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Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 03-16-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By John
What has always worked for me is to remove one...

What has always worked for me is to remove one caliper from its mount, and the M/C from the handle bar and with the help of an assistant, hold the M/C so that the brake lever is pointing towards the...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 12-26-2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,257
Posted By John
The vacuum advance works only under light load...

The vacuum advance works only under light load conditions, like cruising. Under heavy load, with the throttle opened, the vacuum in the manifold decreases, and the vacuum actually retards a little,...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 12-26-2011, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,009
Posted By John
It's really no hassle at all. Just loosen the...

It's really no hassle at all. Just loosen the sender fitting a couple of turns so it will spin on the sender, then remove the drain plug. An open end wrench works well if someone hasn't put the...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 12-25-2011, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,009
Posted By John
I have an electric Stewart Warner gauge on my Bag...

I have an electric Stewart Warner gauge on my Bag Lady (80 SG). It is installed into the oil drain plug. It was already there when I bought the bike, so I don't know if some one drilled and tapped...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-11-2010, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 993
Posted By John
Middle head gasket? Solo head gaskets aren't seen...

Middle head gasket? Solo head gaskets aren't seen too frequently, but complete engine gasket sets are available on ebay for around $90. I live in Texas, and I painted my engine black many years ago,...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-11-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 874
Posted By John
If the carbs have been cleaned well, and there...

If the carbs have been cleaned well, and there are no gas vapors left, you could use a propane torch to lightly heat the posts around the pin, and the expansion may allow you to tap/pry the posts...
Forum: Members Lounge 09-09-2010, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
Posted By John
Hear, hear!

I do the very same thing. I pull it up over my chin, just to my nose, and I keep the upper part of it in place by pulling it up under the chin strap. I wear a half shell, so I need to keep the shnoz...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-09-2010, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 793
Posted By John
Do a search...I posted that info a while back,...

Do a search...I posted that info a while back, and I also posted the P/N for a sleeve for the crank shaft. You can get them at any seal/bearing supply store or a quality auto parts store can order...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-09-2010, 05:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Posted By John
Maybe check for corrosion in the dimmer switch in...

Maybe check for corrosion in the dimmer switch in the left handlebar controls. Could be heating up and creating high resistance.
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-09-2010, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By John
Try these folks

http://www.motorcycleseatcovers.com/
They are here in my town, and do fine work. I have one of their covers on my bike, and so does Wildkat. Many other members, and some of the former ones, have...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-08-2010, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,128
Posted By John
If you have a reversable drill, chuck it up to...

If you have a reversable drill, chuck it up to the lower end of the cable, and spin it backwards. That is the correct rotation for the cable. It could also be the tabs on the drive that is in the...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-08-2010, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By John
Looks more like an 81 Venturer seat. Is the back...

Looks more like an 81 Venturer seat. Is the back of it enclosed? The front doesn't mate up to the teardrop shape of the Special tank, but it looks like it would mate up to a Standard tank.
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 09-08-2010, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,463
Posted By John
It also helps to cut/grind a notch in the lower...

It also helps to cut/grind a notch in the lower bearing land ( the shoulder that the race contacts inside the steering head) to be able to drive it out next time, should the need arise.
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 08-22-2010, 11:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,986
Posted By John
You could use the stock velocity stacks from the...

You could use the stock velocity stacks from the stock air box, if you have one. They are easy to remove from the airbox.
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 08-22-2010, 11:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,054
Posted By John
Sounds like you need to take the switch housing...

Sounds like you need to take the switch housing off again and test the kill switch. They can look ok, and the knob may move easily, but they can fall apart internally. If you have the tank off, you...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 08-02-2010, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,709
Posted By John
The manufacturers of Kreem recommend acetone. Two...

The manufacturers of Kreem recommend acetone. Two gallons will be enought to clean out an XS tank. Let it sit for a while in one spot then turn it so another area is being soaked, and repeat until...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 07-30-2010, 07:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 796
Posted By John
The early 750's had a CV type of joint at the...

The early 750's had a CV type of joint at the engine end of the drive shaft, so the shaft is a different length. The 850 shaft is not the right length either. Use the 1100's shaft and all will be...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 07-25-2010, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By John
Do a search for carb cleaning posted by Wildkat....

Do a search for carb cleaning posted by Wildkat. It has everything you need to know and it has pics.
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 07-09-2010, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By John
Check the rubbers on your pods. I'd be willing to...

Check the rubbers on your pods. I'd be willing to bet that there is a ridge/shoulder inside the rubbers boots that is blocking the vents and other air inlet orifices. It is a common problem with some...
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 07-09-2010, 03:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,065
Posted By John
If your bike is older than an 80, try bypassing...

If your bike is older than an 80, try bypassing the ballst resistor. The symptoms you described sound like that may be the culprit, if it will run only while cranking it.
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 07-08-2010, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 879
Posted By John
You didn't mention what you did for the bowl...

You didn't mention what you did for the bowl vents when you installed the 79 carbs on the 81 engine. How did you vent them?
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 07-08-2010, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By John
On your carbs, assuming they are the correct ones...

On your carbs, assuming they are the correct ones for a 79, there will be a second set of rubberized T fittings between #1&2, and 3&4 carbs, and they will be above the fuel inlet T fittings between...
Forum: Members Lounge 05-19-2010, 07:39 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,723
Posted By John
Maybe the place will smell like motorcycles again.

Maybe the place will smell like motorcycles again.
Forum: XS11/XJ11 Discussion 04-22-2010, 04:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,854
Posted By John
All this brake discussion make me wonder...

Which brand of brake pads do you use? Castrol or Dunlop? What size...130 x 20w50?;)
Forum: Members Lounge 04-18-2010, 08:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,978
Posted By John
That seat is from an 80-81 Standard, it's not...

That seat is from an 80-81 Standard, it's not from a Special of any vintage.
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