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Old 07-10-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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1979 Yamaha XS1100 Special

FIRST! lol. anyways. i thought i would go ahead and break in this section.
so here is a few pics of my beast.

BOSS:
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Airpods for the win!
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33 year old chrome. still lookin gooooood!
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low 20's on the odo. this bike hasnt been rebuilt, its a survivor!
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its my daily. you jelly?
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i get lots of compliments at the dealer where i work, and even just gassing up around town. i get the impression that back in 79' this was the closest thing to a busa that was out on the streets.

i might be sellin it this month or next. i would also be willing to trade it plus cash for an RZ350.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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rz350. . .as in a 2 stroke? Good luck finding one as I think that would be one of a fun little street ride!
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I had one of the Midnight specials back in the 80's, great motor in those things.
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'79 XS1100s were the baddest bikes around back then. I couldn't afford one so I got the XS 850 instead.
Always wished I had a little more money, still do. lol
By 1980 they had detuned the XS1000's to comply with emissions regs, same reason the XS750's became XS850 in 1980, so the '79s were the fastest.
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rz350. . .as in a 2 stroke? Good luck finding one as I think that would be one of a fun little street ride!

yeah!!! i see them on ebay a lot...there is usually between 1-4 on there, usually 3-6k depending on condition. i really freaking want one.

i dont know what to do with this old XS. i like it, but i realized thats because i like near ANYTHING on two wheels. cruising is kind of cool, but its not really for me. i think the motorcycle put this bike in my hands to be its guardian...hopefully i can pass it on to the next rider in good condition and ill get my wish...
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That thing is cool as , so by the dyno method is it fast?
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That thing is cool as , so by the dyno method is it fast?

yes and no...

it feels like the low gears have tons of torque...riding it on the strip it has a very "muscle car" feel to it, its almost over kill...me and a co-worker left work at the same time, he starts to pull along side me in some VW wanna be euro-ricer (idk what you call those) i glanced back, goosed it, and he said the front end came up a few inches...i didnt even it feel it though lol...i think i was in 3rd, and downshifted and grabbed a handful...

on the highway, its not so much...its still got some "escape" acceleration, but not as much as i would like being on two wheels. that being said, i havnt had the carbs balanced after i cleaned them and the XS forums gurus say that a carb sync can make a "radical" difference in HP...so im sure thats part of the problem. they are probably way off...low end might be really scary once i have that done.

what is really disappointing is chicks completely miss the vintage aspect of it. at first glance they cant tell the difference between this and like an 02 shadow aero with some wear and tear. some douche rolls up on a craigslist kan-o-tuna with a rotten pipe, duct taped turn signals, and rusty droopy chain, and they are like "oh, hi!". seriously?
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lmao,i almost feel your pain, im on a 98 suzuki tl 1000 and all they say is "it kinda sounds like a harley" "or is that 4 wheeler mufflers?" FML clean bike though
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The green bike on my avatar is a 1979 xs 1100 still needs drag bars though
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That was the bike to have in 79. I had a 80 xs750 in college.
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