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Newb here with 81" xs400

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Hello Everyone,

My names, Gene. I'm a newb at restoring classic bikes. Just picked up a 81" xs400. It doesn't run, but I only paid $200 so... Everything looks like its still there. It hasn't been registered since 1986!

Well anyways, my plans are to cafe it out.

In my cafe'ing efforts, I'd like to change out the stock rims to 18" spokes all around.

What should I be looking for that would be compatible?

I am also looking for a good place to buy a longer gas tank w/ knee indentations, a rear seat replacement, and clip-ons. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I am planning to tear the bike down to the frame and slowly restore one section at a time.

Thanks,

Gene

P.S I'll post some pictures asap.

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if your going all out cafe . i would also get yourself some rear set's . i my self am going to use these http://tcbroschoppers.com/id16.html . or these from RAASK http://www.raask.se/fy11.jpg and here's a dude who make's some nice tank's and seat's http://www.thetankshop.com/

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tank shop has a bad rep due to long waits for the tank to be made.

there was a dude in aussy, who has old ducati tanks which look great and have the knee indents, can't find the link though

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Hello Everyone,

My names, Gene. I'm a newb at restoring classic bikes. Just picked up a 81" xs400. It doesn't run, but I only paid $200 so... Everything looks like its still there. It hasn't been registered since 1986!

Well anyways, my plans are to cafe it out.

In my cafe'ing efforts, I'd like to change out the stock rims to 18" spokes all around.

What should I be looking for that would be compatible?

I am also looking for a good place to buy a longer gas tank w/ knee indentations, a rear seat replacement, and clip-ons. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I am planning to tear the bike down to the frame and slowly restore one section at a time.

Thanks,

Gene

P.S I'll post some pictures asap.

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Did you ever find anything out about the spoked rims? I'm the process of rebuilding an 81 xs400 into a cafe/rat racer. I'd like to throw on a set of spoked wheels from a 77 xs650, but not sure if the 18" rear wheel will work w/o any swing arm modification.

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I need to get a set of those rear sets to preserve my back. I put my feet on the back pegs on the highway to stay comfortable. I like those Raaske ones but can't find where to order them. Help?

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I need to get a set of those rear sets to preserve my back. I put my feet on the back pegs on the highway to stay comfortable. I like those Raaske ones but can't find where to order them. Help?

http://www.raask.se/ind-eng.htm

fy10.jpg

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