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XS650: Fork Lowering   Leave a comment

Some time ago I posted ‘How to lower those Forks‘. Have always had misgivings about this method – it reduces the ammount of fork travel. OK if you dont push your bike.

It is true that our XS650s do suffer from posture. Front is a bit high/rear a bit low.

My blue rat runs an SR500 front drum brake. One of my SR500s runs with an XS650 fork.

Comparing the XS650 and SR500 upper yokes you can see marked differences. And similarities. Fork width and tube diameters are the same. Yoke height isnt. SR500 front sits lower as the yoke is flat.

 

1 .. unpainted SR500 upper yoke – painted XS650 one … (SR500 yoke has been a little modified-handlebar has been solid mounted and instrument cluster mounts have been remove

unpainted SR500 upper yoke – painted XS650 one … (SR500 yoke has been a little modified-handlebar has been solid mounted and instrument cluster mounts have been removed) – apart from that the geometry matches

 

2 .. you can see that the XS650 yoke mounts higher than the SR500 – translates to the fork tubes sitting lower and the front higher

you can see that the XS650 yoke mounts higher than the SR500 – translates to the fork tubes sitting lower and the front higher

 

3 .. here you can see the same – the difference is about 27mm or so

here you can see the same – the difference is about 27mm or so

 

Can definitely gain over an inch (ca 27mm) height change very easily without compromising fork travel.

Posted July 15, 2015 by xscafe in Frame - Forks

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XS650: Pedestrian Slicer   Leave a comment

 

Don’t get confused with a ‘Cheese Cutter’. That nefarious device constructed by Road Engineers to facilitate our safety as road users.

No. I’m old enough to remember when motorcycles had front number plates. Cool things. Can’t imagine why they were removed. Probably something stupid to do with safety.

 

1 .. fine condiment ... from denver, co.

fine condiment … from denver, co.

 

 

Registration was either stamped into the plate or painted on. Some nigggly voice in my head tells me that ‘Trials’ and ‘Street’ applications required different sized font … 1.75″ and 2.5″ respectively.

Shape. Size. Colour. Material. Design. Painted. Stamped. Engraved. Embossed. Perforated. Simply style. ‘Form n Function’.

2 basic types …

  • cast … look good … watch those modern Indian and Chinese knock-offs. Poorer quality. Brittle.

 

 

2 .. polished or chromed cast aluminium

polished or chromed cast aluminium

 

 

Britcycle.com

 

 

3 .. painted on numbers etc

painted on numbers etc

 

4 .. cool oldie

cool oldie

 

 

5 .. Nice

Nice

 

 

6 .. contrasting black

contrasting black

 

 

 

7 .. brass ... ready for shaping

brass … ready for shaping

 

 

  • blade, flat plate  … you’re only limited by your own lack of imagination here.

 

 

8 .. weld-on lugs

weld-on lugs

 

 

BCR. Benjie’s Cafe Racer.

 

 

9 .. from benjis cafe racer

from benjis cafe racer

 

 

10 .. nice fttings

nice fttings

 

 

11 .. in brass too

in brass too

 

 

12 .. Fitting

Fitting

 

 

13 .. Clamps

Clamps

 

 

14 .. blade type

blade type

 

 

British Customs

Domiracer

 

 

15 .. Blade

blade

 

Bellacorse.com

 

16 .. triumph ... no drill

triumph … no drill

 

 

17 .. no drill ... stronger, not so vibration prone

no drill … stronger, not so vibration prone

 

 

NewBonneville No Drill.

 

 

18 .. looks so

looks so

 

 

19 .. blade type ... stamped numbers

blade type … stamped numbers

 

 

… check out Tippers Vintage Plates.

 

 

20 .. more stamped plates

more stamped plates

 

 

21 .. old japanese bicycle ... mt fuji ... brass ... check out the bottle dynamo ''GE Tachometer'' apparently ex Fei Ji

old japanese bicycle … mt fuji … brass … check out the bottle dynamo ”GE Tachometer” apparently ex Fei Ji

 

 

22 .. nice styling

nice styling

 

 

23 .. Steampunk'd

Steampunk’d

 

 

Paradox Cycles.

 

 

24 .. paradox cycles

paradox cycles

 

 

Need to match the curve to the guard. From draggin @ triumphrat. net

 

 

25 .. use curve finder to get the guard profile

use curve finder to get the guard profile

 

 

26 .. make a pattern ... transfer to the slicer

make a pattern … transfer to the slicer

 

 

27 .. add or remove material to fit

add or remove material to fit

 

 

28 .. Sweet

Sweet

 

 

Hard case link.

Hunt around. Ebay. Swap meets. Junk shops. Make your own.

 

 

29 .. and to finish off ... skaere

and to finish off … skaere

 

 

cheese cutter ... dont fuck with them ... NSW petition banner

cheese cutter … dont fuck with them … NSW petition banner

 

 

Imagine looking up to see that strung across your flight-path.