I foolishly tried to get one more trip out of my reserve tank last week, only to run dry at a stop light in a busy city intersection. Noticing a few bikes parked further ahead I dug my heels in and pushed the heavy sucker to safety
There was just one bike park left in a string of Harleys, and since I was enroute to work I hastily parked it and hailed a cab. As the cab pulled away I glanced over my shoulder I noticed that I had parked in front of a known outlaw biker gang (Banditos) bar
The next 8 hours of work felt like an eternity as my paranoia grew...would it be stolen?...would it be pushed into the garden?...had I stolen some brutes spot?...would I get bashed when I returned for it?
It seems our XS650's can make friends with just about anybody....because when I returned with fuel, there were hoards of drunken revellers hanging around this little bike in a sea of HD's. Now I'm a bit of a brute myself but I was both nervous and proud as I filled my tank...doing my best to appear as tough as the company that kept asking me about my bike. I departed to the tune of a dozen bad-arses heckling and cheering.
Great story! I live in the state-of origin (Texas) of the Banditos so I see them regularly on the road and at rallys and such. I would never have guessed there were any in Australia. Your story just goes to show how much respect XS650s get from people who know bikes. Your average Harley poseur has no idea what an XS650 is, and will knee-jerk turn their nose up at one. Bandidos are not poseurs, and hence the "good" treatment you got. You probably would have written a whole 'nother story if you were on some modern crotch rocket or such...
im a "youngster" here. (26). anybody that i talk to and tell them that im getting a xs650 going always has a good story about how they have had a xs650. it seems pretty much anybody who is anybody has had a 650 in their life. its awesome in my opinion.
I agree - Just about every Harley owner I've met has had an XS at some time - and many still regret getting rid of it! Of course they'll never admit to the other Harley drivers that they used to own one and liked it!
I stopped in at a Biker bar in my old home town, and one little XS in a sea of Harleys - and guess who gets all the attention?
Harleys are passe - at least when there's an XS around!
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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.
Aug 23, 2016 7:57:01 GMT -5
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
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.
May 20, 2021 1:19:09 GMT -5