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    I bought mine at the bottom of the market, before they became cult objects.
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    Unlike previous old bikes, it's not cost much so far, but some engine work needs to be done (the usual cam chain front guide) and some improvements over the next year or two, which will probably cost the thick end of a thousand.
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    It is not worth 2400, but has more value than you might think. They are achieving a certain collector status and if it runs halfway decent without a lot of knocking somebody will go 1500. And those wire wheels are all the rage among the bobber crowd, and by themselves are getting pricey. There are, I believe, as many as 40,000 members on at least one XS650 website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wymple View Post
    It is not worth 2400, but has more value than you might think...40,000 members on at least one XS650 website.
    They were quite the rage in the 1970's!
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    My first street bike was a 1975 650. Man to have that bike again.
    Vibration of the twin split an Emco fairing, the highway bars and the front fender.
    Other than that, it was a fun bike. Never cared for when the Classics came out. Hate when someone will take one of the standard 650 and chop it. Sure its their bike, but.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by crag antler View Post
    My first street bike was a 1975 650. Man to have that bike again.
    Vibration of the twin split an Emco fairing, the highway bars and the front fender.
    Other than that, it was a fun bike. Never cared for when the Classics came out. Hate when someone will take one of the standard 650 and chop it. Sure its their bike, but.....
    It's a shame to cut up an original survivor for sure but with the 650 all the old basket cases and partially complete bikes are just about gone. Last year I ran into a guy with a 100% completely stock 650 in excellent condition that he's owned since new. He mentioned possibly selling it but doesn't want it to turn into someones Frankenstein project, guess I don't blame him! Felt that way about my 450, it wasn't pretty pretty but you just don't feel right about hacking up an honest survivor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAB3 View Post
    It's a shame to cut up an original survivor for sure but with the 650 all the old basket cases and partially complete bikes are just about gone. Last year I ran into a guy with a 100% completely stock 650 in excellent condition that he's owned since new. He mentioned possibly selling it but doesn't want it to turn into someones Frankenstein project, guess I don't blame him! Felt that way about my 450, it wasn't pretty pretty but you just don't feel right about hacking up an honest survivor.
    Exactly; which is why any mods I do to mine are bolt-on only. No sawzall here.
    Of course, if I pop my clogs and the bike passes into new ownership I'll have no say in the matter.
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    80 GS850T Single HIF38 S.U. SH775, Tow bar, Pantera II. Gnarly workhorse & daily driver.
    79 XS650SE - Pragmatic Ratter - goes better than a manky old twin should.
    92 XJ900F - Fairly Stock, for now.

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