Help!!! I am thinking of selling my xs650s!


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I have 2 xs650's. both 1980, one a g one an sg. one long term hardtail project and one that I ride everyday. I have done some stuff to it to make it more reliable and such, when I got it it was in pretty rough shape, but now I trust it enough to ride it everyday.

I have been thinking about selling them to get something newer. Here are my thought;
I love my bike! I love the seating position and how it rides.
If I keep it I am going to want to upgrade suspension, charging system, exhaust, carbs, 277 rephase and mayber bore it out... which = money!!!
I have wondered about the advantages of getting a newer bike, and there are plenty. My main problem is, IF I was to sell and get something newer what would it be. They don't make bikes that feel the same as the old bikes, and that disapoints me. I did test ride a brand new triumph scrambler, but honestly I left the ride being bummed and did not think it was much faster/smoother or more enjoyable than my current bike that does not cost me $9000.

So ultimately I want some thoughts on keeping vs selling. And thoughts on modern bikes that I might be happy with. So far I am leaning toward checking out the sv650, buell lightning xb9 or ullysese (sp), or something like that - sporty but more upright and not a cruiser.

I don't know what to do!
Go ride a bunch of modern bikes. It doesn't hurt anything to test ride.
Then you'll know.

You'll either fall in love with a modern or realize the modern bikes aren't for you. It's a win win either way ;)
I rode a new Triumph Thruxton a few weeks back. It took everything I had not to sign the contract. Old school feel with new (well newer) technology. It was way more fun than I expected...
Why do you want to do all the upgrades to the XS? That's the real question.

If you're hungry for more performance than it currently has, and aren't looking to upgrade simply because it's more projects to do (i.e. you like to spend as much time tinkering with the bike as riding it) then sell them and buy a newer bike.

You'll never get the performance of a newer bike out of those things, you'll spend too much money trying, and won't be riding.

If you want a reliable bike, then don't screw around with the ones you have up and running now. They'll run forever with just typical maintenance that you'd have to do on any bike, new or old. In fact chances are less and cheaper maintenance than on a new fangled bike full of electronics.
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