Members Bikes 1
If any members would like to see pictures of their bikes featured on this page, please send them to the webmaster along with some details of the bike including model/year, time taken to restore, colour of paint, credit to helpers etc.
Just to get the ball rolling I'll put some pics of my own bike and some details.
Terry Gliddon's 1980 XS650SG
I bought the bike several years ago at a local wrecker for under $1000 and completely stripped it to a bare frame. The frame was painted in two pack black and the motor got a top end rebuild including rebore new pistons and rings, new valves and adjusters, new cam chain and cam chain guide. I decided to make the exhaust system myself and after having the engine pipes mandrel bent at Overlander I made the mufflers. The whole system is made of stainless steel. In England I bought a Boyer Bransden electonic ignition from Halco and fitted it when I got home. I then repainted the bike in Black and silver with gold pin stripes and had most of the chrome redone. The bike is also fitted with a front fork brace and is currently in the condition you see in the following pics.
Since the original pics were taken the bike has been fitted with stainless steel braided front brake lines and high ratio primary drive gears from Ivan Hoey. I am planning to do a complete engine rebuild next year and have the needle bearing conversion done on the primary gears. I already have some of the bearings for the crank and will buy everything else bit by bit to spread the expense.
I am also building the belt drive tracker and have plans for an off road styled bike with GSX alloy swing arm and alloy Tank from a TT500
I also have a TX to restore. So much to do so little time.
Dave Rayner's Café Racer & Roadster
Dave Rayners café racer on the left which was originally built by his late father Keith and he hopes to have it finished soon. Dave has also just finished his roadster which features a highly modified engine with such things as 90° crank and belt driven overhead cam and belt final drive. The list of custom pieces on this bike is mind blowing so I'll just let the picture tell the story for now and let Dave fill us in on the details later.
Dave's been busy repainting his bike for 2008 and you can see the result is spectacular.
Here are some pics of my pipes. It's taking forever and they're nowhere near finished yet. The first is with the old system so you can see the difference. I'm not completely sure I like the look of the mufflers. While I prefer the look of a short megaphone, they're just too loud and raspy. These should really make it sound like a Ducati. Actually, the best looking mufflers are none at all but that's just too hard to live with. I think these will look a lot better when they're chromed.
Dave took on the job of making his own pipes and has done a great job, what else would you expect from Dave!!!
Bill Wallis's XS650 Special and Café Racer
Bill Wallis' 1982 XS650SH appears to be in excellent condition, something to be proud of Bill.
Bill just sent me a pic of his newest ride, a lovely Black Café styled XS. Obvious changes include the two into one exhaust and MikesXS café seat and special wheels on a roadster frame. Very nice Bill.
Below are the latest pics of the Café Racer which has undergone some changes, new tank and seat are the obvious ones and the battery box has been removed, I can also see one of Mikes XS new Keihin carburettor kits fitted.
XS750 Tank &
made seat myself, painting style “Old
School Café” Wheels are next,
thinking off doing the bobber holes
through the alloy spokes ,not sure yet
on that one, what ya think ( I like it - Toota
). Will be getting Bridgestone
spitfire types with raised white
lettering as well.
Bill's latest project is an off road styled bike utilising Honda XL500 bits and pieces with the Yamaha XS650 motor.
And the finished article is spectacular.
Vinnie Powell's XS650C
Vinnie Powell from Hamilton in Victoria sent this pic of himself with his 270° rephased, 750cc TXA, I have seen this bike in the flesh and it looks and sounds fantastic, well done Vinnie.
Thursday, 06 November 2014