DO THE TON

Blood Sweat Tears and Grease => Projects => Specials => Topic started by: treitz on Nov 06, 2013, 18:46:55

Title: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: treitz on Nov 06, 2013, 18:46:55
Brand new project... Buddy of mine and I picked this up to work on over the winter for a ridiculous steal of a price. Shortly thereafter my brother in Texas decided he wanted a bike. Long story short, he bought it, then sold it 9 months later.

The beginning...

It will probably end up being a blend of brat, track and scrambler styling.

Plans include daytona bars, dual sport tires, new paint (colors TBD), and of course all of the little things like gauges and grips and a new seat...

Going to brake it down to the frame, shave the tabs and what not, paint the frame, and then start building it back up.


Before & After pictures below. I just realized I lost all of my photobucket links in this thread.

This build took a total of 3 months start to finish.

Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Nov 19, 2013, 19:34:45
Forgot to post these pics...

Tear down is going smoothly. Thursday we will get the back wheel off, and pull the engine. Then it's on to cutting the tabs and working on the frame before it's off to powder coat.

Night 1:
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Night 2: (Like my high quality stand?)
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Super Organized Pile of Parts:
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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Dec 04, 2013, 12:17:23
Motor pulled. Next up, shaving the tabs. Then it's off to get the battery box and rear hoop installed before going off to powder.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/photo1_zpsbb7b0db7.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/photo1_zpsbb7b0db7.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 03, 2014, 12:54:39
Tank is ready for primer, and frame is off to powder coat tonight.

Going to go with a dark gunmetal style gray on the frame, and decide on the tank color once we get the frame back.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/E6631E0B-226F-4594-9949-0B545189353F_zps6q93064x.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/E6631E0B-226F-4594-9949-0B545189353F_zps6q93064x.jpg.html)
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(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/39AF7488-1C83-4D7D-941B-3E78D144710E_zpsh8nxtrdz.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/39AF7488-1C83-4D7D-941B-3E78D144710E_zpsh8nxtrdz.jpg.html)
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Frame hoop and battery box building...
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Battery box + key hole.
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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: D4N63R on Jan 03, 2014, 13:24:44
that white bike is one of my all time favorite motorcycles. It's just so right..

nice progress so far
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: ApriliaBill on Jan 03, 2014, 13:39:27
I think these bikes were over looked gems. I've owned several and will probably own more. They run well with modern traffic, take modifications well and are easy as hell to work on. I talked of putting a single sided swing arm on one once and the triple guys almost strung me up... By the way, the Ton is a joke to these bikes, they run hard when set up right. Oh and your progress is looking really good.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: Topoisomerase on Jan 03, 2014, 13:43:48
Treitz, as in, ligament of?
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 03, 2014, 14:17:10
that white bike is one of my all time favorite motorcycles. It's just so right..

nice progress so far

It is a beautiful bike. Our color scheme has changed a million times already, so we will see where we actually end up.

I think these bikes were over looked gems. I've owned several and will probably own more. They run well with modern traffic, take modifications well and are easy as hell to work on. I talked of putting a single sided swing arm on one once and the triple guys almost strung me up... By the way, the Ton is a joke to these bikes, they run hard when set up right. Oh and your progress is looking really good.

Yea, really excited about this bike. Actually building it for my brother though who lives in Texas. I guarantee I will wish I was keeping it when it's done though.

Treitz, as in, ligament of?

Treitz as in first initial, last name.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: Beldrueger on Jan 03, 2014, 23:45:00
Saw the build on the triples site. Looks good.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 04, 2014, 19:49:40
Saw the build on the triples site. Looks good.

Thanks man! Love your build. Probably my favorite 850 I've seen.

Thinking we will go with a gunmetal frame. Probably similar to what you did.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 15, 2014, 11:22:20
Been cleaning and painting everything in site, and I picked up the frame from the powder coater last night. Hard to show the color in a photo, but it is a metallic gunmetal gray. Looks really sharp in person.

TANK PRIMED
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FRAME POWDERED
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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: focusinprogress on Jan 15, 2014, 12:18:27
LOVE the frame color. I've really grown to be a fan of these yamaha triples, I've had 4 of them through the shop lately for various builds and every time I finish one and ride it I'm impressed with them and want to keep them haha.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 15, 2014, 12:41:48
LOVE the frame color. I've really grown to be a fan of these yamaha triples, I've had 4 of them through the shop lately for various builds and every time I finish one and ride it I'm impressed with them and want to keep them haha.

