Archive for January 2016

XS650: Rocker Shaft Removal   Leave a comment

Have been cleaning up a couple of SR500 heads. Ready for porting, new valves and rocker shaft bushing. Needed to remove the shafts. Rooted around in the odds’n’sods bin.

  • 2 x pieces 6mm threaded rod
  • 1 x long open ended 6mm joiner
  • 2 x 6mm nuts
  • 1 x 6mm dome nut
  • 12 x large 6.5mm washers
  • 1 x piece duct tape

5 minutes. No cutting. A perfectly good 6mm slide hammer.


Screw into the rocker shaft. Off you go.


Same principle for the XS.


XS650: 2016   Leave a comment

That time of year has come again. And been. Until next time.

We trust you have embraced the new year. For some it wont be so good. Others will fare better. In the main however, you make a good part of your own luck.

I intend to quit the SR500 sidecar. Kool. But. Too small. And the XS650 sidecar is there. Should be enough stuff lying around to build a legal SR500 cafe racer. 78 frame n motor. Make some space – give me a reason to finally use the trick stuff I have lying around. Consolidate the ever growing parts collection. XStra never XSive.

The garden was good to me last year. Worried. Winter hasn’t come. The fruit trees are already beginning to bud. Too early. Too warm. The coming frosts will wreck no end of damage. All I’m doing is ruining good winter tyres. And I love playing in the snow.

Take pleasure in your projects as they evolve. Set directions rather than goals. Be open to the experiences your journey will confront you with.

So. All the best to you all. Thanxs for reading . And commenting.

Enjoy …

Posted January 2, 2016 by xscafe in Uncategorized