Well I'm 22 Just got the bike last summer and it's been my baby. "It gets more attention than my girlfriend" When i drove up to the bike for the first time i was introduced to the xs650 and fell in love for the mere cost of 550 dollars. Its all ive been thinking about the whole winter. I dream about the bike durring class.
Post by mudsplasher on Feb 26, 2006 11:40:21 GMT -5
I'm 42, just old enough to have dreamed about street riding back then. I liked them back in the 70's but raced Hondas. My first two street bikes were BSA's, then moved on to other makes. My first XS was an 1100, and I tossed it away one day. I always had my eye out for a 650, and started collecting parts to build a sportsman twin mxer. Now, I have two complete '78 Specials, and enough engines, parts, and a couple frames to make my mx bike. One Special is slowly gonna become a tracker.
Vintage bikes, and these in particular, are an obsession. BTW, I have just bought back my XS 1100.
I was once young, thin and fast. Now I'm old, fat, and still fast (in my mind). It just hurts more when I crash!
49 here. I bought my 76 C Model about 4 years ago from an ex-flat tracker that was moving back to Boston. It's been a great bike requiring only routine maintenance.
I also have a 79 SR500 that is currently 'apart' ..lol. I may sell it. I have a 71 Honda SL100/125 'project' bike..lol.
I previously owned a: 1973 Kawasaki S2 350- My first bike. Eventually equipped with a set of Wirges expansion chambers, K&N Pod Filters, drag bars, lower grearing. What a blast when you are 16 and out pickin off unsuspecting guys on Hondas...lol
Owned an 84 Kawasaki 908 Ninja and a Cyclops Mini Bike.
Well, I've had Hondas, and Harleys, most of my life (since 16years old), and now at 57 I got an XS65B to work on . Let's just say it'll be a good lookin ride when it's finished, I hope, LOL. Not knocking the Hondas or Harleys, but this is the easiest bike I've ever worked on. Very simple, straight forward design. I like it, LOL. Ride Safe. Derbytown
Only been riding for three years (mid life crisis?) and this is bike #3. the project is going well and I'm hoping to fully reassemble this weekend. It came apart easy enough and I'm hoping it goes back the same way.
Despite my previous comments about gen Xers, it is good to see the young guys getting interested in these bikes. Its a sign that they'll keep them going for many years to come and as Martha says,"and that's a good thing !"
78 Street Tracker " Wee Beastie" Gone to a new home 83 Suzuki GS750E, " Black Booty" 82 GSX 750SZ Katana, "Wee Beastie II"
Post by stevesemti on Mar 12, 2006 23:40:03 GMT -5
Hello all, Just turned 29, got my 77D as a loaner for last summer, now buying it (Finally I can do what I want to it!!) It's already dissassembled, being cleaned/polished/painted piece by piece... Anyway, I'd wanted to ride since I was 17, this was my first real opportunity...have always liked early 80's Japanese bikes. I honestly think that the Specials look way better than my Standard...but it's mine, and I love her, and it'll look MUCH better by this riding season.... This is an AWESOME board, and has been an incredible help....Thank you!!! Steve in Portland
Stan - 80 XS650SG (In Process) Millie - 77 XS650D (awaiting to be tossed back together and sold )
hi guys I turned 44 yesterday and Ive had my 1976 650C for 2 months .I chopped one when I was in my early 20s I have owned lots of bikes including 750/4 ,suzuki gsx 750 and 1100 ,honda gl 1000 goldwing ,but I loved riding the xs chopper and have always had a soft spot for them so its great to see so many people interested in them and I am going to chop this one ,not a radicle chop just a comfortable run that looks good ...cheers Biggaz
I'm 43. Bought my '76 5 years ago when I returned to riding. I wanted a Brit bike, something I could work on easily, but couldn't see the $$$$ needed. Since my first street bike way back in 1980 was a '74 TX500 :Pmy first thought was to get another Yammer twin, only this time I'd get the good one ;D
I just picked up an '80 XS850SG in great shape for $1900. 5800 original, heated garage kept miles . So I guess now I need and SR500 and and XS1100 to make my set complete(single, twin, tripple, four) - just don't tell my wife!
I see you and raise you 18 - my body screams 61 but my mind says 21!
I have a bone stock Cardinal Red 1980 SG and I get way more "thumbs up" with it than a brand new Harley. I agree with the board the XS650 is the perfect bridge between generations, whether it's stock, tracker, chopper or rat.
"I don't care what you ride as long as its old!"
1980 XS650SG 1983 H****a GL650I 1970 BSA B44VS 2006 Kawa Ninja 650R I don't care what your ride, as long as it's old.
miker, having a 1987 Paul Reed Smith, i'd give the XS650 kudos for being in my guitars humble arena, and the best part it isn't a negative positive ground like a trumpet, wow that's only confusing to a X'er, btw i have two of them living with me lol. Cool bike stock or chopped!
when the goin' gets tough, the sparks start flyin'!
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