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Old 04-29-2020, 07:43 PM
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how old is everyone?

I wanted to make a poll but don't know how, maybe don't have the permissions for it.

A poll like, 20-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80.

Anyway, was just curious. Maybe a little story about how you found the XS1100 and what drew you into it.

I'm 34 and got mine 10 years ago. Was something, was on hard times and it's honestly what got me through it. Made a few videos on youtube about the love of riding it even.

Well, I'm in the position to throw my exhaust back on and sync the carbs. That's where I am at. If I trust it, then head out to the CO meetup. I have now this, and will do my best with it. Before I was using a single vacuum gauge and it was killing me. I also made the mistake of making too many changes to the carbs and using ****ty aftermarket carb parts. Could never get it running right. I will though.
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Old 04-30-2020, 10:08 AM
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36 years old, got an XS11 because at 6'4" all the CB750s my friends had were too small for my long legs.
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Old 04-30-2020, 11:26 AM
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63 years old.

I was riding a 73' RD350 when I got married and moved into an apartment. When my mom sold her house, my Father-In-Law let me store my bike in his garage. Seeing the bike sitting there every day, he decided he wanted to "learn" to ride; so he bought this XS11 from someone he worked with.

The XS had been sitting for a while so I did some work on it for him to get it on the road. He was so grateful that he gave me one of his keys and told me I could take it out anytime I wanted.

Anyway, he NEVER rode before, and the XS was just too big of a bike to learn how to ride on. He never got it out of his Driveway and after a year I guess he gave up. So one day when I got home from work, my wife handed me the title and said "Here, Go Register Your Bike!" (yup; she bought it from him for me). Its been mine ever since ..... that happened in 1986!
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Old 04-30-2020, 02:52 PM
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Hi thebottle,
simple answer: Many in their 50's most of us are in our 60's some in their 70's and even a few in their 80's

There are a few who have owned their XS11's from new

Not many 24 year olds of today are interested in the labour of love an old bike requires. With hardly any shops left that even know what a carburettor is let alone willing to work on them.

We are glad to have you and the few young ones join in the fun of being XSive.

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Old 04-30-2020, 02:57 PM
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68, and bought Venturer new spring of 1981, and still have it. It also still has the Vetter sound system housing with an upgraded Alpine 200watt AM/FM/CD player 'pushing' Polk all-weather 200watt speakers. As most here well know, not riding anymore as a result of my herendous T-bone accident June 5yrs. ago while on my 92 Honda ST1100, which was totaled(as was I). Still vertical and walking, which was a merical in itself. (yep, spelling sucks too). Bought it at the time cause no other bike on the road at that time could even touch it acceleration-wise, fully loaded and riding two-up across country!!!
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Old 04-30-2020, 03:34 PM
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Just a kid at 61.
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Old 04-30-2020, 04:45 PM
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Young pup at 52 in a week. Sold my SG a few years ago, at 6'11" my legs were folded up on it.
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Old 04-30-2020, 04:53 PM
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TC is tall as well. He put some forward controls on Godzilla.
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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

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80 SG Ol' Okie;79 engine & carbs w/pods, 45 pilots, 140 mains, Custom Mac 4 into 2 exhaust, ACCT,XS850 final drive,110/90/19 front tire,TKat fork brace, XS750 140 MPH speedometer, Vetter IV fairing, aftermarket hard bags and trunk, LG high back seat, XJ rear shocks.

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Old 04-30-2020, 04:54 PM
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I recall he had the forks bent in an accident and kept then that way for some reason related to his height?
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Old 04-30-2020, 05:11 PM
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Not the forks, the steering head. Reduced the trail by a few inches but has over length fork tubes so it kinda made up the difference.

He has an automotive alternator setup on there too. Plenty of power there but it looks a little bulky.

I think he's just a little shorter than you. Stubby.
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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

― Albert Einstein

80 SG Ol' Okie;79 engine & carbs w/pods, 45 pilots, 140 mains, Custom Mac 4 into 2 exhaust, ACCT,XS850 final drive,110/90/19 front tire,TKat fork brace, XS750 140 MPH speedometer, Vetter IV fairing, aftermarket hard bags and trunk, LG high back seat, XJ rear shocks.

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Old 04-30-2020, 05:25 PM
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Yeah, stubby. Lol.
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Old 04-30-2020, 09:35 PM
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I'm 64, and 6'4".When the guy who sold me his RD400 offered to sell me his XS1100 F, I took it. It had 7,000 original miles on it in 2009. I sold it ( like a dang fool), due to stupidity. Then a couple years later, I bought another F with 27,000 miles on it. It's been a real reliable bike, and it's very stock. With this shelter in place, I've done a bit of maintenance on it ( lube cables, lube splines, etc.) As soon as it gets above 40* in N. MI, I'll ride it!
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Old 05-01-2020, 04:16 AM
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Old 05-01-2020, 01:25 PM
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64, started with minibikes back in the early 60's, then yam dirt bikes, then yam enduros, first real street bike was a 79 honda cx500 900.00 out the door new, then a progression, yam 500,650,750, 850, xs1100, xj1100, Roo's Kaw 1500,,,,bought the xj1100 in 84,,,,still vertical and riding,,,yes Bonz is the largest man ever to ride an xs 1100,,,,smallest maybe was tkat,,,no idea how he could ride the xs1100 beast but he rode like a pro....anyway, good to see all ages riding these fine machines, kind of like the muscle cars of the 60's, there is no replacement....ride on, Mike in Sun Diego
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Old 05-01-2020, 03:14 PM
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having fun!

68 years old! Started riding Honda’s while in high school in the 60’s. Graduated, went into the Army, came home, got married, raised a family and went bikeless for 30 years… got the middle age itch about a dozen years ago and bought my first Yamaha. Been restoring/refurbishing a variety of Yamaha models since then, averaging 2 or 3 bikes a year, focusing on Midnight Specials as much as possible, I’ve found my retirement hobby of wrenching to be as enjoyable as riding…if not more!
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