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    First post, I can't believe I have never been on this site before, I have had XS's for 17 years. Current bike XS 850 with a rebuild XS 850 just started, I bought it 12 years ago as someone's stalled project, for spares or rebuild and has been virtually untouched since. Lockdown has prompted a relook at it. This will be an 'economy' rebuild, I live in the far north of Scotland so don't get to many meetings although I did go to the Yorkshire Pudding Rally in 2017. Round trip of 930 miles, I was the only XS triple there. The highlight of my weekend was getting the bus into York for some 'culture' and a beer, (yes I am boring). Last year went to 'Thunder in the Glen'. I have taken the bike to the Continent nine times, mostly Germany, Belgium and Holland, been round the Nordschleiffe, terrifying. Went to Assen Moto GP in 2009, great time. I meet up with the German Triples IG (Interested Group)at various locations in Germany for their Treffen (rally). Last October we had a stand at the Stafford Show so no trip to Germany. This year I don't know if I will be away due to COVID, we shall see. Ken.
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    Ok, spoke to the tyre man today, function wins out over form this time, the pirelli looks prettier but he said the latest pr5 is one of those (big step) moments. The 5 is supposedly at half worn, as good as the outgoing pr4 brand new. Time will tell. Will be fitted Thursday. 300 quid fitted and balanced to loose wheels.
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    My mate has been drinking brake fluid, I asked him if he was addicted? he said no he could stop anytime!
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    My mate drinks battery acid, I told him he'll need to watch he doesn't get charged My other mate eats black wire. I asked if he is depressed, he said no he feels really positive after eating. I asked if it is a recent habit, he said no he'd been doing it for ions
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    STOP DOING THIS SHIT! In your house its ok if you want or where no one sees them but not in a restaurant. It is a public place devoted to food consumption. The truth is I don't agree, I don't know what you think, but it makes me sick. I know that many will come out to defend it, and they will say a lot of things in their favor, but they won't even change my mind about this act. It's a bad habit. You can tell what's been instilled in her house and it looks like it's normal for her, as if nothings happened, but...STOP putting your dirty flipping flip flops on top of the table. It isn't right......
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    I’ve decided to go for the refund and find a new bike. I’ll keep an eye on that breaker for future smaller jobs.
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    Welcomen" member jimmy has a great affection for the XS 250. maybe he can offer some Advise
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    I'd say the carbs need taking off then, and a good clean. The choke circuits are probably blocked. If you can find somewhere that does ultrasonic cleaning I'd recommend that
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    Went for the Michelins, pr5's. Bit of luck though, the guy ordering the tyres said they were for a vmax while he was doing the order. After the eternal "They are not vmax sizes" talk. He said they were for a modified bike with aftermarket wheels. That's when he was told about the pilot road5 GT, same compound but stiffer construction, ie designed specifically for land tanks like the max. Well any big heavy torquey sports tourer/ muscle bike. Certainly work, a quick round the block blast had me close to catching the pegs.
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    My mate had difficulty applying for a job with Citroen, he had to send 2CV's
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    I’m still up for a trip - would be good to do something this year if we can.
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    Let's do it. I want to visit bamburgh castle. If we get told off we can just run for the border
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    that's smoking in the gloaming
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    Its a weird shifter on these things as i recall, there is no shifter drum with the usual detents. The gear leaver turns a ring and that affects the shift forks on a long pair of cross shafts. Made sense to someone? Looking under the bike my bet would be something on the round raised area in what looks like a sump but isn't. That's the shift ring and the neutral detent will like as not be around there, wire looks about the right size. I'm scratching my head back to a yds i messed with with my dad when i was 15. Hope it helps.
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    Hi, the blue wire should go to a plate, beside sprocket, looke here ,https://www.cmsnl.com/yamaha-yds5-1967-usa_model8304/partslist/E-11.html#.XwdyzShKjb0
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    Bet he used one with his boat?
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    Clean the tank as well if that has been lying I assume there will be rust inside. I've used a length of light chain, but others use nuts and bolts or small stones. Fit an inline fuel filter as well
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    I'm a retired electrical engineer, selling my last bike (a Kawasaki 900 Z1 street bike) over 30 years ago. I just bought a 175 CT1 -- one of the classic 2-strokes from my growing up. I'm looking to do trail riding on a fun 2-stroke dirt bike. Bill (AKA Williamdor)
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    Ha " its Z900 A4 in zed 1B colours,, heavy pig,, the h2 would slaughter it to 80mph,,
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    Is that not a zed1..........Sorry, I'll get my coat
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    Hi Peter, just a few facts you need to add if you would. Where did you buy it from UK or USA or some other country? What do you actually have in the way of other documents? Bill of sale or nothing at all! Does it have matching engine and frame numbers? This because if it's a frankenbike then your going to have other problems registering it. A bit about where you are in the world as well would help as advice about UK laws will not apply if you live in another country. And was it a private sale or from a dealer. Some dealer will sell old bikes without paperwork just to gey rid of them and save them the problems you now have.
