Got My first XS Yesterday. Been drooling over them for several months and finally found the project bike I was looking for. Its an '81 with a heavily modified frame-the wheel base is 11 inches longer than stock. Not sure of the history on this bike, but I do know I'm the third person to take a whack at it. It was a craigslist find and a four and a half hour drive away. Came with two nearly complete parts bikes.
Immediately changed out the handle bars, and first thing today cut the huge fender off. I just plan on slowly piecing the bike back together, get it running good, and driving. Then I'll strip it down to the frame and sand blast, powdercoat, and paint everything.
With a little luck, I'm hoping to get it running this weekend. In the mean time I'll be ordering a headlight, springer seat, forward controls, and all the other things I need to make it a roadworthy bike.
Looks like a fun project, but I suppose there's a reason you're the third to giver a go. I see a few bumps in your road ahead, but with patience you're going to have a bitchin' ride. Here's to hoping the third time's a charm.
Post by zookiecrew on Jul 17, 2009 17:27:40 GMT -5
Yeah, the entire bike is pretty rough...and the frame needs some serious attention. The welds are ugly, but he went overkill by gusseting everything with 1/4" plate steel. I'm sure it'll be plenty strong once I fill and grind out the hideously welded joints. But still, it had the basic look I was goin' for. I couldn't bring myself to buy a perfectly good OEM XS and cut it to pieces so I thought I would take on someone else's abortion instead. I'm a mechanic and electrican by trade so I doubt there's much about this bike I can't figure out and correct if needed. Especially with some help from XS650 Garage...
Yeah, I thought the tank was pretty unique...I was told the bikes original creator was the one who made it by hand. It's pretty rough too, like the rest of the bike, and needs some work
Okay, so forgive me...but I completely forgot I had an account on this forum! Its been a few years, and thought that I would do an update and post some pics! My plans changed drastically as I built this thing. I originally was going for a more modern chopper look, and planned on making it super clean like I see so many others do with thier XS's. Well, clearly that didn't happen. I fell in love with the natural(and not so natural) patina it had. The light rust, scratches, grinds, and some corrossion, gave the bike so much character. So the build took a turn towards old school, and I never looked back! Now I'll admit, this thing is shifty at best. So I've lovingly nicknamed it "DeathTrap". And it lacks a lot of the "accessories" that would qualify it for "street legal". But I think that gives it a bit of the rebel feel a chopper should have to begin with... No fancy chrome, or shiny paint. No silly blinkers, or fenders, or fuel gauge, or chain gaurds, or any of that. Just a pure and simple rider. And thats exactly what I'll do with it, ride it till the wheels fall off... Let me know what you think!?!?
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!
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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
jimothyj: Hello everyone, I just joined & wish would have known about this site in 2014 when I brought my 1974 TX650A back from the grave. I have spent a good deal of $$ and alot of time on it. Just painted it and working on electrical, I will post pics soon,
Apr 10, 2021 2:14:13 GMT -5
louisvan: trix13 - I had a problem with my 1975 SX650. When I got to highway speeds, the engine lost power. The problem was in the connectors. At a certain vibration and the wind pushing on the wiring loom, the connector lost continuity. A bad crimp to the wire.
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