Thursday, May 09, 2013

How to Ruin a Yamaha XS650

The Yamaha XS650 was one of the prettiest bikes made. A copy of the traditional British upright twin, Yamaha made their version beautiful and reliable. Good condition ones are fetching good money on the secondhand market. This is what they looked like.

I prefer the gold colour but the green is good. Over the years these bikes have been popular among those who like to think they can "Improve" a bike. I can understand this when the bikes were about 10 years old. They were cheap and plentiful. But like all machinery time takes its toll and the original ones become far and few between.

I found this on ebay today. The blonk who built it took what he claims was a mint condition XS650 and "Improved" it by turning it into this.

He must be stuffed in the head, beside being unbelievably ugly is also utterly impractical. If it was mint condition it was probably worth in the $5000 to $7000 bracket. That lump of shit that he has turned it into wouldn't be worth $500. I wonder what the hell went through his head when he conceived the project. He must have smoked dope, speedballed and got drunk all at the same time. Then he must have stayed stoned long enough to do the damage he did and then he must have doubled all the drugs and advertised it for sale. He expects someone to part with $9000 for it. Talk about off your face. The only value left in the abortion would be a few parts and the the engine, if that.

I just don't understand.


Mark Bolton said...

The Royal Aero Club in Perth had a Tiger Moth which was periodicly ground looped. To "prevent" this they mounted two little white canes under the wings. Many of us still carry the emotional scars.

That by comparison is nothing.

"Rape" is too mild a word.

sfw said...

"Tiger Moth which was periodicly ground looped"

I'm ignorant of anything aeronautical. What is 'Ground Looping'? I'm sure that the added canes did nothing to improve the plane.

Mark Bolton said...

"Ground Looping" is something the old tail - draggers were capable of doing.

Since the C of G is behind the wheels any yaw on landing roll out had a positive tendency to increase if left unchecked. Add to that the very poor visibility over nose with the plane in the 3 point attitude and the yaw is hard to see since you are relying on peripheral vision.

The idea of the canes is that if the wings weren't level the bloody things would scrape on the ground and wake up the guide dog.

The proper thing to do is to admit you don't know it all, you need instruction on how to fly the Tiger, where upon someone that know what they are doing you will be shown the tricks of "taming the tail dragger pilot".

Those trick are well worth knowing and you wont pick them up flying a spam can.

Firstly a tail dragger can fly much rougher strips since you aren't liable to shear of the nose wheel and smash the prop.

Secondly tail draggers are real airplanes.