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Old 05-16-2013, 02:17 PM
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Hey everyone, I just joined because I know I am going to have a lot of questions of the folks here. Im in the process of paying on a '79 XS1100 Special. Here are a few pictures:

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/mcy/3725263057.html

First thing I am doing is removing the front faring and changing the handlebars. I also need to go through the bike to make sure everything else is running well, it only has 21K miles on it so far.

I've paid half so far (less than they were asking for) and will have the rest when the guy buying my current bike ('86 Rebel 250) finishes paying me.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:43 PM
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Welcome Aboard!! Sounds like you have ridden before, hopefully you have taken the MSF Basic Riders Course. Very valuable course to have.

Looks like a nice bike, good condition, clean as well.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:47 PM
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I've been riding since I was a teenager and I took the course many many years ago. I'm very excited to be picking up a much larger bike. The Rebel 250 was a great bike and extremely fuel efficient but I am also 6'2" and 225lbs so I looked like a guy who stole s kids motorcycle, it was time for something with more balls. Can't wait to take some nice trips through the mountains with the wife on the back.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:08 PM
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I am out here in Lakewood and I think Captain Zap is in the Denver area. Nice to have a couple of XS'ers in the area.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:14 PM
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Welcome to the forum. If you remove the faring dont throw anything away. Im sure someone on here is interested in taking it off your hands. They are becoming harder and harder to find and some appreciate them still. If your looking to keep it that's cool too.

Making the move from a Rebel to this is a huge step up. Keep in mind these are 600+ lb monsters that have way more go than whoa. It has the heart of a racer and the handling of a tractor. Just allow yourself time to become familiar with its character before to start testing the limits.

Any questions you have about these beasts have already been discussed in lengthy detail on the forum. Try using the search function to find topics and answers to your questions and if you still have questions just ask. Don't forget about browsing the Maintenance and Repair sections of the main forum. There is a new owners check list of things to look for on neglected bikes but is useful for new owners too.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:22 PM
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I am out here in Lakewood and I think Captain Zap is in the Denver area. Nice to have a couple of XS'ers in the area.
Yep, and Bonz is even closer at Palmer Lake. Keep us updated on your progress.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:19 AM
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Question for you guys, I ride year round (for fuel economy reasons) and while I want to pull the faring I would like to make sure my hands don't freeze. Im looking into picking up new handlebars (as stated above) and want them to be straight or near straight (I can't stand the beach cruiser feel to the bars now). Where should I look for bars like that and what should I keep an eye out for as far as heated grips?
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:31 AM
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Question for you guys, I ride year round (for fuel economy reasons) and while I want to pull the faring I would like to make sure my hands don't freeze. Im looking into picking up new handlebars (as stated above) and want them to be straight or near straight (I can't stand the beach cruiser feel to the bars now). Where should I look for bars like that and what should I keep an eye out for as far as heated grips?
I bought a new 79 SF way back when, the mech told me to watch how much throttle I gave it, leaving the drive in rush hour traffic I was sideways in an instant, got it under control and had no problem. Was coming off an XS650 so the increase in HP was, well OH MY GOD. The LTD bars from jc whitney (under $30) work well for me, I'm 5'10" but you can adjust the angle. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the pull of that monster.
P.S. Don't leave the wife sitting on the road, it's hurts her butt real bad !!!!!

Heated grips ? ?
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:11 AM
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For year round riding, heated grips are NOT the way to go, IMHO. Yes, my BMW has them, but my heated GLOVES keep my hands much warmer, and a heated vest takes care of the rest of me. No, I do NOT ride on cold much below 30F most of the time, but there are other options.
Gerbings is the brand I use, and the US Military also uses them... The fairing WILL help a LOT in the winter, so think about riding for a little while BEFORE you remove it. You could remove the windshield if you want more air for the summer, and put it back on easily for the winter to help keep you warm and dry.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:28 PM
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Have heated grips on the ST, but as Ray stated, don't do much for backside of hands when REALLY cold. Actually, your best option is using the ole' Vetter HippoHands or similar. They go over the contol area both sides, extend a short way up forearm, Using the HippoHands, I've ridden extensively in the past with temps bumping -30F and just light riding gloves on......toasty warm. Vetter designed these particular ones and they were readily available in the late 70's early eighties. They are pretty much the ultimate hand protection from the cold and can be occassionally found on e-Bay, at times still new in packaging. There were four different styles of them, and any of them work well and easily removed when not needed. There ARE several knock-offs available out there also.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:37 AM
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Motoman, -30F? That's 30 degreees below zero, as in freezing is 32 deg F and you are talking 62 degrees below freezing... getting closer to absolute zero...
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:10 PM
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Motoman, -30F? That's 30 degreees below zero, as in freezing is 32 deg F and you are talking 62 degrees below freezing... getting closer to absolute zero...
yup.....absolutely cold! Had more brawn than brains back then when it was new. Figured if I had to keep insurance on it since fiananced, ride it year round. Bike cover on it outside, covered under that with blankets and a heat lamp under it so it would start in the morning to ride the 12 miles to work(lived north of the UnitedCampground another 8mi. that your familiar with from the rally). If I knew then what I know now, it would of started more often had I put petcocks in prime position. Imagine those petcock diaphrams were too stiff at those temps. alot of times, not allowing the carbs to stay full for easier starting.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:20 PM
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I admire your determination, but in retrospect I say this knowing you won't take any offense... when I call you NUTS!
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:27 PM
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I admire your determination, but in retrospect I say this knowing you won't take any offense... when I call you NUTS!
No offense taken, as that's being mild considering some of the REAL shinanigins I've pulled off unscaved on that scoot and others over the decades...
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