MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

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MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by MartyL » Mon May 06, 2019 12:46 pm

Guys, Just wanted to share a Picture of the engine rebuild on my 1976 Xs650C. I've owned this bike since new when I was 17 yrs. Old. New gaskets, seals pistons, rings, cam chain, Tires... Getting rebuilt by an absolute master on these bikes. I waited two yrs. for him to be able to get to my bike. Its getting exciting....
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by Niteblues » Mon May 06, 2019 1:36 pm

Nice!
...when he is finished with the rebuild...can I have it?
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by CamaroEric » Mon May 06, 2019 2:06 pm

Cool, my first bike was an 81 XJ. Totally different but those old Yamahas are fun.
Don't see many of the XS's not chopped up these days.
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by MartyL » Mon May 06, 2019 2:29 pm

The Engine overall was in very good shape. What was in need of replacement was the gaskets and seals. Just plain old. I'm also going from a points ignition system to electronic ignition and from a carbon brush stator charging system to a modern permanent Magnet charging system.
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by tgtrotter » Mon May 06, 2019 6:08 pm

Marty,

N.I.C.E.

XS 650s were a family staple for a while.

When I was 12 yrs old I got to ride my brothers 1971 XS b1 if I could kick start it. That I could do but couldn't reach the ground with my feet so he let me take off from the curb . It was a preplanned 5 block jaunt and when I returned I was so mesmerized I forgot to pull to the curb . He ran out in the street and tossed me off to save the bike. That bike went through 3 brothers but not me.
In 1980-81 I had a 1974 or 72 factory chopper. I blew up the motor and put my other Brothers 1979 engine in since he had totaled his. The insurance never came for the bike. He broke his leg, compound fracture and has never ridden since.

That is so cool you have your bike from age 17. XS 650s are epic bikes in my book. Before my wife made me buy a Ural I had a SOA tub and looked at 650s for a tug, but it never happened.

Those Akront rims are so classic. Apology for babbling. I can reminisce about 650s a while. All I can say is good choice. Nice !
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by LRP » Tue May 07, 2019 1:31 pm

Kudos for you, Marty. Not many guys have the same bike since age 17!
Good to see you are going in "XS".

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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by MartyL » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:32 pm

She’s back home! Running strong! :clap:
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by tgtrotter » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:32 pm

:boogie: Enjoy :cheers:
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by MartyL » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:29 pm

Here I am @ 17 yrs. old with her...
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by rivers » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:31 pm

Marty, congrats on the freshening-up! The XS' were great bikes. Essentially Bonevilles that didn't leak. :)
Sooo glad you didn't molest it into a cafe, bobber or silly street fighter wannabe. Yam got it right from day one. :thumbsup:
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by S 854 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:54 pm

Lessee... 17 years old in 1976 makes you...uh...

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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by MartyL » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:46 pm

Sunday ride. Did about 200 miles. She does great in the turns. Fun bike!
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by Peter Pan » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:09 pm

Congratulations Martyl. Not many are able to count on their first bike as ride.

Cuote from Tgtrotter: "That bike went through 3 brothers but not me."
That was a good joke. You better should have looked for that curb to stop... your brother seems to have a good memory and took revange.
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by rebelrider » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:10 pm

Nice! Glad to see it's back on the road.
I just got an 80 SR500 fixer-upper. I guess I should make a thread about it. :)
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Re: MartyL's Yamaha 1976 XS650C

Post by sKiZo » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:33 pm

Great machines.

Here's what I was riding back then (excuse the zoot suit, my modder days, eh)

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Here's the one that killed me a couple years ago. (I got better - it didn't)

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