80's XJ Cafe Project

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MrSam
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Motorcycles Owned Currently: 1988 Yamaha XJ600 & 2016 Yamaha XSR700

Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:08 pm

Hi Guys

I thought I might start a thread on my Cafe racer project.
I first bought this bike around 4 months ago in this state and while it turned over, it would not start.
The original owner thought it to be an electrical issue.
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Knowing that the bike was trying to turn over and that there was spark I moved onto the fuel delivery. (Air delivery was perfectly fine)
I started in the tank and although on initial inspection it looked fine, after removing the petcock I found that the reserve filter was dislodged and rust flakes were in its place. Luckily the filter was still floating in the tank...
After that I moved to the carbs, pulled them apart and cleaned out the extensive filth.
This was enough to get the bike running and it was time to take it for a spin.
Now that I knew the bike would run, it was time to order some parts for servicing including some much needed rubber intake boots.
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At the time of replacing the boots I decided to look into the the carb settings. Mostly everything was good except the pilot screws. They were all over the place. Some were 1 turn out and others 4 turns out.

In the mean time i had the new clip on handle bars, speedo/tacho, bar end mirrors and fresh cables turn up.
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Now it was time to hack the frame and get it ready for the new saddle.
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More to follow...
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Slartibartfast
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:34 pm

Reckon this is going to be good :-)

Love the everything-is-black colour, think thats what I'll be doing with mine
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Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:50 am

Looks awesome so far, what's it like with the clip on handlebars?

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MrSam
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Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:41 pm

Hey Guys

Thanks for the feed back.
Unfortunately the tank will not remain the colour it is and in fact it is currently blue (weird lighting but it will show up better in photos to come).
The clip on handle bars are definitely a terrible move if you are after comfort. It majorly changes it to an aggressive riding position but that's what its all about with the cafe style.
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