Posts Tagged ‘Dunstall’

New Summer Ride…

Posted: May 11, 2014 in Just Me
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Having had to sadly sell my Guzzi when I lost my job at the end of last year, I have since been looking for a suitable “summer” ride  now I am back working.  Well a few weeks back I got the offer of this 77 Yamaha XS650, and this weekend I was finally in a position to go get the bike. 

It all runs pretty good, a little too loud through the Dunstall style pipes ( I need to see if there is any damping in there) and the clutch is diabolical and needs pulling apart to see what is wrong. But it passed the UK MoT test yesterday, and so is road legal, and pretty much ready to use.. 

Phone picture taken on way to MoT station…

77 XS650

77 XS650

Yamaha XS650

Yamaha XS650

Summer Ride

Summer Ride

Sunday Morning…

Sunday morning gave me a little garage time, so I pulled the baffles from the pipes,  the packing as can be seen, had all gone, leaving just some old wire.

Exhaust Baffle

Exhaust Baffle

so I popped up to my local motorcycle parts shop this morning and bought some new fibre packing, and wrapped the baffle and wired it all in place. And while there is some improvement, the pipes are still loud, but not quite as harsh.
I wonder if there is a better option instead of the fibre matting type material?

Next on my list were a few small things the MoT tester mentioned that I may want to look at, first being the handlebar mounting rubbers needed packing out athey were a little loose.
Then the swing arm bearings needed greasing, Yamaha even fit grease nipple on either side to make this an easy job.

Lastly was to fit a new tacho cable that came with the bike, unfortunatley this was too long so I need to get a shorter version, the good news is that when attached, the tacho does work.

The Specials…

Posted: August 20, 2012 in Just Me
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No! not the band, but the bikes based around the Norton Wideline and Slimline featherbed frames.

I was at Popham airfield on Sunday for the Wings and Wheels day, they have a fly in of old aircraft to coincide with a classic motorcycle show, a good day out if you are a petrol head.

Dunstall Norton


Taylor Norton

Nudge (Norton/Rudge)