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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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my friend/softball coach is looking for a cheap starter bike. i have been doing a little shoping for him. he likes the older 70's/80's cruisers. one bike that he was interested in is a 1979 Yamaha XS 650 Special. i was wondering if anyone had any input on this machine & what you think about the sellers discribed carb problems. craigslist link below. thanks for any input.


http://scranton.craigslist.org/mcy/1246799168.html
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I have been wanting to get my hands on an xs 650 special since i first saw one. I want to bob one out- they are great project bikes. If I had a grand or so to spend on a another bike, I'd pick it up ASAP. I would be tearing it all apart anyways, so the carb work wouldn't bother me. I'd learn as I worked on it.

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A great bike that I want, is a 1986 Kawasaki 454ltd. Also called the EN450. Its about 400 lbs and pleanty of power for a beginner. http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/submi...Ltd-CoreyC.jpg It looks like a mini vn750. I dont know where i can find one. I think this would be a nice step up from my kz305. I was also thinking about the EN500 or the 700ltd. http://media.photobucket.com/image/k...ray/80ac_3.jpg Its an inline 4 cyl with tripple dics, and shaft drive.

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Bone Stock
New cam chain tentioners
all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
*wanted*
New grips

2001 Vn750
13,100 miles, and counting
spline lube
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Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
otherwise all stock
*anticipated mods*
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It looks like a good bike for the money. With anybike of that age, you expect a carb cleaning/adjustment. So id say go for it. This is a VERY good bike, i was actually looking at one 4 years ago but i came across my 86 vn750 for $1,000 dollars. A bit cheaper than the 2,500 the yamaha guy was asking.

1986 Vn750
18,800 miles, and counting
Bone Stock
New cam chain tentioners
all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
*wanted*
New grips

2001 Vn750
13,100 miles, and counting
spline lube
Bridgestone S11 100/90
Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
otherwise all stock
*anticipated mods*
Engine Guard
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A great bike that I want, is a 1986 Kawasaki 454ltd. Also called the EN450. Its about 400 lbs and pleanty of power for a beginner. http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/submi...Ltd-CoreyC.jpg It looks like a mini vn750. I dont know where i can find one. I think this would be a nice step up from my kz305. I was also thinking about the EN500 or the 700ltd. http://media.photobucket.com/image/k...ray/80ac_3.jpg Its an inline 4 cyl with tripple dics, and shaft drive.
my college buddy jsut sold his 1985 454 ltd... I posted a video of it a few weeks back...

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Ear shave with Unipods
Drilled mufflers and degoat
TOC springs
N/C Street shield EX windshield
Jumbo Saddleman Highway Studded saddlebags
Willie and Max Saddlebag mounting kit
License plate turn signals
Home made sissy bar
Luggage Rack from Scoop
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Where is the video at?? I WANT that bike so badly, its like perfect for me.

1986 Vn750
18,800 miles, and counting
Bone Stock
New cam chain tentioners
all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
*wanted*
New grips

2001 Vn750
13,100 miles, and counting
spline lube
Bridgestone S11 100/90
Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
otherwise all stock
*anticipated mods*
Engine Guard
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I would like to have a 454ltd too! the 650 is a cool bike too!
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those older bikes are built solid, i have a 1973 Honda SL350 sitting under a tarp. there is very little plastic on that machine. i had the carbs pulled, dissasembled and soaked in some chem-dip. i laid all the parts out nice on my work bench. i come home from work one day. the girl decided to straighten out the garage so she took all the carb parts and threw them in a box! kind of took the wind out of my sail. some day i may get motivated to work on the old beast again.
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I third the motion for the 454LTD, it was my first bike when getting back into riding after many years. Belt drive, light weight, easy to handle, yet it goes down the road with no problems, did 1,600 mile trip with it last summer.

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i have yet to see a 454LTD around locally so its not an option.
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