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XS650: XS650D Canada Parts List   Leave a comment

XS650D Canada Parts Manual

XS650D Canada Parts List


XS650D Canada Parts Manual


Posted October 6, 2014 by xscafe in Manual - Parts

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XS650: Patches   Leave a comment

My wife reckons I’m entering my second childhood. Secretly I know I never left the first. Life has been one endless playtime. Maybe I’ve just been lucky. I’ve been paid to travel the world and work in many different places and countries. Until I got married (at over 40 years old) I’d never stayed in one place for more than 2 years since I was 17.

I belong to the Australian XS650 Club. When you join you are given a club t-shirt and a small sew on patch.

sew on club patch ca 85mm dia and t-shirt front logo


club t-shirt rear logo


If you’re caught on a club outing or as a club representative without one of these you have the choice, beers all round or the naked dash.

To cut a short story long, I went to the 40th birthday celebration of our beloved XS650 a couple of years ago. Of course, I wore my t-shirt and made the effort of sewing the patch onto one of my vests.

I had found one of these on ebay too. So it got sewn on as well.


engine patch ca 100mm dia


At the event I was kindly given one of these from the Wuppertal/Ruhr Stammtisch, the event organisers.


Wupper Ruhr Stammtisch patch ca 90mm wide


Since then I have gathered several others.

Nederland XS650 Club.


Netherlands XS650 Club patch ca 85mm dia


 Danish XS650 Club.


Danish XS650 Club patch ca 85mm dia


 XS Racing Club, France.


XS Racing Club, France ca 60 x 40mm


And from Lowbrow Customs these 2.



Lowbrow Customs ca 75mm long


Lowbrow Customs ca 85mm wide…I contacted them asking if they would make a matching patch from the lhs…a definite NO!


And of course this take-off.




And this oldie from way back.

rather large.. ca 200 x 120mm … apparently also available in a smaller size too


from the heady 70’s … there is also a bigger one – around 7″

I have some other XS650 related patches somewhere. No photo yet.

Also some other generic Yamaha patches etc that I have sewn onto my vest as well.


vest – front


vest – rear


This project isn’t finished yet. As you can probably see. Funny thing is, since I started sewing these things on after the XS650 40th Birthday Bash I’ve never worn it. My son does. Under my protest.

If anyone is interested the vest is from Carhartt. US brand work clothing I was using in the Yukon. Pretty warm.

If you know of any other patches let me know. Or send me one.

Posted September 1, 2011 by xscafe in Forums, Frame - Design, XS Pics

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XS650: Vesco Twin 650 Streamliner   Leave a comment

A fine photo-essay. Rebuilt Vesco Streamliner. From The Motorcyclist Cafe. Hattip Jason.


Vesco Streamliner .. Twin XS650 Supercharged


on the move


brother-in-law Scott Foster and brother Chuck pushing streamliner off the starting line


Kent and Dusty … and baby


Rick Vesco had his ‘summer of ’69 too. Built this liner. Used Yamaha’s new fangeled 4 stroke twin motors…. tuned mildly for the ‘Pepco’ superchargers. Raced into the seventy’s. Crashed and may never haved raced again. Top speed around the high 170’s or 180’s…….not bad for two little 650 motors (stock: about 30 horse .. Supercharged: not more than 130-140 horse)

Builder Rick Vesco explains, “My brother Don was a Yamaha dealer and had been racing the 350cc Yamaha two-strokes at Bonneville. One problem with the two-strokes was that they didn’t have much torque, so when the overhead-cam four-stroke came out in 1969, I thought that two of these, supercharged might provide the kind of power we needed.”

The streamliner was campaigned only one season. Crashed in 1970 at over 175 mph. A short wheelbase +  no stabilizing fin = insability. Vesco said something about incorrect tyre selection.

“I had no money to put a lot of work into it, so we never rebuilt it or ran it again.”

Apparently Rick and brother Don had Yamaha dealerships. May have been indirect factory support.


engine side plate and supercharger drive mount


mounted and wired




looking like business


Kent Riches from Airtech  bought the derelict streamliner for $1,500 from Bonneville veteran Ron Secor in 2001.

“It was mostly just the chassis. Most of the body panels were gone, but Secor actually had the original molds. The engines and engine plates were missing also.”

‘Rick Vesco still had the engines. Don Vesco had the plates. One blower was missing, but was acquired from a man who had bought it from Vesco in 1974’.

Kent made new body panels and restored the machine to better-than-new condition.

Prepared for display, not racing.

He’s also involved in e-drag.

December 2010, collector John Parham displayed the vintage liner at the National Motorcycle Museum.


1 way pass of 179.084 mph


Riches-Nelson Racing and Southern Utah University (SUU) teaming up to create a 300 mph electric motorcycle.

Paul Thede and Lightning Motorcycles SuperBike, the first electric-powered motorcycle to break the 200 mph barrier.


Paul Thede and Lightning Motorcycles SuperBike, the first electric-powered motorcycle to break the 200 mph barrier


Lightning Motorcycles. 206.079 mph. Bonneville Salt Flats. Utah. Sunday, August 14. 2011. Smashed the previous Riches/Nelson E-bike LSR  (176.434 mph on the Airtech Lightning Bolt streamliner) . Heavily faired. Traditional sit-on design.  Previous best, 173.388 mph (2010 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials).


