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DeesButts
12-02-2009, 7:41 AM
ok so obviously i'm new to the Japanese bikes ..

but after looking over all these badass builds i've decided i definitely want my 1st to be the XS650

i've got an opportunity to buy this bike for $300. it sounds reasonable to me and looks to be in decent shape.

looking for some feedback. first thing i want to do is purchase a weld on hard tail i imagine

also .. is it unrealistic of me to think that by next summer and with say $1000 input i could have this thing on the road?

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae27/wnm07/Picture1077.jpg
http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae27/wnm07/Picture1079.jpg
http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae27/wnm07/Picture1081.jpg

billybiltit
12-02-2009, 9:16 AM
i can't see your pics,but about any complete xs650 is gonna be worth $300.00.i have seen several bikes that were done in the $1000.00 to $1500.00 range.just takes plenty of greasy elbows and help from friends is a plus.hth,

leon holmes

Rudehog
12-02-2009, 9:21 AM
If the motor is in good shape and you try to use all the parts you have you could easily stay under a grand. What I would do first before chopping it up would be to get the motor running just to see what shape it is in then go from there.
Does the bike come with all the parts that are missing in the pic's?


PS: when posting pic's hit enter after each one so they end up stacked instead of side by side.

DeesButts
12-02-2009, 9:27 AM
If the motor is in good shape and you try to use all the parts you have you could easily stay under a grand. What I would do first before chopping it up would be to get the motor running just to see what shape it is in then go from there.
Does the bike come with all the parts that are missing in the pic's?


PS: when posting pic's hit enter after each one so they end up stacked instead of side by side.

i think he has the seat and tank yes

thanks for the advice

TemeculaTerry
12-02-2009, 9:43 AM
Yeh, looks like a good deal, shit even if you decided not to build it you can part it out and triple your mula.

These Engines are great, super tough, easy to find parts and simple to work on - go for it...

billybiltit
12-02-2009, 9:44 AM
this is one of my favorite xs chops.the guy done a build thread on the jj when japs were still there.i think he said he done it for under $1500.00
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_sAOOOObxJyg/SxaKHyNCsDI/AAAAAAAAAbs/3IBBBNNxG4k/s400/j_023.jpg
food for thought.

leon holmes

DeesButts
12-02-2009, 10:02 AM
i've seen a lot of different sites over the last few days that offer custom parts .. is any one better than the others?

HWC
12-02-2009, 1:56 PM
does it hav a title?
looks like the head gaskets either blown or ?? do a compression chek
either way,,theyre pretty simple to rebuild the top end
gimme a yell on the hardtail when you get the bike

"is it unrealistic of me to think that by next summer and with say $1000 input i could have this thing on the road?"

nope,,not at all

i hardtailed this frame, put together a mtr/roller deal for this guy....
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q157/hillbilly750/shaun/080518074320.jpg

finished
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q157/hillbilly750/shaun/3675663610_dbebb6ba2a_b.jpg

YcMatt
12-02-2009, 6:26 PM
go for it

philbey
12-02-2009, 6:34 PM
You can build anything cheap but you gotta sweat for it. But that's why its fun.

gravelveins
12-02-2009, 10:49 PM
do it!
it's an xs650 man!

soca750
12-03-2009, 12:37 AM
HWC mentioned the title....good point. I know out here in CA a clean title can be well worth an extra couple hundred bucks. idk how it works in your state but you might wanna get that checked out before you lay down the cash.

dirtyd
12-12-2009, 7:23 PM
this is one of my favorite xs chops.the guy done a build thread on the jj when japs were still there.i think he said he done it for under $1500.00
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_sAOOOObxJyg/SxaKHyNCsDI/AAAAAAAAAbs/3IBBBNNxG4k/s400/j_023.jpg
food for thought.

leon holmes

one of my favorite xs's

sounds like a great dealio to me, Id make sure the title is good to go, and then get busy, If you do most the work yourself you can come in under that price.

philbey
12-13-2009, 6:52 PM
1500 bucks, damn that bike is what inspired me to build mine but hell I'm well past 1500 bucks...!

cl175dave
12-14-2009, 12:54 AM
They made quite a few of those. Should be able to find parts fairly easily. Many people have chopped worse. Good luck!
Peace & Grease
Dave

turtle
01-30-2010, 2:39 PM
as good a place to start as any