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XJ650 Cafe Racer Progect Bike

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So for the past 2 months I've been working on a 1982 Yamaha Seca XJ650L. I bought it for 600 bucks with 26k miles on it. It looked terrible 80's style. Which is fine for some, but I saw the tank and instantly knew I was gonna have to make her a cafe racer.
This link is exactly what she looked like, though the one in the pic is a bit cleaner.

So it had a few gasket leaks that I have since replaced but have been having some electrical issues that I'm repairing right now and waiting for a new solenoid to come in. You guys know with this old bikes, sometimes parts take forever.

Here are a few pics of what I have so far, I have a video on of it also, but it hasn't been fully uploaded yet. Let me know what you guys think!!!
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8Spade, I'm cafeing an 83 seca 650.

So far I have clubmans, 4-into-1 exhaust, bar end mirrors, cafe seat. Hoping to get rearsets in the future, and wouldn't mind doing the 4-Pod setup... If so many mechanics didn't tell me it was too much of a hassle.

I cant see putting a fairing over that sweet 8 inch headlight, though I'm considering a windscreen off a ducati monster or buell... something small to keep the wind of the gauges.

How did you find setting up your bike with the pods and exhaust? (assuming you have your exhaust by now).

Hey By'
Just checked out your pics, I like it. I have a similar seat and taillight on mine. And im in the process of painting it black with a stripe.

I'm going with a checker stripe like the new thruxtons and pin striping around the indentation in the tank with silver (the area you have painted white).

I've been considering painting the frame and engine silver and polishing the outer cases as well.

Thoughts? Keep me posted on your progress, good to see someone else with a similar project.

Hey By'
8Spade, If you ARE worried about the turn signals, I re-located and shortened mine.

(Pardon the old pic / unfinished bike)

Cut off the original seca turn signal at the taper then knocked it into itself and fastened it to where the handle used to go.

I have a better pic on another comp if you want to see.

Hey By'
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