I bought a 1982 Yamaha XS650 “heritage special” for $250 a couple years back. I have slowly replaced parts and cleaned others. I wanted to learn how to rebuild a bike, taking everything apart and putting it back together, and now I’m done.


I have replaced every wire, using a modified chopper diagram, but still having lights in the gauges and blinkers. I used 2004 Kawasaki control switch for lights, horn, blinkers, and garage door opener. Made the seat myself, and polished all of the aluminum. This took some time, but it’s so much fun to ride.

Jared Ford

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