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    The wheels on my max are some superlight German alloys, friction welded apparently. the 180 wheel with tyre and drive hub weighs less (lot less) than a stock rear wheel on its own. The build means the valves are offset so air is easy. Nut squeezingly expensive apparently. Makes you wonder when a set of dymags will cost you a couple of grand and they are far more common. Why I'm after what you guys feel with the bigger bikes. i have only had tiddlers except the 600, a 250 for the last decade, nothing close to this heavy and another universe as far as torque/power is concerned. 120 on the front 180 on the rear. The stomp is still addictive, wish they had given her 6 gears though.
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    Good to see someone so grounded.
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    that's why I suggested Keilder, its in England, I know it touches scotland, but lets be naughty https://www.adventurebikerider.com/this-motorcycle-route-in-northern-england-offers-some-of-britains-best-riding/
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    Whasssss-up Maybe later at end of summer or skip a year ?
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    A duck walks into a pub and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich. The barman looks at him and says, "Hang on! You're a duck." "I see your eyes are working," replies the duck. "And you can talk!" Exclaims the barman. "I see your ears are working, too," says the duck. "Now if you don't mind, can I have my beer and my sandwich please?" "Certainly, sorry about that," Says the barman as he pulls the duck's pint. "It's just we don't get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing around this way?" "I'm working on the building site across the road," Explains the duck. "I'm a plasterer." The flabbergasted barman cannot believe the duck and wants to learn more, but takes the hint when the duck pulls out a newspaper from his bag and proceeds to read it. So, the duck reads his paper, drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, bids the barman good day and leaves. The same thing happens for two weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringmaster comes into the pub for a pint and the barman says to him "You're with the circus, aren't you? Well, I know this duck that could be just brilliant in your circus. He talks, drinks beer, eats sandwiches, reads the newspaper and everything!" "Sounds marvellous," says the ringmaster, handing over his business card. "Get him to give me a call." So the next day when the duck comes into the pub the barman says, "Hey Mr Duck, I reckon I can line you up with a top job, paying really good money." "I'm always looking for the next job," Says the duck. "Where is it?" "At the circus," Says the barman. "The circus?" Repeats the duck. "That's right," Replies the barman. "The circus?" The duck asks again. “With the big tent?" "Yeah," the barman replies. "With all the animals who live in cages, and performers who live in caravans?" says the duck. "Of course," the barman replies. "And the tent has canvas sides and a big canvas roof with a hole in the middle?" persists the duck. "That's right!" says the barman. The duck shakes his head in amazement, and says .. . ...... "What the fuck would they want with a plasterer??!"
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    Having followed that triple, sure the 'thunder in the glen' wasn't you?
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    Nice intro,, i"v done thunder in the glen,[ on a 2stroke triple], wheres you based ,,.
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    Ken, did the NW500 a few years ago, loved it. Nice the 850 although I have a soft spot for the 750. I think it was the colours it were in. Do you get to go to the Bonfest at Kirriemuir?
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    Welcome to the forum arsey,
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    Welcome to the forum matey. I used to run an xs1100, and loved it
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    By that logic a donkey would be better
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    Stick some V power in it and give it a damn good thrashing, Basil Fawlty style. It might just need a good clear out
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    7 years old, I suppose the injector could do with a clean. There are a few people who have ridden a lot of miles on the lil ybr. So info should soon be forthcoming. Considering the epic your planning on I have to admit, I would have gone with an older bike with a carb. One can of bad fuel in some middle of nowhere hole and your stuck. With a carb you can fix it anywhere.
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    It's on its way from Colorado to the UK - be here mid/end of January and I can hardly wait! First jobs will be to thoroughly clean it, make obvious repairs - like the rubber parts which have suffered - and then to ride it! After that I'll start the process of really buffing it up. I hope I won't need to do much respraying, rechroming, etc., as it looks really good unrestored. I want to try to keep it that way. Anyway, I'll keep you posted at irregular moments as to how it's coming along. One thing that I'd appreciate... some info from anyone who has an original standard "flat handlebar" YDS3... could you let me have the following dimensions of the handlebar, please? A) width of bars? B). distance between end of bar to the bend? C) Distance from end of bar to the extended line if the bar was straight, ie how much the bar is bent? Many thanks. Barry
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