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Wayne Kennedy's staggered crank XS650
Here is a pic (I have a few) of the bike. It has done 3000K now and hasn't missed a beat, except a plug goes every 900K, not on the same cylinder and not oil fouled. I was using B8ES plugs and now trying BP7ES. I think it could have something to do with LRP fuel. The plugs look rusty when you pull them out. This motor doesn't like Unleaded, or even Premium.
With the staggered crank I had to put in a 7 plate clutch to handle the torque and now that slips anywhere near 4000RPM. I've had it up to 180K (with an SV 650 next to me to verify speed) and it slipped like shit and it had more to go. The rest of the motor is stock, apart from anXS2 cam, but with a good exhaust and the staggered crank the power SNAPS in at about 5000RPM. Vibration? Why balance the crank when now I can sit on 120K all day, even with solid mount handlebars. Any more pics or info just give me a yell.
As of the September 2012, Old yella is currently for sale in Just Motorcycles magazine if you want to buy the first 277° ever made and registered in Oz
Here's a couple of pics Wayne sent in of his former rides, above is his classic racer and below his Rickman framed XS.
Wayne's new project the XS650 motor in a ZZR250 frame.
Wayne Kennedy's Gixer Project
Cheers for now, Wayne
PS. The biggest thing
with this project bike is choosing a colour to
paint it, I will use 2 pack this time, I found
these wonderful modern unleaded fuels eat acrylic
As you can see, the motor is now
back in the frame. The motor now has 0.75mm
oversize pistons, 277 degree crank and cam to
suit, new cam chain and guides, new rods, clutch
plates, gear lever shaft. I converted the sprocket
type cam chain adjuster to the later arm one, I
didn't know that the screw adjusters are different
, so I had to extend the shaft in the screw
another 20mm for it to reach the arm. The head has
been ported and polished to match the new 36mm
Mikuni's. An oil cooler/filter was also put on.I
want to put on a permenant magnet alternator, but
Mike "Mercury" can't get those any more
and is trying to source a new manufacturer so I'll
just have to wait and see what happens. Not having
a garage makes it hard to work on in winter as all
my bikes are housed on the back veranda.
I finally got the panel work painted, still have to cut and polish the fuel tank. The exhaust is all tacked together and will be TIG welded later this week. I have to make up remote fuel taps as there isn't enough room under the tank to use the original tap. The trigger plate for the ignition is made and I now have to cut the degrees for the firing onto it. I have to also make up a roller for the chain so it misses the gear lever shaft as I am using an 18 tooth sprocket to allow for the smaller rear wheel. I'm slowly getting there and can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. Next is to make up the gear change rods to go onto the footrest mount.
But for a crook igniter Wayne's bike is ready to go, can't wait to hear how it performs.
David McLeod's TX650
Dave sent me this picture of his TX which he says still has the original paint and chrome, must have been a well loved machine to be kept in such beautiful condition.
Phil Hudson's Heritage Special
Phil Hudson's very nice and completely original Heritage Special. Phil tells me it's done only 2300 miles.
Anthony Friedrich's 1978 Special
I have been promising some pics of my rebuilt bike, well here they are. Its finaly finished, well sort of. there is always something more to do on them.
Wilco Van Slyl's TX650A
Wilco's bike started out a bit worse the wear but over time blossomed into what it is today below.
With a lot of hard work.
Tidied up nice didn't it.
Thursday, 06 November 2014