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Author Topic: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.  (Read 10082 times)

Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« on: Aug 15, 2012, 01:48:31 »
Posted a few times over the last couple of years, finally happy with it.










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« Last Edit: Aug 16, 2012, 13:12:32 by NoHonestlyitsme »
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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #1 on: Aug 15, 2012, 08:13:56 »
Love an XS11.  Great job!
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Offline rattpunk

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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2012, 10:42:37 »
That's sick man.  I dig it.
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Offline AJWatUC

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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2012, 11:34:28 »
Looks good
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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #4 on: Aug 15, 2012, 13:15:45 »
It looks good, but I'm surprised you went with the special tank over the standard.  Design choice, or a "Run what ya brung" thing?
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Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #5 on: Aug 15, 2012, 19:37:36 »
I have 2 standard tanks in my Barn, The special tank is much smaller and what I prefer overall. I got the tank on the bike from a parts Midnight Special and the rear mount tab was cut off. I made and offset bracket that raised the special tank up over 2" and made it more horizontal across the bottom with the seat. IMO of the two options from the factory, I prefer this one

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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #6 on: Aug 15, 2012, 19:55:56 »
Looks Great

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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #7 on: Aug 15, 2012, 23:50:20 »
I have 2 standard tanks in my Barn, The special tank is much smaller and what I prefer overall. I got the tank on the bike from a parts Midnight Special and the rear mount tab was cut off. I made and offset bracket that raised the special tank up over 2" and made it more horizontal across the bottom with the seat. IMO of the two options from the factory, I prefer this one

It's cool.  I like it too, it's just that most who go for a cafe style go with the standard tank.  I have the standard tank mostly because it's A) what my bike came with. and B) higher capacity.

I like what you've done, but more importantly, you like it.

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Offline rattpunk

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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #8 on: Aug 16, 2012, 12:44:34 »
I have to ask...  and I know it's one of those things that sends red flags up all over the place here, but


Personally, how do you like the handling with it slammed like that?  I've seen all the arguments for and against (rake changed, designers knew what worked, handling slow vs fast, etc) so I hope I don't start all that up in here.  I really just want to know what you think, since you're the one riding it.  Do you feel you can still corner at speed safely, has it affected anything noticeably, etc?


I love the look, and have considered dropping my bike a bit.
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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #9 on: Aug 16, 2012, 13:10:34 »
It definitely changes a lot of things. I my case, It would wobble enough to notice when tracking straight just where the trail is so extreme. I Have the factory Fork brace and it substantially reduced any movement. I corner harder on this than I did on my Buell because my riding has gotten much better. Overall, Its different. I have spent 2 years dialing it in to get it where i'm happy with the ride. It all depends on the bike really. I literally ride this bike every day I have no problems.
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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #10 on: Aug 16, 2012, 16:29:54 »
Any XS11, even if it's not slammed, benefits from a fork brace.  It's a big heavy bike, and the stock forks are a bit weedy.  My forkbrace transformed my bike.
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Offline Call Of Doodie

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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #11 on: Aug 16, 2012, 19:53:46 »
Tough looking bike!
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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #12 on: Aug 16, 2012, 20:28:33 »
I love it!  I'm eyeballing an xs11 special on CL right now...  I agree with Fix on the fork brace.  It was one of the first things I did on my 850 special.  Add stainless brake lines and progressive fork springs and it handles fairly well.
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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #13 on: Aug 17, 2012, 15:35:21 »
XS11 is a great bike to mod, they are everywhere, no one wants them cause they are "Too Big" which I always take as "This Bike is out of my ability" ha
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Re: 79 XS1100 Cafe/Mod Bike.
« Reply #14 on: Aug 17, 2012, 16:02:11 »
Plus there's a ton of good advice out there on boards like XS11.com  They're not much into mods, more of a resto crowd, but they do know these bikes.  Plus they're great with helping diagnose issues.
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