Random, Looking good. What do you have in mind for the seat and paint?. Its looking kinda "cafe" to me. Is that what you are going for?
When I first saw these 650s ( about 3 years ago) I was really into the cafe conversion as they reminded me so much of the Triumph Thruxton which is so cool. Since these cafes look best with wire wheels I spent some time trying to find a 650 with wires....no luck. So I ended up with a 78 Special with the mags and as a result have gone the opposite direction to the tracker style. I'm still looking for something with wires for the next project as I still drool over these cafes.
Keep us informed of how it goes.
Fun eh! Cheers, Spyug
78 Street Tracker " Wee Beastie" Gone to a new home 83 Suzuki GS750E, " Black Booty" 82 GSX 750SZ Katana, "Wee Beastie II"
The tank is off an xs750. It took some slight modifications to the frame & seat to make fit but I like it. The shocks I got off Mikes XS.
Yep, going for the cafe look. Wire wheels would be great. I would still like to do that but I don't want to lose the rear disc brake. A friend showed me some website where you can get new wire wheel rims done. The problem is they were more money then I want to spend. If anybody has any thoughts on getting that done relatively inexpesive I would love to know.
Thinking of going silver & black for the paint theme.
Well the front wheel would be an easy swap...aluminum rim of course. Been thinking of putting a spoke wheel on the front of my XS1100SF just to be different. Not gonna mess with the rear. Recon the wire wheels yourself, that'll save a bundle! BTW the cast alloy wheels are the lightest XS650 wheels even though they look heavy so if you want function as opposed to style they're the way to go and no tubes! Bike is lookin' great so far!
Shiny side up, 650 Mike
XS650SJ XS650H 750 kit XS400SJ XS1100SF
"Hard work will pay off in the future, laziness pays off now!"
Post by EvergreenXS on Jan 10, 2006 17:12:26 GMT -5
I also have a XS750 tank on my bike. I think they look great as I have always preferred a large tank to a small one. I made the switch to wire wheels and I don't regret it a bit. I got some of the parts from this board (thanks again Slide) and the rest off e-bay. I finally got around to selling the mag/ disck brake stuff on e-bay so the cost of the conversion was next to nothing, basically just some shipping. I'm surprised to hear that the mags are the lightest wheels as the wires felt lighter to me. The front rim I got was chromed steel instead of aluminum because I didn't know that different years had different rims. I wanted to get rid of the 16" rear also and I haven't missed the rear disc because I never thought that rear brakes needed to be very strong. I'm guessing that the drum is lighter too. Just throwing some info out there.
Nice job on the project so far, looking good; and keep up the good work.
Random, for the wire wheel thing, I picked up a donor XS400 from my wrecker (complete bike runs about 500 Canadian) for the wheels (and for a donor 400 for my brothers' project...)Anyhow, the wheels are in decent shape, 18 inch, rear is a drum brake, front matches up rotor pattern with the 650 and is dual disc capable. Have to get some spacers made up, may have to get my rear axle turned down to the XS400 diameter (or see if I can change the wheel bearings to accomodate the larger diameter axle). May swap out the 650 swingarm for the 400 (bolts in up front). just thought that the $$$ would be better spent getting more raw material with a whole bike, that getting custom wheels.
Random1111, I've got to add kudos as well. Great job keep at it. I love the parts bin approach, shows the builder has an eye for matching to get the desired look. Rusty, I would change the wheel bearings for sure as opposed to turning down the axle. Cheers, 50gary
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
deadlykittin: Hey guys,. i have a 82 xs650 special, super new rider, with almost no knowledge on bikes. So was just riding it, getting used to the clutch and all that. But i was noticed its really hard to get the bike to start, using electric start. And the kick pump---
Aug 4, 2022 17:09:55 GMT -5
deadlykittin: loses compression after the first kick. Ontop of that, i noticed it 1, wont go into neutral when sitting still. and now it dies after getting it started in neutral and going into gear
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