Ha I hear ya! I'm building this one for my brother and I can already tell that I'm going to have a hard time watching it leave on the truck for Texas.

I've always wanted a XS750 before I found this one to build. So if I find one of those I would probably build it to keep.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 20, 2014, 11:26:29
Got the motor in...

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 27, 2014, 19:52:02
Looking good so far man! Any updates?

I got the oil cooler on and painted the wheels... But I'm waiting for some more noteworthy progress before posting more photos. We should have the front end and MAYBE the rear end installed Wednesday night. I'll post more pics Thursday for sure.

My brother is going to be in town the weekend of February 22nd. So I'm hoping to have most of the major assembly done by then so we can pick a tank color and paint it while he's here. Then I'll get to wiring and getting it running before April when my little one arrives (first child, so I don't know what to expect, but I do know that garage time will be much more limited). That being said, things should start going pretty quickly here. Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 30, 2014, 13:54:51
Some front end and swing arm progress...

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: iGreek on Jan 30, 2014, 18:22:20
Looks great so far man. Definitely gonna be something different. Looking forward to the progress.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Jan 30, 2014, 19:31:03
Looks great so far man. Definitely gonna be something different. Looking forward to the progress.

Thanks. I'm hoping it's a little unique. Want it to stand out a bit in Texas with all of those other awesome vintage bikes.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: Joe Suzuki on Jan 31, 2014, 01:02:25
I love the shaft drive.  It works so well on BMW scramblers, I'm surprised there aren't more Japanese shaft drive scrambler/tracker type builds. Can't wait to see the finished product.
Title: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: D4N63R on Feb 01, 2014, 12:27:13
Had I know the 'scene' well enough to know about trackers and brats I probably would have never sold my GS850 three years ago.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 03, 2014, 11:44:11
Did a quick mockup of the rest of the front end. Really excited about how it's coming together.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/8880ABF6-CDCB-45F9-9824-B64A98544E5D_zpsnkdlvo7o.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/8880ABF6-CDCB-45F9-9824-B64A98544E5D_zpsnkdlvo7o.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: Jrbrownie00 on Feb 03, 2014, 12:52:45
looks great so far, same styling as mine really. 
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 05, 2014, 12:29:04
Drilled the rotors. I know they're not perfect, but for a first time I think I did alright. I could have done more holes, but I think they will look good with this amount.

Still need to hit them with a chamfer bit and deglaze the surfaces. Tires will be here tomorrow so I should have them mounted up and installed on the bike by this time next week.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/E7B98B13-490D-407A-B66E-E4F36FC11EC5_zpsezchvq9f.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/E7B98B13-490D-407A-B66E-E4F36FC11EC5_zpsezchvq9f.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 10, 2014, 11:35:46
Got the rotors finished up, the tires mounted, and the back end back on the bike.

Wasn't able to install the front wheel because the guys at the shop put the front tire on backwards. Oops! I'll have it flipped tomorrow so we can get it on soon.

When installed on the bike I'm hoping that one rotor hole that is noticeably off is LESS noticeable.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DC735677-F99E-4A73-8C3D-DADB1DBF43EA_zpstv4pczmw.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DC735677-F99E-4A73-8C3D-DADB1DBF43EA_zpstv4pczmw.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: focusinprogress on Feb 10, 2014, 12:11:51
Little late to say it, but I think the drill pattern would have worked REALLY well had you lined them up with the spokes of the wheel once mounted, they would have matched up and made more sense that way....
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 10, 2014, 12:17:29
Little late to say it, but I think the drill pattern would have worked REALLY well had you lined them up with the spokes of the wheel once mounted, they would have matched up and made more sense that way....

Interesting point. Never even crossed my mind... Probably because I had them off of the wheels when I decided to drill them. Worth considering on the next bike I do though.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 18, 2014, 14:45:56
Progress update. Got the seat installed, and the front wheel on. Buddy of mine sewed up the seat and it was definitely the most challenging seat he has taken on. He's not wild about how it came out... but it looks good enough to me.

Next up:
Paint the tank, front fender and brake calipers
Install brakes
Wiring
Fill it with oil
Push start

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/57518019-BBEA-48BF-8B51-F026F6DAE211_zpsz4zugrw9.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/57518019-BBEA-48BF-8B51-F026F6DAE211_zpsz4zugrw9.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: o1marc on Feb 18, 2014, 15:21:51
Brand new project... Buddy of mine and I picked this up to work on over the winter for a ridiculous steal of a price.