300-mph barrier buster. Yamaha Silverbird, Don Vesco. Two Yamaha TZ750 engines @ 240 hp, the Silverbird LSR, 302.928 mph


August 28, 1978. Don Vesco averaged 318.598 mph on Lightning Bolt. 21-foot streamliner. Two 1016cc turbo’d Kawasaki KZ1000 engines. Speed eluded him for weeks. Scored some high speed gears and clutch parts salvaged from World War II aircraft at neighboring Wendover Airforce Base. Inside 4 days they’d pushed the streamliner to two record-breaking runs. 315.441 and 318.598. mph. Stood nearly 12 years.


Don Vesco. Current custodian of the ‘Wheel Driven Labd Speed Record’ at 458.196 mph over 1 km … 470.444 mph over 1 mile. RIP.


the turbinator … lsr: 458.196 mph/1 km … vesco rulz


 Riches/Nelson E-bike LSR  (176.434 mph)… Lightning Bolt: Streamliner


XS650: Shell Service Guide   Leave a comment

Shell Marketing getting in on the action. 11/75.


shell service guide


XS500 … XS650


XS650 shell service guide

XS650: Manuals   Leave a comment

When I first started playing with these ladies I went out and bought myself a manual – Haynes. Made my eyes sore. Print far too fine. Badly printed on paper so absorbant, it spread. Cheap n nasty.

I have others.  Clymer, Chilton, Clinton, some in Dutch, some German. None  particularly good. Many not even coming close.  I like manuals – Basics aren’t a problem –  Every machine has its idiosyncracies tho’.  I know I do (and no manual).


… … HaJo Pahl … vibrates even in print


In truth I guess the best manual I’ve found isn’t accessible in english.  Luckily I read German. HaJo Pahl on the XS650 motor:  ‘Der XS650 Motor-Aufbau und Funktion’ . Explains the components as functioning entities. Details the weaknesses and wear points. I translated most of this book for myself, and even spoken to him about publishing an English version but he didnt see the advantage. Schade. Accessible online. In German. Reading only – great pictures.


… XS1 – It all started here


Over the years I’ve assembled a collection of original Yamaha Manuals, Supplementary Manuals and Information Booklets. Superior. Mostly great printing. Better quality pictures. Original US versions  are for me better – in English – A4 format.

European versions are in 3 languages. Lower quality reproduction. Smaller.

No preference. I like the last. XS650SJ-SK.


… XS650SJ/SK – the last XS models


Or go here to Yamaha. You can order the original manuals new. How’s that?

The German XS650 site has accessible online a manual for XS650E including later supplements – in english…also found at knucklebuster or


… XS1, XS2, TX650, TX650A Service Manual 1970-74

… XS650B Service Manual 1975

… XS650E Service Manual plus Supplements

… XS650SJ/K Service Manual

Some Parts Manual breakdowns.


More Parts Manuals:












Yamaha Parts also has many parts manuals online..scroll down in the left bar to XS/TX 650 Manuals

XS650: Hello world!   Leave a comment

You may ask ‘Why an XS650 ?’, I did once. In 1974.

I was working a holiday job at W H Bond, tinmakers. The young journeyman toolmaker had a new Yamaha TX650, his pride and joy. He was busy fabricating parts for her, customising, making her his. Putting his soul into the job. And doing a tasty job.

I was driving a Morris 1000 and coming to grips with my Suzuki RL250 trials bike. This is an interesting riding style-time, balance, body-bike coordination and an eye for a route-great skills building. Having grown up with british bikes the jap-crap metal coming out of the rising sun was definitely a paradigm change.

First bike was dragged out of the old barn when I was 13, an ES2 Norton 500 single. It had belonged to a family member who hadn’t returned from Europe in 1945. He was one of the few men of that generation the family had left, the ‘Great War’ had wrecked a heavy toll on the family manhood and left many woman unable to find husbands. Against family will he went and afterwards the pain was so great no-one talked about it until I discovered the dreams of my teenage fantasies hidden under layers of accumulated farmyard crap. Had I known the depth of memories this would stir-up I would still have done it. I scored it on the condition I restored it AND didn’t ride her until I got my drivers license. Yeah, right.

I developed a taste for large displacement british singles and parallel twins. My first attempts at trials riding were on Matchless 350’s. I have dabbled in 2 strokes, larger cruisers but my heart comes back to the ‘thumpers’. Although most of the brits I’ve owned over the years sit quietly in the shed alongside some of the more exotic Ducati’s, Guzzi’s etc I’ve picked up on the way, my daily rides are my XS650’s, an SR500 and an SRX600. I love these bikes with a passion shared only for 1 other machine, but that’s another story.

It has been interesting watching the resurgence in interest in the XS650. She has proven herself to be a strong, reliable bike and this is being recognised in rising cult status, current customising trends and a wide availability of parts. These machines will be seen on our streets for many years to come. This Japanese Lady is most definitely not crap.

Posted December 28, 2010 by xscafe in General

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