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Wannabe Cafe Build - '81 XS650 Special

Discussion in 'Motorcycles' started by steve o 77, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Feb 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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    Ripcord

    Ripcord 4Runner guy

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    Must be a so fun!


    I've been looking for a 250 or 450 lately just because gas is killing me with just the 4runner and I have some projects on it that will require me having another vehicle. Same style of bike, any recommendations?
     
  2. Feb 21, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 [OP] braaap

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    I picked this pile up for 900 bucks in el paso, running. Look for a yamaha xs650 or 400, honda cb750, suzuki gs, all good starter bikes. I know my bike has maybe 35 hp so it's pretty slow, hard to hurt yourself on.
     
  3. Feb 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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    Ripcord

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    We both know that's exactly what I need for a starter bike haha. :cool:

    Thanks for the info! I know I want to find one that needs work so I can get to know it.
     
  4. Feb 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 [OP] braaap

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  5. Feb 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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    Ripcord

    Ripcord 4Runner guy

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    That is sweet! I'll stop cluttering your build though :p

    The hunt is on!
     
  6. Feb 21, 2013 at 8:19 PM
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    Bestop, Child Seats, petrified french fry, dog hair, empty Mtn Dew cans cracked windshield, scratches.
    i picked up my xs650 with new tires for $400. threw a battery in it and it fired right up.

    had to put exhaust on it, new jetting, adjust points, new wiring harness, new headlight and am working on a seat currently but it runs strong and was the right price.

    good luck searching.
     
  7. Mar 14, 2013 at 5:41 AM
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    OP, I like the look of that! To me it looks like a cafe racer and a dirt track bike had a baby. For the seat foam, I'd recommend either a gel layer or closed cell foam and then some softer open cell foam over top.
     
  8. Mar 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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    Thanks! Yeah I need to redo the seat, way too soft. It's ok for my short commute but longer rides kinda suck.
     
  9. Apr 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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    Sold the bike last night. Sad to see it go but I think paying the bills is a bit more important. Hope the new owner enjoys it as much as I did.
     
  10. Apr 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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    You did a really cool job on your XS! I always had wanted to cafe my XS out as well though I never got around to it, I sold mine about a year ago, still kind of miss it.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Apr 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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    Wow, that ones almost too clean to cut up!
     
  12. Apr 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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    That's probably why I never got around to it, the guy I sold it to had intentions of cutting it up but I believe he changed his mind after he got it.
     
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