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The apple of my eye

Found on local craig's list for $700.00. Add $400.00 worth of NOS parts, a lot of rubbing with Mother's metal polish and a few passes on the paint with 3M products. I've got about 100 hours worth of detailing in it. Original paint and seat. Bone stock with the exception of hotter coils, better plug wires, caps and Iridium plugs. Oh yeah, bronze swing arm bushings (instead of PLASTIC!) and tapered roller bearings in the steering instead of ball bearings. It's a 1977 650XS with 32K on the clock, first tittled in Kansas and worked it's way west to a doctor in Sierra Vista, AZ. I'm the third and final owner. Runs like a raped ape.

I've got a gold metal flake Fulmer helmet on order with a dark smoke bubble shield, and some black Frye boots.

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Ah, yes! College days revisited. Congrats on the addition, Ron!

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Nothing wrong with being stuck in the 70's! All you need to do now is park it under a classic Farrah Fawcett poster!

Sweet looking ride that is actually barely broken in, if mileage is accurate. Any thoughts on a quality after-market seat?

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Nice bike! I saw one of these on Cannery Row in Monterey Saturday night during MotoGP festivities.

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Nothing wrong with being stuck in the 70's! All you need to do now is park it under a classic Farrah Fawcett poster!

Sweet looking ride that is actually barely broken in, if mileage is accurate. Any thoughts on a quality after-market seat?
I seem to remember back then that I would have rather been parked under Farrah...

HMMMmmmm.... a new seat....

Nah, that would be blasphemy!


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Nice bike! I saw one of these on Cannery Row in Monterey Saturday night during MotoGP festivities.
Funny you mention that - I was seriously considering turning it into one of these and running in vintage class.

My last road racer was a 1970 250 Harley Aermachi "Sprint" factory jobber. Hand made in Italy, they were a very rare bird. I can't believe I sold that bike for a song a few years later - but then again when you're 20 a few hundred bucks is a bonanza.
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Nothing wrong with being stuck in the 70's!
70's? It's the 60's for me...

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Pretty, pretty. One of the great-looking engines in the history of motorcycling.
As I recall, they were supposed to vibrate quite a bit. True?

I learned to ride on a 250cc Harley Sprint back in '67. Only time I've ever ridden a Harley. Of course, real Harley riders deny that this Italian junque was ever a Harley. Still see a fair number of them in vintage racing.
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Pretty, pretty. One of the great-looking engines in the history of motorcycling.
As I recall, they were supposed to vibrate quite a bit. True?

I learned to ride on a 250cc Harley Sprint back in '67. Only time I've ever ridden a Harley. Of course, real Harley riders deny that this Italian junque was ever a Harley. Still see a fair number of them in vintage racing.
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Up until (I'm pretty sure) the '77 model they had terrible handling and would regularly shed parts from the shakes. '77 brought about many small improvements, including rubber isolation mounts on the foot pegs, handlebars, instruments. Larger diameter front forks were a huge help. The new for '77 front single pot (which curiously enough replaced a double pot) disc brake is actually not bad, back then it was considered absolutely spectacular. (I put new pads in, of course...)

Strangely enough I enjoy the pulsations - reminds me that I've got a "real" motorcycle down there. Somewhere along the line the baffles got punched out of the exhaust. That, of course, was the first performance modification that would get done.
A piece of re-bar and a five pound hammer were the preferred tool choices for the home wrench.

It still doesn't shake at a stoplight as much as a 2009 Evo Harley though. Or a Sprint.


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I seem to remember back then that I would have rather been parked under Farrah...
Hey - with the cool Lee Majors stirrup boots, you could have pulled it off!

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Sweet looking ride. My 1976 blue 650xs is still my favorite bike. My younger brother bought it new & I bought it from him a few years later. I rode it year round snow & icy roads and all. The aluminum was grey & the exhaust rusted out the second winter.

I bought a two into one exhaust system changed the sprockets and bought a bunch of carb jets & raced it at detroit dragway. I think I got a k290s dunlop to just fit on the rear.

I don't remember it ever not starting. Some times the electric starter wouldn't work but it didn't matter with the kick starter. Its the most dependable bike i've had. I never did hardly any work on it.

I also had my only wreck on it. After leaving an all day sat. party in Whitmore Lake Mi. I lost it in the s-curves just east of the lake. I sold it to my youngest brother who sold it to his brother-in-law who sold it to his brother-in-law. It still runs.

Enjoy Ron I still wish I had mine.

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A fine example of the "Boneshaker", congrats....
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Sweet looking ride. My 1976 blue 650xs is still my favorite bike. My younger brother bought it new & I bought it from him a few years later. I rode it year round snow & icy roads and all. The aluminum was grey & the exhaust rusted out the second winter.

I bought a two into one exhaust system changed the sprockets and bought bunch of carb jets & raced it at detroit dragway. I think I got a k290s dunlop to just fit on the rear.

