Discussion in 'Western US and Canada' started by Brhille, Aug 29, 2011.
Carbs are working properly now. Nice days i take her out.
On the road yet?
Any one checking this site lately??
I'm in the Front Range area -- more specifically Loveland and Fort Collins. I recently acquired a 1981 XJ650. Right now, I'm just trying to make sure everything's as safe as I can, so I'm working on getting turn signals to work, I think I'll need to get a new handlebar in part so I can have mirrors that allow me to see past my shoulders without getting RSI in my wrists from a bad handlebar angle, and I want to give the brakes a serious check.
Eventually, I'd like to change a lot about the bike. I'm not exactly a purist; I like my bikes how I like them, and that typically requires changing things.
Lakewood CO here, welcome! See the Drum Brake thread by bigfitz52 in XJ Technical Chat. Then new brake lines if yours are original. Check those calipers ...bet the calipers have never been serviced. I just pulled apart the calipers on my 750 Maxim and that stuff is naaasty.
Yeah, I saw the drum brake stuff in the xjbikes forum. I hastened to get the brakes freshened up for safety's sake.
I decided against getting asbestos brake dust all over my garage, and had a local bike shop (CJM Enterprises, great service from them so far) take care of all the brakes for me: new pads, new shoes, general cleanup work on moving parts.
I've already swapped out the fuel tank, but discovered a problem with the petcock that I need to fix. I got a custom seat made, to fit with the "new" tank (which I got from xjbikes member Joe Elliff) after reconditioning and a new paint job. I still have a bunch of other work I plan to do in the near future as well, starting with hand controls, carbs, and intake manifold boots. I hope to have this thing reliable enough to make a 1700 mile (each way) road trip at the end of next summer. I might be crazy, though.
Do you have photos showing the custom seat?
There's a picture of the bike with its swapped tank and custom seat (and with the side covers off, though that was temporary) under the "info" tab of my profile.
Looking Good! Been awhile since on the XJ site.
As things currently stand, my XJ650 is in a state of disassembly. I'm waiting on some parts from XJ4Ever to finish the current work on the bike, after which I expect it to be safer to ride, both for me and for the engine.
I still don't know of any active XJs in my area (mostly the Loveland and Fort Collins area), unfortunately. I'm keeping my eyes open for any sign of others.
my finished 1983 xj750 Seca.