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Engine & Transmission / Engine Oil
« Last post by motomike on Today at 04:39:11 AM »
Wondering what the best oil to use in XS500E these days. Mine is a 78 with 22,000 mi. Has been sitting up for about 10 yrs, I occasionally move the pistons with kick starter. Need to rebuild the front master cylinder at least to get it back on the road.
Electrical / Re: Spare plug under tank
« Last post by Sketch on January 20, 2018, 09:12:35 AM »
Hi guy,itís not that,it is a female plug with five wires going to it,the colours are green/red,brown,white/red,orange and black,I canít seem to to find a male plug to fit it,cheers,dave.
Electrical / Re: Spare plug under tank
« Last post by guylr on January 20, 2018, 12:11:04 AM »
If the wire colors are black, yellow and green/white then it is for the lamp checker unit that checks to see if the stop light is burned out and flashes the warning light on the light panel.

Electrical / Spare plug under tank
« Last post by Sketch on January 19, 2018, 05:10:30 PM »
Hi ,I have a 1973 TX500,underneath the tank by the coils is a electrical connector with nothing going to it does anyone know what this was for?,cheers,dave.
Projects / Re: 76 XS500 Cafe Lite Build - Seat and Clip Ons?
« Last post by guylr on January 19, 2018, 04:20:03 AM »
I'm going to rant a bit here. Firestone Deluxe Champion tires are for Harley three wheeled Servicars not for motorcycles that corner on two wheels. If you are just building an art bike to photograph and not to ride then go ahead and use them but put some modern tires in the correct sizes on it if you want to ride it as designed. Clip ons really suck for the street. Unless this is going to be a track day bike a nice low or flat bar will get you up where you can see traffic and control the bike better. Finally, those board flat seats will give you hemorrhoids and premature prostate enlargement. Enjoy.
End of rant.

Engine & Transmission / Re: Coils
« Last post by Sketch on January 13, 2018, 09:46:08 AM »
Thank you.
Engine & Transmission / Re: Coils
« Last post by Vince on January 12, 2018, 06:15:36 PM »
Engine & Transmission / Coils
« Last post by Sketch on January 12, 2018, 03:43:27 PM »
Hi, could anyone please tell me which cylinder the upper coil needs to be be connected to,many thanks,dave.
Engine & Transmission / Drive chain clearance issues
« Last post by burntfries36 on January 11, 2018, 05:32:38 PM »
Anyone run across chain clearance issues? I just installed a 530 unibear o-ring type chain on my 76 xs500 and now the rivet pins are rubbing the engine case at the front sprocket. I measured the width of the new chain versus the old chain at the widest point which would be the rivet pins and it seems to be a 2.5 mm difference would a non o-ring chain fix this? The bike only has four thousand original miles on it, sprockets all look perfect I was just replacing the chain to put a gold one on it because it was old and a little rusty. Also is the 530 the correct size chain or did these come with 520 chains? And also would that make any difference on width?
Projects / 76 XS500 Cafe Lite Build - Seat and Clip Ons?
« Last post by rumorhazard on January 10, 2018, 03:35:36 AM »
Hello everyone, happy to join the forum! Picked up a 76 XS500C the other day with a couple of good OEM parts, too.

I'm thinking of doing a very lite cafe build. I.e, Firestone Deluxe tires, clip-on handlebars and custom seat. Everything else can stay stock!

I've never built a seat before but I have to get rid of that rear fender. It's the worst looking part on the bike. I'm pretty sure if I try and build a seat it will look very amateur-ish, so I might just get one custom made in the Seattle area. It would be great if they could incorporate the top half of the rear fender.

The thing I am least certain about is the clip-on bars. They seem like they could be a lot more hassle than they are worth. I'm worried that the master cylinder won't fit and that the bars will hit the tank when turned. Does anyone have a definitive guide to this part of the conversion? Or does anyone know any clipons that are tried and tested?

Here's a photo as she stands right now:

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