123mph on a borrowed suzuki gsxr 1100 came to a curve and couldnt get her down enough overshot the curve and went around it going south in the northbound lane, anyone coming and I would have been the man shot out of the canon soon to become a bowl full of inerds. have not ridden since, once I'm done with the xs I think I'll keep it under 70 (getting old and wiser)and ride on country roads.
;D FAST Damned every bit of concentration on the O'L Rickman Kawasaki 900 punched to 1045, S&S header, Matched porting, jetted, and then i took it to some wehre in the 143 MPH range .................. intil the trackter pulling the 3 trailers heeeeept full of something really high that I would have never cleared had I hit them .........or it........... HEAR I GOOOOO AGAIN EH ;D
at first it seems XSivly simple.......but is XSivly deceiving in Sydneham, Ontario, Canada
Sometime in the mid '80's when I was stationed in (then) West Germany, I had a Euro spec R100 RS BMW with bags. I was on the Autobahn one day and said to myself "self, your on the autobahn with a Liter size Beemer, snick it into fifth once and lets see what she'll do. " So I did. 205 kph (125mph) is where she topped out. 10 seconds later I said "self, thats enough" and rolled it back to 160 kph or so. That's the fastest I've been ever. On anything, except a flight in an F-16D. But that's another story.
'80 SG w/RadioShack/Chrysler rec/reg, dual front disc brakes, lower bars, Cnd needles and jets. Can't get enough saddle time!
You guys are nuts going that fast on a 30+ year-old motorcycle. As for me, going that fast on a bike that I took apart and put back together. ;D I'm a decent mechanic, but not that good.
When I first got my cycle endorsement a few years ago, it took me about a month to get the courage to go over 40 mph. I just started riding on the freeway regularly last season. It still raises my blood pressure.
My numbers: ~ 90 mph on a motorcycle (79 xs650) ~120 mph in a car (my Volvo wagon) ~160 mph as a passenger in a car, my brother diving his kit car Cobra (even with the 5 point racing harness on, I was freaking out, why does he get a roll bar and I don't).
Last Edit: Feb 12, 2010 11:02:35 GMT -5 by grepper
Fix em, ride em, maken em better. Loven these old school twins.
Hey Pamco - If you ever find yourself in Calgary and need a mechanic for your 337..... look me up
When I was still in the Air Force at my last posting in Cold Lake, AB, I used to do my test runs on a back road - and got the old gal up to 180 km/hr (112 mph) on several test runs - She was a little shaky, but she never let me down! ;D
Then I retired, moved to Calgary, the altitude went up by 1800 feet and I was lucky if I could get 110 km/hr (68 mph) out of her, and she couldn't even keep up with traffic. And that was when I wasn't having problems like one cylinder flooding out on me.
Since then, I've leaned out the jets (by some HUGE amount) and at least I can keep up with traffic, now. But I know she's got more spunk in her somewhere, and I have more jets to test....... I'm determined to hit at least 90 mph....
Oh - and for top speed...? what does Mach 1.8 convert to ....? ;D
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2010 0:57:08 GMT -5 by ShakerNorm
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Post by 650beliver on Feb 15, 2010 16:14:28 GMT -5
Hi. New Guy here. Hope I don't look like too much of an idiot. RE: Stupid stuff. I was out riding with my Harley riding friends, something I do often. This particular day one riders' brother joined the group. He rode a mid-eighties BMW k1000, I was on my xv920r. I'd been told that my bike had been a racer, so i was sure it was faster than the 'Kings and maybe as fast as the BMW.
I forgot to tell you, I'd been riding about 18 months, I knew the basics of counter steering and thats about it. Back to the story.
Our group is traveling one of the many back roads we have around here between 60 and 75 mph with me bringing up the rear. As our speed increases we spread out so each rider had alot of room. I'm lovin life.
I notice the BMW start to pull away in the front. WELL, I decided I should catch and pass him. I open it to the stops and away I go. I pass the slower 'Kings and began making headway no the faster ones. I'm drifing through corners. I have no idea how fast I was going my speedo topped out at 85. I was beyond that. This is a rural 2 lane, little oncoming traffic and if you go off the road it's through the the trees and into the river, Way into the river. SO, I catch the BMW guy!! My bike was giving everything it had, I was riding the best I'd ever ridden. I was going to wave as I went by. I look over to see his expression.
HE IS LIGHTING A CIGARETTE !!!!!
He put the lighter back into the socket then disappeared into the next county or state or dimension.
I found out latter that he was a retired national level road racer and his bike was far from stock.
I now ride in my comfort zone and let others ride in theirs.
I ended the day a better rider.
If you're calm it's because you don't know the situation
The fastest I've been on a bike was when I lived in Wyoming and was riding with some friends on I 80. My speedo only registered 85 and was way past that,the guy on the Honda Interceptor 1000 said we were at 145. This was on my '82 Suzuki Katana 1000, the fastest I've had my XS650 is about 60,but I'm much older now.
Whatever my old Z1000H fuel injection would do flat out, speedo said 145 but even with a braced frame/swinging arm/koni's/steering damper it needed both sides of the road, those old Kawasaki's definitely had a hinge in the middle.
My XS regularly sees an indicated 100-105 but with Z900 bars fitted I'm acting like a sail, the front end gets very light & weavy, there's a long sweeping bend between Thirlmere & Keswick where it bucks & weaves a fair bit, like riding a greasy pig (I imagine, no direct experience you understand!)
On my XS's I've been to 80-85 mph. My Harley up to about 95. When I was young a stupid I had a 74 Kawasaki H-1 500. It was stupid fast. At the speeds I fell of it, twice, I said I was stupid, I was to afraid to look at the speedo. I did look at the tach once. It read about 11500 to 12000 rpm. In high gear at 55 mph was about 4500 rpm, 100 mph was about 8000 rpm. So I was gaining about 10 mph for every 1000 rpm. So I was going 135 mph. The police that investigated the second accident figured at least 125 when I parted company with the bike. I rode the bike away from the first accident. I remember watching the bike, as I slid down the road, going end over end two or three times. Broke off all four turn signals yet didn't break the headlight and tail light. Bent one side of the bars a couple inches. I got lucky the first time just broke one thumb and wrist. The time the police were involved was a bit worse. Left way to much skin on the road. 35% off my stomache and chest, 45% off my back. Off my hands, arms, and face a bit more. Broke my other thumb and wrist. Spent a long time with the nickname Pizzia Face. I now ride with leather jacket, chaps and heavy leather shoes. I think being a bit uncomfortable while riding is a lot less uncomfortable than growing new skin.
75 XS650B with 79 forks and dual disc, braided lines, disc brake on back, Pamco ignition, Pamcopete's reg/rec mods, kill switch relay, home made harness, all LED turn, brake and tail lights, tapered head bearings, bronze bushes in swing arm, soon to get shock and fork upgrades
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