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Old 01-27-2011, 04:50 PM   #60
XS650 Allroads Traveller
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Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Yass, Australia
Oddometer: 8,560
Originally Posted by 1f2frfbf View Post
Not the best photo of my Johnny Cash Special (it's a 78, 79, 80, 81 Yamahondasakamha), but if I get any closer you can still see the primer and leaks:

Fun upgrades include: bronze bushings, stiffer rear shocks, properly sorted carbs, Pamco ignition, permanent magnet alternator, a seat that fits a 6'4" fella, a tank off a XS750, and other random gentle engine tweaks recommended by the mad geniuses over at 650Garage.

I love it, but it does its level best to not love me back. It vibrated off the side cover on the highway recently, and has an evil habit of losing the vacuum plugs for the carb holders, usually in the middle of nowhere causing it to suddenly start running really well (ie: lean) at highway speeds, but sputter like a dog at every stop light. The wiring diagram conforms to no known standard, after a succession of foolish owners (of which I am only the latest) have done their versions of mystic lunatic engineering. Still, it hasn't stranded me too far away from home... yet. From where I'm sitting right now, I can hear it plotting... and I really want to go push my luck, one more time.
Isn't it always the way with these old beasts but ya wouldn't trade 'em for quids [as we say out in the country here]
I'll do a sortie on my bikes' specs sometime.
1981 XS650SH "Tourer" [ For Sale - 2015], 1975 XS650B "Adventure" ['Kenny Krazyhorse'], 1982 XL500R 'Project' x2 [for sale], DT175 [new projects] x 2
Couldn't afford a 'GSA', so now it's an 'XSA' "I didn't do it! & whoever said I did, is a liar!"
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