Archive for October 2012

XS650: Halloween   1 comment

Halloween isn’t traditionally a German thing. Of course, like most societies, there is a harvest festival. Erntenfest. A time for rural communities to enjoy a little time with their families.

Not far from here are the ruins of Burg Frankenstein. Odenwald. With a name like that, a perfect place to enjoy Halloweeen. Celebration in the North American sense. Adopted in the best of spirit from the US soldiers stationed here over the last few decades.

Burg Frankenstein (ca. 1240) … ruins

The night partying  is renown. Full-on. Sunday afternoons a watered-down version for kids. This year restricted to min 7 yo. We enjoy this. My son and I. Off we went.

on the right path

this year with a fresh dusting of snow

howling in the wind

cemetery

just clowning around

… and friend

who’s that trittrotting across my bridge?

tadtroll

behind gitter

just hanging around

bed n brekkie

Looking forward to when he’s old enough for the night shows. Only 8 years to go!

And, hattip Rex …

dont ya just hate that!

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Posted October 29, 2012 by xscafe in General

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XS650: Finned Tappet Covers   Leave a comment

Picked up a set of these the other day. Nice. Sand Cast.

finned tappet covers

Found on ebay.com.

Look good mounted.

cast fins – mounted quickly

front left

2 of these weren’t machined to tolerance. Needed fitting.

Posted October 19, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Design, Motor - Head

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XS650: Reproduction Badges   Leave a comment

Marbles Motors also produce nice reproduction badges. Not only for Yamaha.

Examples …

XS1

XS2

XS1 … XS2

Posted October 14, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Tanks n Tin

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XS650: Police Tank   1 comment

Currently for sale. Ebay. Singapore. New.

Patrol Tank. 584-24110-01.

left

right

left

underside

filler – no rust

decal – left … H is damaged

Hell of a price.

Posted October 12, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Tanks n Tin

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XS650: Fork Co Timing Covers   Leave a comment

ForkCo. Japan. Nice timing covers. Black or Plain. Hand cast. Fins are designed to match the engine.

plain alu

black

XS black

650 plain

Make some tasty oil pump covers for the SR500 too.

Posted October 12, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Design, Motor - Head

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XS650: Molded Tappet Covers   Leave a comment

Found this at ADVRider. Nice build. With molded bronze tappet covers.

GareBear at advrider

Just another tidy hardtail? It’s all in the detail.

Check this out.

tappet cover – bronze

left exhaust tappet cover

alternator cover

mold – resin bonded sand – made at the local foundry

the other side

Kool!!

Posted October 12, 2012 by xscafe in Frame - Design, Motor - Head

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XS650: Real Men   2 comments

 

Took a while to track down the source. Boetz Ink.

Posted October 9, 2012 by xscafe in Motor - Kick start

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