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Author Topic: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail  (Read 44997 times)

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2012, 21:49:56 »
Saturday, 26 March 2011 "Fat boy on his Phat Toy!"

I couldn't resist hopping onto the chassis with the new TC Bros drag bar and make some vroom vroom noises.




Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
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noun
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2.
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Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2012, 21:50:24 »
Monday, 28 March 2011 "Colours"

One of my favourite colours on a classic bike is brown.

The main colour I'd chosen for the front/rear fenders, tank and headlight body is the burnt tan metallic that was available on the 1970 Plymouth Cuda.






I also intend to highlight the backbone of the gas tank, fender ribs and headlight ring with a darker metallic brown just like the Peugeot 308.




Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2012, 21:50:50 »
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 "Exhaust style"

One of the things hat I wanted was an exhaust system that had nicely rounded header pipes, leading into a set of big ass flared out trumpets similar to the examples below.

The black bike is from Motoshop Tonouchi whilst the dark brown bike is from Heiwa.

I did want to have a matt ceramic finish, with black header wrap as well.

Old school!












Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2012, 21:51:16 »
Friday, 15 April 2011 "Snip snip!"

After my trial fit of the tank, I just new that I had to cut the guts out of it to fit lower upon the backbone.

Out came the dremel and the tin snips.










Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2012, 21:51:53 »
Saturday, 16 April 2011 "Some more inspiration"

Another one of my inspirations is Slingshot Cycles' beautiful XS650 Bobber.

Like Cassio's beast, the blacked out look is just spot on!




















Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2012, 21:52:22 »
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 "Get a Grip"

With special thanks to my very talented friends Vera Black (formerly Amanda Baker) and her hubby Luke, I was given a Dues Ex Machina gift voucher for my birthday.

I managed to p-up the Posh Brown Gum grips that I'd been eying off.




Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2012, 21:52:46 »
Sunday, 24 April 2011 "Time for a shave"

Most of my favourite XS650 bobbers had shaved front forks, where any unused tabs were removed.

Not having any access to lathes or decent machinery, my only option was grinder, dremel, file and sand paper.

Not too bad considering. Maybe it was my little ranga's helping hand that made the difference?










Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2012, 21:53:15 »
Wednesday, 4 May 2011 "Trial tank fitting"

My custom tank from Vintage Auto World was given a trial fit once it arrived.

It sits way too high at the back and needs some work, whilst I did have it test mounted a bit higher and further forward than I intend to leave it.










Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2012, 21:53:44 »
Sunday, 22 May 2011 "How low can you go?"

After cutting out the underside of the tank, I thought I'd check and see what sort of clearances I had with the top engine mount and head of the motor.

As suspected, a ghetto engine mount was required to clear the tunnel of the tank.

It looks like I'll have to ditch tank mounted petcocks with fuel reserve for an inline alternative due to lack of space.

Thanks Mike for being the best darned tank holder I know!
















Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

Offline inmotionphotog

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Re: "Thor's Hammer" 1975 XS650 hardtail
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2012, 21:54:11 »
Saturday, 28 May 2011 "Vintage tyre"

I ordered one of the tyres so that I could make some adjustments to the Harley Fender stay that I'd received with the original purchase of the bike.

I purchased some new spokes from Mikes XS, the Firestone 400-19 tyre from Antique Tyres, did a trial lacing of the front rim and mounted my first motorcycle tyre.

Let's just say that next time I'll leave the rim truing and tyre mounting to the experts next time!








Cheers

Steve

http://inmotionphotogxs650.blogspot.com/
Swivel = Drivel
[driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, driv·eled, driv·el·ing or ( especially British ) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.