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Offline Jason

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New XS owner in St Paul
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:30:55 AM »
Just drove my new XS home last night, 50 mile trip along the Minnesota River after dark. Wow am I impressed with the bike! Cruises at 65 no problem, it's almost a little peaky like a four, it has a balance shaft so it's super smooth, and turns in super fast. I can't wait to get it on the alphabet roads in WI.

I've been riding for about 10 years (KZ 550, and a V11 Guzzi). There's a sweet spot in motorcycling: two cylinders or less and 500- 750cc.

I'm sure I'll be hitting up the form for inspiration and advice!

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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2012, 09:31:22 AM »
Hi there and welcome!

They do ride different to expected don't they?  Very little flywheel effect, quite revvy and smooth, but very little engine braking on the overrun.  And then on tickover it makes a funny "lub-dub" sound due to the uneven firing interval...  Hope you enjoy it!
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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2012, 09:33:39 AM »
I'm having a hard time staying off this bike, any advice? :)

Just a quick update: I sold the Guzzi so it's out with the new in with the old!

Also, brakes bled, new pads, valves adjusted, chains tensioned, and carbs "cleaned" (spray and pray). Now for the hard stuff, air filter, oil filter, and a rear sprocket.

I found a JT sprocket, and I'm going to try the XT500 air cleaner foam trick. Not sure about the oil filter yet.

I found that the valves were 1-2 thousandths tighter than spec, not good. The effect of the carb clean/ valve job was dramatic. Thank you Yamaha for making the valves so easy! If you haven't checked your valves in 6K get out there an do it, then crack a beer and pat yourself on the back.  8-)

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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2012, 09:36:08 AM »
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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2012, 09:36:36 AM »
Your bike looks really clean and well preserved. The valves are a dodle on the 500 so no reason to fear them at all. Kind of easy like your Guzzi.
 
I feel ya' about wanting put aside the other bikes and get out on the 500. My TDM850 is finally running well after three carb cleanings but I got the XS running well last weekend and can't wait to get it tagged and on the road. I'd better buy some Sta-Bil for the 850. The new tires for the XS came yesterday along with one of the aftermarket K&K oil filters so I'll be busy this weekend.

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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2012, 09:36:59 AM »
Did you get that bike off Craigslist? I thought I saw one out that way very recently. Bike looks GREAT! I too like singles and twins between 500/750 cc. Welcome aboard.

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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2012, 09:37:22 AM »
balancer chain tension balancer chain tension balancer chain tension balancer chain tension balancer chain tension balancer chain tension balancer chain tension......

If you haven't already done it- every time I see a new XS500 acquisition I chant the above mantra- can't help it  :).

Nice bike- notice in the second photo the elusive cam chain link staked over the inlet cam sprocket.  Also a good shot of the cylinder head nuts outside the cam box.  So in the re-design meeting at Yamaha HQ, after reviewing the oil leaks and how re-torquing the head is crucial to stop these- the new kid at the back says "Why don't we re-design the cam cover so the head nuts are accessible without removing it?"  He went far that lad.....
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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2012, 09:37:53 AM »
I did pick this up off of CL. The story I was given was, it sat in a basement for most of the 90's before being given to its second owner. He used it for commuting ~ 1/week from 1998-2012. I think the commuting kept the bike in good working order. Just regular maintenance, but it's all there. And it goes, stops, and doesn't leak.;)

I was able to tension the balance shaft chain through the access hole on the top of the case. I've seen several different tensioner setups, and it looks like some have two adjustments. So now I'm second guessing myself. The manual and supplement didnít mention a second adjustment. Iíll throw some picís on the balancer chain thred.

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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2012, 09:47:58 AM »
@ guylr Sorry to hear about the soon-to-be neglected TDM but it's hard to compete with 400lbs of fun :) Don't forget you'll probably need the frame # and egine # to register an old bike. Should save a trip to the DMV.

@ crouchyuk The kids are allright.

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Re: New XS owner in St Paul
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2012, 09:48:29 AM »
More like 466 pounds of fun but yes the TDMs a bit heavier at 507 lbs. wet and carries it a lot higher up than the XS. So, the 500 does feel pretty light in comparison.

Guy
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