Flames is flames, but scallops is cool! Oldway, I was planning on running a sparto light too, but they don't have license plate light illumination do they? How do you plan to address that problem, or just don't worry about it. I always like to "look" legal so as not to give an excuse to be pulled over. Next thing ya know, they're looking at EVERYTHING, and I don't need that. My fender is even shorter (ends straight up from axle) and I need a light that can mount on top of a fender like that. Does anyone know of any other light that mounts like a sparto, or is there enough room in the housing to cut a lense hole and mount another small light inside? I refuse to run a sidemount, so I'm just looking for options. I love your bike, and don't want to sound like a smartass....but... how far did ya get before that chain ate your ignition key? Is that elec box from you know who? Or was that promise of sending you one just more of the same old song and dance?
I used the same light on my Daytona Bike. In an attempt to keep it somewhat legal,(and safe) I gutted it and fit in a 3 wire Auto Zone replacement brake light assembly from a Chevy pickup . It uses an 1157 bulb that I wired to the stock rear brake switch.It seems to be bright enough to illuminate the plate, but it should have a clear lens from the bottom.
I'am like s*** I'am everywhere. I won it on an ebay auction, it was 58" long. I had it shortend at www.drjohnsmfs.com he also fixed the terrible job that Black Widow did and did not make good on. I had to convince people on that other site that the sun does not rise and set on the V-Twin. Nor does it take 20k to build a nice bike.
They're great over there and very supportive of any project, it's just that ( nothing against HD or the evil yuppies who have inflated the price of a so-so motorcycle ) the V-Twin has just been done to death. Back in the day we chopped anything and everything and some of the Triumph's BSA's and 750 fours put HD to shame as far as show bikes go. I would like to see that happen again. I own a Honda VTX, I would never chop it because no matter how nice it came out, and there are beautful examples of them out there, it would just be another V-Twin to me.
I don't want to come off as a Harley hater, I'am not, my point is as far as choppers go the V-Twin is as pass'e as flames ( ah-oh did I step in it again ). As for baggers, ( this is a catogory thats really coming of age ) these guys rock! I see more inovation and potential then any other type of custom.
Post by trebchopper on May 12, 2005 0:30:05 GMT -5
i dont want to get on my high horse but you said it for me about the chopper fad today it really jerks my chain. you dont know how many non riding bike guys at work talk about getting a american chopper or a west coast chopper and i just laugh at them. they could not even get it out of first gear probably. when i tell some of the guys im building a chopper they just bug there eyes out and ask me how i can afford it. and one said they cost like ten to twenty thousand bucks don't they. i just put my head down and shook it in disgust. choppers should never be thought of as an expensive high dollar item. there about building your personality into a mean looking ride that you can call your own . but you said it oldway. anyway i plan on buying a yamaha v star for cruising longer distances.
78 xs 650 chopper project. 78 yz 125 flat traker-first year for single shock! Always looking for another yamaha to buy.
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
Aug 4, 2022 17:11:01 GMT -5
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