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Sorry guys yes this is a commando forum but i beleive i have noticed an x factory guy lurking here, anyway my question is that i have an X police 650SS that appears to be a matching number 1966 model first registered in NZ january 67, at a show last weekend i got into discussion with a gentleman that told me he purchased an x police 650SS in 1968 first owner after the police an yes he could still remember the rego number which turned out to be the bike i own, my quetion is that i beleived all 650SS were silver yet he is adament when he purcased the bike in1968 it was a darher red possibly atlas colours? is there any body that may be able to coment on this?
thanks Al
 
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I believe all the consumer market 650SS bikes had black frames, silver tanks and chrome mudguards. Since police forces bought in quantity, they could specify colors and a dark red or maroon for frame, tank and mudguards was fairly common. I remember seeing Lancashire Constabulary bikes in that color scheme.

I was at N-V Wolverhampton, rather than at Plumstead, so I didn't see production bikes very often.
 
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Thanks Frank
My one has chrome guards and black frame it apears that only the tank colour was changed to red
Regards Al
 
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Al:

I think the 650SS and the Atlas had the same steel tank and badges. Your 650 may have acquired a red Atlas tank sometime in its career.

BTW - does it have the higher output electrics that police rigs had? The radio gear back in the 60s was still pretty thirsty, individual transistors, etc. There were usually a tubular steel pannier each side of the back wheel with the radio gear in and an antenna mounted in the middle od the back mudguard. Most of them had a single seat also, and some had additional stuff over the top of the mudguard on a bridge between the two panniers.

The generator/alternator would have a different part number than the civilian bike. The power cables would be thicker and there'd be a big feeder cable going down the back for the comm gear.
 
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It has 4 Threaded holes in the tank [possible radio mount] but that is the only vsible differance though this bike has been in civillian life for over 40 years with all the modifacations that go with a bike of this age
 
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