Phil Kovacs 1982 XS650 Heritage Special:
What an incredible website you offer to 650 afficionados. Thanks for making so much valuable information available. OK, so here's my story. Back in May 1972, I bought myself a brand new, gorgeous red and white XS 650 as my college graduation present. My first bike, during high school, was a 64 Triumph Bonneville, which, after some engine mods, was quick, but I never could stop the oil leaks. Then there were the electrical issues. Well the Yamaha was everything the Bonneville wasn't: smooth, reliable, modern - and it did NOT leak. Unfortunately I sold my Yamaha in '74 to a kid who chopped it and shortly afterward drove it into the side of a car. He lived but the bike was trash.
Fast forward 29 years to this spring when, for some strange reason I got it in my head to buy another bike. I found a completely restored, perfect '72 in Chicago but the guy wanted a fortune for it. It turned out for the best because I located a 1982 650SJ Heritage Special with an original 1630 miles on it - AND it was in near mint condition as you can see in the attached photos. I've had it a couple of weeks and have managed only to put on a few hundred miles, but what a blast it is. It's amazing how many comments and compliments the bike draws. Most people refuse to believe how old it is. My wife is telling her friends I'm having a affair with a 21 year-old. Right now the bike is completely stock except for the bars and I'm having too much fun to start modifications - those are for this winter. I'll be spending time on your website doing research to decide exactly how I can improve (more HP?) this beautiful old Gal....
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