I’ve had the vintage Yamaha XS650 shop manual compressed into a PDF on my hard drive for a while.. Just never got around to uploading it to the site.. until today… There is tons of great info to help you properly maintaining your ride and some cool vintage Yamaha XS 650 advertisements..
’79 xs basket case
Craig – Started as a ’79 basket case, motor was painted black by previous owner. I tore the motor apart, stripped all the paint and polished it. I sent the crank and cam to Hugh to get it rephased, then I reassembled it.
I stripped the frame, welded on a Visual Impact kit and did all the body work and paint. He (Mike at Visual Impact) actually helped me out a lot with the painting process too, great guy! Everything has pretty much been gone through on this from seals to hardware.
Mike Black – I picked up a basketcase in August of 2014. I spent the Oregon winter in my unheated garage and built what you see here.
Engine had a holed piston, so the entire engine has been rebuilt. New pistons, rings, cam and rocker arms. Everything else was cleaned and reused or replaced with good used parts. Continue Reading →
John david scott – I found this bike from a friend who didn’t even know what kind of bike it was. it had been buried in the shed for 32 years.he bought it new in 1981 and put ten thousand miles on it and stuck it in the barn. he gave it to me and I brought her home and I didn’t know what I had until I started looking online. I put 100 miles on her before I started taking her apart and cutting her up. the project isn’t done yet but I’ve added a TC brothers hardtail. Tc bros. Continue Reading →
Ryan – Hey all, This is my first xs650 build. I love the bratsyle builds, but I also love Frisco style choppers. So, I thought i’d combine the two, and make something cool. Well, what ‘I’ think is cool at least. Ive had the bike for a couple of years now, but seriously got into building it over the winter just gone. Continue Reading →