I don't remember it ever not starting. Some times the electric starter wouldn't work but it didn't matter with the kick starter. Its the most dependable bike i've had. I never did hardly any work on it.

I also had my only wreck on it. After leaving an all day sat. party in Whitmore Lake Mi. I lost it in the s-curves just east of the lake. I sold it to my youngest brother who sold it to his brother-in-law who sold it to his brother-in-law. It still runs.

Enjoy Ron I still wish I had mine.
I've only had it running for two days - and it is WAY too hot to ride right now - but I already know its going to be a keeper. Perfect for around town jaunts.

Flickable, plenty of torque, and narrow. Modern rubber, progressive springs in the forks and new brakes make it suprisingly controllable. Tomorrow is high speed sweeper day on Mount Lemmon. Yeah baby - 30 miles of cool (literally) mountain twisties 10 miles from my house. It will be 75F on top - and well over 100F on the way back home.

The blue scheme was sweet and the previous style had a much more British look to it!
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Hey - with the cool Lee Majors stirrup boots, you could have pulled it off!
Geez, now he's a geezer selling "Bionic Ear" hearing aids on the tube. Sad, really sad.

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Flickable, plenty of torque, and narrow. Modern rubber, progressive springs in the forks and new brakes make it suprisingly controllable. Tomorrow is high speed sweeper day on Mount Lemmon. Yeah baby - 30 miles of cool (literally) mountain twisties 10 miles from my house. It will be 75F on top - and well over 100F on the way back home.

The blue scheme was sweet and the previous style had a much more British look to it![/QUOTE]
It will handle just fine. Do me a favor don't drink a bunch of Whiskey & Beer before. Thats what caused my only wreck. I never took pictures back then but the blue bike is the one I had.

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[QUOTE=RonKMiller] Tomorrow is high speed sweeper day on Mount Lemmon. Yeah baby - 30 miles of cool (literally) mountain twisties 10 miles from my house. It will be 75F on top - and well over 100F on the way back home.
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Ron. Went through Tuscon back in '74 in July with one of my best friends. Stayed overnight there with his cousin. Next day she took us up on top of Mt. Lemmon. Couldn't believe the difference in heat. 112 down below and @ 78 up on top. Winters here in Illinois suck, but that kind of heat sucks on the other end of the scale.

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Tomorrow is high speed sweeper day on Mount Lemmon. Yeah baby - 30 miles of cool (literally) mountain twisties 10 miles from my house. It will be 75F on top - and well over 100F on the way back home.
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Ron. Went through Tuscon back in '74 in July with one of my best friends. Stayed overnight there with his cousin. Next day she took us up on top of Mt. Lemmon. Couldn't believe the difference in heat. 112 down below and @ 78 up on top. Winters here in Illinois suck, but that kind of heat sucks on the other end of the scale.
Its not all that bad - why - its 78F right NOW! (of course it's only 7:30 am)

Forecast for Saturday and Sunday is 110F. Nice riding weather.

Phoenix will check in at 115F.

Gila Bend at 117F.

Pretty balmy when you consider the all time record high temperature for Arizona was 128F in Lake Havasu City (1990)


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Its not all that bad - why - its 78F right NOW! (of course it's only 7:30 am)

Forecast for Saturday and Sunday is 110F. Nice riding weather.

Phoenix will check in at 115F.

Gila Bend at 117F.

Pretty balmy when you consider the all time record high temperature for Arizona was 128F in Lake Havasu City (1990)
I really miss the Tucson riding. Bought my first BMW from a Mechanic at Ironhorse.
Would love a run up Mt Lemmon right now. Hell I'd be happy with a Kitt Peak run. Too bad the wife was tired of the desert as I could have stayed forever.

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I really miss the Tucson riding. Bought my first BMW from a Mechanic at Ironhorse.
Would love a run up Mt Lemmon right now. Hell I'd be happy with a Kitt Peak run. Too bad the wife was tired of the desert as I could have stayed forever.
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Geez, now he's a geezer selling "Bionic Ear" hearing aids on the tube. Sad, really sad.

Growing old ain't for sissies - OR - the Bionic Man.

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Holy shit, Ron! You just took me back 30 years! Great bike, also!

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Flickable, plenty of torque, and narrow. Modern rubber, progressive springs in the forks and new brakes make it suprisingly controllable.
I had a brand new 1981 XS650 Special II. Most evil handling bike I ever saw. In sweepers that SOB's stamped frame would twist, wobble and start with the tank slappers. It got real evil one day and high sided me over the bars and part way into the next county. I got back on it, even with the bent bars and twisted foot peg and rode it home. Fixed the bastard and sold it back to the dealer. Only reason I rode it as long as I did, it was my first 2 cylinder road bike and I thought they all did that. The top Yamaha dealer couldn't keep the carbs in synch for more than 30 days and had terrible chain snatch even when properly, professionally adjusted. Over 80 mph and you'd think It was trying to jump straight up and fly apart. Hope yours works better for you. If I had that homicidal junk today, I'd shoot it and put it out of my misery.

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