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Offline berniebee

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Pauli's November 2012
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:14:50 PM »
No, not that teutonic twin. In a land that makes a certain horizontally opposed twin which is a symbol of reliability and durability around the world, Pauli chose a different twin from further east to restore. While his XS500 was born in a factory in Japan, it now resides in Germany, so it is technically a teutonic twin.  Nice to see it rehabilitated!

“It's my pleasure to send some information and photos regarding my XS500:

I bought the bike on ebay end of Nov. 2009 with a mileage of 28.938km. " (About 18,000 miles for our USA members –Bernie)

"A friend and I drove down to Hof, Germany - approx. 400km (250 miles) distance from Uetze - to pick up the bike which I just knew from some ebay photos.”

(I inserted a map for geographically challenged members -such as myself!-  Bernie)

"Obviously, the bike technical and optical condition was far off my expectations:
Rust and oil and brake fluid all over, rust even inside the fuel tank."

"The first winter task was to get it started, and this happened about 5 weeks after pick up. Then I took care of the main technical deficiencies, not worrying to much about the optical flaws. "

"However, whenever one of the original and rusty screws was disassembled, I changed it to stainless ones.
The second winter, I worked on the engine to stop the head leakage. I. e, I had to plane the cylinder head,
reinforce the cracked spark plug threads and assembled the engine. I also spent some time on cleaning and polishing some engine covers."

"The third winter, I mainly had to correct the problems I caused myself before. So I took the engine out again and repaired it (no, I don't want to talk about my stupid mistake ). But now the bike runs nicely and does not look so bad anymore. Of course,l a paint job would be nice. Maybe next winter."

(Note the Euro dual front disks. Guylr has written an excellent article about installing lighter disks and dual disks here:  -Bernie)

Pauli, the paint looks very nice as it is.

« Last Edit: April 16, 2013, 04:36:26 PM by CrouchyUK »

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Re: Pauli's November 2012
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 10:15:26 PM »
If I only had known that teh bike was in Hof earlier...
Hof is only 64 km away. :(

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Re: Pauli's November 2012
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 10:15:47 PM »
Congratulations on Bike of the Month!

Now Retired Yamaha guy. Cut me and I bleed "Cinquasia Red"

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Re: Pauli's November 2012
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013, 10:16:09 PM »
Looks great.You really cleaned it up! I HOPE you keep the stock paint though!

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Re: Pauli's November 2012
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2013, 10:16:32 PM »

today my XS500 got a new playmate with approx. the same weight, however,
just a little more punch :D

Now I definitely need sunshine, nice temperatures and clean roads ...  ;)
Best regards,


1976 Yamaha XS 500 C, 2012 Ducati Diavel Carbon Red

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Re: Pauli's November 2012
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2013, 10:17:06 PM »
I'm afraid the XS500 may not get the exercise she needs?