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Here is the poop on my H model.   It was rescued in the spring of 1995.   It had been abandoned, due to a broken clutch cable, in an open barn in rural Maryland since 1987.   The barn served as a pigeon roost and the birds made their nests directly over the bike.   After several years the bike was covered with a plastic tarp.  The bike remained for several more years and the bird's droppings did wonders to the finish.  The owner had attempted to fix the clutch cable and removed the left side crankcase cover to gain access to the clutch mechanism.  Unfortunately, he became frustrated and left the bike in this state for 8 years.


I was offered the bike in exchange for some computer work.  I accepted the barter when I saw that it was an XS650.   I new it would be a challenge to get it roadworthy and cosmetically acceptable.   As soon as I got it home I washed the entire bike twice to remove the pigeon's coating of droppings, broken eggs and feathers.  Once it was freed from its fecal cocoon I cleaned the carbs, changed all the fluids, installed a new battery, plugs, clutch cable and the left side case cover.


The bike only had 6000 original miles on it, started immediately and ran very well.  I had to immediately replace many of the fasteners, much of the chrome parts and the front fork tubes.  The NOS Yamaha sissy bar and Willie and Max bags were added that same year.   For Daytona Beach Bike Week 1998 I rebuilt the engine, had it bead blasted and polished, installed K&N pods and handlebars, and NOS exhaust system, O-ring chain with new sprockets, and replaced more fasteners.


During 1999, I added the second front disc, repainted the tank and side-covers, recovered the seat, replaced the tank emblems, and more fasteners.   For Y2K, I installed a fork brace, stainless steel fasteners and mounted superbike handle bars.   For 2003, I installed tapered steering bearings, rechromed and re-laced the front wheel, installed a mag/drum brake rear wheel.


In 2004, I added braided stainless steel brake lines, an all-metal master-cylinder from a later model, slotted disc rotors donated by a XS11 and a bikini (Manx) fairing from Phil Little at Omars.   The fairing's been painted black, it looks  good that way.  The slotted rotors were too warped to use and will be turned at the local tranny shop soon.


My next updates will be a high performance 2-2 exhaust system and a Barnett clutch.

Jean Aker

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