Members Bikes 13
Kevin Boss's XS650C & XS1 Racer
Ivan Hoey's unlimited road racer
Ivan's racer in it's final form before being retired in favour of a new P4 racer.
Ivan has now retired his P5 racer and has built a P4 racer to compete with our own club racer.
Engine has been reduced to 750cc from its former 840cc some time ago while it was still racing as a P5 and has now been installed into a XS1 frame with Moto Tumbi fairing and YZ400 alloy tank, the bike also includes the same wheels as before but now fitted with new brake calipers to fit the P4 category. New two into one exhaust and cafe racer seat completes the new racer.
Ivan has also built a tracker
Ivan also has a TX650
Gordon Bailey's XS650B
I've been thinking for a while now that a members profile might be a good way of getting to know a little bit about fellow members and their bikes. If members could send in a few pics of themselves and their bike or bikes, it might help people like me who are a little isolated in Canberra, who don't get to club events, get to know fellow members a little better.
So here goes.
Hi, my name is Gordon, I have lived in Canberra most of my life and love it here although the winters get very cold I still ride most of the year, I am 53 years old and have been riding for nearly all of them but never had an XS until I bought my XS650B from club member Peter Lowry about 5 or 6 years ago. I also have a 83 CB1100F bol'dor in very good condition but nothing comes anywhere near the XS.
Although the XS looks very
similar it is a very different bike than
when I first got her. She now has a 77D front
end with new OEM stanchions and progressive
springs, damper kits, seals etc. The brakes have
s/s pistons and kits through them. New tapered
rollers in the steering head along with needle
rollers in the swing arm and new shocks. The
engine had a quick rebuild a few years ago
although it is standard at this stage. I
dismantled the bike last winter and sand
blasted the frame and swing arm then had them
repainted in black two pack by a friend. This took
a lot longer than first planed ,5 months, although
I had my Honda I couldn't wait to get the old girl
back on the road. The tank and side covers I hope
to have done soon. New wheels are next on the menu
having already purchased new rims, spokes,
bearings and seals so now I have to get the hubs
soda blasted and polished. I have replaced most of
the bolts etc with s/s items where I can get
replacements. I have been replacing a lot of bits
with NOS parts purchased on the internet when
I can find them and afford them. Money is always
the biggest problem these days as the wife and
three teenagers have to come first.
All work I have done my self apart from
the paint, which is a huge saving.
Dennis Hadina's XS650
Dennis's bike was recently finished at Professional Motorcycle Tuning and runs on a club permit.
Engine had full rebuild
as in rebuilt crank to 277 deg with MikesXS fat
750cc kit, my mild street cam, ports just cleaned
up, s/steel valves and spring kit from MikesXS’s
Engine cases were wet
blasted, not soda blasted as that can “stain”
the alloy, all gaskets and seals replaced. Carbs
are from 650 Central, VM34’s, and a custom made
pipe that the owner got made to no specific
design, just the look he was after. New cam chain
with both front and rear tensioners replaced.
Electrics are supplied by a Sparkx unit running
total loss and the ignition is a Pamco 277 deg
unit to match the rephrase. Gearing is a tall
17/30. Unifilters on the carbs, I prefer K&N
filters as these do not “crush” as the engine
starts to “breath”.
Bike is a bit hard to
start, starter motor removed but I left the cross
over shaft in place if the owner wants to retro
fit it back, could do with a small gel battery to
assist with this starting problem.
Got the bike fired up
and checked the timing as this can only be done
with the engine running when a Pamco unit is
fitted, checked and adjusted the balance of the
carbs, they were a bit as was the ignition timing,
exhaust note was awesome out through the Supertrap
muffler, time for a short test ride, I let the
owner out on it first, no rego, yet.
Under our Victorian nanny
state hoon laws the bike would be off to the
lock-up for a month and big fines, so I let the
owner done the honors. He came back with a grin
from ear to ear.
I just had to have a go, now
remember that this engine has only got maybe 15
minutes on it and is running tall 17/30 gearing,
stock is 17/34, all the thing wanted to do was rev
and lift the front wheel, just wait till it is run
in. BLOODY AWESOME!!!!!!
Some fine tuning on the
carbs, put a small battery under the custom seat
to help with the starting and on to the dyno to
see what it will make, but I am happy as is the
owner at this point in time.