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  • 78gold Posts: 338
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster 78gold
    23 Jul 2017 10:44 PM
    Ok,
    Decided to Cafe a XS650 and take advantage of the new filtering laws and classic rego.
    Motor is now 707cc with a Hugh's Handbuilt cdi ignition and other than a few extra bits being cut off is pretty original XS650.
    Here's some progress pics.

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  • 78gold Posts: 338
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster 78gold
    23 Jul 2017 10:47 PM
    Some more pics
    Not running the tracker style seat pan but that is the colour scheme.

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  • Baloffski Posts: 377
    Victoria
    Stage 1 Poster Baloffski
    24 Jul 2017 06:48 AM
    Good stuff, looking great. had a few of them myself, XS-1, 2 x XS-2's. 
    Those vibes through bars, were tingling, as handling was dubious, but good fun.
    you are bracing front end?
  • 78gold Posts: 338
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster 78gold
    24 Jul 2017 09:15 AM
    I will be fitting a fork brace but not sure which one yet.
    I like the Daytona style rather than the solid ones.
  • Far Canal Posts: 914
    Performance Poster Far Canal
    24 Jul 2017 06:53 PM
    Nice!, should be a cool commuter/lane splitter.
    If I was me I'd just have to drill the front brake discs. Easy job if yer have a drill press. Cobalt drill, low speed and a bit of cutting fluid.

  • 78gold Posts: 338
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster 78gold
    28 Jul 2017 12:40 PM
    Yes I like the drilled disc idea but alas not really confident in marking and drilling disk.
    Not sure about pattern etc, would look a bit shite if I messed it up and you only get one go.
    Would like to get them to some one who could index on a mill??
    Not sure.
  • Far Canal Posts: 914
    Performance Poster Far Canal
    28 Jul 2017 06:13 PM
    Posted by 78gold on 28 Jul 2017 12:40 PM
    Yes I like the drilled disc idea but alas not really confident in marking and drilling disk.
    Not sure about pattern etc, would look a bit shite if I messed it up and you only get one go.
    Would like to get them to some one who could index on a mill??
    Not sure.

     I drilled the discs on my old Honda Four by drawing down the pattern on a stiff bit of paper with a compass and dividers. Then stuck the paper to the disc and centre punched all the hole centres. Used the same bit of paper for both discs. Very happy with the result, however if you don't have a decent drill press then best to get someone else to do it.

    Keep in mind that you will have to pay some one else (unless you gotta mate who can do it), and decent drill presses are not that expensive. So if you want to do it yourself it may be worth buying one. Upside to that is you will then have a decent drill press and they are a great thing to have in the workshop.

  • Ferrett62 Posts: 169
    Canberra
    Stock Poster Ferrett62
    28 Jul 2017 06:25 PM
    Rode a TX650A years ago, first bike payed  $50 for it and eventually sold it to a mates brother for a couple of hundred. Never missed a beat, would love another one for a project build one day.
  • chopaweeza Posts: 2109
    Beecroft NSW
    Motor Head chopaweeza
    28 Jul 2017 06:32 PM
    Last time I tried to drill discs on an old Jappa i ended up burning through a pack of bits and stabbed myself in the hand when I snapped one while trying to hand drill it .

    Ah Memories . Yes , I was a Klutz when i was younger too .......

    But seriously . The XS650 does lend itself to being cafe'd quite easily and without breaking the bank they can be a sweet looking ride . Nice to see you went with some traditional styling and not whatever the latest fad is .

  • 78gold Posts: 338
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster 78gold
    03 Aug 2017 05:14 PM
    Things have slowed down a bit and into the wiring fiddly bit stage.
    Luckily Steve is pretty good on the wiring and other than Hughs Handbuilt CDi etc not having a wiring diagram I think we are almost there.

    Need some better weather to paint, not only the tank and seat but also there are a few little bits either missed or not ready when we did the engine and wheels.

    While all this has been happening I have picked up another XS650 in pieces and think I might build a scrambler next winter.
  • 78gold Posts: 338
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster 78gold
    03 Aug 2017 05:19 PM
    On drilling the disc's as I have already painted them will probably leave as they are.
    Choppa,
    Yeh I prefer the older style and want to keep it narrow for traffic but not so narrow that its almost unrideable on real world roads.
  • chopaweeza Posts: 2109
    Beecroft NSW
    Motor Head chopaweeza
    03 Aug 2017 05:40 PM
    I can relate to that well . I recently ditched my modern 1937 forks for a set of 1931's .

    A properly built Period Correct bike will always have a broader market appeal than the latest fad will . It's older blokes with fond memories that have the money and have the proper appreciation . Like what you are doing with it so keep up the good work .
  • Baloffski Posts: 377
    Victoria
    Stage 1 Poster Baloffski
    03 Sep 2017 06:12 PM
    So have we got any more info on the build mate, as many like where you were going?
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