Will be 62 in july, Starting to slow down a little only have 2 bikes right now. 76 streetracker 750 @ 03 honda shadow spirit 750. I ride the tracker the most , its like running a good old GM V8 from the sixtys. a lot of grunt & all the young guys on Ninjas ash what kind of harley is that. THEY MISSED SOME GOOD TIMES & GREAT MACHINES. Bill
43 -Some of you guys are not posting how old you are. My first street bike was a 1978 Yamaha XS750 triple back in 1981. When a buddy was interested in selling his 1978 XS 650 Tracker project my eras parked up. I had no idea 4 months ago the 650 was a British twin knock off ( Yam they did it better) but when I saw the engine I thought how cool. I love the simplistic nature of the bike. When I was a kid this is how bikes were made and felt to ride. I enjoy that about this bike. I will probably keep this bike for a long time when my daughters are old enough to ride it on the street.
Currently Own 78 Street Tracker 79 XS 650 Standard 72 Yamaha DT2 250 74 Kaw 2 stroke S3 400 triple 74 Suzuki GT 750 06 Triumph Speed Triple 02 Honda Valkyrie-6cyl 09 KLR 650
Post by orforester on Jun 16, 2006 22:19:25 GMT -5
I have to post again, as we fix these 650's up the next generation will find them and ride them like we do. I am having a hard time keeping mine out of my son's hands (21) and have told him to buy his own!
79 XS650 streettracker, 1982 Heritage, Electra Glide, Grandpa's 1918 J model, and now a parts bike!
well looks like boomers 40-65 are out in front with the genx coming in a close second. but all in all seems like the bike draws a mix crowd I would be curious to know what drew younger riders to the xs a bike built before some were born, but then Id go in the cycle shops in the late 70's and snicker at these things as it was all fours then. anyone know who built the first street tracker , was it the king himself??
Why I chose a XS650 - I bought my xs650 specifically for travelling through North Africa and the Middle East over the next 2-3 years. Countries require a deposit when you enter so that you won't sell the bike without paying taxes, and this deposit can be as much as 5 times the value of the bike (it is called a carnet). You get the money back when you leave, but if the bike is stolen or destroyed and they don't (or won't) believe you, they can keep your money. My Suzuki Marauder is worth about $3,000. A KLR 650 is about $5,000. A 1981 Yamaha XS650 Special II has a fair condition book value of $400. Makes it a low risk bike (financially) when crossing borders. So why a XS650 over a similarly valued Honda or Kawasaki? 1. Being a popular bike, it is easy to quickly and cheapy obtain parts. 2. Being a popular bike, there are alot of owners like those on this board and the email lists to get quick advice from. 3. Parallel twins are simple engines and easy to repair. Actually, the entire XS650 is easy to repair - I went from not knowing how to change a sparkplug to being able to adjust my ignition timing, rebuild the entire clutch, and rejet my carbs in a short amount of time. 4. It gets 50-60 mpg, giving me 200-240 miles per tank (standard tank). With my spare fuel bottles full I get another 425-470 miles before refueling. 5. The XS650 is a tough bike and hard to physically break when dropped, and hopefully also able to drive away from minor crashes. 6. With my desert sand custom paint (same exact color as US military uses on Humvees), my xs650 looks like something straight out of a Mad Max movie - st53.startlogic.com/~daedalus/Leila8.JPG Even more now that it is filthy, scratched, and looks like its been to hell and back (and I still haven't even left Spain yet). 7. It looks cool, and fits the image of my film perfectly. Sport and adventure touring bikes look wimpy to me. Nothing beats a loud, dirty, Mad Max looking cruiser. Plus with all my modifications my XS650 is a match for most adventure touring bikes, even offroad.
dang I dont know what you do but I want your job, Ya dont even have to pay me!!!!!!
NIGHTMARE 60 on July 13. Been building and rideing sinse the 60's. Hope to be rideing or building at least another 25 years Lord willing. Thanks to all the guys here that helped me along the way with my 81XS. It's finally ALMOST done. Al
I'm 17 and my '79 Special is my first bike. Put about 5k miles on since I got it last August. So far i've added a windshield, swapped out the instruments, changed the exhaust, changed the gearing, added a rack and a sissy bar. More to come
Post by 82sidehack on Jul 31, 2006 15:26:30 GMT -5
Been riding my '82 xs 650 for about a week. (took 10 months to get it in decent, safe shape.) Over the past 40 years there's been a lot of strange bikes, from a mid 50's Sears Puch 125 to a 1641 cc VW trike, to a 70's Aermacchi, with a sprinkling of Hondas, and my long timer, an '83 Virago 920. Eventually the '82 will pull a custom sidecar. I'm 56.
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