|Model||1979 Yamaha XS650 Special|
An excerpt from CMG…
“Motorcyclists should be interested in this machine because of its historical significance.
By the late 1970s, the Big Four realized there was Big Money to be made emulating the factory custom look that was pioneered by Willie G and his MoCo associates. Suddenly, all the Japanese had some sort of cruiser in the lineup, with a stepped seat and buckhorn handlebars, and usually with a bit more rake and some funky wheels. Because none of the Japanese had proper V-twin engines until Yamaha introduced the Virago (the CX/GL line doesn’t count), they just went ahead and used the parallel twins and inline-fours they already had in the lineup. Ironically, this German-derived, Japanese-built engine has often been called the best Brit twin of all time, as it really did look like a UK design, but with overhead cam instead of pushrods. Combined with classic British styling, the engine was one of the keys to the success.
This example has been collector owned and well cared for. Appears to be an original 2000 mile motorcycle. Paint is excellent and original. Starts, runs and rides out as it should. It is very clean with no leaks. It does have a seeping petcock on the right side that causes the smell of gas to be noticed. No visible leaks and it doesn’t flood the engine as it starts up easily with electric starter or kick. It has single front and rear disc brakes. Front tubes are dry with no shock oil seepage. Tires are in excellent condition as well. It has lifetime washable K&N performance air filters. Chrome is in great condition as is the vinyl seal. The rear foot pegs have been removed and are not included. The brake and clutch levers have some peeling paint and the left mirror has a crack.
A very attractive Japanese take on classic British styling with great reliability and easy fun factor.
|Displacement:||654.0 ccm (39.91 cubic inches)|
|Engine type:||Twin, four-stroke SOHC 2V|
|Power:||50.0 HP (36.5 kW)) @ 6800 RPM|
|Top speed:||181.0 km/h (112.5 mph)|
|Bore x stroke:||75.0 x 74.0 mm (3.0 x 2.9 inches)|