Author Topic: Shaun's Two Wheeled Project - 1976 Yamaha XS500  (Read 8961 times)

January 15, 2013, 11:04 AM #50

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Originally posted by jordisonjr
Dave, are you building this bike for Shaun?
He's just fixing it, lol

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    January 15, 2013, 07:07 PM #51

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    Originally posted by jordisonjr
    Dave, are you building this bike for Shaun?

    Nope. I am only bringing it (with Shauns help) back to the point of being roadworthy, safe, and reliable.

    After that it will stay at his house, I presume. I'll be around to help modify and service it of course. We have a lot of ideas for these bikes, so I bought my own. I probably won't go as nutty as he will. I'll post up a thread once he comes over and takes some mint shots :trollface:
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    i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

      January 17, 2013, 12:22 PM #52

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      New fuse box and kill switch showed up. Kill switch has been sitting on the shelf of a US Yamaha dealer for the last 35 years.



      The fuse box will distribute clean power everywhere, and the kill switch will let us know if the ignition circuit and electric start works. Just waiting on the new points plate now.
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      Originally posted by: Igor
      i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

        January 17, 2013, 01:25 PM #53

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        The bird is all I could look at.

          January 17, 2013, 01:51 PM #54

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          Niiiice! I want to hear that mofo run. I can't believe how easy it is to get parts for these older bikes. Makes me wonder why more people don't fix them up.

            January 18, 2013, 09:22 PM #55

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            kill switch looks minty... wish I could find nicer controls.... on the list.  people haven't raped the XS parts just yet, but soon.
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              January 18, 2013, 09:34 PM #56

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              Yeah they are. Prices are going up and up and up. I found a set of points alone, new NOS Yamaha, for $100. Good thing I snatched up the whole plate for $75 while I could.

              Chris is your bike on points? Or is it new enough to have CDI?
              Last Edit: January 18, 2013, 09:36 PM by boostfreak
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              Originally posted by: Igor
              i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

                January 18, 2013, 11:51 PM #57

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                CDI FTW!!!  coils have their own power source separate from the rest of the power system... meaning the bike will run without a battery if it has too, later cx's ran a TI ignition that required the battery, there are some sweet aftermarket ignitions tho for bike, ignitech in czech republic makes them for $150 or so... nice upgrade when my CDI unit dies... there's still a mechanical advance on the timing but I don't wanna play with the weights and grenade the motor.

                the stock CDI is super super basic, but there's guy using megasquirt or trying to anyhow.  Like I said I'll look at ignitech for my next ignition if it becomes an issue.  Points are no fun, and damn, that's expensive.
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                  January 19, 2013, 10:18 AM #58

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                  Is there some website or book you guys would recommend where I could learn about all this stuff? I'm wanting to take on a similar project over the summer but I know next to nothing about how a bike works. I figure the best way to learn is to work on one but I'd like to be able to know what I'm looking at in the first place.

                    January 19, 2013, 01:46 PM #59

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                    Well, I worked as a mechanic for a while, so that helped...  some basic understanding of engines, and an ability to read a manual and not be afraid to take things apart are a good start.  Aside from that, most of the stuff on my bike came from a forum dedicated to that bike... www.cx500forum.com

                    take a look on websites and see what bikes are being modded, that will make it easier to source parts, bikes like the Honda CB 450/550/750 are popular with the cafe racers, as is now the Yamaha XS 400/500/650.  The japanese bikes are the cheapest to buy, fix up and maintain.  Could look at Triumphs, Moto Guzzis, and BMW if you have a deeper wallet.

                    likewise, ask Dave, he seems willing to help!  As am I... you got questions, ask away.
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                      January 19, 2013, 10:07 PM #60

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                      I also worked on cars, engines, bikes, everything, for the last decade. Stuff I didn't know, I researched. I learned about carburetors from my pilot days, but learned more about them by reading books. I have Mikuni books, Keihin books, Carter books, Rochester, Holley, you name it. I have a collection of service manuals for a ton of random vehicles that Ive read parts of.

