bike owned by
so this might be considered a bit naff having matching his and hers XS650's
but we don't care. We love 'em.
- Bought second hand
in 1983 with 34,000 miles on the clock for £475.
- Engine rebuilt
in 1994 on 58,000 including new main bearings fitted by the much missed
Tony Hall of Halco fame. Total cost was around £900 with only
the crank rebuild being labour in that £900.
- The rest of the
bike was tarted up in 1997 on 68,000 miles with polyested coated frame
and swing arm and head bearings of course. New Bower electronic ignition
and new paintwork.
- 2006 saw new stainless
steel front brake caliper pistons at 72,000 miles fitted due to old
original chrome ones pitting and binding the brakes.
With the forks
getting a little tired, it was decided that it was time to tidy
the front up.
had a front end fitted some years previously from a Canadian grey
import, this meant that it had a larger than standard single disc
at 298mm. A bit later it was converted to a twin 298mm disc set
up. This means that it now has exactly the same front brakes as
a standard XS1100.
The spare fork
sliders were sent away to Triple S to have them powder coated silver
as polishing and laquer doesn't last too long and most people wouldn't
know the difference anyway.
bung at the top of this model's forks has a 17mm recess that can be
a pain in the arse to undo. If the forks are in the bike, make sure
that you slacken off the top yoke clamp or else even the longest of
bars will not get that bugger out. The bike will turn around first.
XS650 engine bolt with two 17mm nuts on the end and locked together, works
wonders to remove the bung as shown below.
threads are cleaned ready for new stainless steel bolts
suitably sized drift is used to locate the new fork seals
|| Better than
new and hopefully will last much longer than the original laquer finish