It will probably end up being a blend of brat, track and scrambler styling.

Plans include daytona bars, dual sport tires, new paint (colors TBD), and of course all of the little things like gauges and grips and a new seat...

Going to brake it down to the frame, shave the tabs and what not, paint the frame, and then start building it back up.

Pics of its first night home:
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Inspiration:
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What is the #45 bike pictured? I notice it is chain drive but thought all the XS750-850's were shaft drive. It's not a 650.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 18, 2014, 16:25:16
What is the #45 bike pictured? I notice it is chain drive but thought all the XS750-850's were shaft drive. It's not a 650.

Can't find a lot of info, but there are guys converting them to chain drive. Here's where I found the photo: http://www.modestconquest.com/2011/06/not-bad-looking-yamaha-xs750-i-rather.html
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: o1marc on Feb 18, 2014, 16:29:45
Thanks, I figured it might be a conversion. I notice on the site you linked someone else asked about the conversion to chain drive, but got no response.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: o1marc on Feb 18, 2014, 16:32:39
Little late to say it, but I think the drill pattern would have worked REALLY well had you lined them up with the spokes of the wheel once mounted, they would have matched up and made more sense that way....

7 spokes, 8 hole patterns. I suppose he could change it to 7 hole patterns.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 18, 2014, 16:49:06
7 spokes, 8 hole patterns. I suppose he could change it to 7 hole patterns.

This forum is awesome when it comes to triples: http://www.yamaha-triples.org/category-view.asp

I think there are some guys on there doing the chain conversion.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: o1marc on Feb 18, 2014, 17:02:20
I went there to check it out and only found one thread on the chain conversion, it was a guy in the UK inquiring about it and there were 0 replies.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 18, 2014, 18:06:59
I went there to check it out and only found one thread on the chain conversion, it was a guy in the UK inquiring about it and there were 0 replies.

Oh okay.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: Beldrueger on Feb 18, 2014, 23:21:12
What is the #45 bike pictured? I notice it is chain drive but thought all the XS750-850's were shaft drive. It's not a 650.

That isn't an XS750, it's a CB750. That's a Wrenchmonkees bike. All the info is on their site. There are a few chain conversion XS750's out there, but I view the shaft drive as a positive and something distinct about the bike.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: hillsy on Feb 18, 2014, 23:40:38
Gotta say I've never seen a Yamaha triple in chain drive - seen a bunch of XS1100's, but no triples.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 19, 2014, 11:12:27
That isn't an XS750, it's a CB750. That's a Wrenchmonkees bike. All the info is on their site. There are a few chain conversion XS750's out there, but I view the shaft drive as a positive and something distinct about the bike.

I agree. Not sure why you would want to remove the shaft drive.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: ApriliaBill on Feb 19, 2014, 12:14:15
I agree. Not sure why you would want to remove the shaft drive.

I've owned many of these 750/850 triples, and by all accounts beat the hell out of my bikes. I have yet to break one of these bikes. The shaft is very strong and easy to rebuild if needed. Having clean rims is pretty cool, and the torque jack isn't bad at all. These bikes were ahead of their time and over built. Chain conversions are expensive and in my humble opinion, not worth the time and $. These bikes are usually reasonable in price, why spend 70+% of the buy price on a chain??? Leave the shaft and spend the $ on better things like carbs or paint...
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: o1marc on Feb 19, 2014, 12:37:27
I personally have never liked the feel of a shaft drive bike. I have never felt it to be an advantage on a performance or race type bike. I've heard people say the torque jack is "not bad", but never heard anyone say it is good, which leans me toward it being a bit of a negative. Most shaft bikes I have seen were intended as cruisers. Most race bikes are not shaft but would be if there was an appreciable advantage to them. Size for size do the shaft drive race bikes really compete with the chain drive versions?
Bill, I see XS750's in the $1500-$2000 range, does it really cost $1000-$1400 to convert to chain?
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: ApriliaBill on Feb 19, 2014, 18:23:35
I personally have never liked the feel of a shaft drive bike. I have never felt it to be an advantage on a performance or race type bike. I've heard people say the torque jack is "not bad", but never heard anyone say it is good, which leans me toward it being a bit of a negative. Most shaft bikes I have seen were intended as cruisers. Most race bikes are not shaft but would be if there was an appreciable advantage to them. Size for size do the shaft drive race bikes really compete with the chain drive versions?
Bill, I see XS750's in the $1500-$2000 range, does it really cost $1000-$1400 to convert to chain?

