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Old 03-20-2008, 11:52 AM   #91
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Wow. There's something you don't see very often...
I was thinking the same thing Steve. What puzzles me is, it looks like it's mounted on the jugs and not on the lower cases.. that's a Ron Woods creation and I'm not going to question it
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:08 AM   #92
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Now if we could get Ron to build a frame for a KTM 950-990 .
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:49 PM   #93
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what other similar bikes?

Hey I love this idea, cool bikes. But as the XS vibrates a lot I'm not sure it's the best choice. Any other old twins like this that would work?

I thought about an SV650 project, but they cost a lot more...

An xs650 with diff front end and shocks would be pretty cool, but if it vibrates as much as a single (or more), why deal with the extra weight?
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:33 PM   #94
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The XS actually makes a pretty good platform. I'm hoping my finished project will come in under 340 pounds while producing 60 rear wheel horse power. It will have fairly decent suspension but most of all incredible amounts of COOL!

As far a vibration goes it seems to be a bit relative. I do not find the XS when properly tuned to vibrate to an extent that it bothers me. You could do a rephase if vibration was a real issue.

I just hope the whole package will work well off road. I have no illusions of it competing with modern bikes like the KTM 690 but that was never my goal. When you consider my KTM 950 weighs over 450 lbs with 80 something rear wheel horse power it migh just work well enough for this old dirt biker.

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Hey I love this idea, cool bikes. But as the XS vibrates a lot I'm not sure it's the best choice. Any other old twins like this that would work?

I thought about an SV650 project, but they cost a lot more...

An xs650 with diff front end and shocks would be pretty cool, but if it vibrates as much as a single (or more), why deal with the extra weight?
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:49 AM   #95
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The XS actually makes a pretty good platform. I'm hoping my finished project will come in under 340 pounds while producing 60 rear wheel horse power. It will have fairly decent suspension but most of all incredible amounts of COOL!

As far a vibration goes it seems to be a bit relative. I do not find the XS when properly tuned to vibrate to an extent that it bothers me. You could do a rephase if vibration was a real issue.

I just hope the whole package will work well off road. I have no illusions of it competing with modern bikes like the KTM 690 but that was never my goal. When you consider my KTM 950 weighs over 450 lbs with 80 something rear wheel horse power it migh just work well enough for this old dirt biker.

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I agree about the vibration, they are no worse than any of the old brit twins and realy better than most of them. Properly tuned is the key, I prefer the point style ignition so I can time each cyl seperatly, exactly the same wich cannot be done with some electronic systems. The worst points for vibration are at idle and a point at highway speed. The idle point is a non issue as I don't ride around at idle. You change the sprockets to take the highway point off your most common cruising speed. Supposed problem solved! Also those old XS's never seemed shake themselvs apart like a lot of the other vert twins did even when pushed.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:56 PM   #96
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yeah I'm getting into the idea now. As long as they're good reliable motors. Reliability is key for an adv bike!

I rode one today, motor seems pretty sweet, bike is lighter than I expected. Lots of work to do if I dive in tho!
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:10 PM   #97
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Some photos from today. I just finished putting a new motor in the tracker so have not made a lot of progress on the dual sport project. But now that the Tracker is done I can get serious.

Someone asked about ground clearance. It's actually got quite a bit even more then my DR 650. I will probably lower it slightly from what you see in the photo.



A shot with my tracker for comparison. Btw that is a temporary tank with a rattle can paint job as I wait for my fiberglass tank which is being lined for use with ethanol blend fuel. Anyone else using a fiberglass tank BEWARE ethanol disolves the resins in fiberglass causing major problems





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Old 08-13-2008, 02:46 AM   #98
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Looking Good Jack

Keep the photos coming,....... we like pictures
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:27 AM   #99
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Anyone happen to know where I could find a seat like this for my '79 xs650?
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:07 PM   #100
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Anyone happen to know where I could find a seat like this for my '79 xs650?

I'm going to take a stab here. I think your looking at a stock seat pan thats been re done or maybe just re covered.

I'm just guessing.

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Old 10-22-2008, 05:40 PM   #101
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I'm going to take a stab here. I think your looking at a stock seat pan thats been re done or maybe just re covered.

I'm just guessing.

Jack
I'll second that......

Hi Jack
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:05 PM   #102
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Well I was hoping that Yamaha would do what Triumph did and come out with an up dated vertical twin that would be around 950 or 1000.
They did it already: TDM 850 (Now a 900). It's not air-cooled but then I imagine that would bring a whole load of other unwanted compromises in a 900+cc parallel twin.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:52 PM   #103
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Here's one from 650motorcycles.com. Nice little toy, no?
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:53 PM   #104
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And another..................
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:53 PM   #105
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Jeez, I gotta break down and get a SmugMug account one of these days.............
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