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Was raining the other day. Couldnt get out into the garden. Didnt feel like painting the stairwell.

Visited an online auction house. Came home with this ‘Thumper’.


XBR500 2


XBR500 1


1988. 18400 km. 44hp. Single. For far less than a clapped-out SR500. Produced for 4 years, this is the last. With wire spoke wheels. Ungoverned. 3 variations: 44hp(32kw) and 27hp(20kw) – the differences being cam, carb mount and jetting. The 44hp version could also be governed at the throttle, to 34hp(30kw). Dont like cities. Overheating cracks heads. Spark plug to exhaust valve. Check oil regularly!

This morphed 1989 into the GB500.


Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy


Produced for 3 years. ’85 – GB500 TT Clubman, Japan, New Zealand; ’89/’90 – GB500 Clubman, Japan, USA were the main markets. Didnt take in the US and many were ‘grey’ imported into other markets, like Germany. You can pay stupid money for good ones now. Like the SR500 this was also produced as a 400.

There is a secret part of me, deep inside, that always liked these. I remember them, new, on the floor. I had the SRX6. And, well, this was a ‘Honda’.


SRX600 -1JK


Ive never really got into Hondas. A mate back in the 70s had an XL250 that was a good machine.


Honda XL250 Motosport


Good enough for me to ride an SL350 for a while – like this.


SL350 4


These bikes are quite nice to ride. Can wind them right out. The gearing in the XBR is nice but you need to work them. Maybe, Im hooked on the low-down grunt the SR gives.




Had a quick look around. Parts. GB500 optic. Motor is basically the same. Gators, chainguard, side covers, inner/outer rear guard, toolbox, handrail, tail-light, indicators, seat. No original part tree. Found a tail-light here in Germany. Inner/outer guard and handrail in New Zealand. Have a set of indicators and gators. Seat might be a problem – may have to make a base. Sidecover mounts are different – sheet alu, meet creative violence. Toolbox is a luxury.



And the XBR also has one of those button start thingies. Kool eh!

Posted July 13, 2019 by xscafe in Uncategorized

XS1 LH Engine Cover

People – I’m on the search … have almost finished my XS1 engine rebuild … it has taken a long time to find the correct original parts – and the last piece still eludes me

If anyone has an original early model left hand engine cover – for the alternator – with the screw-in clutch adjuster cover and is willing to pass it on I would be very happy


Posted April 29, 2018 by xscafe in Uncategorized

XS650: Happy New Year 2017/2018


Well, I’ve been incommunicado for a good while …

Photobucket fukt me off with their stand-over tactics … ‘pay me for your (up to now, agreed, free) photo storage or lose all contact to third parties’ …  I cant seem to be able to even copy the photos now

 Naya – my contract with wordpress includes enough storage to directly load the photos there – and I’ve slowly been doing just that, some may have noticed more and more posts have their deco back – it’s a shit job, takes a lot of time, and is the third time I’ve had to do it – thankfully my mate Phil backed-up most of 2011-13 or I would have simply walked. All eggs are now in a single basket. Bad luck if they later decide they want (more) money – perhaps at some time I can set-up a donation function, or start merchandising (patches, t-shirts, caps, stickers, etc …). I’ve been trying to avoid that as I am not commercial and have other shit to do

As you read through, let me know if you find links that dont work or anything I have missed

Anyway, I’ve moved. Small village. Large Garage. Now full. Large garden – yes, I know, it’s hard to believe – but – there is life outside XS

Sitting here listening to Jeff Beck and Friends playing Purple Rain – and thinking, this ‘dauerregen – geht mir auf den sack’ .. kinda like living in Vancouver without the beauty

Enough about me … we live in (very) interesting times, multi-d power chess, just how deep is the swamp? Whose pyramid will rule the dust?

I wish you all well.

Keep your heads low.


guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr

Posted December 31, 2017 by xscafe in Uncategorized

XS650: Rocker Shafts   Leave a comment

Been building myself a couple of XS motors lately. 277° and 360°. Have had the blocks together for some time – gearbox and crank, new bearings and seals etc.

Got round to stripping down an old XS1 head the other day. Just to check her out. Actually not too bad, some leakage around the top of the inlet valves, guides ok, valve stems straight. Cam ok. Rockers starting to wear a little. Decided to replace them and the shafts as I had a new set lying around and I have a new cam.

First you need to remove the 4 press fit sleeves that seal the outer-headstuds. You can simply bash these out but I wanted to remove the rockers and the shafts sit pretty tight (unlike the SR500) so I popped the rockerbox in the oven for a while.

The sleeves knock out easily with an 8mm socket.





Then you can get to the rocker shafts. These are tight.The puller I had rustled up for the SR500 wasnt up for the job but still had the longest 6mm thread I had on hand so I simply packed the outside with a socket and an old gearbox bearing and wound the shafts out.





Total time, less than 5 minutes once heated (if you heat use the oven and not a torch – no point in risking warping the box).

Slapped her back into the oven for a few minutes before inserting the new shafts and rockers. Dont forget to blow out the oil galleries first, and lube.

If wanting to reuse remember to bag and label: left/right, inlet/outlet


Posted May 29, 2016 by xscafe in Motor - Head, Uncategorized

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XS650: Full Moon   Leave a comment

Full moon. Tonight. Likely to draw the witch out of those you love.


Posted May 21, 2016 by xscafe in Uncategorized

XS650: Oil Filters   1 comment

Had my hands in a couple of motors last week. An early XS1 that, judging from the bearing seats, has had as hard a life as Keith Richards face. An XS-D that looks pretty clean inside. Both had what look like original filters.


Top: XS-D .. Bottom: XS1 – both showed damage from over-tightening the screws.

Neither gasket had been pre-treated before installation. An SF hammer was required. The gaskets did separate. In half.


Early filter left with full metal jacket. Right: pleated mesh with magnet, right-hand end slightly crushed. Mesh on both sides intact.


Rear: Early filter has no magnets. Mesh is only spot-welded. Later filter has magnets both sides. Mesh is fully cemented. Much more surface area. Mesh is finer.

Early oil flow problems? Filtration issues? Strange the prone corner was never properly reinforced.


Left ends intact.


Fronts. XS1 filter, mesh has started to separate at the spot-welds.

Although I’ve seen much worse both these motors could have benefited from a few more oil changes.

Was pleasantly surprised to see the original XS1 filter here. And that it had survived so much punishment for so long before giving out.

Both engines have obviously been warmed up slowly-the ends are still intact. The mesh separation on the early filter probably derives from crankshaft rotation – from the look of the bearing seats this motor has sung – full throat – louder than Sleazy Joe.
(143.2dB in Hassleholm, Sweden, 2008)

The XS-D filter could make a good emergency reserve. After fitting an end protector. And rechecking each oil change.

Take care of your engines and they will take care of you. These are very much ladies.

Posted February 1, 2016 by xscafe in Motor - Oil, Uncategorized

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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.