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History of Yamaha XS650 

Yamaha XS650 magazine poster

When the first XS650 model was launched in 1968 at the Tokyo Motorshow, no one could predict that it will be one of the bestselling Japanese bikes.

The first model, on which the whole series is based, was the legendary Yamaha XS1 650cc. It had a parallel twin air cooled engine and gearbox in a unit construction with crankcase split horizontally.

The engine was also unique. The XS650 engine was equipped with valves that were operated by a single overhead camshaft (SOHC). Various bearings are used throughout, four ball bearings in the camshaft and roller bearings are used throughout the rest of the engine, connecting rods turn on needle bearings.

After an initial hiccup by Yamaha with the name changing from XS to TX and back in the early 1970s, the 1975 Yamaha XS 650 was born.


Earlier models of Yamaha XS 650

Yamaha XS1/XS1B/XS2 which could be considered the XS650A were ideal stepping stones for people riding two-stroke 250cc or 350cc. This motorcycle classic had a narrow and tall engine, giving the motorcycle a slim profile, it was fairly lightweight due to the two-stroke frame the engine was mounted onto and fairly easy to manoeuvre.

The disadvantage of such configuration was engine vibration at higher speed and tendency to wobble. The four-stroke engine was designed to mimic the two-stroke design, with two pistons rising and falling together. Despite the handling issues, it was a great bike, it quickly became popular for its reliability, easy maintenance and the leak-proof crankcase.

Putting aside the 1974 TX650A (first of the XS models confusingly marketer under TX), the XS650B was the first of the “Standard” series produced by Yamaha until 1979. This bike had disc brake on front and drum brakes on rear wheels and a new - more solid - frame to tackle the handling issues.

New front forks were introduced on the 1977 XS650D model, going from 34mm to 35mm in diameter. The E & F models were the last standard "café racer" models, the hunger for a cruiser model just took over and production had to adapt.


Yamaha XS650 Special

Born in 1978 as Yamaha XS 650 SE, the first “Special Edition” cruiser model was born. There were several modifications in design and well as performance of the two, but the basic 650cc engine remained. The Specials had smaller gas tanks, wider steadier tires, stepped seat, aluminium grab rails and many other new features. Braking systems on the XS motorcycles kept changing from drum brakes to disc brakes and back to drum as time went by, so did the wheel style.

In 1972 XS motorcycles had an additional electric start fitted with optional kickstart should the battery fail. Another improvement was in ignition. All XS models up to 1979 used points ignition, with two sets of points located on the upper left of the cylinder head. Models after 1979 used electronic ignition system.

In the United States, the production continued way into mid 1980s with Heritage Special models. 

The legendary XS series motorcycles were discontinued in 1985 to make way for the new XJ models.


Yamaha XS650 Parts

The XS 650 is a bike with personality, it could be tweaked and modified to almost any style you could imagine. Nowadays, it is one of the most widely customized motorcycle models ever. On our website you can therefore find a variety of XS650 spare parts for your favourite XS650 café racer, XS650 bobber, XS650 Chopper or even parts for custom street trackers.

The price of the original models was reasonable and Yamaha XS650 parts were and some of them still are easily accessible.

We understand that especially rubber parts and seals disintegrate over time. We now stock over 120 essential XS650 parts required for your restoration project. In our dedicated category, you can find OEM parts as well as aftermarket parts and our own quality reproductions.

Fuel tank

Regardless of size or shape, your fuel tank will certainly need new dampers over time. You want to keep it well protected and insulated from the frame. We also stock new outer and inner seals for your fuel tank cap.

Stand & Pedals

If exposed to element, footrest rubbers crack, we therefore stock front & rear footrest rubbers, gear lever as well as kick-start rubber. We also have footrest dampers, stand stopper, tension spring and various nuts and bolts in stock.

Meters

We have numerous parts that will help you restore your meters, from rubber dampers for tacho and speedo cables, lever covers, socket assembly cables and light bulbs.

Brakes & Master Cylinders 

We stock a variety of rubber boots, diaphragms and spacers that can help you restore your existing master cylinders. We will be adding a full master cylinder repair kit in the near future. 

Front forks & Steering 

Besides offering the usual front fork dust boots and engine oils seals, we also stock fork rubber damperssteering dust seals and adjuster nut.

There are many more essential rubber parts in our collection, from rubber grommets, side panel dampers, seat pads, battery bands and straps, exhaust system mounting dampers with matching bolts and washers, to mud flaps and light lenses. Many of these spare parts have been discontinues for decades!

We don’t aim to provide a complete list of spare Yamaha XS 650 parts, but we hope to supply the majority of the essential rubber and plastic parts that you might need. If you can’t find a specific part on our website to fit your restoration project, or you require a parts list, please email us.

There are also Yamaha XS650 owners clubs and specialised motorcycle classics forums all over the World, especially in Europe, USA and Australia so if you are struggling with your XS650 restoration or custom bikes' project, you have ample of people to turn to for advice, just check out of these links: XS650 Club of Australiaxs650.com - Yamaha XS650 ForumXS650 Klub DanmarkChopper Bobbers Club

This section contains XS 650 parts for models:

1975 Yamaha XS650 B
1976 Yamaha XS650 C 
1977 Yamaha XS650 D 
1978 Yamaha XS650 E & Yamaha XS650 SE 
1979 Yamaha XS650 F & Yamaha XS650 SF
1980 Yamaha XS650 SG
1981 Yamaha XS650 SH
1982-85 Yamaha XS650 SI /SJ /SK /SL

For VIN numbers and exact models please visit The XS Cafe.com 


Technical Specifications of Yamaha XS650

Motorcycle model: Yamaha XS 650

Year: 1975-85

Motorcycle Type: Classic

Dry weight: 191 kg

Ground clearance: 150 mm (5.5 inches)

Fuel tank size: 15 litres (4.0 US gallons)

Engine, Intake & Transmission

Displacement: 653 cc

Engine: parallel twin cylinder, four-stroke

Top speed: 185 km/h

Fuel system: Mikuni Carburettors

Fuel control: Overhead Cams (OHC)

Ignition: Points

Lubrication system: Autolube

Cooling system: Air cooled

Gearbox: 5-speed

Transmission type: Chain

Starting: Electric starter and kickstart

Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels

Frame type: Steel tube

Front suspension: Telescopic forks

Rear suspension: Dual shock absorbers

Front brakes: Single disc

Rear brakes: Expanding drum brakes