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03-30-2016, 09:45 PM,
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New to Me 650!
My main bike is a Honda VTX1800R. I've always wanted a fat tired cruiser and love the retro style. I love the Honda but it's a big bike.

I gave my sister a Shadow last year and rode it some while I was working on it. I liked having a smaller bike to cruise to town on so have been looking for a good deal on one for myself.

I found this 2006 650 V-star. The guy advertised it as a custom but from the pictures I've seen, it's a classic. Or someone has changed the fenders.

The bike has newly installed custom exhaust (Which has no baffles) which is wrapped. The bike has been lowered and it has ape hangers. It also has the wheels powder coated black. It is a previous lay down bike with damage to the right side of the fuel tank. The tank was sanded down too thin and was leaking fuel when I bought it. I cleaned off the bondo and a patch someone tried to put on it and could push a box knife blade thru in several places. I did some welding to fix the holes (What a pain) I then put sealer in the tank with emphasis on the side with the damage. After letting it dry for a couple days I installed fiberglass over it and it's setting now. I'll finish it up with bondo to bring the tank back to the right shape and then paint the tank Satin black with Satin clear over it.

The bike runs good but needs re-jetting due to the exhaust change and a K&N filter that was added recently.

I'm looking forward to getting it finished up and get to riding it.


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03-30-2016, 10:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2016, 10:48 PM by pauli466.)
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RE: New to Me 650!
(03-30-2016, 09:45 PM)smokindawg Wrote: My main bike is a Honda VTX1800R. I've always wanted a fat tired cruiser and love the retro style. I love the Honda but it's a big bike.

I gave my sister a Shadow last year and rode it some while I was working on it. I liked having a smaller bike to cruise to town on so have been looking for a good deal on one for myself.

I found this 2006 650 V-star. The guy advertised it as a custom but from the pictures I've seen, it's a classic. Or someone has changed the fenders.

The bike has newly installed custom exhaust (Which has no baffles) which is wrapped. The bike has been lowered and it has ape hangers. It also has the wheels powder coated black. It is a previous lay down bike with damage to the right side of the fuel tank. The tank was sanded down too thin and was leaking fuel when I bought it. I cleaned off the bondo and a patch someone tried to put on it and could push a box knife blade thru in several places. I did some welding to fix the holes (What a pain) I then put sealer in the tank with emphasis on the side with the damage. After letting it dry for a couple days I installed fiberglass over it and it's setting now. I'll finish it up with bondo to bring the tank back to the right shape and then paint the tank Satin black with Satin clear over it.

The bike runs good but needs re-jetting due to the exhaust change and a K&N filter that was added recently.

I'm looking forward to getting it finished up and get to riding it.
if the title says xv65 (A) its a classic the custom doesn't carry the (A) designation. that bike also has a classic fork covers and seat and faux transmission cover front wheel is classic also. even the frame says classic because the kick stand on a custom is mounted 3 inches further forward than yours because customs use pegs. i saw a good used tank yesterday on ebay 40.00 free shipping it had a small dent about the size of quarter on it though.
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03-30-2016, 11:09 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2016, 11:24 PM by smokindawg.)
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RE: New to Me 650!
I'd be happy to pay $40 for a tank.......... Even though I almost have this one done.

I haven't looked at the title but I guess I was correct. I have a classic. It has floorboards as well.
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04-05-2016, 12:41 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-05-2016, 07:25 AM by smokindawg.)
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RE: New to Me 650!
I got a jet kit and cleaned the carbs, adjusted the needles and installed the jet kit. The bike is night and day. It ran ok before but hesitated a bit and was cold blooded for quite a while.

After the kit the bike starts right up, idles great and has power and pulls in all rpm ranges. I'm more than happy and the kit was $50.

I also got the tank welded, sealed and the bondo on it and it's now ready to paint. Bike is looking good and running good. It's ready to ride now! At least will be when I get the thing registered.
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04-15-2016, 09:38 AM,
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RE: New to Me 650!
I actually sealed the inside of the tank and then fiberglassed the outside and finished it up with bondo.

I just couldn't get past how loud and crackly the short custom exhaust on the bik is. So I made a set of Lollipop baffles for it. It's a lot calmer but still sounds very good. Bike is running great.

I also took the old bike horn off and replaced it with a Bad Boy mini air horn. I figured that if you can't hear the horn over the exhaust, it's the wrong horn for the bike.

I'm more than happy with my $700 bike!
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