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XS650: Ads 80, 81 and 82   2 comments



1 .. patch

patch .. when you know how they’re built … the proverbial ‘brick shit house’



2 .. 1980 2 page spread

1980 2 page spread




3 .. 1980 ad lhs

1980 Special ad lhs



4 .. 1980 ad rhs

1980 ad rhs



6 .. ad 80

ad 80



7 .. Yamaha belt buckle

Yamaha belt buckle



1981 Special II ad … US magazine

1982 US Custom/XS650SE ad from a British magazine … ??wonder what she looks like now??




10 .. Yamaha 650 Heritage ad from Playboy

Yamaha 650 Heritage ad from Playboy




82 .. US magazine

Posted January 27, 2013 by xscafe in Manaul - Literature, XS Pics

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XS650: 78 Service News   Leave a comment

Found my 78 book. These are the relevant pages.

 … will create and upload as pdf …

Posted November 2, 2012 by xscafe in Manual - Service/Parts News

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XS650: 78 XS E/SE Wiring   Leave a comment


  • VW Beetle ceases production. After nearly 30 years. 20 million cars
  • World-wide. Unemployment rises after several decades of near full employment
  • Gold reaches an all time high … $200.00 per ounce
  • Japanese Cars  account for half the US import market. The energy crisis/rising fuel prices fueling demand for economy cars
  • Sweden becomes the first nation to ban Aerosol cans. Ozone layer killers
  • Serial killer David Berkowitz.”Son of Sam”. Sentenced .. 25 to life
  • Amoco Cadiz. Oil tanker. Runs aground March 16th. Brittany coast .. Ecologically disasterous slick. 18 miles wide. 80 miles long. Covering about 200 miles (320 km) of Brittany coastline
  • Cult leader Jim Jones. Guyana. Instructs 400 members of his church, “People’s Temple”, to commit suicide
  • Worlds Population. Estimated at 4.4 billion
  • First Test Tube Baby. Louise Brown. Born in England
  • Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System
  • Jimmy Carter,  Helmut Schmidt, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Pierre Trudeau,  Malcolm Fraser… a fine bunch of rogues
  • Saturday Night Fever, Grease, JawsII, The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters …

XS-E Cable Routing .. lhs

… increase size? …  Click image – up to 2 x

XS E Cable Routing … rhs

78 XS E Wiring

78 XS SE Cable Routing .. lhs

78 XS SE Cable Routing … rhs

78 XS SE Wiring

78 XS SE Wiring Key

Posted March 14, 2012 by xscafe in Elec - diagram

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XS650: 77 Service News   Leave a comment

General and XS650 specific bulletins from 1977.

Gearbox splines, EPA.

M7-008 … general set-up check list

M7-014 … 77 XS650D technical publications

M7-017-1 … handlebar switch knob replacements 76 77

M7-017-2 …handlebar switch knob replacements 76 77

M7-019 … 77 engine/frame numbers

M7-023-1 … changes to splining of transmission gears and axles

M7-023-2 … changes to splining of transmission gears and axles

M7-030 … DID50HDS drive chain and master link

M7-033 … cam shaft sprocket systems

M7-042 … XS650E 78 service data

M7-052-1 … drive chain and master link

M7-052-2 … master chain and link

M7-067 … dealer setup and predelivery check list

M7-069-1 … introduction to EPA

M7-069-2 … introduction to EPA

M7-069-3 … introduction to EPA

M7-070 … 78 XS650E engine / frame numbers

M7-071 … XS650SE 78 service data

M7-075-1 … new battery service and maintenance

M7-075-2 … new battery service and maintenance


 … will create and upload as pdf …

Posted September 2, 2011 by xscafe in Manual - Service/Parts News

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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.

Now in English.


hj pahl english xs650

… English version, 2017 …


… 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.


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