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post #1 of 37 Old 07-27-2008, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Out with the old, in with the...older?

I wasn't actively looking for an old metric cruiser but have been keeping my eyes open for a while. I'd much rather have this than the 87 1100 shadow that never happened a while back.

Gone is my '02 xr650L.



Taking its place in the garage is this '86 v65 Magna. 1 owner, 11k miles.
I stole it.



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post #2 of 37 Old 07-27-2008, 06:33 PM
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Thumbs up Nice find

AWESOME condition
My brother has the 85 shadow 700 burgandy, it's gathering dust never touched after his accident.

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Very nice. The best color!

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Wow I just noticed the Qualifiers NEW RUBBER SOON

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Heh, I wrecked an XR650...crashed well. Memories.

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Bike is in great shape.

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Nice bike! gotta love power cruisers.

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Don't believe it will handle the off road like the 650 but hey i never thought a 919 could either. Brevity proved me wrong there! Sharp lookin' bike!

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Real nice, I remember replacing the rubber intake carburetor mounts. The carbs come off real easy, but putting them back on is another story! Good luck with it.

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Now that is retro cool!

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Very nice! Now ride it like you stole it...oh wait...you did steal it...so...uh...just ride it?... I guess. I need to go to sleep.

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Damn, I thought this was a McCain campaign ad....

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I'm going to flog that thing

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Absolutely gorgeous...

The V65 Magna and Sabre were my favorite big-bore bikes back then.

That thing looks cherry!!

One of the only cruisers to this day that will wheelie with little trouble.

Bring that thing up to Marcus Dairy, I want to check it out!

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Nice ride ! Ditto on the carb thing - bleeding knuckles will follow should you ever need to get thme off !

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What happened to the 650?

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What happened to the 650?
He just wasn't man enough to handle it......

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Absolutely gorgeous...

The V65 Magna and Sabre were my favorite big-bore bikes back then.

That thing looks cherry!!

One of the only cruisers to this day that will wheelie with little trouble.

Bring that thing up to Marcus Dairy, I want to check it out!
My brother in law has the Sabre. It's got no 2nd gear & he refuses to fix it because it's been that way since he bought it 15 yrs ago for $600. He shifts from 1st to 3rd & says that's fine for him.

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Nice ride ! Ditto on the carb thing - bleeding knuckles will follow should you ever need to get thme off !
The part I failed to mention.....it hasn't run for 5 yrs. I am well aware how much of a headache carb removal is on this beast. One carb is very accessible on the left side though so I'll drop that bowl & take a peek. Not looking forward to pulling them all but riding it will be worth it.

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What happened to the 650?
The 650 was intended to be a flipper from the start. I needed a bike for a dualsport event 'cause my KTM was out of commission.

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He just wasn't man enough to handle it......
Ur a dik.

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Somthing else to check, werent these the bikes wiht the crappy coating on the cams ? I seem to rember having to replace cams on the V65 motors quite a bit back in the day ---

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wow, good memory dude! Top end oil starvation on early models wrecked cams. Holeshot sells a top end oiling kit for a few hundred bucks. I'm hoping they figured it out by '86 but I'll look around a little bit more.
There's a good chance I can triple my money with this thing so there's no telling how long it'll be around.

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I hear ya ! ZTripleing your cash, well, thats just killer - Im hopingto be done iwht my 1995 ZX7 project, granted, Ill never see triple my cash,but, as long as I come out a little bit ahead !

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I liked the XR650L better.

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YOU would.

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where u boltin up the NAWZ ?!?!

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drained the old fuel, vacuumed the mouse nest from the airbox, put in new battery & fresh fuel and damn if she didn't fire right up! that's a Honda for ya I guess. That was just too easy.

Old article: Gleason ran a 10.84 on it.

http://www.magnaownersoftexas.com/v65/v65article.htm

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awesome !!

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I have a 84 V65 Magna that I have had now for about 9 years.
When found it had been sitting in an underground parking garage for about 5 years.
I didn't really know that much about them so I started looking them up on the net and decided I had to have the bike. I finally located the guy that owned it and he said he would sell it to me for 450 but I had to take the other bike that was sitting in the garage as well. It was a yamaha 650 maxim.

Anyway I took the bikes home and started working on the magna.
the V4 configuration on the carbs make them a royal bitch to get in and out.
I got a rebuild kit for those and cleaned at least a 1/4 inch of dried nasty ass old gas out of the bowls. Drained the coolant system and replaced the thermostat. Replaced the battery, fuel filter, brake lines with SS and tires with Dunlop D205's.

I have been ridding her since without really a problem and now have 46,300 miles on her. I took a 5 hour ride down to my mom and Step dads cabin in WV over the weekend and back to Columbus with a total of a little over 500 miles and she never missed a beat.

Oh yea I have also replaced the handle bars with lower drag style bars and put a KN filter on.
If I can find a pic I will post.

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Cool, thanks Paul. I wouldn't mind seeing a shot of those bars if you've got one handy.

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I don't have any pics handy at the moment I will see what I have when I get home tomorrw.
The cams were a big worry for a while on these bikes. However there are couple ways that it can be corrected. There is a guy ( Dave Dodge)that has been racing and buiding these bike since they came out.
He has designed top end oiling kit that takes oil from the oil gallery without causeing a pressure drop and tranfers enough to the top end cure the oiling issue.
There is another one that uses a adaptor that goes on where the oil filter screws on and transfers oil to the top ends.

The best way to see if you need a oil kit is just to pop off one of the valve covers and take a look at the cams and see how they look.

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What's faster a Magna or a V-Max (not the new one)?

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post #33 of 37 Old 09-03-2008, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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good question. my gut tells me it was the vmax but i'll have to look it up.
pee wee gleason ran a 10.84 (best) on a magna. lessee.....

looks like he might have run a 10.67 on a '85 vmax so it's close that for sure.
The vmax definitely has a much larger following. In fact, you can still get a supercharger
kit for the old vmax but they quit making it for the v65 a long time ago.

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The original Vmax was made to compete with the Magna and came out i believe in 84 a year after the magna.
Of the original 83 Magna and Vmax they were very close in speed up until the top end when that big Max walked on it however in the curves with radial tires the magna out handles the max easily. Then over the years they sort of detuned the Max so the older magnas are able to beat some of them.
Now with the new max I would give it hands down to the new Max.
That bike is bad ass!!

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Here is a pic of my bike before the handle bar swap
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post #36 of 37 Old 09-03-2008, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Nice!
what tires did you choose for yours?

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post #37 of 37 Old 09-04-2008, 01:45 AM
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I run Dunlop 205's but another good one is Avon AV55 storms for front and AV46 Azaro ST rear.

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