Archive for December 2012

XS650: Hydraulic Clutch   Leave a comment

After handling related modifications this, to me, this makes good sense. Self-adjusting. Direct. Simple.

The first ones I saw were Kawasaki GPZ slave cylinders and matching master cylinders. Easy. Cheap. Effective. Means modifying the left hand engine cover. Opening out the hole. Sanding a flat spot on the case outside. Drilling for mount screws. Making an adapter for the push rod. Install. Bleed. Check. Use. A day-no problems.


GPZ900 slave cylinder


I have a unit that bolts directly into the left case. No modifications. Push rod adapter required.


VA (stainless steel) slave cylinder … using tidily small KTM master cylinder … bolts into original case … here it’s test mounted to an old cover that was just hangin around (actually i was about to use the cover as a test mount for a KTM slave cylinder)


slave cylinder … from inside case


setting up a KTM slave cylinder


Or this one. Hidden inside the case.


slave cylinder hidden inside the case … FZR master cylinder


form outside


slave cylinder


Posted December 16, 2012 by xscafe in Motor - Clutch

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XS650: 71 Japanese XS650-E (XS2)   Leave a comment

Found this the other day.


Japanese XS650-E


reverse side


reverse side detail

Posted December 15, 2012 by xscafe in Manaul - Literature

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XS650: 12.12.12   Leave a comment

Today – 12.12.12 – a 1:100 year experience. The last numerically symmetrical date until 01.01.2101. 89 years away. Around 2 generations in my family.

Here in Germany it’s rather busy. A heavy day for marriage celebrants. Churches have had this day booked out for years.

Optimistic. Considering some alarmist interpretations of the Mayan calendar.

From my understanding the Mayans expected to celebrate the successful completion of 13 b’ak’tuns (ca 5125 years) on 21.12.2012 with many interpretations anticipating the world entering a more intuitive shamanic age.

Another Y2K (non) event? Who knows. In my dreams I see the future. Loud and clear. Not all I see is pleasant, true. But none portents the end of the world physically or spiritually.

Today I tuned the XS. Later I will take my son to football, hug the wife and plan what to construct with all the parts I have lying around. Looking forward!

Posted December 12, 2012 by xscafe in Uncategorized

XS650: Sperm Bank anyone?   Leave a comment

Was in Austria the other day. Cold it was. Riding along on my XS vibrator I found the perfect marketing gimmick for a Sperm Bank.

looks like they even provide beds … or is that only for repeat customers?

Were I to come from here I’m not sure I would tell anyone.

Posted December 11, 2012 by xscafe in Uncategorized

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