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Old 10-19-2013, 03:16 AM
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Just joined the forum a week ago, figured I'd post some pictures of my bike to start things off.

Custom 1980 Yamaha XS1100 Special.

This bike was pulled out of a lockup yard in the South Phoenix area in the late 90's by one of my Dad's employees. Nate, the guy who find this bike and three others, discovered these bikes sitting in a lockup yard, along the back side of a small repair shop in South Phoenix. These bikes had sat there from quite some time, and had been getting bathed by employees of the auto shop with used oil and coolant from their customers vehicles. When this very bike was pulled out behind 5 other bikes that were leaned up against it, it had taken most of the abuse. It's believed to have sat in the lot for nearly 20 years and had shown it. The whole bike was covered in oil and dirt, to the point where you could not even see the top of the valve cover or sides of the cooling fins on the head. Nate saved 3 XS11s and a Sportster for the price of $500 and sold one of the XS11s for $500 before even leaving the lot. A couple hours later, he showed up in our driveway in Cottonwood, Arizona (approx. 90 minutes north of Phoenix) with this XS, another and a Sporster wedged in the bed of his truck. He asked my Dad, Jim, if he wanted the black XS, since Nate had plans to keep the green full dresser XS and the Sporty. My Dad had no idea what he was going to do with it, since he had only liked Harleys. My Dad told him he would take it, and not too soon before my Mom came out and told them to take it back to the junkyard. The bike ended up staying and after 2 weeks of cleaning and hard work, the bike was running. Soon after, my Dad was given a pair of fiberglass Harley style fenders by Jeff Seiser, former owner of Deliverance Custom Cycle in Sedona, AZ, and after many pain staking hours, they were mounted on the bike. After a few trips to Bob's Cycle Salvage in Phoenix and after a custom seat was made for the bike, it was on the road for the first time in nearly 20 years. Jeff from Deliverance told my Dad when he gave him the fenders that it would never work. And one day he dropped by the shop that my Dad used to manage in Sedona and couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a primer grey XS11 with Harley fenders sitting in the driveway. His exact words were "That's pretty damn sad." My Dad replied, "What is?" Jeff said, "That's pretty damn sad that Harley-Davidson fenders fit better on a rice grinder than they do on a Harley." While the bike was all in primer, with the seat done in black leather, it got a lot more attention than expected. But then the day came to paint it. The "tins" were taken to John Brown at Red Rock Collision in Sedona and were sprayed, airbrushed and striped with color. After the front fender was painted twice (scratched it while installing it the first time), the bike was finally reassembled. After changing the fuel lines the day before it's first scheduled showing, the tank was pulled off to fix a fuel valve leak. Soon after it met the concrete after slipping out of my Dad's hands. Luckily when it hit, it bounced and my Dad caught it before it hit again and scratched the whole thing. After throwing some things and cussing like a sailor, the bike was still reassembled and taken to the Poker Run/Bike Show the next day at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, AZ. It wasn't entered in the show, but still got lots of attention. Soon after, the bike was put on the back burner due to my Dad getting sick and have a stroke. We ended up moving south and ended up just east of Phoenix. Since the bike has gone through phases of getting touched and of sitting since my Dad can no longer ride it. Recently, I've decided that I want to put up for sale, to buy a project that my Dad and I can both enjoy, and I have started tk knock the dust off of it and have chosen to get it running good and road worthy. I'm still in the process of it, however, it does not need much to be back in the wind. A new battery, new plugs, fluid

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Old 10-19-2013, 03:47 AM
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good story, your pic didn't work though. Wish you luck with selling it or keeping it whichever you decide.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:54 AM
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:39 AM
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:47 AM
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good story, your pic didn't work though. Wish you luck with selling it or keeping it whichever you decide.
Thanks man. It's up for sale right now. Depending on how long it lasts, I may end up getting road worthy and ride it around for a bit to get it out there and seen.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:22 PM
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:31 PM
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- - - It's up for sale right now. Depending on how long it lasts, I may end up getting road worthy and ride it around for a bit to get it out there and seen.
Hi Chaz,
even as top of the line as that bike is I doubt you'll see much above 2 grand for it.
You keep that bike and ride it, square headlamp and all, that's a far better deal.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:41 AM
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That's one of the nicest XS11 customs I've seen. Well thought out, very nicely detailed.

Unfortunately, I doubt if it will fetch a price equal to the time/money put into it unless you find just the 'right' buyer.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:23 PM
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Hi Chaz,
even as top of the line as that bike is I doubt you'll see much above 2 grand for it.
You keep that bike and ride it, square headlamp and all, that's a far better deal.
I've already had an offer for $5k as it sits, with it needing a new battery and minor work to run and be road worthy.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:36 PM
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That's one of the nicest XS11 customs I've seen. Well thought out, very nicely detailed.

Unfortunately, I doubt if it will fetch a price equal to the time/money put into it unless you find just the 'right' buyer.
Thanks. Yeah, I'm expecting to get what's put into it, back out of it. But I think I can at least get enough out of it to obtain another decent project.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:20 PM
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I've already had an offer for $5k as it sits, with it needing a new battery and minor work to run and be road worthy.
Find that person again and take it!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:00 AM
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Where did ya get the headlight?
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:18 AM
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Really like it, Its Schweet!! Too bad more people dont customize the "off" brands. I love Harley's, but I love them all, they all have something to offer. Cant wait to get my Venturer on the road!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:38 AM
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All thought the colors are not what I would choose, the paint work does look nice. The seat color and matching the tail light case to it does not fit with my taste, but it ain't my bike. I have seen those Harley fenders fitted to more than a few XS11s over the years. I am sure it was not a simple bolt on though.

From a technical standpoint, its a stock XS11 Special with cut up exhaust, no baffles. That right there kills the pricing for me. A good condition exhaust for these bikes is rare as hens teeth, and expensive, sometimes more than the bike itself is worth.

As always, that bike is worth the price where the highest the buyer is willing to pay and the lowest the seller is willing to take collide. I wish you the best in getting a price that meets your needs.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:47 PM
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Precisely what I want to do to my 1100e. I have the rear fender on but I can't locate a front fender. I would prefer a full front fender like from a bagger, Gold Wing or Venture but I can't find one to fit between the forks so I may have to settle for a custom. If you look at my signature you can tell that I'm not a purist so I must compliment you on that color also. Good luck selling it, if you don't decide to keep it after some saddle time.
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