Make a list of parts needed, and even if you get everything second hand, it's going to cost $. You'll need a swing arm, hub with sprocket, front sprocket, chain, up at the engine you'll have to modify to accommodate the changes. I can't tell you for a fact, but if I remember right the article I saw on it ran about $1k, especially if you're looking for "race performance". By the way, go to an AHRMA race, the shaft guys don't have any issues keeping up with the chain guys... I think the shaft effect on some bikes are the weak shocks allowing the bike to move up and down. The triples I've had were always treated to Progressive suspension which made a huge difference in the way the bikes handle. One of my bikes is an Aprilia, so I know what a proper bike should feel like, and I have to say, I don't think a chain conversion will make enough difference to warrant the $.

But that being said, the biggest part of riding is confidence, and if a chain makes somebody more confident, then I highly support the decision. I won't ride on old tires, I don't care how much tread they have, I need new tires. So I get it.....
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: hillsy on Feb 19, 2014, 18:49:41
marc - have a look here:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrol_Six_Hour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrol_Six_Hour)
 
The Castrol 6 hour was an institution in Oz and for many years it was literally "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday" for many bike dealers back in the day.
 
BMW won in 1977 and the XS1100 won in 1978. Both shafties. Both also had a few 2nd and 3rd places in other years.
 
Whilst on paper I agree that shaft drive bikes are not "race bikes", in the real world they are just as fast.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: o1marc on Feb 19, 2014, 19:11:36
marc - have a look here:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrol_Six_Hour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrol_Six_Hour)
 
The Castrol 6 hour was an institution in Oz and for many years it was literally "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday" for many bike dealers back in the day.
 
BMW won in 1977 and the XS1100 won in 1978. Both shafties. Both also had a few 2nd and 3rd places in other years.
 
Whilst on paper I agree that shaft drive bikes are not "race bikes", in the real world they are just as fast.
That's 2 out of 17 years, and not in the last 36 years, not an impressive enough win ratio for me to run out and buy a shaftie.
I have always found shaft bikes to ride completely differently than chain drive.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: hillsy on Feb 19, 2014, 19:18:01
That's 2 out of 17 years, and not in the last 36 years, not an impressive enough win ratio for me to run out and buy a shaftie.
I have always found shaft bikes to ride completely differently than chain drive.

And the CB750 only won once and no Harley ever won. What's your point?
 
I have ridden a stack of shaft drive bikes over the years. I would say the Yamaha's are actually the least "noticeable" from a feel perspective out of the Big 4. BMW Boxers are a bit weird IMO (I mean the shaft feel....)
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: o1marc on Feb 19, 2014, 19:25:30

And the CB750 only won once and no Harley ever won. What's your point?
 
I have ridden a stack of shaft drive bikes over the years. I would say the Yamaha's are actually the least "noticeable" from a feel perspective out of the Big 4. BMW Boxers are a bit weird IMO (I mean the shaft feel....)
My point was I was only making observations and expressing my opinion of my experience with shaft drive bikes and the want to convert to a chain. I personally would probably shy away from the shaft drive bikes if I was wanting to build a race bike, which is why I probably have favored the XS650 or TX750 instead of the larger XS models. I'm certainly not trying to convince anyone else to avoid shafties.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: ManxieRacer on Feb 20, 2014, 00:50:49
Of course shafties are an illogical choice for a race bike; the shaft is both heavier and slower than it's chain counterpart, not to mention harder to play with ratio's to improve acceleration for a particular track meeting. If I recall ~20% of the engine's power is lost through the shaft/final drive alone...that's obviously not ideal for a race bike.

Not to say it can't, or shouldn't be done. But it's certainly harder.
Title: Re: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: HollywoodMX on Feb 20, 2014, 03:35:13
Of course shafties are an illogical choice for a race bike; the shaft is both heavier and slower than it's chain counterpart, not to mention harder to play with ratio's to improve acceleration for a particular track meeting. If I recall ~20% of the engine's power is lost through the shaft/final drive alone...that's obviously not ideal for a race bike.

Not to say it can't, or shouldn't be done. But it's certainly harder.

