R. John Hite
R. United States
Q. Bike Make, Model, Year
R. 1978 Yamaha XS650
Q. Nickname of Your Bike
Q. Style of Bike
Q. Tell us about your Bike…
R. Trying to find a new home for my baby.
1978 Yamaha XS650
Engine Number: 2F0-004801
Got the bike from local shop in September 2017.
Pretty much unrideable at the time. Had the shop do some work and I did the rest.
Now it’s a real hoot. Fun bike to cruise around on!
Work done by me:
New front/rear sprockets.
New front/rear brake pads/shoes.
Last owner had installed air pods, I purchased and reinstalled stock air box w/ new filters.
Installed lowered bars and bar end mirrors.
New throttle sleeve.
Replaced tail light.
Front brakes bled.
Removed turn signals.
Removed sissy bar.
New brake/clutch levers.
New brake and clutch lever dust covers.
New clutch cable adjuster dust cover.
New fork top tube caps.
Work done by shop (i’ve got the records):
Jetted back to stock by shop.
Gas tank internally scrubbed and sealed by shop.
Carbs redone by shop.
New tubes and tires.
Electric and kick start. If you are familiar with this make/model, you know the electric starter is useless unless bike is warmed up already.
– There’s some sort of grounding issue with the headlight that i’ve just not had the time to sort out yet. I had it working, then it quit. Pretty sure the issue is where the switch grounds to the handlebars but can’t say for sure.
– Slight stumble right off idle.
– Went out to start it this morning after it sat for 2 months. Kicked over on 4th kick but I think a float is stuck because it is leaking gas back through the airbox.
I’ve got all the original parts that i’ve removed.
I’ve got the shop manual in electronic format.
All shop records since I got the bike.
Why am I selling? I’ve got other bikes and this one is just not getting the attention it deserves. No more time to tinker. Time to find it a good home.
Pretty much just trying to recoup what i’ve got in it.
$3500 is what I was going to ask but with the fact that it’s got a couple of issues that need to be addressed i’m going to post it at $3000.
Depending on the specifics of the sale/delivery that it negotiable.
I’m in Durham, NC.