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Old 01-12-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I'm sitting here in cold Buffalo, NY right now waiting until I can take my 1983 XS650 out on the road once again. Does anyone own an XS on this board? I've been lurking for a real long time, and am curious to see what everyone else has got. I don't have any photos of mine yet, but will once it gets warmer out. This is something I'd like my XS to look like eventually.

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Old 01-12-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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Here's mine, a 77 with a 750 kit.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:02 PM   #3
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Good looking bikes guys. Some of my fondest memories as a kid are riding my big brothers brand new baby blue 650. To be trusted enough to ride it alone at 14 made me feel like such a grown up. Ah... the 70's.

BB I really like your sig line. I'm not gonna steal it but I will borrow it for an indefinite length of time.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:22 PM   #4
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:47 PM   #5
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I own one too, it had highbars, old cables etc.

So I put on dragbars, changed the cables, gave it all a good clean up.

Right now I am waiting for my Pamco ignition and performance coil to play with :)

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http://www.xs650shop.de/startseite/?t=1711

Looks like the one in the top banner, will see to get some pictures before long :)
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:59 PM   #6
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:55 AM   #7
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:29 PM   #8
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:06 PM   #9
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:34 AM   #10
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:17 PM   #11
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Here's mine, a 77 with a 750 kit.

Did you put the 750 kit in yourself? I'm looking for some feedback from people that have done it, tips etc.


Nice bike.

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Old 08-27-2012, 06:50 PM   #12
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Did you put the 750 kit in yourself? I'm looking for some feedback from people that have done it, tips etc.


Nice bike.

Yes I put the kit in myself. It was a Mike's XS setup with new cyls, pistons, rings, etc. Nothing particularly difficult, however I've built engines before so I speak for myself only. The engine must come out of the frame, you can get the cam off the head without breaking the cam chain. I like to keep all parts I pull off in order so they go back in the same place. This means all rocker arms, bearings, etc. go back in the exact place they came from. Instead of using the rubber coated washers under the head nuts I used the brass ones. When installing the top cover over the rockers and cam there is no gasket. You must clean the mating surfaces completely and degrease them, I used acetone. Then smear a very thin coat of "Yamabond" or as I used "3 bond" on each surface and put it all together and torque it all to spec. After you run it for a tank or two of gas re torque the head again, after another few hundred mi check the torque again. Doing the re torque a couple of times is a pain but is worth the trouble, I have no leaks in mine.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #13
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Yes I put the kit in myself. It was a Mike's XS setup with new cyls, pistons, rings, etc. Nothing particularly difficult, however I've built engines before so I speak for myself only. The engine must come out of the frame, you can get the cam off the head without breaking the cam chain. I like to keep all parts I pull off in order so they go back in the same place. This means all rocker arms, bearings, etc. go back in the exact place they came from. Instead of using the rubber coated washers under the head nuts I used the brass ones. When installing the top cover over the rockers and cam there is no gasket. You must clean the mating surfaces completely and degrease them, I used acetone. Then smear a very thin coat of "Yamabond" or as I used "3 bond" on each surface and put it all together and torque it all to spec. After you run it for a tank or two of gas re torque the head again, after another few hundred mi check the torque again. Doing the re torque a couple of times is a pain but is worth the trouble, I have no leaks in mine.

Good luck!

Thanks Garbln. We work in much the same way regarding keeping the order of things. This will most likely be a winter project once the snow starts blowing.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:59 PM   #14
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Yes I put the kit in myself. It was a Mike's XS setup with new cyls, pistons, rings, etc. Nothing particularly difficult, however I've built engines before so I speak for myself only. The engine must come out of the frame, you can get the cam off the head without breaking the cam chain. I like to keep all parts I pull off in order so they go back in the same place. This means all rocker arms, bearings, etc. go back in the exact place they came from. Instead of using the rubber coated washers under the head nuts I used the brass ones. When installing the top cover over the rockers and cam there is no gasket. You must clean the mating surfaces completely and degrease them, I used acetone. Then smear a very thin coat of "Yamabond" or as I used "3 bond" on each surface and put it all together and torque it all to spec. After you run it for a tank or two of gas re torque the head again, after another few hundred mi check the torque again. Doing the re torque a couple of times is a pain but is worth the trouble, I have no leaks in mine.

Good luck!
Very nice setup. Although, I will say one thing; I have a 750 Shell Thuett kit in my 650, and run twin-34mm-Mikunis. Huge difference. Those stock carbs aren't allowing you to get the full experience.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:55 PM   #15
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Just been farting around with 'Kenny', thinking of how to update his exhaust system,
probably do a similiar set of pipes - just a more free flowing
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