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Project Grandson's bike - XT600Z

Discussion in 'Other Projects - Other Bikes (non 250's)' started by Murdo, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Murdo

    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

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    My eldest grandson scored this poor XT600Z that has been sitting behind a shed in the weather for years. The engine would not turn over and the forks are bent, the plastics are all broken off after sitting in the Aussie sun, the exhaust fell off when he moved it, the electrics are cut about or missing, the seat is crumbling and a lot of bits rusty or missing.
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    It is fitted with a motard front wheel but will be good for him when we get it back on the road. We got the engine out (he did most of the work as I am still too sore to lift anything heavy) and the head off to find it was only an exhaust valve stuck open. I showed him how to get the valves out and they all look good and will lap in ok. The bore is still standard and piston good, so a light hone and new rings will get it going again.
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    The frame will require a full strip down and repaint and a lot of searching for new bits. He has 9 months before he gets his 'L's so he best get busy.
     
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    Having seen your efforts of previous bikes , I know this is going to be an awesome bike build , but hot damm, Couldn’t he have bought something a little more saveable ?
     
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    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

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    My thoughts exactly! I am hardly well enough to do much so it will be his show with my supervision.
     
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    If only the bike could tell it's story where it's been / what happened to it to , to end looking like that.
    That tank is bloody huge though , full of fuel that would be top heavy.

    The bike it still going to get the Murdo special treatment correct ?. No doubt you'll will be working in the shed late at night while the Grandson isn't there.

    Another bike being brought back to life , what a great Forum we have here !.

    Found this one listed , it's very nice.
    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/helensburgh/motorcycles/yamaha-xt600-z/1271332564
     
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    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

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    No, how will he learn if I do all the bits? This is his bike, his choice and he can do all the work (and pay for the bits too).
     
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    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

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    The boy came over today and finished stripping the frame.
    This is the left fork leg after he slid the gaiter down to look at the bend. Was easy to pour the oil out.
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    Even RAD wont be able to fix those forks....
     
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    I welded up the broken bits of the frame and took to sand blasters. Picked up Thursday, paint on way home and painted Friday morning. He came over today to work on bike ( even brought his own lunch!!!) and he has done well. Got a lot of bits cleaned up and even bolted some on.
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    Damn many young fellas would be envious and truly jealous to be in the presence of greatness to resuscitate a bike in that condition

    I remember the previous XT600 reanimation - this one too, will be a miracle of similar proportions
     
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