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lang
01-10-2010, 12:41 PM
I just started my xs for the first time on friday and it felt great! The engine is punched out to 750 w/ a #1 Shell cam, 34mm Mik round slides, a Sparx alternator and a pamco ignition.

The frame has a 2" stretch w/ a 36* rake. Here's the start up vid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PES4yya_HUA

I need paint and powder (gloss black) and some new pipes and then she'll be done

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/emma-rt-1-8-01.jpg
Just wanted to share!

crkhobbit
01-10-2010, 12:52 PM
Beautiful and tasty. Love the bars!

Would love to see some more pics.

Jashole
01-10-2010, 1:27 PM
she's a beaut. oil bag is sick. bars are sick. the whole front end is sick. im inspired to get an xs now.

lang
01-10-2010, 1:49 PM
Thanks guys! The bars and rear fender are from frontstreetcycle, the electronics bags were a random find at an army navy store - they're french sniper scope cases. the front end consists of set of old 34mm xs trees, dt250 fork legs and a 21" xt500 wheel

and here's some more pics:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/emma-seat-1-8-10.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/emma-brake-1-8-10.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/xslogo.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/emma-left2-1-8-10.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/emma-tank-1-8-10.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/emma-back-1-8-10.jpg

Jashole
01-10-2010, 1:51 PM
EVENNNN bettter!!! dam she really is a beaut. im bout to craiglist an xs!
:)

lang
01-10-2010, 1:53 PM
go for it - they're fun little bikes!

steffan
01-10-2010, 2:55 PM
thats awesome. love the bars and seat

dannyb
01-10-2010, 6:40 PM
What is that headlight off of? i've always wanted one with a built in speedo

philbey
01-10-2010, 7:30 PM
DT250 fork legs, cool, I might see if I can find a set of them.

I've had my eyes peeled for an XT500 front wheel and brake, the only one I saw at a swap was going for 500 bucks so no love!

Bike looks mean, bars are off the wall man, where'd they come from!

viz
01-10-2010, 9:47 PM
Very cool, lots of little details on there. I love the bars. I just ordered a set of bars from Front street. Cant wait to get them.

Jashole
01-10-2010, 11:30 PM
i cant get enough of this bike. shit is so sick. i know how to make my xs now.
hahahahah

lang
01-11-2010, 10:59 AM
Thanks Jas, that the best complement I could get :)

Viz, I'm sure you'll be thrilled with Craig's work - I know I was.

Philbey, 500 bones for an xt wheel? Shit, I guess I got lucky. Pretty much all the 70's xt, tt, dt yamis will have a 21" drum wheel. The bars came from Front Street Cycles - They're Craig's race bars modified a little bit - we dubbed 'em mustache bars. Then I bent them a little more to get some extra pullback (went from about 2" to 6").

Danny, the headlight bucket is a NOS 105mm Cev bucket - they're from Italian scooters and HD Aermacchis. I added a visored bezel made for that size bucket, a tractor headlight bulb, and a push button for the high beam. The speedo hole will take any of the common mini-speedos made by Drag Specialties or Custom Chrome, so I tossed one of those in.

Thanks again for the feedback!

rusjack
01-11-2010, 11:12 AM
thats a great looking bike: skip the paint and powder, the look it has now makes it look like you dug it out of an antique shop

Robhall
01-11-2010, 1:35 PM
Sick. Just sick. How did you fill in the yamaha logos on the case and stator cover?

lang
01-11-2010, 3:02 PM
Sick. Just sick. How did you fill in the yamaha logos on the case and stator cover?

I got the stator cover from mikesxs - he sells plain ones. On the right case, I belt sanded the yami off. That there is a thick cover that doesn't mind losing a couple millimeters of metal.

philbey
01-11-2010, 7:45 PM
There's an article on the JJ on filling them in as well, either you can sand them or you can fill with a TIG welder and sand the welds back.

Found it: http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22066

You can get finned stator covers as well from.... Damn I can't remember where I saw them but you can get them. One of the XS650 dudes on the web.

SoulCal1
01-24-2010, 10:45 AM
thats a great looking bike: skip the paint and powder, the look it has now makes it look like you dug it out of an antique shop

+1, this bike looks great raw!

