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Old 08-17-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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Hi folks - wondering if anyone can help identify this bike (click for larger view):


This photo was taken in 1971, so obviously the bike can't be newer than then

Any help is welcome, as I haven't the foggiest idea how to go about trying to ID this thing.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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That's a 1971 XS1-B 650 Yamaha
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:47 AM   #3
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That's a 1971 XS1-B 650 Yamaha
Google confirms you're correct. That was wicked fast, too... are you familiar with them, or do you have a secret method of figuring that out? I'm seriously impressed.

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:55 AM   #4
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Google confirms you're correct. That was wicked fast, too... are you familiar with them, or do you have a secret method of figuring that out? I'm seriously impressed.

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I'm familiar with them in that they were nice bikes when I was a kid. I had the good fortune to grow up in a motorcycling family and be around at the crucial turning point when the Japanese bikes went from being small two strokes to major players. These were usually color coded by year by the way...
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I'm familiar with them in that they were nice bikes when I was a kid. I had the good fortune to grow up in a motorcycling family and be around at the crucial turning point when the Japanese bikes went from being small two strokes to major players. These were usually color coded by year by the way...
Just don't use the electric stater. Sounds like the thing is self-destructing.
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You're too kind son, now buy a razor, get a haircut and go find a dam* job fer Cris' sake........
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