Agreed and it's 20+% drive train loss and chains are around is 7 to 9.

So to someones early point on why spend the money converting to chain, depending on the cost and your bikes power output converting to chain might give you more power that a set of fcr carbs.

But I think the 2 most important reasons of converting Shaft to chain would be for ease of gear changes based in your specific build needs and the opportunity to swap out to pretty much any chain wheel you want.

I had an xs 750. I didn't feel it jacking. But I did feel the Shaft neutered the bike a bit.

Now the flip side.  After building and maintaing a lot of bikes at once I get tired of dealing with chains and sprockets, because I tend to buy the higher end shit for longer lasting, less stretching and less weight so I feel like I'm always sinking in 300+ bucks in chain and sprockets for builds hoping I get the ratios right, especially the rear.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: Shug on Feb 20, 2014, 05:15:01
The BIKE is looking good mate.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 20, 2014, 12:15:07
The BIKE is looking good mate.

Haha thanks. Suddenly my thread is 2 pages longer due to a shaft drive vs. chain drive argument :)

I personally have never ridden a shaft drive bike. So maybe once I get this one going and ride it a few times I'll be able to weigh in.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: ApriliaBill on Feb 20, 2014, 13:46:53
Haha thanks. Suddenly my thread is 2 pages longer due to a shaft drive vs. chain drive argument :)

I personally have never ridden a shaft drive bike. So maybe once I get this one going and ride it a few times I'll be able to weigh in.

These bikes are usually such a good deal, I've literally owned over a dozen of them and talked many of my friends into buying them. Don't get me wrong, they are not Ducati's or Aprilia's, but when you think back to what was available in that time frame, it becomes clear these were really good bikes. For the time, they were very fast, the tree cylinders gave you the grunt of a twin and the top end of a four, They made glorious sounds when close to red line, the torque is impressive. These were some very under rated bikes for the time. Built like tanks. There is a reason the triple community is huge on both sides of the pond. I don't think I've run into a person yet, who didn't talk fondly of the Yamaha triple they owned. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised....
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 20, 2014, 14:24:53
These bikes are usually such a good deal, I've literally owned over a dozen of them and talked many of my friends into buying them. Don't get me wrong, they are not Ducati's or Aprilia's, but when you think back to what was available in that time frame, it becomes clear these were really good bikes. For the time, they were very fast, the tree cylinders gave you the grunt of a twin and the top end of a four, They made glorious sounds when close to red line, the torque is impressive. These were some very under rated bikes for the time. Built like tanks. There is a reason the triple community is huge on both sides of the pond. I don't think I've run into a person yet, who didn't talk fondly of the Yamaha triple they owned. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised....

I've heard nothing but good things about them. I wish I was keeping it, but this will be on it's way to Texas to live with my brother in May. The good news is that I'll have a few months to brake it in for him. Assuming I get it finished and running soon of course. :)

For myself I'd REALLY like a 79 XS750. If I found one locally I would have no choice but to buy it and keep it for myself.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: Shug on Feb 20, 2014, 15:37:05
I just built a battery box for my bike very similar to you, digging the ignition idea.
Title: Re: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: HollywoodMX on Feb 21, 2014, 01:50:50
I've heard nothing but good things about them. I wish I was keeping it, but this will be on it's way to Texas to live with my brother in May. The good news is that I'll have a few months to brake it in for him. Assuming I get it finished and running soon of course. :)

For myself I'd REALLY like a 79 XS750. If I found one locally I would have no choice but to buy it and keep it for myself.

I'm not sure what the exact differences are between the 750 and 850 are but to me the 750 lacked a bit of spirit. I think because it was a slower revver. It felt like it had too heavy of a flywheel or something and I'm sure the shaft played a role there too.

With the 850 I would be hopeful for more jam over the 750. Overall it's a good canvas to make something cool from for sure.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 21, 2014, 11:40:58
I'm not sure what the exact differences are between the 750 and 850 are but to me the 750 lacked a bit of spirit. I think because it was a slower revver. It felt like it had too heavy of a flywheel or something and I'm sure the shaft played a role there too.

With the 850 I would be hopeful for more jam over the 750. Overall it's a good canvas to make something cool from for sure.

