It was around 1965 or so and I was around 17 years old. I acquired a 1941 Indian 30.50. Boy oh boy was I going to make this into a prize! I dismounted the engine and I proceeded to tear it down for inspection. A friend helped me. I got to the engine sprocket and it would not move! I decided to use a six foot pipe on the breaker bar. Yup, it moved! I took a left handed nut off right handed. Fortunately, the nut was softer than the shaft!!! Many years later, I tried to remove the wheel lug nuts from a 1952 Dodge M37 military pickup truck. Some nuts would not move! Yup, one side had right hand threads and the other side had left hand threads. Brains do mature with age.
18 years old living with parents, massive fight with dad. Did the usual swear and storm off with helmet in hand. Jumped on the the XT250 out the front, kick start, rev rev rev and gunned it............. forgot that I kept it well chained to the large park bench mum owned. Over the handle bars and into the back of my car. Dad just smiled and walked away. 10 years on and Dad still gives my grief about it.
Golly, nobody has done anything stupid for a long time!
Well, here's my latest goof.
Some time back I modified a Lucas headlight to take a Yamaha bulb. A couple days ago (Sunday - shops all closed) it burned out the low-beam filiment.
It was a pretty day (kinda rare in Puget Sound); you have to have the headlight on all the time in this State and I didn't want to be out with just one filiment between me and the law but I wanted to get in the wind for a while. So....
I had some old Lucas bulbs and assorted Lucas parts, and no Yammie bulbs, so, I "unmodified" the headlight and put in one of the Lucas bulbs.
I got about a block down the road and "pop" lost a filiment on that bulb.
I rode back and put in another Lucas bulb.
I'm thinking "I wonder if the 'regulator' wire from the PM R/R has a break in it or something" So I check the voltage, and its 12.5 at idle and goes up to a max 14.5 - ok - that ain't it.
Now I'm out of bulbs so I take one of the burned Lucas jobies to the computer to match up the discription and order a new one on line.
Having been a bike mechanic years ago and from that time have fixed all my own stuff I sometimes show off my stupid tricks from time to time. My riding lawn mower is about 10 years old and is showing its age by being hard to start. Even when jumping the battery to the truck still did not yield a very fast spin to the engine. Pulled the starter and took it apart.... It looked just fine. Pulled the spark plug and it was really wet, oh yea, probably the needle and seat in the carburetor was letting the gravity fed fuel by and after a week or so would let a lot of fuel into the cylinder. Aha, hydraulic lock!! Well a short cut to pushing all the extra fuel out would be to just turn the key and the starter would spin the engine pushing all the extra fuel out the spark plug hole, great plan. Ah..... But remember with the current electronics, one should never leave an open spark plug wire, the high voltage could find its way back to the electronics and burn them up... So, put the plug in the wire cap, ground it to the engine and the plan should work marvelously to pump out the extra fuel. Turn the key, spin the engine, extra fuel is forced out and gee, the spark plugs works too, igniting the five foot spurt of fuel exiting the engine, blowing a fine sheet of flame all over the garage! Luckily no important or otherwise flamable things caught on fire! Had a panic for a few minutes putting out the flames and a pretty sooty mower hood from the fire. Glad it wasn't one of the bikes!!! Best part was no one was around to witness this event!
Carefully fitted my carbs for the first time ever today. Convinced myself that the stubs should be set looking upwards . Consequently once fitted I realised that I wasn't going to get the valve covers on now so off the carbs come . Ding round one to the bike
Fit the valve covers refit the carbs for the second time bolt up ...finished when I realise that one of the gaskets have fallen off grrrrr Unbolt and remove the carbs yet again ! ...fit the offending gasket refit carbs job done . Ding Round 2 to the bike
Upload video to youtube sit back with a cup of tea to admire my handiwork.
it wasn't long before some kind person pointed out that the carbs were at the wrong angle wtf!...??
Realisation dawns that I must have the inlet stubs on upside down ....
Ding Round 3 to the bike
Remove the carbs for a third time ! .. reverse inlet stubs.... place clamp screws at the bottom this time . Refit the carbs which has been made even more difficult this time as I had since fitted the cengine covers and clutch cable etc
on the kill switch-stupid list, did you know that a Honda 250 Rebel will spin the starter motor with the kill switch in the "off" position? I replaced a lot of electronic components getting a friend's daughter's Rebel running before I "cured" the no-start problem by putting the switch on "run" Stupid and expensive.
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