Before and after pix of my first ground-up project. Originally an '81 Special basket case (click on the thumbnails to see the full-res photos):
- Stripped frame and powdercoated. - Rebuilt top end with 680cc cylinders/pistons from Mike's XS, Shell type 1 cam. - X Pipe, w/generic end baffles (closest I could find to TT-style pipes - always a favorite). - Originally 36mm Mikuni VM round slides w/generic pod filters, changed to Mike's XS Performance Carb Kit (32mm Keihin Flatslide PWK carbs, manifolds, K&N clone filters). - Stock dual front discs. - 19" rear wheel adapter from unknown maker. - Stock tank. - Seat by Hotwing Glass. - Plastic front fender from unknown maker. - Rattlecan paint job (not great, but all I can afford for now).
(the bike behind it in the first pictrure is the '79 XS which is going to be my cafe project - assuming I can get a title for it. Got both on eBay for $400, so I can't complain)
Thanks for looking!
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2011 23:06:30 GMT -5 by claytonia
Can't figure out how to properly upload pictures here. I used the "Host It" button, uploaded them to the ImageShack site, but then what? Tried several times, but are they just waiting to be approved, or have I missed something here? Do i use the direct image URL somewhere? Are there instructions for this? I couldn't find any. Thanks!
Post by Chuckwagon on Jul 29, 2011 14:51:53 GMT -5
I use photo bucket, but the process should be the same for other image hosting sites. Use the "insert image" tool above the smiley faces, so you end up with this: [/img] go to your image hosting site, and copy the url link for the image you want to post. paste that url between the two bracketed "img"s. Preview your post. Also, to avoid overloading the server and thus angering the XS Gods, make sure your image is a reasonable size... I think there is a "ruelbook" post somewhere on this board pertaining to that. Looking forward to seeing your street tracker.
Post by ShakerNorm on Jul 30, 2011 13:41:04 GMT -5
Chuck is right - if the image is more than 650 pixels wide, it takes the server forever to properly resize the pictures so you can see them....
I'm not sure about ImageShack, but in Photobucket, they even put the [/img] parts around the url and set it up so it's a quick copy to your clipboard, so you just have to click it once, then paste it into your posting.
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An Ex is just a Has-Been, and a Spurt is just some poor drip under a lot of pressure.........
Nice looking bike. I am in the Silver Spring area - Glenmont - so I am right down the street from you. I have quite a few extra parts lying around the garage so feel free to ding me if you are looking for something. Do you ever go to the Ale House?
Thanks. Yeah you are like 5 min. from me. I'm at the end of Emory Church Rd., on the right as you come up Geo. Ave., oppositye the Roots, etc. (where the old Silo Inn used to be, if you've been around here long). I ocasionally make it to the Ale House, with a biking buddy. Where are pix of your bikes?
The link didn't work. Here's my email: email@example.com. I forget to check this board, and not sure how to set it up for email alerts of postings.
Maybe take a ride sometime? I'm on vacation this Thurs. through next Wed. My regular riding buddy (has a real nice, newer Kawasaki W650) is away then also, so maybe later this month? Let me know. Glad to see there's another XS650 addict nearby!
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