Interesting... I've never ridden either, but according to this tech sheet, the 1979 XS750 has the quickest 0-60 of all of them: http://www.yamaha-triples.org/workshop/performance.asp

I have heard that the 750 feels quicker and sportier while the 850 has more of a solid cruiser vibe. But that's all based on personal opinion I guess.
Title: Re: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: ApriliaBill on Feb 21, 2014, 14:45:52
I'm not sure what the exact differences are between the 750 and 850 are but to me the 750 lacked a bit of spirit. I think because it was a slower revver. It felt like it had too heavy of a flywheel or something and I'm sure the shaft played a role there too.

With the 850 I would be hopeful for more jam over the 750. Overall it's a good canvas to make something cool from for sure.

Maybe by todays standards, but if you look at the comparo's of the time, it was spot on and in the thick of things. I'll try to find the Comparo and link it...
Title: Re: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: HollywoodMX on Feb 22, 2014, 12:52:04
Interesting... I've never ridden either, but according to this tech sheet, the 1979 XS750 has the quickest 0-60 of all of them: http://www.yamaha-triples.org/workshop/performance.asp

I have heard that the 750 feels quicker and sportier while the 850 has more of a solid cruiser vibe. But that's all based on personal opinion I guess.

I had the 78 SE, so the second fastest in that list. There was no way mine was gonna do 12s. I swapped the coils the plugs the wires the petcocks with all good stuff. K & n pod kit (still listed for the bike actually), kerker exhaust. So I had all the good go fast parts on it.

It had a good low end and mid-range but no top end and it didn't rev overly fast. But I didn't finish optimizing the horrendous jetting it had. It was significantly faster than stock though. And I did the mods in succession so I could feel the differences in the following order so it might help with mod decisions.

The coils down to the engine made a notable difference throughout the Rev range. The bike gained some liveliness.  The exhaust didn't do that much but I'm sure it was needed to pair up with the pods. The pods made the biggest difference but the jetting I had spent countless hours fixing before the pods went out the door like a cheap hooker.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 25, 2014, 12:14:48
My brother was in town from Texas this past weekend, so we spent A LOT of time in the garage.

Painted her up, got the pipes on, oil in, and over half of the wiring done. One or two more coats of paint then it's on to clear.

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: LBC on Feb 25, 2014, 17:11:45
Hell yeah, I dig it! Very tidy!

Great color pallete and the bar, mirror grip, gauge setup is spot on.

I love big scramblers!

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Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: treitz on Feb 25, 2014, 17:20:02
Hell yeah, I dig it! Very tidy!

Great color pallete and the bar, mirror grip, gauge setup is spot on.

I love big scramblers!

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Thank you! Considering we went into this without much of a "plan", I'm REALLY happy with how it's turning out. As far as color and even style goes we have just been sort of winging it. Things just came together nicely.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Freshly Painted!)
Post by: Jrbrownie00 on Feb 26, 2014, 17:35:23
looks fantastic
Title: Re: 1980 XS850G Brat/Track/Scrambler
Post by: mannydantyla on Feb 27, 2014, 20:24:16
What is the #45 bike pictured? I notice it is chain drive but thought all the XS750-850's were shaft drive. It's not a 650.

early 80's CB1000 maybe? the engine looks the same (can't read what the brand is on the cover), and the frame looks identical.

edit: no, nevermind, they're shaft drive too

edit2: it's a cb750 http://www.bikeexif.com/wrenchmonkees-honda-cb750-2
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Freshly Painted!)
Post by: treitz on Mar 05, 2014, 11:26:20
Nothing photo worthy, but I do have a wiring update.

I got everything hooked up last night and gave it a go.

So far I have power to the following:
Starter
All 3 spark plugs
Brake light
Turn signals (all 4 light up at the same time, so I think I got my grounds and power backwards)

I have NO power to the following
Headlight
Gauges
Tail light

I might just have my tail light/brake light wires crossed. I'll try swapping them tonight. As far as everything else goes I guess it could be a missing ground, but I'm not sure.

