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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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New (to me) XS650G

Well, the bike I have mentioned that I bought has finally arrived at my home today. A 1980 Yamaha XS650G. Bought it cheap.

It also needs work lol...

Thats ok, cause now I have a bike to work on, and a bike to ride. I do want to have this thing ready for the road soon, so I can still have a running bike if one is down for maintainence, repairs, or modifications.

This is the bike in my friend's garage... then this morning next to the ACE.





Yeah... you see those handlebars? Those TALL handlebars... THOSE WAY TO ****ING TALL handlebars? Yeah. You know what I am talking about lol

I think maybe a clubman direction sounds about right...






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Nice man, congrats!


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What do you think of my clubman route? I am also wondering if I will want rearsets or not lol

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Looks like a dog that got beat and put its ears down IMO.....lol


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Looks like a dog that got beat and put its ears down IMO.....lol
Cool bike, but I'm not a fan either.


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Definitely potential. Are you going the full Cafe Racer look?
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lol, thats because you like broke bikes OTD. And Rex, those are positioned fairly close to where clipons would be. I might have to see if I can get this one machine shop I know to rebend them a little, so I can get the angle I want without interference with the tank.
Yes and no Badlands. It will have a lot of cafe influence, but I am also considering some scrambler influence as well.

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lol, thats because you like broke bikes OTD. And Rex, those are positioned fairly close to where clipons would be. I might have to see if I can get this one machine shop I know to rebend them a little, so I can get the angle I want without interference with the tank.
Yes and no Badlands. It will have a lot of cafe influence, but I am also considering some scrambler influence as well.
Guilty as charged, I do admit I still have this in the shop. But I spend so much of my off time riding my Harley that I just can't find the time to get it back up and running.





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Guilty as charged, I do admit I still have this in the shop. But I spend so much of my off time riding my Harley that I just can't find the time to get it back up and running.



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I remember those...

Nice! I almost bought one in college in the 80's...but I already had a '77 XS400.

I remember it had dual points (the 400). Funny how you remember those things.
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Looks like a fun project Anime!!!! Congrats!
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Looks like a fun project Anime!!!! Congrats!
It would be more fun if I had the money to really go to town on it lol.
BUt I must work with the funds that I do have.

Thank you Tex.

Today, I think I shall pull the rear wheel and see if I can figure out where the brake is binding up at. I am hoping that it will be a simple solution. (brake shoes should not be too expensive for this, and not too difficult to get, if I need parts. Fingers crossed on that.)

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Hey, Anime, I think you can get electronic ignition for that model.


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Hey, Anime, I think you can get electronic ignition for that model.
I thought the 80 and up XS's came with electronic ignition...
Well, if it doesn't, then I might have to pick your brain for a source for one.
Would be especially sweet if the ignition was tunable like a Dyna3000.

lol, I know what I could do, I could convert her over to FI!

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Yeah I think you are right. A friend had one and I thought I recalled him swapping the points out for electronics, but he may have had an older one. Memory's not as clear as when I was a young whippersnapper.


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Can't wait to see what you do..you must have so many options running thru your mind right now

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Yeah, I do have tons of ideas. Just need money. LOTS of money lol

Maybe I need to find a forum to join specific to my Yammie. I am a member of one for my ACE (one of the most active members there as well) So adding another good place on my laptop seems the right thing to do. They will probably have many good ideas for me as well.

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Mike's XS, in the Tampa area is a good resource for anything XS. By the way.


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Mike's XS, in the Tampa area is a good resource for anything XS. By the way.
Do you think they might have rearsets there? I shall have to look this place up.

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Don't have a clue, but they specialize in XS OEM parts I believe.


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I took a look at the site before I headed out today, and it seems to have a lot of good stuff there. I dont think I like the rearsets they have though. They do not fold up, and I want some that do. I was actually gonna make mine so the right one, when folded up, stays so it would be out of the way of the kickstart lever. With the ones they have, you have to heat and bend the lever. That cant be good for the part.

Heck with it, I can make some up I'm sure.

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Congrats Anime...

welcome to vintage land.... you will always have something to work on (I'm working on a 1973 Honda)

....and remember; anything is doable if you throw enough money at it....


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Congrats Anime...

welcome to vintage land.... you will always have something to work on (I'm working on a 1973 Honda)

....and remember; anything is doable if you throw enough money at it....

You forgot to add in having the imagination to come up with a way to do it.
Sometimes, you have to literally think outside the box when you want to do something non-stock. Thats half the fun ^_^

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