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Hello. I recently purchased an xs750, 1977, and am in the process of trying to get it running. The carbs are completely missing and I am buying parts hearer and there to assemble the missing assembly. A few people I know are telling me that the shaft drive on these made turning difficult. While I am not making any changes until I've gotten it riding and determine for myself whether this is needed or not, I cant help hit wonder how difficult it would be to convert this bike to Chain drive would be. Does anyone have an idea on this? Thanks!

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Well that's not the first time I have heard this and I can assure you it's utter nonsense. Old wives tales never seem to die do they? There is little to no difference between a chain and a drive sprocket when it comes to bikes. Ask whoever told you this how they know and I bet it was that someone told them! I have ridden both chain and shafties there is not a jot of difference.

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I rode an XS1100 for about 8 years and if there was a difference, I never noticed. I happily jumped from that to my Bonnie (chain driven) with no alteration of riding (chain v shaft wise anyway)

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I've had a shaft driven XJ-650 for best part of 29 years.  Best clean and maintenance free final drive you could wish for.

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It was a guy that owned one that today me. He also said the kickstart would break often...mine is broken, and that 2nd gear will never work...seemed odd to me that second would never work...

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Hi there,  a mate had one New in 1978,  i did ride pillion , i remember he locked the back wheel down shifting into a corner, ,  but i had a shaft Kawasaki , and i didnt feel any difference to a chain drive,  the XS750  wasnt the most powerfull bike, but sounded good,  lots of RD parts fit also ,:welcome:

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