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What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
This caught my eye and I'm going to take a look at it tomorrow. I had a '78 Special that I bought new in
'78. Not like I have a lot of time to put into a resto.

Do you think this is a good deal? Could I flip it if I loose interest?

http://rochester.craigslist.org/mcy/3914323801.html
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I would offer around 5-800.....1200 if it was ready to ride off into the sunset.
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
i agree, needs new mufflers and a lot of polishing on the cases.odo numbers dont line up, is this caused by rolling it back?,mort
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I've seen torn up project bikes (XS-650's) selling for a lot more than that. It looks to be a complete, mostly original bike with only 12K miles. I think $1200 is a good price.
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I paid $1000.00 for an '81 XS650 Special barn bike and spent about another $1200.00 really making it sparkle (and ride like a speedster, well a 30 year old speedster). I'd offer a grand if it is in decent shape.... look at it this way- you would spend that much for a moped. MikesXS.com has nearly every part you need for a complete resto, if you want. They are great old bikes.
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I bought an 81 special II a few months ago,i gave 700 for it,it runs and is complete but not as clean looking as your CL find.Looks like a pretty good price to me,although i see the XS prices all over the map...02!
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
As an owner of an original condition (3 weeks ago anyway) 79 Special II, I will say if you are not in love with making an old bike purr, it might not be for you. Let's start with the known faults listed by the owner.

First of all, if you can't make it run in his driveway, it's a 500-600 dollar bike for being complete.

Carbs need cleaning. That can be anything from 2 cans of carb cleaner and an afternoon to 100 bucks EACH for a new set of diaphragms, 50 bucks for a pair of floats, a FULL disassembly if the shaft seals are worn, and dead housings (carb bodies junk!) if they have been worn long enough to oblong the holes, and rest assured all the hoses are crapped out on those BS38's unless they have been re-worked in the past 10 years. An option (but only if you want to get rid of the stock airbox and use pod filters) is a set of carbs off an EX500. They can be made to run excellent with minimal work if you research a starting point first.

Needs a new battery. That's an invitation to a pile of problems. Could be that it really does just need a battery, but it can (and has) go like this: You throw a new battery in it and find out it's not charging and won't fire, you could be looking at 300-500 dollars to get the charging system going, and another 300 for electronic ignition.

I just finished getting mine running, and even though it charges, I have excessive voltage drop through the fuse panel and switchgear. A new fuse panel with blade type fuses is in order, and I have to take apart the ignition switch and all the handlebar switches and clean all the contacts, plus pull all the bulbs and clean the sockets and check and clean every single ground on the bike. This is a relatively weak charging system.

I installed the Pamco electronic ignition with electronic advance with a Dyna mini coil. That's right at 300 bucks before you make new wires with 5k resistor caps, or use resistor plugs (which is what I did) but it transforms the character of an old bike. I've "known" my bike since it was on the showroom floor, and know how it ran, when it ran, and how it was stored.

Since you cannot run the motor right now, the only way you will know if the front cam chain guide is falling apart is to pull the sump plate off the bike and look for chunks of black plastic in the sump filter. You have to pull the motor to change the 53 dollar part. You may get it running and find that it smokes and needs valve stem seals. Motor comes out for that too. You may get it running and find that the clutch slips, then you're out for plates and springs. The front brakes, unless they have been well maintained, are notoriously weak, and even if they work well, need a smaller bore master cylinder and stainless steel lines for GOOD braking.

I'm not trying to shoo you away from it, just letting you know it can be kick and go, or kicking a bee's nest. Not to mention, I'm talking necessary stuff here, not even trying to make it look good, which is even more money.

One word on Mike's XS, the quality of many of their parts goes from random to junk. They have many GOOD items that they are pretty much exclusive suppliers for, but I'd advise some time searching on XS650.com before buying ANYTHING from Mike's XS, just to ensure you don't get into any of the random quality stuff. I have my bike going without buying anything from them. Their communication and return policies suck as well.

I would not pay that much for a non-runner is the bottom line. Many folks believe that a complete clean slate XS is worth that money, but if you are going to cut the thing up, complete don't mean very much, and a non-runner is a project of undetermined scale, cutting, restoring, or just making a runner.

You will not be likely to flip that to someone else as a non-runner for even 900 bucks, so if you go for it, get into it for the right money.

It's common for the ODO numbers to be off line on higher mileage bikes, so don't worry about that.

PS, these ARE great old bikes.
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I have been watching a few in my area and they average $1500-$2000 in running condition and a basket case for $400 I just want one to chop so looking for less than $1000 for myself,if you want it make an offer after you look it over well and JD posted some great info
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
As a teenager i had a late 70s xs650 that was bobbed and i beat the crap out of it. I want another to hardtail and bob. But that price us high from what ive seen on syracuse and close by area cl in last 6 months.
 
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Re:What's a decent shape XS 650 worth? 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
Thanks everyone. As much as I'd love to build replica of my old bike I don't really have the time or money for it
 
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