                      Learning about bikes is a self-imposed affair. Buy a cheap bike on kijiji that doesn't run, find a service manual on eBay, and go to town. See if you can get it going. You don't need anything to work on bikes other than time, patience, and a simple socket/wrench set.

                      Like this. This is hella rare and I want it.

                      http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-motorcycles-sport-touring-1970-Harley-Davidson-Leggero-W0QQAdIdZ444098246
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                      i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

                        January 20, 2013, 01:42 AM #61

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                        Originally posted by boostfreak


                        Like this. This is hella rare and I want it.

                        http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-motorcycles-sport-touring-1970-Harley-Davidson-Leggero-W0QQAdIdZ444098246

                        the cow is still alive thats so rare
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                          January 20, 2013, 10:28 AM #62

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                          Thanks guys.
                          That harley looks good, but I'm looking for something a little cheaper lol and probably no bigger than 400cc.  I wouldn't be going for big power anyway.  I'll just have to keep an eye out for something.
                          Anyway, I don't intend to jack this thread! carry on.

                            January 20, 2013, 04:30 PM #63

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                            Originally posted by Murderjetz
                            That harley looks good, but I'm looking for something a little cheaper lol and probably no bigger than 400cc.  I wouldn't be going for big power anyway.  I'll just have to keep an eye out for something.

                            PM Dave at any time and I wouldn't doubt he'd be able to find you a bike or two to check out, he's always surfing Kijiji and elsewhere for them. ;)

                            Anyway... yes, back on topic. :P

                            Shanaynay, when's the next time you'll be going back to Daif's to take some more pics? :banana:

                              January 23, 2013, 09:18 PM #64

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                              Points plate came in yesterday finally, came in this badass NOS box. Now just waiting for some friggen choochin weather.





                              Also took these pics to demonstrate the effects of simple vinegar on rust. I only filled the tank about 3/4 full. The line separating the clean metal finish and the rust is where I filled it to.





                              This is after only a couple weeks, and there is tons of dissolved rust bits floating in the vinegar. I filled the rest of it up and closed/locked the cap. Another month or so to wait.

                              Last Edit: January 23, 2013, 09:48 PM by boostfreak
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                              i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

                                January 24, 2013, 09:29 AM #65

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                                Friggin science I tells ya

                                  January 24, 2013, 10:02 AM #66

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                                  That's actually kind of gross.
                                  We digest that ****.

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                                    Originally posted by JayPe3
                                    That's actually kind of gross.
                                    We digest that ****.

                                    The acid in our stomachs is actually more acidic than vinegar. So we should be fine.

                                    Edit: on the subject though, is there a reason why you shouldn't just fill up the whole tank with vinegar on the first go?
                                    Last Edit: January 24, 2013, 12:02 PM by Murderjetz

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                                      Originally posted by Murderjetz
                                      The acid in our stomachs is actually more acidic than vinegar. So we should be fine.

                                      So just puke in rusty gas tanks?

                                        January 24, 2013, 12:03 PM #69

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                                        Originally posted by JayPe3
                                        So just puke in rusty gas tanks?

                                        It's an interesting theory. Anyone willing to try it out?

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                                          I have mad heartburn right now, I could puke some high PH in some tanks.

                                            January 24, 2013, 12:24 PM #71

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                                            Originally posted by JayPe3
                                            I have mad heartburn right now, I could puke some high PH in some tanks.

                                            Low pH. Higher the number the moar basic :p

                                            Cool old ass Yami box, I'd cut it up a bit and frame it. Good garage wall art!

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                                              I have been inspired to build a bike this summer, seeing as I lack a summer vehicle now.

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                                                Originally posted by Shaun
                                                Friggin science I tells ya
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                                                  January 24, 2013, 04:27 PM #74

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                                                  Originally posted by j.onathan
                                                  I have been inspired to build a bike this summer, seeing as I lack a summer vehicle now.

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                                                  Do it. Quite a few of us are going to be on two wheels this summer. TTi bike gang.

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