Hey Bigfatfxr here, who knows what this message is about??? Anybody??? My guess is it's about member bike pics? If that's what its about....mine's in pieces waiting for cyl machining for my big-bore kit, and my paint to be finished.
Lord Eoin here, I don't have a camera yet, but I do have a 1980 XS650 Special II that was the PO's project. Engine runs, but the extra and unlabeled wires and toggle switches will make me have to do a lot of rewiring so the lights front and rear will work. The only decision so far is a solo seat to replace the humungous king and queen seat that came with the bike.
Sorry...I'm a dumb-arse. Mines a '79 special with low bars, custom seat, mini speedo (no original diplay or idiot lights), mini indicators front and back, '77 side covers, headlamp off a virago I think?, thats about it... This is the first time I've read this topic....again, I'm sorry. Lee.
This is my XS. Parked next to my GS1100. Picture was taken last month in it's almost completed condition. Sense then I have replace the shocks with some of MikesXS monza units, and installed the chain gaurd after trimming it down a bit and painting it black. I spent about a year of my spare time at this point and it's almost complete. It is a 79 special 2fo. I payed $800 for it, the odometer showed 10200 miles or so. The top end had been gone through by a local shop just prior to me getting it. The center crank bearings were bad.. I obtained a used crank with supposed same mileage as mine and with the help of this board and MikesXS replace it, and all the seals and gaskets, cam chain guide , oil filters ect. I put the engine back into the frame this spring and it started first or second kick. no lie. It vibrated allot, but it ran! pretty good. Then started on the Chassis and the cosmetics of the bike again almost everything came from Mikes, my brother donated the National cycle street shield, taken from his Virago ( it didn't fit it right and looked even worse on it). New springs seals and dust seals on the forks , some paint from spray bomb. New bushings, home made headlight brackets and some elbow grease. I've been fine tuning it for the last month or so.. I think I finally have it running right. I had a couple setbacks.. timing advance unit came loose and left me stranded at my first big outing with it. More recently I miss diagnosed some minor carburetor problems ( cutting out at around 5000 rpm) had a restriction in the main jet.. then complicated my life by leaving the stock air box off while I was checking it out.. dogh! It seemed to pull real hard almost to red line before cutting out when I rode it Sunday .. it's been raining here sence... so I don't know for sure. I have ordered the K&N knock offs and main jets from 137.5 ( one over ) to 145 and a one over idle jet just in case. I plan to try some replacement head pipes and or some sort of after market exhaust in the future .. If i can convince myself that there is a performance gain over the stock pipes ( still solid but showing age) to be had to make it Worth the expense.
My only regret so far is not having replace the steering crown bearings with the tapered roller bearings when I had the front end apart. I just repacked the stock bearings. I have a speed wobble at 90 mph. and up.
This is the latest pic of my 73 TX650. Sorry it took so long to get it posted.
Last Edit: Nov 21, 2007 11:49:24 GMT -5 by cattrim
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