Clear coating the tank and fender tomorrow night. Once we get wiring and the brakes finished up this thing will be ready to roll!
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Freshly Painted!)
Post by: ApriliaBill on Mar 05, 2014, 12:21:31
I've had a bunch of XS Triples, and I could be wrong, but for some reason I think I remember my headlight didn't come on until the bike was started... I think it was a Yamaha thing, because I think several of my Yamaha's did this. On my Seca 900 I took the headlight out several times thinking something was wrong, then hit the starter button and it lit. I don't know if this is any help...... Also on the blinkers, did you remember to put a washer between the nut and mounting flange. I know on my Yamaha's and Triumph, if you don't have a washer, it grounds and all the lights come on.... These are just some things I've dealt with in the past, and don't know if it's any help to you.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Freshly Painted!)
Post by: treitz on Mar 05, 2014, 12:35:33
I've had a bunch of XS Triples, and I could be wrong, but for some reason I think I remember my headlight didn't come on until the bike was started... I think it was a Yamaha thing, because I think several of my Yamaha's did this. On my Seca 900 I took the headlight out several times thinking something was wrong, then hit the starter button and it lit. I don't know if this is any help...... Also on the blinkers, did you remember to put a washer between the nut and mounting flange. I know on my Yamaha's and Triumph, if you don't have a washer, it grounds and all the lights come on.... These are just some tings I've dealt with in the past, and don't know if it's any help to you.

Interesting! Was this the case with all of the lights including the tail light and gauge lights, or JUST the headlight?

Concerning the turn signals.. I am using aftermarket turn signals which are not self grounding. They have 2 wires, positive and negative. I combined what I thought were the negatives to ground them, but I think I may have combined the positives instead forcing them all to go on at the same time. Should be easy enough to trouble shoot that.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Freshly Painted!)
Post by: focusinprogress on Mar 05, 2014, 15:09:52
yamaha uses a "reserve lighting relay" so that the running lights/headlight do not come on until the bike is running, it's a feature to maximize power to ignition for strong starts.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Freshly Painted!)
Post by: treitz on Mar 05, 2014, 17:14:23
This could be great news for me. Now all I have to do is get it started to see if I do in fact have everything wired up correctly.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: treitz on Mar 06, 2014, 11:26:12
The good news: Got it running!

The bad news: Still no power to the headlight, tail light, or gauge lights.

Brake light works, tail light doesn't. I got the turn signals to turn on independently, but they don't flash. So I need to check on my flasher relay. Other wise I just have to trace all of my power back to the batter and see where the power is getting held up.

Quick video of a start:
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Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: focusinprogress on Mar 06, 2014, 13:16:16
you can make a jumper in place of the reserve lighting relay to see if the relay has gone bad....it happened on mine, I've left the jumper in there instead of trying to find a replacement....only issue is you also lose electric start when doing this but my bike starts excellent with kickstart anyways.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: treitz on Mar 06, 2014, 13:35:12
you can make a jumper in place of the reserve lighting relay to see if the relay has gone bad....it happened on mine, I've left the jumper in there instead of trying to find a replacement....only issue is you also lose electric start when doing this but my bike starts excellent with kickstart anyways.

I really don't want to lose the electric start. I'll try to track the issue before going to that extreme. Thanks for the input though.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: focusinprogress on Mar 06, 2014, 14:18:34
I was meaning you could temporarily jumper the wires to see if the relay is the problem....and then search out a replacement if that's the case.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: treitz on Mar 06, 2014, 14:25:48
I was meaning you could temporarily jumper the wires to see if the relay is the problem....and then search out a replacement if that's the case.

Oh gotcha. Good point. Thanks!
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: treitz on Mar 13, 2014, 14:10:38
Traced the signal issue to a lack of resistance. Adding resistors to the circuit made them flash, but I need to add more resistance. Now I just need to get the horns to work.

Not the best light, so the pictures didn't come out great. Tank just needs to decals now.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/F6E8BC48-7419-4AD8-A210-CB396B33AFF0_zpsuxkljlfl.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/F6E8BC48-7419-4AD8-A210-CB396B33AFF0_zpsuxkljlfl.jpg.html)
(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/E0A7D08D-A670-4C54-99E8-87CD7A460EED_zpsjveubixw.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/E0A7D08D-A670-4C54-99E8-87CD7A460EED_zpsjveubixw.jpg.html)
(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/798CEAC0-0A8A-417B-9D7E-243A285D62EB_zpshsukze5e.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/798CEAC0-0A8A-417B-9D7E-243A285D62EB_zpshsukze5e.jpg.html)
(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/5414B27A-F7C7-4DB0-8479-787F223A7A81_zpsaedpomz4.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/5414B27A-F7C7-4DB0-8479-787F223A7A81_zpsaedpomz4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: treitz on Mar 16, 2014, 13:33:38
First test ride complete! Bike ran great. So much power, and so smooth. First time I've ridden a shaft drive, and I liked it!

