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Old 11-29-2018, 10:20 PM
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I owned an XS1B back in the early '70's. Don't know how many miles I put on it, but it did make it from San Jose, CA to Fort Bragg, NC in 6 days. They are a great bike for the format, a twin with both pistons going up and down at the same time. Yes, you can watch the front tire almost bounce as the bike idles, but it handles well, is reliable, and easy to ride.
Most HD riders DID hate them, for the same reason they hated Brit bikes. The 650 would out handle and outrun most 72ci HD's of the day! If I didn't get hooked on drive shafts, I might go back to a 650 twin!
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:35 AM
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The early bikes carb sync was two cables from the throttle grip very hard to sync and keep it set. 76 was the first year Yamaha linked the carbs with a bit of angle iron. This kept the carbs set/synced, the trick was a super sync, done right, vibration (as the XS650 Society says, what vibration ?) is at a minimum then gearing comes into play, stock rear sprocket is 34.
I ran my 77 with a 40 rear and that came off in place of a 32 in less than 100 miles, it took parts off like a Triumph (turn around and pick up what fell off). So many things can be added or modified, and speed/pickup/handling, with stock gearing will actually scare how really fast they handle like a big bicycle, especially the models with 19" front and 18" rear.
On the other hand, nothing will keep up with the XS1100 like the 750 Seca and if you can find one the 900 Seca.
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Old 11-30-2018, 05:07 AM
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[quote=donebysunday;510311]The early bikes carb sync was two cables from the throttle grip very hard to sync and keep it set. 76 was the first year Yamaha linked the carbs with a bit of angle iron. This kept the carbs set/synced, the trick was a super sync, done right, vibration (as the XS650 Society says, what vibration ?) is at a minimum then gearing comes into play, stock rear sprocket is 34.
I ran my 77 with a 40 rear and that came off in place of a 32 in less than 100 miles, it took parts off like a Triumph (turn around and pick up what fell off). So many things can be added or modified, and speed/pickup/handling, with stock gearing will actually scare how really fast they handle like a big bicycle, especially the models with 19" front and 18" rear.
On the other hand, nothing will keep up with the XS1100 like the 750 Seca and if you can find one the 900 Seca.[/QUOTE]
Not to mention the Maxim 650s and 750s too...
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Old 11-30-2018, 09:50 AM
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The rare Seca 650 Turbo was also a fun, FAST bike! It's problem was the handling, as it felt top heavy. Once the turbo spooled up, the bike was gone! I really liked mine, and would have put a lot more miles on it but for wet roads and someone in a car going too fast trying to get on the freeway.
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The rare Seca 650 Turbo was also a fun, FAST bike! It's problem was the handling, as it felt top heavy. Once the turbo spooled up, the bike was gone! I really liked mine, and would have put a lot more miles on it but for wet roads and someone in a car going too fast trying to get on the freeway.
there was one at the VYR and it was forsale too...
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there was one at the VYR and it was forsale too...
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