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  • 1980 XS1100 rescue project

    A few months ago I got a 1980 XS1100 that had been outside stored not running for nearly fifteen years. It’s now running and almost ready to ride. A couple pictures here, the one with the “sissy bar” is how it came to me and the other is a couple months after I’ve had it.

  • #2
    Nice bike!

    Good job getting it back on the road.

    Looks like you preferred to put a 1979 Special seat on a 1980 Special.
    '79 XS1100SF 20k miles
    '80 XS1100SG 42k miles
    '81 XS1100H Venturer 35k miles
    '79 XS750SF 20k miles
    '85 Honda V65 Magna ~7k miles
    '84 Honda V65 Magna 48k miles (parts bike)
    '86 Yamaha VMAX 7k miles

    Previous: '68 Motoguzzi 600cc + '79 XS750SF 22k miles +'84 Honda V65


    • #3
      I did put a ‘79 seat on the bike. The original seat, aluminum grab bar and tail light was removed. The ‘79 seat fits without any mounting or interference problems and I installed a conventional fender mount tailight/license setup.


      • #4
        Went for the first 10 mile ride since getting the bike running safely. Small steps before a big leap, I’ve never had a XS 1100 before and for a 41 year old bike to ride as well as it does is impressive to me. The motor is smooth and responsive and the suspension (without a tune up) was comfortable. I like it.
        Last edited by cnap504; 05-04-2021, 07:25 PM.


        • #5
          Yeah, now your done for! One ride and you just don't seem to care that much for other older machines.
          Ray Matteis
          XS1100 E '78 (winter project)
          XS1100 SF Bob Jones worked on it!