|Marriage, moving and
children. These major forces in life did not take my 650 from my side. I had
been looking for a 650 Yamaha in the late '70's and when I found one in a
pile of pieces in the back of a Honda dealer's shop - I couldn't resist. I
rebuilt the bike in the winter of 1980-1981 in my parents' summer kitchen.
Here are pictures of my '76 XS650C taken shortly after the first bike rebuild was completed.
|Turns out the bike
had been stolen from the dealer and then recovered/returned after the
insurance had paid up. I rode the bike until 1984 when charging problems and
a reliable car relegated the bike to the back of a friend's shop. Over the
years the bike followed me in my adventures but I did not spend the time it
required to fix it up. It fell into disrepair because of neglect but it was
either inside a garage or under a tarp (a short time only). After rebuilding
an old house and moving to a new house I started to work on restoring my
Work that Needed to be Done
still to be done
New Seat with the old parts.
Sitting idle for many years the original seat split and allowed water onto the seat pan. Removing the old seat showed damage that required rebuilding the pan and repainting before the old seat material (new material where needed) and new cover could be fastened. Even the original soft metal edge was able to be saved.
am not working on the bike, here's what I do with my extra time...
(photo by Derek Cooper)
Piping the start of the 2004 Prince Edward County Marathon, a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.
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