triple (your car probably gets better milage).
I haven't seen a running Ossa in years. Be cool though.
I concur on the 750 Kaw - its a death-wish fulfillment device. The spark advance set-up gives that bike an on/off switch for serious power and you are never quite sure where "on" is. Buy one as a present for you last birthday.
yeah the 400 is a blast. A simple on-off flick of the wrist in second will put the front wheel in the air. Rode one two-up to the Grand Canyon one summer. It is really a great motorcycle. I don't see many of them around though.
Ah yes, humbled a guy driving a Corvette in a stop light drag on main street in Springfield in the 70s on a RD350. Unfortunately I didn't notice a police cruiser a couple of cars back when I took off. The Corvette pealed off at the second street and the cop caught me about three blocks from the stop light. I thought for sure I was going to get a conducting a speed contest ticket and my insurance would go through the roof. The cop just gave a me a lecture and a $30 ticket because my license was expired. As he walked off I thanked him for understanding, he turned and smiled and said "I bet that guy in the Corvette was surprised", best cop ever.
82 XS650 Heritage Special, 98 Mustang v6 5speed, 97 Ford PU PSD, 67 Cougar 289 4speed, 56 Fergusen TO-35, 49 Farmall Super A
Bridgestone 350 GTR. That was the one to have until the Kawasaki threes showed up. Baddest buck-buck player around. Six speed transmission, rotary valves. But the kickstart was on the left!? What was up with that?
I couldn't afford one and had to settle for the 175 Hurricane Scrambler. A badass little machine in its own right. Gave 250 Big Bears headaches with mine. And those Harley-badged Italian abortions didn't stand a chance.
Loved those two strokes...all of em (well, maybe not the Jawas.)
r80rt: :)This is a splendid write up, THANK YOU!!!!
Dec 26, 2015 16:54:05 GMT -5
mashermoto: What the what is this shoutbox for? Or should I shout, WHAT THE WHAT IS THIS SHOUTBOX FOR!
May 12, 2016 22:22:21 GMT -5
motormike: Good Day ...just a FYI.. Wild Cat is this Labor Day weekend. Still go'n on. A few 650's still make the scene. Various rides at different skill levels each day.. awards dinner sunday eve. BS in the park'n lot after dinner.
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lsettle: First post in over 6 years!
Aug 28, 2016 19:45:17 GMT -5
kardon: Wow quiet here, where did they all go.
Oct 7, 2016 2:18:13 GMT -5
gggGary: XS650.com LOL
Feb 16, 2017 20:49:02 GMT -5
buell88: Anybody have any idea who built the xs650 tracker used in the Draggin Jeans Ad on Pipeburn?
May 16, 2017 16:24:09 GMT -5
joshua: The regulator/rectifier unit I got from Mikes PMA has closer hole spacing than original. Are we supposed to mill the holes to fit?
Jun 7, 2017 19:25:58 GMT -5
joshua: My bad. I found the bracket they supplied to mount the rectifier/regulator... Uh oh. How is this meant to work? Which way is it meant to mount? Looks like I have to use some spacers or something. Good instructions would be nice.
Jun 7, 2017 22:09:52 GMT -5
craig8johnson: Not sure if this is the right spot or not but oh well...
Jul 11, 2017 18:04:15 GMT -5
craig8johnson: I'm checking the charging system. I'm afraid I might have fried the last battery. With the solid state regulator (after market) what should it be charging at. The book says, I think, 15 volts. I'm hitting 17 when revved. Is that too high?
Jul 11, 2017 18:06:19 GMT -5
gggGary: Yes 17 volts is too high, about 14 volts is max, sounds like you don't have the right regulator or it's wired wrong.
Jul 13, 2017 6:54:33 GMT -5
dean: Just saying Hello, new member who is going to fix up a 79 XS650 that has seen its better days. I will definitely have lots of questions coming up.
Jun 23, 2018 16:45:32 GMT -5
tt650: Trying to breathe life into a 1980 that's been stored (indoors) for 25 yrs. Air filters are dry rotted. Have cleaned carbs but she only runs briefly on choke then stops. Need jet setting info and other ideas that might help her idle and rev.
Jul 3, 2018 19:15:19 GMT -5
trix13: Hey everyone! New to the forum and am fighting those gremlins!! New charging system, ignition switch, coil and fuse box. Resistance is higher than normal on the ignition pick up so I'm trying to find one. No such luck yet.
Aug 16, 2018 8:50:48 GMT -5
trix13: Also, even though all of my connections are clean, I cannot seem to find out why , when at higher rpms, I hit the signals and the rpms pulse with the signals...hahah. same with the brake light. I appreciate all input!!
Aug 16, 2018 8:55:08 GMT -5
bob99: how do I post a question. I am new to the forum
Jun 6, 2019 10:52:10 GMT -5
adlpc: Hello all! Been enjoying your edifying posts and discussions - and as a fan of the XS650 since my early teenage years happy that I now own a 1980 Special which I plan to turn into a vintage half faired racer. Thank you all for being here!
Oct 1, 2019 0:58:56 GMT -5