SoulCal1
01-24-2010, 10:49 AM
I assume you are using the Sparx Alternator with just a capacitor? How is that working for you? Where did you pick it up from? Thanks.

Classy bike - nice attention to detail!

Jashole
01-24-2010, 1:49 PM
thats a great looking bike: skip the paint and powder, the look it has now makes it look like you dug it out of an antique shop

agreee!!!

CHEN
01-24-2010, 11:24 PM
I love the leather bag for the electronics. And +1 on skipping paint and powder

lang
01-25-2010, 6:55 PM
thanks guys - I have been tempted to leave it as is, but for the look I'm shooting for, I really think it needs to be all gloss black. But, I've been riding it as is, and I'm sure not ashamed of it :)

soulcal - yeah, I'm using the sparx unit - I got it from Mike at 650central 'cause he scribes timing marks on it. But I am using a battery, just a small one:
http://www.atbatt.com/product/21856/sla/power-sonic/ps-1228/battery
all my fuses and ignition switch are in one of those leather bags and the battery is in the other. So far it's been working great.

SoulCal1
01-25-2010, 10:08 PM
Slick battery! I thought you had a capacitor but you made that battery invisible.

How easy is the install of the sparx unit? Did you run into any issues? It looks pretty straight forward.

SMChewy
01-25-2010, 10:23 PM
she's a beaut. oil bag is sick. bars are sick. the whole front end is sick. im inspired to get an xs now.

No bag Jas! XS's are wet sumps. All the oil is in the case! And if you are hurting, buy one! They are the cheapest to build and a blast to ride. Snappy power, high revs, and you can bang corners in em like a Porsche! Once the XL is finally done I'm starting on mine. It's a 71 XS1B, first gen with no electric start. My girlfriend's, sister's, boyfriend (you get all that?) got me into em. His came out pretty sick, and he is in it for under $2k. Best to find one at least running though, so you don't get fucked like I did. Mine was supposedly stuck from sitiing. Figured some Marvel Mystery Oil and a little elbow grease would get it turning. WRONG! Siezed with a blown head gasket. But $300 bucks gets me a re-man set of jugs w/new sleves pistons, rings, and clips. A weld on hardtail is $300. I think you see what I'm saying.

As for this one, can't wait to see it painted!

lang
01-25-2010, 10:26 PM
The sparx is a really easy swap and it really simplifies the charging circuit. I didn't run into any problems with it - as long as you have a rotor puller, there's really not much to it. I did a pamco ignition at the same time and it was also dead simple.

on the sparx you can get the single phase (which you can run with a capacitor) and the 3 phase which you need a little battery power for. I went with the 3 phase because: (1) it's cheaper (don't know why) (2) makes more watts and (3) I was planning to run a battery anyway.

lang
01-25-2010, 10:38 PM
No bag Jas! XS's are wet sumps. All the oil is in the case! And if you are hurting, buy one! They are the cheapest to build and a blast to ride. Snappy power, high revs, and you can bang corners in em like a Porsche! Once the XL is finally done I'm starting on mine. It's a 71 XS1B, first gen with no electric start. My girlfriend's, sister's, boyfriend (you get all that?) got me into em. His came out pretty sick, and he is in it for under $2k. Best to find one at least running though, so you don't get fucked like I did. Mine was supposedly stuck from sitiing. Figured some Marvel Mystery Oil and a little elbow grease would get it turning. WRONG! Siezed with a blown head gasket. But $300 bucks gets me a re-man set of jugs w/new sleves pistons, rings, and clips. A weld on hardtail is $300. I think you see what I'm saying.

As for this one, can't wait to see it painted!

Me too :)

That is why these bikes rule; (1) fun to ride; (2) reliable, (3) lots of aftermarket; and (4) cheap to build (although stockers are getting expensive). Depending what you can do yourself, $2k will build you a nice little bike. I've got more in mine because I farmed out the hard stuff and went a little crazy with the engine.

