XS650 enduro project

I'd thought of using knobbies during mock-up, but decided to go with Shinko SR241 tires instead. I use them on two other bikes and really like them. They are a trials universal, rather than a trials competition tire. This bike will mostly see back roads and hard pack, so these will be a great tire for it. I got a 4.00-18 for the rear and a 3.00-21 for the front.

I also decided to keep the satin finish wheels rather than polishing them, so for the rear I just needed to spoon on the tire.

I'm going to use the SC500 front wheel from mock-up. I'm not sure how well the small MX brake will work on the XS, but I'll give it a try.

Here is the hub blasted and waxed and new bearings installed.

The wheel had some rusty spokes and some that were just oxidized. I found an incomplete Yamaha 322-25104-01-00 spoke set for $40. It had 30 spokes, so I figured for about a third of the price  a complete set would cost I could clean up 6 of the old spokes. This is one of the old spokes on top, and one of the NOS spokes below.

Here is the same spoke cleaned up using some Autosol polish.

Here is the front rim after blasting, but before waxing and scoth-briting. Being a conical hub wheel, the spoke angles are different from one side to another.

Here is the front laced and with the tire mounted.



XS650 enduro project

I've been doing some assembly on the '75 XS. I'll be getting busy rebuilding the forks and getting the wheels ready here soon.

Here is the seat pan blasted and painted, and ready for upholstery.

I've also been picking up some parts. I got these Fly Racing 0605141221 CR high bend bars. These are only about $25 shipped on ebay. 

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Red Bull Air Race

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a round of the Red Bull Air Race 2016 World Championship on October 1-2. 2016 is the year of the 100th running of the Indy 500, and this new event will add more aviation history to IMS. Here is a quick history of the Red Bull Air Races.