So slowly, my bike is coming together. It started as a stock 81 special 2, and now I've got the motor in the rolling chassis! The end is in sight! I might even get to ride it once or twice before the winter sets in!
The mag wheels, engine covers, and kick starter and shifter are black powder coated. Damn near everything else is flat black, except for bits of chrome here and there, like the upper fork tubes, rear springs, and megaphone. The seat is a solo tracker seat, and I've got LED turn signals, no Tach (speedo only) drilled rotors, new 34mm Mikuni round slides, Boyer digital ignition, 32 tooth rear sprocket, Mac 2-1 pipe, Euro bars. Shaved the frame down to get rid of the passenger pegs and center stand, used 1 inch shorter rear shocks and raised the front legs an inch in the trees. This thing sits low! Standard tank from a 75 XS, complete with some cosmetic flaws, which I kinda like; it's a bit of character! Here's some pix. Wish me luck!
I like the look you are going for, very nice. Pics come up blury on my screen at first and I thought you had a small red pad for a seat until the detail came in. May I suggest a small red pad made with stiff foam would be a cool homemade seat. You could use 1/2" plywood for the base.
Something that I think might take away from the "look" is the headlight. If you get a large headlight shell and it sticks out you will lose a great part of the abrieviated look.
I got the shorter shocks from Mikes XS. The seat, while not pictured, will be finished up and added this weekend. It's just one of the solo tracker seats from Hotwing Glass with the 2" pad. It's black too. I've already mounted the LED blinkers to the seat/fender back near the brakelight.
In fact, you're pretty much looking at all the chrome the bike's gonna have as it is now. EVERYTHING else is black, except for the rim of the stock headlight. I thought about changing that up too, but if I do that, it'll be something I do much later on. I don't mind the big headlight, plus I'm re-using the factory wiring and want to make it as easy as I can to cram it all back in the headlight bucket. Robomod's pictured bike's headlight is a little small for my taste.
I broke down and ordered spacers from Speed & Sport, cause I was having issues with the rear wheel not lining up, but I should have those today. She probably won't start up this weekend, but she'll be DAMN close.
Significant progress was made Saturday, despite a fair bit of hacking to get things to work along with 3 trips to the hardware store.
Got the sandblasted battery box painted and mounted, starter hooked up, modified frame and mounted rear master cylinder. Also got the seat mounted, though I think I may be modifying it to sit slightly higher. Got the correct spacers for the rear axle (FINALLY) and mouned up the rear wheel and brake calipers rear and front after repainting the swingarm and caliper brace. Carbs mounted, dropped ignition switch 1 inch. (perhaps more tomorrow) Modified headlight brackets to install front LED blinkers and mounted headlight bucket. (stalks were too short to use through headlight bucket mounts) Mounted lower exhaust brace and reinstalled baffle.
Tomorrow I'll be installing the brake lines, fixing the seat, installing the Boyer Ignition, mounting the chain, and possiby begin on wiring. Only little odds and ends to finish up after that.
I'm really digging how this bike looks. It has an aggressive look, and it really looks like a hack like me put it together. I can't WAIT to start her up and rip down the road. Here's some more pix
DUDE...LOVE IT! Well done. Any chance you can post a pic of the tail light conversion you did with those LEDs? I was totally planning on doing that. Did you paint your exhaust pipes? what did you use? I really had plans on doing that too! cant wait to see it done.
Thanks again guys. Yeah I was surprised that I look like a hoss on this bike. It's low and I'm 6'1". Nothing I can do about that though!
I used rattle can spray paint on EVERYTHING on this bike. The tank and fender/seat pan are just flat black primer, the lower fork tubes, engine and forward exhaust pipes were painted with hi-temp ceramic enamel. Both were purchased from Advance Auto Parts.
I didn't get to snap any more pix, and sunday was much slower. Tried putting the new drive chain on, and ordered the 102 link chain according to advice from Mikes XS, but it just wouldn't go on, it's half a link too short, even with the rear wheel pulled all the way in. So I have to exchange it for the 104 link.
On Sunday I fixed the seat by adding two 1/2" thick ribs of wood trim to the underside of the front of the seat pan where it sits on the frame rails. Just drilled them in with 6 screws. Then attached Velcro and presto, seat is fixed and is MUCH more stable on the frame. Also ran the front brake lines and put on the front master cylinder. Installed cam bushings and seals, magnetic trigger rod and pick-up plate for the new Boyer Digital ignition.
One more weekend of work and she should be good to go. Just gotta get that damn chain on, finish the ignition, hook up the control cables, bleed the brakes, and wiring.
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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