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    Hi Guys

    Im Planning to go down the bobber route, really liking the idea of using the XS650 engine and front end but struggling to source both the engines and front end.

    Can anybody recommend similar engines that maybe easier to source? Want a simple engine with kickstart. I'm planning to either find a suitable donor bike or have a hardtail frame custom built

    Thanks

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    XS650s have been really popular since long before the Hipster thing for custom bike building so are rare and expensive.

    Maybe try and old 1970's CB500T, Z750 Kawasaki twin or even a T140 Bonneville ?

    Oh, and welcome to the site

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    What's your budget and how much power do you want?
    Honda XR600 engine would be ideal

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    The Enfield UCE engine, it's classically styled, simple and most of them are kick start.

    Common and cheap too.

    Or you could go for an earlier non-unit engine, they're even cheaper.

    Don't expect any kind of performance from either lump tho'

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    XS650s have been really popular since long before the Hipster thing for custom bike building so are rare and expensive.

    Maybe try and old 1970's CB500T, Z750 Kawasaki twin or even a T140 Bonneville ?

    Oh, and welcome to the site
    T140 engines rarely come up, and when they do they're nudging 2k

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    SRX 400 or 600 - don't know how easy these are to find but lots of Yamaha have these engines ?
    These are rather anaemic singles though

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    not really sure on a budget at the minute, still in the early days of researching options and trying to work out the route to go down.

    not really to fussed on huge amounts of power, ive have the fast bikes in the past and been there done it just fancy something i can poodle about on now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmethurst View Post
    SRX 400 or 600 - don't know how easy these are to find but lots of Yamaha have these engines ?
    These are rather anaemic singles though
    Were they not called the sorrow or sarrow and grey imports?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Were they not called the sorrow or sarrow and grey imports?
    Serow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ink ink View Post
    Serow.
    I was close. Lass i was going out with in the early 90's her wee brother wanted the 400 and could not get one for love nor money. He paid me to hire a van and drive him to London for some impost shop to get one. Crazy but it was a weekend jolly on someone else's expense

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    The original Serow was a 225 (later models were 250cc) small trail bike.

    Nowt like an SRX, although they did make an SRX250 as well as the 400 and 600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Were they not called the sorrow or sarrow and grey imports?
    My bible was Grey Bike - shoulda bought a Bros but I loved the looks of the SRX - there was a grey bike porter in Croydon whose name I've forgotten had loads .
    I remember going to Seastar when they were in a shed sort of .
    To,the original poster - check out Shadetree Surgeon on YouTube as he's put an Xs 650 in a hard tail recently - his channel is easy going

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmethurst View Post
    My bible was Grey Bike - shoulda bought a Bros but I loved the looks of the SRX - there was a grey bike porter in Croydon whose name I've forgotten had loads .
    I remember going to Seastar when they were in a shed sort of .
    To,the original poster - check out Shadetree Surgeon on YouTube as he's put an Xs 650 in a hard tail recently - his channel is easy going
    I dunno what happened to all my copies of Greybike. I bought a 400 Bros because I couldn't afford a Hornet 250. IIRC the biggest Southern Grey dealer was BAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    The original Serow was a 225 (later models were 250cc) small trail bike.

    Nowt like an SRX, although they did make an SRX250 as well as the 400 and 600.
    I'd like a FTR .
    SRX 600 was an official UK import - I'm sure a member of this Parish had a SZR 600 - hankered after one of these for a while .
    Recent FireBlade ownership has meant that I realise that my morotycyling choices of the last 25 years have been wasted and that I have a lot of catching up to do

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