1972 Yamaha XS-2 (650cc)
What's up everybody? I haven't posted in awhile, but thought what better way to get back into the swing of things than showing you all my new project. I was working at an old ladys house last week and noticed a sweet classic mustang in the open garage. I walked in to check it out and a front wheel poking out from some blankets caught my eye. As we were leaving, I metioned to her that I was into old japanese motorcycles and that if she wanted to get rid of it I'd be interested. Her exact words were "That was my husbands bike, but he's been dead for 6 years. No one in the family wants it and I just don't know what to do with it. I want someone to have it who's going to fix it up, so if you want it come get it this weekend. You can have it." So that's what I did, and here it is. It's a 1972 Yamaha XS-2, which is the predecessor to the 650 special. The best part: it's got 2650 miles on the odometer. He bought it new and last liscensed it in 1975, so it spent three years on the road. It even still has the protective film on the back of the mirror. All solid, original equipment, all the way down to the mufflers. Even the tires are some how like new, with absolutely 0 dryrot. Even better, he drained the carbs and case before parking it, so all I needed to do was scrub out the tank, clean out the petcocks (yes it has two, one for each cylinder), and install oil and a new battery. 2 hours worth of work and I was driving it around the block. Check it out; the first two pics are when I brought it home, the third is after a good scrub. I haven't removed much rust yet, but it cleans off easily so far.