1979 YAMAHA XS750 SPECIAL : HALFWAY TO CAFE-RACER HEAVEN
Video of Idle Performance: https://www.dropbox.com/s/puej56r1dayl7hq/yamaha.sound.MP4?dl=0
Most recent work, from within the past three months:
– New Carb Mount Boots, to seal air/fuel relationship. Great improvement of engine steadiness, heat dissipation, and efficiency.
– Fully Removed and Disassembled Tank, thoroughly internally cleaned with aggressive action using soft soaps/vinegar and immediately hot forced air dried to the bone. Then, only non-ethanol fuel has ever been used in this bike ever since. This bike is currently E0 fully. I recommend staying with E0, but you can also use something like Sta-Bil and use normal gas.
– Speedo and Tacho Removed, and stored in ziplocks. The bike looks closer to cafe/minimal racer without them. Don’t get me wrong, these vintage gauges are beautiful and fascinating to watch while riding. But the overall bike shape, in my opinion, improves greatly without this hardware installed. The meters were only removed about maybe 100 miles ago, so the odometer is essentially valid if you want to just put it back on and continue.
– New Vintage Style Low Profile Mirrors
– Custom Hand Made Leather Hand Grips, wider diameter for finer control of throttle. I’m unsure if i want to let these go with the bike, but didn’t take the time to remove them before taking pics. But they were made for the action of the bike since it has some much power. A thicker grip allows for finer “tuning” of throttle. The XS750 has a lot of kick and it’s helpful when riding through small town roads to have finer control sometimes.
– New Low Profile Handlebars, Very Wide, Chrome AND Black. Chrome pictured/installed, and also will include the same bars in black. Those are new as well, just with a few mounting scratches at center from bike’s clamp. The width of these provides a nice stance and control/balance sense for me, but to each his own. I would imagine you’ll want to get flat bars, or down sloped cafe bars, but i’m including these with it.
– Rear Fender/Plate Assembly Removed, and a custom plate/light holder put in place and wired up fully. Works great and has no physical issues. This really helps a lot to reduce the appearance of weight in the rear area of bike. Will include the original fender/mounts of course.
– Front Fender Removed as well, and will also include this.
– New Spark Plugs, checked for gap and installed to proper torque spec
– New Front and Rear Turn Signals, vintage chrome style, and custom installed in the style of many 70’s bikes. These are hard rubber horizontal posts that are mounted to the frame. They stay in place, but absorb vibration. They were cut to certain sizes and the lights were wired through them.
– Various Fresh/Cleaned Electrical Connections made in various places in the headlight enclosure and the battery area. Some of them were kinda rough, so I improved and/or secured them.
– New Shifter Lever Rubber Pad. Nice feel on the foot again! Cheap part, but a pain to install. Now you can even wear sneakers and not get blisters!
– Freshly Cleaned / De-Oxited Handlebar Switch-Button Mechanisms. I.E. the turn signal switches, horn button, engine Run switch, etc. They work nicely.
– New Tank Cap Seal. Previous one had so much wear that you could smell the gas through the cap. Now it’s sealed like new.
Work performed within the last year:
– Fully rebuilt carbs
– New K&N Air Filter pods, and rejetting to match
– New Manual Petcocks
– New Fuel Lines
– Rebuilt Brake Calipers
– Rebuilt Rear Master Cylinder
– New Front Master Cylinder
– Braided Steel Brake Lines
– New Complete Bench Seat (Cover, Interior, and Seat Pan)
– New Regulator / Rectifier
– New LiFePo4 Battery (with charger/tender)
Work performed by previous owner, a long while ago:
Custom Transmission Shim Installed, to prevent a relatively common issue with the early generation XS750’s where some would slip from 2nd into neutral. I don’t think the bike ever had the issue, and that this was a preventative measure taken by a lot of buyers of the XS750 after the earlier ones (1977) were found to have the issue.
To Do List, for you:
– New rear tire. Matching Shinko will be under 75 dollars i believe – New brake pads. Just started occasionally squeaking. Some new brake pads are included, in sealed packaging. Just haven’t gotten around to it. – Consider painting the tank. It’s got some clear wear away of paint, near the seat. If you are already diving into this bike aesthetically, I would imagine a repaint is part of the equation anyways. – I accidentally broke off the high-beam switch when i was doing something. So for now you can’t turn on the highs. You’ll probably want to get a new handlebar switch mechanism on left side, which will run around 50 dollars brand new, or just get a used one for less.
There are several small items included with the bike, such as the proprietary K&N Air Filter Cleaner Kit, the original yamaha tool pack that came with the bike, a couple of manuals, some oil filters, and some other bits. It also includes the battery tender. All screws and nuts and washer and bolts that were associated with the removed segments of the bike are all included and with their relevant parts in the bag.
If you are interested in a brand new custom leather seat, i can include that for 100$. It will require some simple weld work though, since you’ll need to create mount points on the bike frame for it. But it’s very nice, and it’s basically impossible to get a custom leather seat that cheap. Please let me know if you’d like info on that.