:oCrap, I didn't know this existed! ;DAnd now it has my name on the title!
Anyway: Street Tracker in progress wheels on (sticking with 16 on rear for now) and motor in frame, beginning the wiring simpification. Started as 1979 Special dual front disc w/stainless lines, drilled front and rear rotors bronze swing arm bushings, tapered roller headset minton mods on forks, omar's redwing rear shocks (very nice) Special tank with dirt tracker fender/seat Maxi-X pipe Mikuni 34 roundslides w/K&N pods thinking about pulling the top for shell cam/springs and home port job. Also in future: fork brace, maybe 750 kit after I kill it
Bought it on Ebay from a guy in South Dakota for $400. My father lives in Nebraska and ran up and picked it up. My wife and I ran to Nebraska in our new Outback with a trailer in boxes in the rear. Put the trailer together in Nebraska and then turned around and drove back. Wife was not happy about the miles on her brand new car, but I couldn't think af a better way to break it in right?
Wow that is trippy seeing MY screen name in a post...
Well the Bike is an 84' Virago neck with a one off hand built frame(long and low hardtail). Built by Raven. The engine is a 77' XS650 all stock with the starter still with it. The forks are 6" over(I think)with a Suzuki triple tree, and front and rear Suzuki wheels. Honda rear fender, cut down and welded to the frame. Topped off with a set of Z bars and an after market headlight. There are still plenty of things left to do, and I will post some pics when I get them done. Thanks, Gary
I haven't gotten any pics of the bike yet, I'm about to start the frame cutting tommorrow. The frames been blasted and I will powder coat it after the frame has had all the excess metal removed. I'll post pics as I make progress. I could send in some pics of my 2004 ZX-10R if you'd like; it's my daily rider.
Post by crystalmeth04 on Mar 12, 2007 4:01:36 GMT -5
Have a look at www.palmatuning.co.uk the sites not nearly finished yet,but it'll give you an idea of what were trying to do in England. Spares over here are scarce and engineers are reluctant to do engine work. It's part of the mentality that caused BSA and the other British companies to get their butts kicked by the Japanese back in the 1960's. We decided to take matters into our own hands and have managed to keep our XS's going for several years now, without having to go to the high street bike shops. Our old roadsters can still make the Jap missiles look silly on twisty country lanes. But we do have to try harder than most, the XS is rapidly becoming a classic over here and when folks realize that we are boring them out to 840 and riding them really hard they are not always impressed!
Where abouts in England are you?I'm glad somebody over here is doing something about the xs situation,since Tony Hall died it's been pretty crap.Apparently there's a couple of blokes in Salisbury that bought Halco's stock.There seems to be quite a few xs's down here in somerset.
Post by crystalmeth04 on Mar 17, 2007 16:45:05 GMT -5
We're in Warwickshire Shag. I've got a mate in Worcestershire called Paul Harker who won all classes in sidecar motorcross with his 'home-made 900cc' XS motored outfit. He's using Mercedes 308 liners in one out fit and massey ferguson liners in another. his crancases are heavilly welded after he blew the head a few times. He preffers to use Amal carbs to Mikuni's and removes 1st gear as hitting neutral slows him down too much. Nothing can catch his outfit at the moment! If you ever spot the green XS1, registerd WOT 437H down there I'd be interested to see where it ended up.
Post by 32fenderless on Jun 6, 2007 11:59:28 GMT -5
woah-I seen my name on a thread with six pages so far and thought-oh boy am I in trouble.
anyways 73tx zx7 rear wheel and inverted front end, suzuki vstrom front wheel, hodaka trials gas tank, hartailed by me added 2 inches of stretch, rake changed to 38 degrees, a ChopperGary( Gary Poh)offset counter sprocket
Wow... Saw my name here and figured out what was going on. I dont have recent pics yet (no digital cam) so I must wait until I can get film developed and scanned, but this is what I have, and its condition so far: 78 Special, XS850 tank, cafe seat, stripped to bare frame and repainted. 750 kit, Shell#1 cam, ported head and electronic ign. Vintage Hooker 2-into 1 header, and large finned exhaust clamps. Motor is in frame, Bronze bushings in stock modified (gusseted) swingarm. Timken bearings in steering head. Polished everything aluminum....Chrome clutch and right side cover... New wiring harness on the way. Spade type fuses, Minton modded forks. I guess thats it....For now!$$$$$$$
Sorry it took me so long to get back here, I just now noticed my username was called out in this thread's title. What is it I need to do?
Pointless to own a two wheeled machine that cost you Twenty Grand or more to roll off the dealer floor......So go back home, and build your own. ME! 2007
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