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Restored 1980 Xj650 (4k0)

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  • Year:
    1980
    Make:
    Yamaha
    Model:
    XJ650
    Engine Size:
    650
    Modifications & Accessories:
    Restored to stock, except for exhaust mufflers.
    Restored from two old and wrecked bikes. Really enjoyed doing it.
  1. taptapindustries
    Beautiful Resto!
      Gregory70 and David Gaunt like this.
  2. Kalikiano Kalei
    That's a beautiful restoration! I had a 1982 XJ750 (black) with only 44K miles on the clock. Like a FOOL, I sold it and have regretted doing so ever since. Your restored 650 is a jewel!
      David Gaunt likes this.
    1. David Gaunt
      Thanks, I enjoyed the restoration process and riding it is as much fun as I remembered back in the early 80’s
      David Gaunt, Apr 28, 2020
  3. Chal
    Wow, that's a really beautiful looking bike. Inspiring but you've really set the bar high.
      David Gaunt likes this.
  4. Pizzaman
    That's beautiful. Nice work. Lot of effort put into that one
      David Gaunt likes this.
  5. Connor Bunch
    Wow, that's one classy bike
      David Gaunt likes this.
  6. Simmy
    Also your chrome parts look awesome. Did you get things re-plated?
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    1. David Gaunt
      Hi, yes got the headers rechromed and bought new gauge surrounds.
      David Gaunt, Oct 22, 2019
  7. Simmy
    I'm curious to know what paint schemes you got in Australia with the 650?
    In Canada we got silver bikes with non-YICS motors or the red like yours with YICS motors.
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    2. chips
      Hello 4K0 in Europe 1980 came as Crystal silver and Cardinal candy red i am restoring 3 X Js just now my original stating silver just a clean up, a cheap one i bought getting painted Cardinal red , and i am doing the 3rd the colour sceme for a 1982 yics model , 11N which is called Candy blue ,
      chips, Mar 11, 2021
    3. chips
      Rs paints in UK have all three colours for me and the red and the blue candys get a base coat , searched and eventually found the tank decals and tail piece decals for the candy blue , the tank decal unlike the other 2 colours does not have the badge going through it , but sits in front of it , i finally realised it was not a 4KO but an 11N model .
      chips, Mar 11, 2021
    4. chips
      I have also looked and not found side panel badges but a friend is going to try chrome foiling them and then sealing them
      chips, Mar 11, 2021
  8. Brian Harris
    How’d you manage to make the exhaust look new when the header pipes were rusty off the original bike? Beautiful work
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    1. David Gaunt
      Hi, I had them re-chromed.
      David Gaunt, Oct 21, 2019
  9. dkavanagh
    Stunning!
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    2. Ozhammer
      Hi David, first up great looking bike mate, it's a stunner for sure and I am just so glad that you didn't go down the cafe/brat/bobber route, which so many of these great bikes seem to be afflicted by.

      I have just bought myself a project 4K1 over here on the east coast of Oz and am looking forward to trying to get close to what you have achieved with your bike. Would it be OK if I picked your brains once in a while, as my experience is mainly with two stroke restos?

      Cheers
      Mark
      Ozhammer, Sep 14, 2020
    3. Ozhammer
      I will be painting mine the same colour as yours, which is the pick of the bunch imho. My bike is rough but pretty complete and it was reasonably priced, so I have some headroom to put some money into it, which as we know, is always more that we budget for!
      Ozhammer, Sep 14, 2020
    4. David Gaunt
      Cooper is done
      David Gaunt, Jun 17, 2021
  10. Gord Vail
    Beautiful job on the Bike, I am restoring my silver one. If I had the money. I’d love to have the matching Red.