Posts Tagged ‘Yamaha’

I have a few more pictures from Popham, there are always some nice bikes both in the show area, and in the carpark…

I quite fancied this 1969 T120 project, but is it right?

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Triumph T120?

Nice old Guzzi in the car park.

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Moto Guzzi V7 750 Special

Trident Cafe Racer.

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Tripple Power

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Cafe Triton

Wonderful Norton.

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Nearly perfect Norton

Nice Yamaha in the car park.

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Yamaha XS

BSA? SR400 special.

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BSA Special

1977 Yamaha XS650…

Posted: May 17, 2014 in Just Me
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So last weekend I finally got around to collecting my 77 XS650 roadster, and with a little light fettling, it eased its way through the UK ministry road worthyness test, and so is once again a road legal motorcycle. But it is not all as clear cut as that seems at first. The bike has problems, not great big pull your hair out problems, but the smaller mess up your weekend type, that cause extra shed time that could better be used out on the road having fun.

77 Yamaha XS650

77 Yamaha XS650

The worst of these issues is the clutch, it is pretty much useless, making it hard to change gear, and dragging at the stop lights, or junctions, causing a problem with finding neutral, just a real pain. But I shall be opening that side of things up tomorrow to see what lurks within, and maybe get to the bottom of the problem.

XS650

XS650

Next in line are the carbs, I have balance these up, and whilst it starts easy enough on the kicker, and pulls like a train on acceleration, it is a bit rough on the road when held at steady revs, so I shall pull the carbs and run them through an ultrasonic bath, to see if that improves things.

Lastly for now on my list is the fact it smokes, now this could be because it has stood for too long, or maybe the rings are worn? I am not sure right now. But I shall worry over this problem when I have the first two sorted out.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not unhappy with this bike, infact I love the thing, it reminds me so much of my old Triumph T100.

So tomorrow, I start going in, I wonder what I shall find.

1977 XS650 Roadster

1977 XS650 Roadster

 

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.

I need to find a new (old) bike for the summer, my R80ST could really use a little down time, the push rod seals need doing again, the cam chain needs looking at, and I would like to have new valves fitted sometime soon. But as I only have a bike for personal transport no car, I am loathe to take it off the road right now.

R80ST at Caversham Bridge

R80ST at Caversham Bridge

Now due to unforseen circumstances, and losing my job, at the end of last year, I had to let my Guzzi Ambo go, which only left me with my Beemer on the road, so now I need to find another bike.  But I am fussy! I like my bikes to have a certain cool factor, I suppose this makes up for the fact that I myself have none.

So I put the word out, mentioned it to a few friends that I was looking for something old’ish, but something with character, and useable. Well one of my friends had just the bike, sitting unused in his workshop,  would I like to pop round and see it. Hell yes, was the reply to that question, and so I did, and sitting in the corner, covered in dust was a cool old 1977 Yamaha XS650, so I grabbed a quick (poor quality) picture on the phone and made arrangements to go back when it was convenient to pull the bike out for a better look.

77 Yamaha

77 Yamaha

Well that day was yesterday,

On pulling the bike from the shed, and parking on the side stand, I was a little concerned to see oil dripping from the left side exhaust joint where it is attached to the silencer, but this oil turned out to be an oil petrol mix!
So next I pulled the dip stick, and sure enough the motor was full of fuel and on checking, it seems to have been parked up with a fuel tap slightly open, and all the fuel had migrated south. No big deal really, so out with sump plug, out with the spark plugs, and a few minutes later, I had a nice clean flushed out motor

Next while the sump was draining, I fitted a new battery (supplied by the owner, Richard) cleaned and refitted the spark plugs, and then replaced the sump plug, and refilled with new semi synth oil (again, supplied by Richard) Ignition on, and two kicks later it was running like a watch, smoke everywhere as it burned off the oil residue in the exhaust and cylinders, but it sat there with a perfect tick over. all it needs now is a clutch cable, and a tacho cable, to be back on the road

XS650

XS650

So if all goes well, I should be picking it up in a week or two, just the right mixture of age and coolness for a summer bike. And my first ever Yamaha too.

Yamaha’s XV1000-TR1 has been on my radar for a couple of years now, not a common bike, but pretty cool with its big torquey 1000cc V-twin engine. I passed up buying one last year, but when I came across this beat up one at Kempton last Saturday, I thought I might take a chance to see if I can put it back on the road.

So my Yamaha XV1000-TR1 was delivered to my lock-up today, tell me what you think, money well spent?

41k on the clock, The fuel tank has a large dent in the front, the starter clutch is in a box of bits as supplied and it has aluminium handlebar grips fitted. That seems to be the worst of it as far as I can tell, on the plus side, stainless exhaust system (?) original keys, brakes all work, switchgear all seems to work, tyres are good, wheels are good, changes gear, not seized, good fork stanchions, and everything appears to be there.
I need a battery to check the electrics over, and I need to find out how to repair the starter clutch assembly. Any help out there?

So I guess it is time to show you the bike

XV1000-TR1

XV1000-TR1

Yamaha TR1

Yamaha TR1

Yamaha XV1000-TR1

Yamaha XV1000-TR1

I may move this on if anyone is interested in a project, they make fantastic cafe racers.