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Brief History of Yamaha XS650
When the first XS650 model was launched in 1968 at the Tokyo Motorshow, no one could predict that it will be Yamaha’s longest running and bestselling model. The first four stroke model on which the whole series is based, was the legendary Yamaha XS1 650cc with its parallel air cooled twin engine and horizontally split crankcase. After initial hiccup by Yamaha with name changing from XS to TX and back in early 1970’s, the official Yamaha XS 650 production began in 1975.
Early Yamaha 650 XS
Yamaha XS1/XS1B/XS2 which could be considered the XS650A were ideal stepping stones for people riding two stroke 250cc or 350cc. The Yamaha XS 650 had a narrow and tall engine, giving the bike a slim profile, it was fairly lightweight due to the two stroke frame it was mounted onto and fairly easy to manoeuvre. The disadvantage of such configuration were vibrations 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, the XS650 Yamaha was a great bike, it quickly became popular for its reliability, easy maintenance and the leak-proof crankcase.
The 1975 XS650B was the first of the “Standard” series produced by Yamaha until 1979. This model had disc brakes on both wheels and 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 XS650E & XS650F were the last standard models introduced by Yamaha, the hunger for cruiser style custom motorcycles just took over and production had to adapt.
Yamaha XS650 Special
Born in 1978 as Yamaha XS650SE, the first “Special Edition” cruiser 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 models kept changing from drum brakes to disc brakes and back to drum as time went by, so did the wheel style. In United States the production continued way into mid 1980’s with XS650SI & XS650SJ Heritage Special models.
The legendary XS series motorcycles were discontinued in 1985 to make way for the new XJ models.
XS 650 Spare Parts
The XS650 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 Yamaha models ever. On our website you can therefore find a variety of Yamaha XS 650 spare parts for your favourite XS650 cafe racer, XS650 bobber, XS650 Chopper or even parts for custom street trackers.
The price of the original models was reasonable and Yamaha XS650 spares were and some of them still are easily accessible. Some of those that Yamaha stopped producing we have decide to reproduce.
We understand that especially rubber parts and seals disintegrate over time. We now stock over 90 essential Yamaha XS650 parts required for your restoration project.
- 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, Footrest & Brake Pedal – If exposed to element, footrest rubbers crack, we therefore stock front & rear footrest rubbers, gear lever as well as kickstart 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 full Tacho & Speedo Kit that contains dampers and hardware for refitting to tacho and speedo cables, lever covers, socketassembly cables and light bulbs.
- Brakes & Master Cylinders – We stock variety of rubber boots, diaphragms and spacers that can help you restore your existing master cylinders. We will adding full master cylinder repair kit in near future.
- Front forks & Steering – Besides offering the usual front fork dust boots and oils seals, we also stock fork rubber dampers, steering 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 mounting dampers with matching bolts and washers, to mud flaps and light lenses. Many of these 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 need a parts list, please email us.
There are also Yamaha XS650 owners clubs and specialised 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 Australia, xs650.com - Yamaha XS650 Forum, XS650 Klub Danmark, Chopper Bobbers Club
This section contains Yamaha 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