Hello Folks!....it only took me since 1985 to get here but here I am. I am rebuilding my young guy toy after 20 years of seeing it wallow away in the garage in pieces. I have lots to do and probably lots to ask. Excuse me for a bit but I have to look for a new bearing I bought in 1985......;-)
'81 xs650 special stock '81 xs650 special modified 71 Xs1b basket case 82 sr185 exciter 82 Kawasaki gpz550 82 honda cr80r 74 me-100 Indian Enduro
I did spend a lot of time on the Bikeguy forum but due to a lot of things i lost contact to that forum and when i found it back i missed a lot of familiar names. Like Elwood, Radman etc. But i see u guys started a forum on ur own, may i ask why.
Found this forum through a link there, I still have my XS ofcourse otherwise i wouldnt be here.
Anywayz, good to be here again tho im stil on the bikeguy forum as well.
Post by crystalmeth04 on Mar 20, 2007 8:44:13 GMT -5
I'm trying to work out how many XS 650 owners are left in England-UK. Since Halco closed down there have been less XS's on the road, we're starting up Palma Tuning an XS 650 only shop to help out the situation over here. I'd like you to let me know if your out there. We're based in Warwickshire, UK. (have a look at http://palmatuning.co.uk).
Hello All, We live in wet and windy Britain. The XS650 is becoming a classic over here, most are moth balled in lock ups. When I tell people I'm making a bobber out of mine they think I'm strange. As for getting parts. If it's not new shiney and plastic the local bike shops don't want to know! Some of the younger staff think we're asking for antique parts. you lucky lot in the sunshine states don't know what your missing! Now that Triumph are back in business people think my xs must be a tatty one of those!
Just put myself on the map. It was the same with the guzzi group I'm in, there is no one else in Spain. The nearest people are in the UK. Mind you that poor guy in Helsinki, jeez is he far from anywhere. Andy
Hello, TK from Douglasville, Georgia. About 35 minutes southwest of Atlanta. Get to ride pretty much all the time down here in the south. Seen 3 others from my neck of the woods on the map. Just got a 650 I'm wanting to get running. I thought it would be a great bike to work on with my son. We are hoping to make a hardtail bobber out of her. Look forward to picking some of you guys brains for info. I really don't know a whole lot about the xs650 except for the fact it has a strong following of dedicated guys that do some great restorations, and bobbers, and choppers. TK
Hello All!!! Have lurked around here for a while, but what finally did me in was the "You know you own an XS650 if..." list. It took me reading it a few times to find it funny and not saying to myself, " Yep, done that, and that, and that....."
Good stuff guys. I am glad I found some more who share my addiction/obsession with these great machines.
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