My brother's not a rice guy but I've almost got him converted because they're so appealing for those 4 reasons

Jashole
01-25-2010, 10:59 PM
No bag Jas! XS's are wet sumps. All the oil is in the case! And if you are hurting, buy one! They are the cheapest to build and a blast to ride. Snappy power, high revs, and you can bang corners in em like a Porsche! Once the XL is finally done I'm starting on mine. It's a 71 XS1B, first gen with no electric start. My girlfriend's, sister's, boyfriend (you get all that?) got me into em. His came out pretty sick, and he is in it for under $2k. Best to find one at least running though, so you don't get fucked like I did. Mine was supposedly stuck from sitiing. Figured some Marvel Mystery Oil and a little elbow grease would get it turning. WRONG! Siezed with a blown head gasket. But $300 bucks gets me a re-man set of jugs w/new sleves pistons, rings, and clips. A weld on hardtail is $300. I think you see what I'm saying.

As for this one, can't wait to see it painted!

ohh yeah i know!! eletrics are in there.... sorry im so used to saying it. but yeah its easier said than done by getting one of em xs's. hahaha but good luck on yours. i just needa find a deal!

philbey
02-02-2010, 12:14 AM
hmm I'm going to look into these Sparx unit's, need to start nutting out my electrickery soon myself.

lang
05-02-2010, 12:36 PM
Ok, here' s some finished shots! Hope ya'll enjoy. I've still got some carb tinkering to do, but she's pretty close.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/IMG_1168.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/IMG_1172.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/IMG_1173.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c237/lang93/Emma/IMG_1174.jpg

Special thanks to Scraper for lacing and truing my wheels - see ya on the 16th!

REV
05-02-2010, 12:43 PM
holy shit...

TheYetti
05-02-2010, 9:16 PM
That bike is fucking sick!

Bozi
05-02-2010, 9:27 PM
Oh I like that ...... The seat, bars & electric bag go nice together, the rake makes it look a lot slicker then stock.,& Im a sucker for black bikes with brown leather.

Are the foot pegs & controls a kit? (Im new to the xs world, building one presently)

Thanks, Jeff

lang
05-03-2010, 8:32 AM
thanks guys - she was sure fun to build :)

lang
05-03-2010, 8:33 AM
Jeff, the foot controls and pegs are from G&L choppers.

j8ksdad
05-03-2010, 10:12 AM
Great looking bike! May I ask how you mounted the leather cases for the battery and electrics? I have an old leather binocular case I was thinking about for the same idea.

Thanks.

scotttowne
05-03-2010, 5:34 PM
So nice. Classy and kick ass.

lang
05-03-2010, 5:39 PM
Great looking bike! May I ask how you mounted the leather cases for the battery and electrics? I have an old leather binocular case I was thinking about for the same idea.

Thanks.

I cut out a piece of steel plate and had it welded to the frame. Here's the best pic I have of it. then I just ran 4 bolts through the back of each bag and the plate.

j8ksdad
05-03-2010, 5:44 PM
I cut out a piece of steel plate and had it welded to the frame. Here's the best pic I have of it. then I just ran 4 bolts through the back of each bag and the plate.

Cool. Thanks!

Bozi
05-03-2010, 6:10 PM
Jeff, the foot controls and pegs are from G&L choppers.

Thank you thank you.,

calicruiser
05-03-2010, 7:12 PM
wow! turned out awesome!!! glad ya dig the pegs/controls, they look great on that scoot!!

josh
G&L

clove
05-03-2010, 7:43 PM
Dude, that electric bag/box is so sweet. I went out today and bought a leather bino case today. great idea. Was yours painted OD green when you got it?

lang
05-03-2010, 8:10 PM
wow! turned out awesome!!! glad ya dig the pegs/controls, they look great on that scoot!!

josh
G&L

yeah man, the mids are great. I added a return spring for the brake and had to bend the shift lever out, but that was it.


Dude, that electric bag/box is so sweet. I went out today and bought a leather bino case today. great idea. Was yours painted OD green when you got it?

no mine were natural leather color - they're actually French sniper scope cases.

Idnthv1
05-04-2010, 11:24 PM
Bike looks great! I love the peg set up....mind a snapping a close up pic of them??

lang
05-05-2010, 7:15 PM
will do this weekend

lang
05-08-2010, 4:50 PM
here ya go boss:

sixthirtytwo
05-10-2010, 9:38 PM
The paint really transformed this bike. Looks great. Love it. Hope mine turns out as nice.