The 2019 year started with the club
racer in need of a service, this was
performed by Nick McGinn and John
Chambers. Following is their report.
Race Bike Report
Terry, sorry it’s been so long between
reports, but life has a habit of getting
in the way. We have done several
services on the bike since the last one,
and happy to say we have had no major
have just done a complete go over before
it heads to the Island classic and most
of it was found to be good. Both oil
filters were cleaned which led me to
find a screw in the sump. I believe it’s
one of the four that hold the cam chain
tensioner in place, it was decided that
it would pass until after the classic to
also fitted new inlet rubbers as the old
ones had become soft, the new ones are
heavier construction so should last
longer. The filter plates on the fuel
inlets (carbys) also had a clean,
finding a lot of “tank liner” stuck
to them. The forks have been flushed and
new 10wt fluid installed, I think they
must weep a little as there was not much
fluid in them.
drain screws and “o” ring seals
fitted in fork lowers. The red “ignition
on” light on the dash has been a
problem so it has been removed and the
new kill switch rewired in line. All in
all it’s going like the clappers, so
get down to the Island if you can, and
cheer on our club racer.
Cheers mate, signing off for now, Nick McGinn.
Classic Results 2019
qualifying saw Stacey out on the track
and turning in a respectable 2:04.231 on
lap5 and finishing in 10th
place among the Unlimited Post Classic
1 7th place UPC field,
fastest time of 2:02.696 on lap 3
3 9th place UPC field,
fastest time of 2:01.986 on lap 4
4 DNF in 7th place UPC field,
slowing 2:49.724 on lap 1
result was 10th place in
Unlimited Post Classic.
Stacey Heaney on the club racer ahead of Craig Hemsworth on his Harley Davidson XR in qualifying.
year at some point we had a crack
develop in our club racer’s crankcase
which was fixed with the help of Geoff’s
XS and club racer team members in
Sydney. When I say fixed the problem was
sorted using another set of crankcases
that were supplied by Geoff Bamford.
now the old crankcases have been
repaired and will be used as part of the
engine rebuild to fix another problem
that has developed that being one of the
screws holding the cam chain adjuster at
the rear of the cylinders coming loose
and finding its way into the sump. This
was discovered at the last oil change.
the picture above you can clearly see
the additional alloy bracing around the
rear engine mount waiting to be welded
welding of the engine mount was also
the job of getting the bike ready for
the International Festival of Speed and
here is the bike with the engine removed
for strip down.
engine crankcases split with the
internals already placed in the repaired
crankcases, see the bracing inside at
the bottom of the picture.
Thanks to Ivan Hoey, Mark Peatman and Steve Hobbs for the work they did on getting the club racer ready to race.
While it was apart Ivan found a few more things that needed attention so he went ahead and fixed those too.
As you can see one of the clutch cush drive springs was broken in two places.
All fixed and back
will be interesting to see four XS650
racers competing at the International
Festival of Speed this year with Stacey
on the club racer post rebuild
and Ivan on his championship winning
racer with Steve Hobbs on one of the FCR
bikes and Calum Mackintosh on the other
FCR bike as they were at the opening
luck boys and girls, we hope you have a
fantastic weekend of racing and all come
home unscathed. Results to be published
when I get them.