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Author Topic: XS850 - 'The Beast' - Monoshock & USD Fork (pics pg 13)  (Read 98484 times)

Offline treitz

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I've been a fan of Yamaha triples for years. The winter of 2013-2014 XS850 brat style bike for my brother in Texas. Liked it so much I decided I needed one for myself. After riding my KZ400 for 4 years it's time for something bigger. Easier to ride long distances. Having never done a "true" cafe racer, I want to challenge myself and build one.

Back story:
At the time of the purchase, I lived in Boise Idaho and triples are hard to find there. I found this 850 on CL about 200 miles away in La Grande Oregon for $500. Offered $300 and got it. Brough it home the summer of 2014 and started on it right away. Ironically I moved to Hood River Oregon, about 2 hours from La Grande the summer of 2015 right about when wrapping up the build.

It hadn't ran it what could be 6 years, but it does have the Mikuni MK2 carbs which is nice. Other than some dirt and funny PO hack jobs, it's in pretty good shape. Not sure I'll get it running before I tear it down, but I will make sure it turns over and has good compression.

Plans/Parts:
- Fiberglass cafe seat
- 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 636 complete front end (USD Forks, wheel, brakes, clip-ons, controls)
- Yamaha R6 Rear sets
- Kawasaki Ninja monoshock (hand build sub-frame by Luke at barretostudios.com)
- 3-3 Exhaust (shorty reverse cone mufflers)
- New tires (Bridgestone Battlax)
- Fresh powder coat & paint (still thinking about colors)
- New gauges and electronics
- Etc. etc. etc.

First few pictures of the day I got it, getting it home, and the first day in my garage. Luggage rack and sissy bar are already gone and the seat and tank have been pulled.

Last few pictures are how she looks today.

And a little runner video:


« Last Edit: Nov 18, 2015, 14:58:50 by treitz »

Offline ManxieRacer

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #1 on: Jun 04, 2014, 01:41:17 »
Could be vent tubes from the head recirculating into the air filter?

Offline xb33bsa

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #2 on: Jun 26, 2014, 14:44:20 »
Decided to go mono-shock on this bad boy. Shock arrived, and I just won a set of R6 rear sets on eBay. Once those arrive I'll start mocking up the back end.

Shock is from a 2012 EX650 Ninja.

why would you go with a junk oem shock  :o

Offline treitz

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #3 on: Jun 26, 2014, 15:05:34 »
why would you go with a junk oem shock  :o

Because it was $40, and I've heard good things about it. What would you go with?

Offline xb33bsa

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #4 on: Jun 26, 2014, 15:18:23 »
Because it was $40, and I've heard good things about it. What would you go with?
plenty of ohlins shocks on ebay
but I wouldn't put a single shock on a boat anchor xs850 either,or any older twin shock bike
you would be way better of with a quality set of twin shocks
what you have there is a $40 doorstop it is a throwaway stock shock
it doesn't even have damping adjustments
maybe you are just going for a look ? and don't care about the function

Offline treitz

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #5 on: Jun 26, 2014, 15:35:42 »
plenty of ohlins shocks on ebay
but I wouldn't put a single shock on a boat anchor xs850 either,or any older twin shock bike
you would be way better of with a quality set of twin shocks
what you have there is a $40 doorstop it is a throwaway stock shock
it doesn't even have damping adjustments
maybe you are just going for a look ? and don't care about the function


Ohlin shocks are $500+ on eBay. I paid $300 for the bike.

Going for "a look" and function, but by no means is this going to be a race bike. So I guess you could say I care more about how looks than rides. Guess it's a good thing I'm not building it for you huh? :)

Offline xb33bsa

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #6 on: Jun 26, 2014, 16:01:37 »
hey good luck I hope you have fun building it and learn from your mistakes

Offline treitz

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #7 on: Sep 27, 2014, 11:25:38 »
So I know there are some haters... but for everyone else, here's a front end and mono-shock update.

Love how it's coming together. Next up, rear sets.

« Last Edit: Sep 27, 2014, 11:29:17 by hbc »

Offline MikaelMikkelsen

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #8 on: Sep 27, 2014, 17:51:23 »
Wow that rear end shot is stunning!

Offline treitz

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Re: XS850 Cafe
« Reply #9 on: Sep 27, 2014, 23:54:51 »
Wow that rear end shot is stunning!

Thank you sir. More to come!