View Full Version : My Shaky Japanese Piece of Shit: The Story of a XS650

09-09-2009, 9:38 PM
hahah, it's actually not mine but it's in my garage and i built it. I hate it because it hurts to ride.

These pics were taken before it was finished but you get the just:




Total build cost including bike: $$650

not bad for a one kick runner

09-09-2009, 9:59 PM
lol, thats quite the story. Care to explain why it hurts to ride it? Seat choice? Crappy stock forks?

09-09-2009, 11:00 PM
um poor engine design. nah, it needs to be richened up a bit.

09-09-2009, 11:07 PM
Ahh i see....mine is still in progress but i cant wait to take that first ride

09-09-2009, 11:33 PM
cool. Seriously though, why is it shaky, just because it's not running right?

09-10-2009, 12:53 AM
if you dont want it, id be glad to fly up there and ride it out to vegas...

09-10-2009, 1:23 PM
ha im still debating on hard tailing my xs but reading comments like these is making me reconsider it. id love a good looking hardtail bike but if its a pain in the ass (literally) to ride, then I never will.

09-10-2009, 2:15 PM
more like a pain in the wrists.

09-10-2009, 3:19 PM
shakey doesn't seem right for an xs650.. I have had several and don't remember them ever vibrating real bad.. my cb750 is smooth as silk compared to my old Triumph or BSA..

09-10-2009, 4:11 PM
or you could get the sand out of your vaginas and ride a rigid...

09-11-2009, 11:28 AM
My XS650 is still essentially stock, and even with alot of new rubber, and it vibrates ALOT compared to a modern bike. Not really shakey, just alot of vibration.

09-13-2009, 9:29 PM
haha that's an oxymoron.

09-14-2009, 9:13 AM
My buddies XS vibrates so much it makes you numb. It was like that when it was stock and its like that rigid. My Dad bought a 4 cyl XJ650 in '82, said he got the 4 cyl because the 2 cyl vibrated too much...

After riding my friends, I wouldn't want one...

09-14-2009, 2:30 PM
i just did 230 miles on my rigid xs yesterday, it was a lot nicer ride than my 68 ironhead that i used to have. if the vibration is that bad try doing a 277 rephase i hear that really cuts down on the vibs. plus any bike that doesnt have a rubber mounted engine is going to vibrate more.