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Here's my Yamaha XJ650 project

Post  Kenneth on Sun 30 Jan - 20:40

This is what I made so far:


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Yamaha XJ 650

Post  Hank on Sun 30 Jan - 22:40

Hallo Kenneth,
Nice project, only two things. When jou look at the bike, you can see that the front is to high and the headlamp is to big.
My advise a smaller headlamp and loosen the frontfork holders and put the forklegs a few centimeters up in the jokes,
Hope you can do something with this,
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Post  TinTin on Sun 30 Jan - 22:41

nice job! almost ready for the road
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Re: Here's my Yamaha XJ650 project

Post  Kenneth on Mon 31 Jan - 0:19

Hank wrote:Hallo Kenneth,
Nice project, only two things. When jou look at the bike, you can see that the front is to high and the headlamp is to big.
My advise a smaller headlamp and loosen the frontfork holders and put the forklegs a few centimeters up in the jokes,
Hope you can do something with this,
Hank ( Hanx Triple )

Thanks for the tip Hank!

I'm searching for a smaller headlamp, when found and mounted, I will show asap. The front has indeed to be lowered a few centimeters.

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Post  Jimi on Tue 1 Feb - 0:03

very nice! It is stock frame in your bike or You transformed it? I also think about this model of Yamaha, it has got very nice engine, almost trouble-free.
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Post  Kenneth on Tue 1 Feb - 22:57

Jimi wrote:very nice! It is stock frame in your bike or You transformed it? I also think about this model of Yamaha, it has got very nice engine, almost trouble-free.

Hi Jimi,

Thanx. It is a stock frame, only modification is the rear end. It is shortened 5cm to get the polyester seat on it. I lowered the front today a few cm, and it is looking even better now. This bike has indeed a trouble free engine, and are very affordable if you want to buy something for a makeover.

Grtz, Kenneth
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Post  kornfed on Wed 2 Feb - 1:04

Nice low budget project.
I agree whith Hank lower the front a bit and a smaller headlight.
I would also shorten the exhaust a bit just by cutting of the last part and place a megaton endcap on it.

Hre's a example for what I mean whith the exhaust:
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Post  4carbs4cylinders on Sun 6 Feb - 20:39

Nice bike. I think it would look even better with the wheels, side cover and maybe exhaust all in black. More importantly, I think I know why it won't start. You forgot to put the carbs on.

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Post  Kenneth on Tue 8 Feb - 0:06

4carbs4cylinders wrote:Nice bike. I think it would look even better with the wheels, side cover and maybe exhaust all in black. More importantly, I think I know why it won't start. You forgot to put the carbs on.

Brian

Hi Brian,

True, the carbs aren't ready yet. They need some love and affection before they are ready to go... About the weels and exhaust: I'm not shure about painting them black, I don't want it to be completely black, a few highlights will give that tiny extra. Will post new pics in a few days!

Grtz! Kenneth
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update pics

Post  Kenneth on Tue 26 Apr - 20:56


caferacer by justthebeginning, on Flickr



caferacer by justthebeginning, on Flickr



caferacer by justthebeginning, on Flickr



caferacer by justthebeginning, on Flickr



caferacer by justthebeginning, on Flickr


Comments are welcome:

I did change the ace bar to clip-ons, lowered the front a little.
Carbs are being refurbished, will be mounted in a few days...
If someone has hints how to finish this black devil of with some pinstriping or stickering, please let me know...
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Post  manx8valvetriton on Tue 3 May - 23:14

Hi Kenneth,


IMHO

Black the fork legs, rear hub and mirror finish the rims

Then take it outside and give it a damn good thrashing!

Great looking bike

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Post  Toecutter on Fri 6 May - 23:57

Its already a fast cafe if u ask me. But, never get rid of that Marshall exhaust!

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Post  Kenneth on Sat 7 May - 10:14

Hey Toecutter,

That Marshall stays wher it is!!! On my bike.... I made my maidentrip yesterday evening, the bike is great! Sounds nice, loud, and is quite fast, I was a bit surprised. To do list now: fixing front brakeline ( leak), mounting blinkers, changing starter relais ( did the job till yesterday, damn!!!) and then: riding the iron!

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Post  Toecutter on Sun 8 May - 8:40

Kenneth wrote:Hey Toecutter,

That Marshall stays wher it is!!! On my bike.... I made my maidentrip yesterday evening, the bike is great! Sounds nice, loud, and is quite fast, I was a bit surprised. To do list now: fixing front brakeline ( leak), mounting blinkers, changing starter relais ( did the job till yesterday, damn!!!) and then: riding the iron!

See ya!

Im sure it was a fun little trip , wih this weather and a café :)

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Re: Here's my Yamaha XJ650 project

Post  Kenneth on Sat 28 May - 20:05

The job is done!!! Today I fixed the last hickups on the bike: starting problem solved, airfilters are arrived and mounted, carbs synchronised, the leak at the brakecircuit is fixed. Finally.

So in three weeks we head to Botropp in Germany for visiting Kustom Kulture! That was the target, and I made it.

I will post some pics later, when the cleaning and polishing is done.

See ya!

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Post  pantah on Sat 28 May - 22:19

Can't you lower the fork legs just a bit by letting them pass through the upper stern? It sure would give the bike a thougher look.

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