For a while I have wanted a cheap and
light bike that I could use for short distances, park outside
in the rain and not worry too much about. 3 weeks ago I found
an unfinished Yamaha XS 650 project for 750 Euro's and will
show you here what I did with it. I am already riding it in
grey primer, will take it apart in the winter for paint and
powdercoating but first I wanted to get it on the road as fast
This is what I did on the second day:
The first box of parts arrived, I started with replacing
the fuelcap rubber because the bike was stinking up the place.
I replaced the handlebar mounting rubbers, grips, handlebars
and footrests. The front brake bleeding screw had been removed
by the previous owner and the agressive DOT 3 brakefluid had
leaked out removing most of the paint from the brakecaliper.
After replacing the bleeder screw I needed to fill the brake
reservoir and ofcourse on of the philips screws needed to
be drilled out...
Most of the electric components on this bike are mounted
to the battery box, but the previous owner had cut off the
rear part of the battery box so it was now hanging loose in
the frame. I found a replcement batterybox for 20 Euro's on
Marktplaats ( Dutch version of Ebay), but when it arrived
the mounting points for the ignition module were missing.
Probably an older model, oh well, I transplanted the bottom
of the old battery box into the new battery box and now had
all the neccesary mounting points.
I had bought the bike without a seat so
I ordered an XR style seat/fender from Hotwingglass in the USA.
At this stage the bike was almost ready to ride but I had no
idea how long it would take for the new seat to get here, so
I temporarily welded back the rear frame section that the previous
owner had cut off. I filled the dents in the tank with polyester
filler and painted it with Motip rattlecan grey primer.
To be continued...