Welcome Back .. when can we get a report about your trip..?.. Bike do well...?... perhaps a photo or 2? My buddy has a sidehack unit... Not pretty...pop's out of 4th... I'm thinking about a 3 day weekend with it .. but the girlfriend isn't too trilled about the idea. Mike, MN
70',82' Xs650, 65' Tri 650 Tiger, 70' 450 Ducati "Jupiter", 1970 350 Ducati,66' Triton (featherbed frame) w/73' 750 Tri engine, 68' Honda 450P (Police),75' "CONDOR"(Swiss Army), 29' Motobecane (French), 50' & 52' Terrot Paris Police m/c's, 54' Peugeot French Military Police m/c.. Algerian veteran. 50' Alycon French fire bike, 82' Cx500 Police trike (Ex Chicago Police 2011 R/Enfield, with sidecar, 06' Helix, 62' Cushman, 71' Guzzi Ambassador, 65' Ford Mustang, 04' Mustang convertible.. 1 wife
Well, the trips have been great, but about the calendars.....(yep. Always business!)
Over 900 people have read this thread. We have a few less than 50 calendar "orders". That's around 5% of the people who read about them. So I'm wondering--what can we do to convince a few more--like 75 or 100--people that they can't live without a calendar?
I know this is for people to say, "Yep, I want one", but I'm certainly open to ideas, so ...... let 'em rip!
Thanks, Guys---oh, and Mike: if your girlfriend doesn't want go for a three-day bike ride........get a new girlfriend! ;D (OK, I'm kidding....)
Here's the thing: I've done calendars for other sites, and doing 50 calendars is just not possible, unless it's a charity thing, and I can't afford to do it that way. It would have to pay for itself, if not actually make money for the site.
If we could do 100, it would work. Barely, but it would work. I think we should continue to promote it, and see if we can do one for six months, or one for next year, but with fewer than 50 people wanting them, it just isn't economically viable.
It's disappointing, but I don't think it was a waste of effort--we can continue to talk about it, and when sufficient people want one, we will be ready to do it.
So--pretty much one last appeal for this year: anyone else want calendars?
I would love to have two of them. I hadn't seen this thread before, but it sounds like these might be good stocking stuffers as well. Maybe if we all ordered an extra one we could be closer to finishing Christmas Shopping. (I usually start on Christmas Eve)
The way I've done it in the past has been to work with a local shop with whom I have a "relationship". I don't normally have a "preview" page, but if there is a chance it would get us up and over the limit, I'll put one together.
Realistically, I'd have to be working on it now in order to get them mailed before Christmas. I'll e-mail you with details and some ideas, OK?
Barb, how many more members do you require to place the order? Possibly the admins for this site could post a banner across some part of the main page to get you over the top. I would really like to see your project become reality. Good luck. .......Mel......
Post by drooling-bloodhound on Oct 26, 2008 8:13:49 GMT -5
I didn't read all the post but I would get one. I am a photographer and could photograph bikes in my area. You could build a version on sites like shutterfly, kodak or Iphoto and anyone could buy it. No money up front. People could email me images and I can size and tone them. I have a web site with ton of extra space and could host the photos members to vote.
Doing a "virtual" downloadable calendar is a whole new thing for me, so if someone who knows how it works wants to put something together, I think it would be great! My experience and knowledge are with ink and paper, and we have moved beyond that---sort of like a modern bike compared to our XS's.
However: "free" and "down-load" sound really good, and I'd love to help make it happen. We have a volunteer (that's you, jcwphoto) who knows how to do this stuff....let's take advantage of the knowledge!
Post by drooling-bloodhound on Oct 26, 2008 15:50:35 GMT -5
I can easily make the calendar on one of the sites I stated before. Kodak's calendar is $20.00 for one, $14.00 for $25 or more. Basically, I make the calendar and put a link for anyone who wants to order one. I will check the price at other sites later. I would need enough photos for a calendar and the text that should be associated with each image. If people want to send me image, I can post them and members can email me with their favorites.
Note: this is not a free download but at the same time I don't make a dime!
A freedownload would take more time than I have . I would have to create a calendar and lay it out. I have to build my bike over the winter, well try to build my bike.
If members want to do the this let me know and I will tell you where to send images.
OK- I know I'm not on here as much as some of the others, but I'm making a calendar again this year. Some of you have seen mine from last year and maybe bought it.
Note to admins- this is *not* a for profit calendar. I'm not trying to take over your project, if you are still doing it. I'm selling mine at cost, rounded up to the nearest dollar, plus shipping. Like last year I'll probably try to sell a few on eBay to cover my gas costs- that's where I try to recoup a little for my time.
On to my idea: *If* you are interested in doing a joint one next year, I'd be happy to take it on. I work with the XS650 mailing list (YAM650 at Micapeak) and the calendar I am putting together this year is with bikes from those list members. We vote on the bikes that make it in to the calendar- I simply take care of the grunt work of designing and shipping. I'd do the same thing here, but do it with both places. It appears you don't have quite enough interest to make it work successfully. Here's what we do- I announce the collection of pictures and collect for a month or so. I host and number them on my photobucket page, then at the end of the collection we simply have a vote. List members vote for 6, then we narrow it down, then vote again to get the final 12. I get a hundred or so printed, then sell them off until they are gone. Last year I got a second printing of about 50 I think for a total of about 150. Last time I only had 1 to sell on eBay and barely even covered my gas. I didn't go in the hole thanks to a few who "tipped" me. So, I learn and do it again this year. For me it's about promotion of the beloved XS650. I'm posting this because when I did last year when this came up, I was shot down. I have no problem with that- I just thought I'd offer my experience and success to this site. If you *don't* do one, and the admins are OK with it, I'd be happy to offer them here at the same price as I offer them to the "list" so you have something- then next year we do it jointly. I forget the price last year, but I think they were around $12 or so. I'll know more later. On the back I included a list ofXS650 sites and sources for parts, including this forum, the email list, and the usual places like Omars, 650 Central, ad Mike's. So you got some free advertising from me anyway. Like I said- it's about the XS. Thanks for your time!
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.
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