Just some fine tuning left.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/63A027D6-CA65-424B-88BF-A365A4BD19FD_zpsk2cgglzx.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/63A027D6-CA65-424B-88BF-A365A4BD19FD_zpsk2cgglzx.jpg.html)

Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: LBC on Mar 16, 2014, 22:16:00
Looks badass!
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Wiring/Final Stretch)
Post by: treitz on Mar 17, 2014, 13:14:24
Not very exciting, but here's a test ride. Most of the action takes place in the middle.

http://youtu.be/71hZ7zlyLvs
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Fine Tuning)
Post by: treitz on Mar 24, 2014, 13:23:43
Wiring is pretty much all there. Except apparently I have 2 bad horns. Need to find one that works to test the system out.

Now on to fine tuning. Ordered a carb sync tool, so that is on the list for this week. Then some vinyl graphics, and on to riding it!

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/F3BE2A5E-6CCA-47E8-908A-44CAF7D2F704_zpseihndfpi.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/F3BE2A5E-6CCA-47E8-908A-44CAF7D2F704_zpseihndfpi.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (Fine Tuning)
Post by: treitz on Mar 31, 2014, 23:38:21
Final touch. Silver vinyl decals.

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/1B3528DB-1373-4DB7-9BAB-12AAE811605F_zpsmfe03fbs.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/1B3528DB-1373-4DB7-9BAB-12AAE811605F_zpsmfe03fbs.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: treitz on Apr 06, 2014, 19:12:05
After a quick 30 mile run, here are some pics of the final product! Really really happy with how this came out and how it runs and rides. Hope my brother enjoys it!

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1303_zps4b5695c4.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1303_zps4b5695c4.jpg.html)
(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1299_zps3dbb9b2a.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1299_zps3dbb9b2a.jpg.html)
(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1301_zps3d4c28a9.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1301_zps3d4c28a9.jpg.html)
(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1300_zps8ca8add4.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1300_zps8ca8add4.jpg.html)
(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1302_zpse6934ef8.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1302_zpse6934ef8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: HerrDeacon on Apr 06, 2014, 19:18:29
If your brother doesn't enjoy it, give him a smack! Great looking bike, nice work. Nice pics too.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: treitz on Apr 08, 2014, 12:26:21
Bike is leaving me today, so I wanted to go some more pictures while I still have it...

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1320_zps1be6128c.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1320_zps1be6128c.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1321_zps3c8035b6.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1321_zps3c8035b6.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1307_zpsa75019ae.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1307_zpsa75019ae.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1315_zpsb3661770.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1315_zpsb3661770.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1331_zps42886501.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1331_zps42886501.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1329_zps639e9d6d.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1329_zps639e9d6d.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1328_zpsf6d5779c.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1328_zpsf6d5779c.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1332_zpsb3568eb1.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1332_zpsb3568eb1.jpg.html)

(http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu13/treitz28/DSC_1336_zps212225a4.jpg) (http://s629.photobucket.com/user/treitz28/media/DSC_1336_zps212225a4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: Jrbrownie00 on Apr 08, 2014, 12:35:07
love it, comfort and style. 
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: ApriliaBill on Apr 08, 2014, 15:44:20
That bike came out pretty cool, triples are addictive beasts. They never really got the respect they should have, which is good for those that know. There is a decent one three hours north of me for reasonable $. If he doesn't sell by the weekend, I might get up there and buy it.....
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: mannydantyla on Apr 08, 2014, 16:29:05
truly bad ass!
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: Aircoolin on Apr 09, 2014, 11:10:25
Nice man!
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: treitz on Apr 09, 2014, 13:00:06
Thanks guys! Leaded it up on the trailer last night. On its way to Dallas today.
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: Joe Suzuki on Jun 12, 2014, 18:38:37
Nice write-up on Bike Shed!  Congrats!

http://thebikeshed.cc/2014/06/12/handlebar-customs-xs850/ (http://thebikeshed.cc/2014/06/12/handlebar-customs-xs850/)
Title: Re: 1980 XS850 Brat (FINISHED!!!)
Post by: Jrbrownie00 on Jun 13, 2014, 09:05:54
Nice write-up on Bike Shed!  Congrats!

http://thebikeshed.cc/2014/06/12/handlebar-customs-xs850/ (http://thebikeshed.cc/2014/06/12/handlebar-customs-xs850/)

I saw that, pretty cool to follow the build and then see it featured.  Great work buddy.