Roar, never give up the bike. I am speaking from experience. The little bit of cash you get for selling it does not last long enough to make a difference. I did that in '83 and it took me until 07 to get another bike. Hang in there, all is not lost.
Post by marlboroman on Aug 14, 2009 19:32:04 GMT -5
instead of selling could you do a title loan to tide you over until a better day? I HATE to see someone give up something they really enjoy to the evil of a dollar sign. I bought an old KZ a couple months ago off a friend who needed cash, (300.00 came up short on house payment after his vacation) and sold it back to him last week for 250.00 it cost me 50.00 but you have never saw a guy happier to have his bike back. I figure one day I might be in a position to where I might need his help. we have been friends for probably 15 years or so. I sat yesterday and thought about your post although i don't even really know you, that kind of stuff just kinda pulls at me ya know....
I don't ever remember being this choked up guys. I've always thought of this forum as a home, always wished we lived in the same city and could get together for a drink, but this is above and beyond anything I'd ever expect from people I've physically met let alone faceless names on the computer.
Wife gives me a hard time for being on this forum so much, but even she admits now that maybe I'm not so crazy. I wish I could take you guys up on your offer, but I'm afraid it's going to be too much money in too short an amount of time. I did a driveway job this weekend and am still short almost $300 by this Wednesday. And still short another $400 by Friday!
The silver lining I found is that the bike, that sat out at a "friends'" house this weekend, has a $2800 offer on her. Figure if someone's paying that much atleast she won't be getting cut up.
I'm not good at talking about feelings and such, so I don't imagine this comes across any better in type. When I read this I quite literally teared up, and don't remember the last time that happened. I tend to be pessimistic, but you guys have really restored a small part of me that believes that maybe we aren't all lost after all.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, Roar (yes, my real name)
Well, sounds like that's what you have to do, but winters coming soon, especially to North Dakota, so just hunker down and keep your eyes open for a project bike for a couple of hundred and fix it up over the winter. You'll be riding again in the spring!
Last Edit: Aug 17, 2009 8:02:12 GMT -5 by pamcopete
Damn... I just got rid of a '78 XS for next ta nothing. Now I wish I would have kept it. I would have asked ya if you were willing to drive across Minnesota to come pick it up. I just sold it cuz I needed the room. Coulda been my donor for your project. Hope it all turns out well for ya. Chin up!
So today's the day, and I'm out in the driveway this morning shining the old girl up one last time. The little old lady next door comes over to chat with me. I talk a little about what's going on and she insists on paying me for all the shoveling I've done for her. I told her not worry about it but she disappears into the house and come back with a check.
I don't remember if it's been five or six years, but the first winter I saw her trying to shovel I knew I couldn't watch that every time it stormed.
So now I'm thinking $50 would be better than a kick in the pants, but she tells me she just sold her car and the check is for $500!! Every part of me tells me I can't accept this except the part that doesn't want to sell my bike. So it's with a little bit of shame and a whole lot or relief that I announce the retention of my first motorcycle.
Thank you all for your offers, compassion, and sympathy. I feel like Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life. Bike or no bike I have a beautiful wife, two wonderful kids, and all of you guys.
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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