Archive for December 2013

XS650: 2014 – Happy New Year   1 comment

Some may say I’m a little early. Here, CET, it’s barely midday. In my homeland however the first ‘New Year’s Eve Party Babies’ have already been created. Over the next 24 hours revellers will celebrate a new year. Yet again. Any excuse for a party.

Some will reflect on the past year. Some will project into the next. Many will wake the next morning wondering what the hell happened.

This past year I resurrected another XS650. It’s a rat. Goes well. Catches the eye. Attracts attention whenever parked in front of my momentary coffee hit. Next year I wish to build a long stroke big bore SR500 motor for my sidecar.

It’s been a pretty busy year on the blog. I’m still surprised at how much traffic it generates. Thanxs to those who have provided suggestions and comments (suggestions don’t get published – if your comment also hasn’t, be aware I have read it).

So. In short. From me and mine to you and yours.

Happy New Year. Guten Rutsch ins neue Jahre. Godt nytår. Gelukkig nieuwjaar. Onnellista uutta vuotta. Bonne année. Kia hari te tau hou. Feliz año nuevo. Es guets Nöis …

Be careful what you wish for.

Don’t make any promises you can’t keep.

And. Above all …  Enjoy

Posted December 31, 2013 by xscafe in Uncategorized

XS650: 3   1 comment

Just been reminded. I started blogging here. Today. 3 years ago.

Unbelievable. Where has the time gone?


Posted December 28, 2013 by xscafe in Uncategorized

XS650: 72 XS2 Assembly Manual   Leave a comment

1972  XS2 Assembly Manual.

72 XS2 Assembly Manual


1972  XS2 Assembly Manual.

Posted December 19, 2013 by xscafe in Manual - Assembly

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XS650: WTF?   2 comments

Can you believe this?

ebay item nr 131068858233 … seller: losser0


This is what he has to say …

very rare Yamaha 69 70 71 xs1 head, this is the one with only three bolts on the triangle valve cover over the left side exhaust valve, not a square cover with four nuts but round with three matching the other three valve covers on the engine, this head is in excellent shape, it has been completely torn down chemically cleaned all tolerances checked, the valve guides are in perfect condition,then the valves were lapped and then cleaned again, reassembled and ready to run, does not come with plug in photo,only used to cc combustion chamber after work was complete…. all, and I mean ALL threads are good and has no broken cooling fins, this is a really really hard to find part, and if your looking for one and you found this one you already know that, only a limited production the first few years so there almost imposible to find, much less one a beautiful as this, make offer option is there, but don’t be a NED! im not accepting 3/4 the asking price, thanks for looking and happy rides.

Very rare? … there were 32,069 officially produced

No broken cooling fins? … well I can see 2

broken cooling fin #1 – top left


broken cooling fin #2 – top right


This is an early one – shown by the oil return dams in front of the intake valves – although one of these has been smashed out.

oil return dam – left intake valve – smahed out


WHERE IS THE COVER? This is useless without the cover – see here

No cam. Or rocker gear.

And all for a $750 bargain.  … hmmm – for who?

What the fuck?

This chart is also listed in the ad …

hmmm – what possible good is this without a cam???????????


Who the hell is this?

??Dont be a NED??

Who’s the fucking NED here?

losser? – or is that loser? – or tosser?

Take a walk through the Hall of Shame.

But wait!! Another head. Same seller. Again no cover.

wow – a ported head, no cover – you are wasting your money buying this without a matching numbers cover … same as the one above


It gets worse. Take a good look. It’s the same head in both pictures. Broken top front cooling fins (left and right). Smashed out left intake valve oil dam.

Posted December 11, 2013 by xscafe in Motor - Head

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