g'day, I'm new here. I live in a little town called Wallaroo in South Australia. I race an XS speedway sidecar in the classic bike division. The bike has been sitting idle now for 8 months because I foolishly forwarded u.s.$1550+ to paul/bob bertaut of "650motorcycles.com"(somewhere in New Orleans) about 8 months ago for rephase parts, and to date I have received only some very corny and lame excuses. I dont hold much hope of seeing my money or my parts, so be warned!
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2009 20:06:26 GMT -5 by fruitnut
Hello from northern Indiana, glad to be a member. Here is a little about myself, I have a 1976 XS 650 C that is a really nice original survivor a 1981 650 Special that is my gravel road burner and occasional trail bike along with a 1978 650 Special that is an incomplete non-runner and enough parts for another. I also have a bunch of other motorcycles, dirt bikes, street bikes, and yes even a moped and a couple of motor scooters. Weathers getting nice so I'll finish with pictures later.
Hi, glad to be aboard. I have a 79 Special 650. I live in sunny Tucson AZ where the weather is nice pretty much all the time. Hope to learn a lot here and maybe even pass some knowledge on too. Great site and thanks for your effort in keeping it going.
Post by ShakerNorm on Aug 31, 2010 22:18:24 GMT -5
COOL! It's GREAT to see so many people from all around the world - LITERALLY! G'Day to all you Auzzies, Scandinavia, (the rest of) Europe, all over the US, Hola to Argentina.... Welcome everyone!
I'm from Calgary Alberta Canada (now living in a small town just north of there). I've got a 79 XS650 Special II.... It's mostly stock but with some improvements.
We're all here to learn, have fun, and make friends. There's lots of guys here who probably know more about these bikes than the engineers do - Read up on your carbs in the Carb Guide, If you have electrical problems, Curly's Charging System troubleshooting guide is for you.... suspension, electrical, engine, and custom mods abound here - so don't be afraid to ask!
Definition of an Expert-
An Ex is just a Has-Been, and a Spurt is just some poor drip under a lot of pressure.........
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.
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lsettle: First post in over 6 years!
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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