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Forum: Thumpers 01-03-2014, 11:35 AM
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Posted By kta
That's very normal, as long as the motor has good...

That's very normal, as long as the motor has good compression once it catches, you're good to go.
Forum: Ride reports 11-03-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
Thanks for the pin-poke guys! It's been...

Thanks for the pin-poke guys!

It's been quite a while since I've put up anything about my biking. The ADV crew has fallen off the radar of daily life, although not intentionally. However, I hear...
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2013, 08:53 PM
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Posted By kta
Hey All - It's been a while since I've been in...

Hey All - It's been a while since I've been in here, good to be back :freaky

My XR is still kicking strong and is in use almost daily. It's been 300 hours since I put in piston rings and lapped...
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10,926
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Posted By kta
For the same price (I think) you can get the Tusk...

For the same price (I think) you can get the Tusk clutch kit from Rocky Mountain and it has both the friction plates and the steel plates. A better deal in my opinion.

Installation is a breeze -...
Forum: Latin America 12-26-2012, 07:57 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 15,549
Posted By kta
There's tons to do and see around the lake. A...

There's tons to do and see around the lake. A night or two in San Pedro is cool. You can take a boat over to Iguana Perdida for a night. Panajachel is a fun town with decent nightlife.

Antigua is...
Forum: Thumpers 05-25-2012, 06:33 PM
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Posted By kta
My XR and I are living in Antigua Guatemala. So...

My XR and I are living in Antigua Guatemala. So I'm pretty close. :freaky

The riding here is outstanding.
Forum: Thumpers 05-24-2012, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,579
Posted By kta
If it's a cheap motor, 15k could be a ton. If...

If it's a cheap motor, 15k could be a ton. If it's a well built motor, 15k could just be broken in. Either way, for $50 you can put a new piston and rings into nearly any 125 out there and be good as...
Forum: Thumpers 05-24-2012, 01:46 PM
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Posted By kta
Those Islander 36's are great boats. They make...

Those Islander 36's are great boats. They make excellent live-aboard cruisers, and many have circumnavigated. I've got a Cal 3-30 that I'm hoping to sail down to Rio Dulce this summer. Where do you...
Forum: Thumpers 04-26-2012, 01:09 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 17,054
Posted By kta
I love XR threads! :freaky ...

I love XR threads! :freaky

http://photos.evanfell.com/cache/guatemala/IMG_5629_728.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2012, 01:11 PM
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Posted By kta
It fit on the back side of the tank, which...

It fit on the back side of the tank, which basically means the tank bag is sitting on the front 'tongue' of the seat. The gas cap wasn't covered. It could potentially interfere with your 'junk' when...
Forum: Ride reports 03-28-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,618
Posted By kta
Great update Trav - I think you've inspired...

Great update Trav -

I think you've inspired me to start putting more effort into photos. You've been traveling to-and-through many of the places I've been, but your photos are so much nicer. I'm...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 10,926
Views: 1,548,124
Posted By kta
I recently test-fit a Wolfman tank bag on my XR6...

I recently test-fit a Wolfman tank bag on my XR6 and it fit quite nicely (on my Acerbis 6 gallon tank).

This one: http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Tank/explorer_lite.html
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2012, 08:14 AM
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Posted By kta
None of the XR600R's came with passenger pegs....

None of the XR600R's came with passenger pegs. His are welded on custom. My 1995 has some tabs for passenger pegs welded on too. I would never want to go far with a passenger, but the pegs come in...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2012, 07:40 PM
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Posted By kta
My personal opinion - those metal mesh K&N...

My personal opinion - those metal mesh K&N filters suck big time. I don't think they do a great job keeping dirt out, you can't clean them well, and they're heavy and expensive. :puke1

You don't...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
Thanks for the kind words guys. I'm organizing my...

Thanks for the kind words guys. I'm organizing my Belize and Guatemala photos presently, so they'll be up soon.



I really like the compact size and weight of the tent, which is why I selected...
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2012, 02:13 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
South out of Progresso I went to find some lunch...

South out of Progresso I went to find some lunch in Merida. The traffic in the city is quite intense, and the roads are difficult to navigate. I rode through the city square mid day and hardly moved...
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
I had the opportunity to cross paths with...

I had the opportunity to cross paths with Stickfigure at a beach bar a while back and exchange notes and beers. I wanted to ride up to the national park (Ria Lagartos) on the north coast of the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 34,618
Posted By kta
I bumped into him too. Redbike is keeping my XR...

I bumped into him too. Redbike is keeping my XR company today.

http://photos.evanfell.com/cache/guatemala/IMG_5829_728.jpg

:freaky
Forum: Ride reports 03-12-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
Thanks for all the notes guys! I've been...

Thanks for all the notes guys!

I've been having a ball in Central America. I left California over a year and a half ago and I'm still rolling around. I've decided going slow and taking the time...
Forum: Ride reports 02-15-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 64,686
Posted By kta
Great update Nick! I read it this morning on...

Great update Nick! I read it this morning on Facebook. I'm anxious to hear about your crossing to SA. Cheers!
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2012, 06:18 PM
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Posted By kta
That guy has way too much stuff, IMHO. That XR...

That guy has way too much stuff, IMHO. That XR looks really uncomfortable and cluttered to me, it probably feels awful with all that weight on the tail too.

I've run two sets of Dirt Bagz on two...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2011, 09:02 PM
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Posted By kta
The cylinder and piston can be removed with the...

The cylinder and piston can be removed with the motor in the frame. It's a little tricky, but doable. I just did mine a few months ago. Low compression like yours. Lapped the valves, put in new...
Forum: Thumpers 08-02-2011, 01:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,027
Posted By kta
Are you sure about this? If so it must just be...

Are you sure about this? If so it must just be the dual carb XR's. All others can have the top ends removed in the frame.



Nikasil coated bores were only 1988-1990.
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
Hell yes!! ...

Hell yes!!

http://photos.evanfell.com/albums/Travel-Photos/Destination-Ushuaia-Part-1_Nov-2010/IMG_5211.JPG
photo taken a couple hours ago

The bike has been back on the road and in daily...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-27-2011, 05:26 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 12,731
Posted By kta
I'm with the other ATF supporters. I always use...

I'm with the other ATF supporters. I always use it and it always works great.



I don't think that's an accurate comparison. A $4 beer has obvious advantages over a $2 beer, but a dedicated fork...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2011, 03:15 PM
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Posted By kta
I recently put an Acerbis 5.8 on my XR. I like it...

I recently put an Acerbis 5.8 on my XR. I like it :evil

I got it used off craigslist and had it imported it to mexico.
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-19-2011, 07:12 PM
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Views: 1,548,124
Posted By kta
I like to buy bearings at Applied - if you have...

I like to buy bearings at Applied - if you have one in town just take the bearings down there, have them measure them up and give you what they've got. Otherwise, I'd just order a set of All Balls...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10,926
Views: 1,548,124
Posted By kta
My bike was out of commission in mexico for a...

My bike was out of commission in mexico for a while when it lost compression. There are some previous posts in this thread somewhere. But it's back on the road and thumping sweetly.

Lots of new...
Forum: Ride reports 06-06-2011, 02:05 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 27,432
Posted By kta
These are the kind of reports I love to read. ...

These are the kind of reports I love to read.

Ready and waiting!

:freaky
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2011, 06:16 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
I've been most everywhere around here now. ...

I've been most everywhere around here now.

The top picture in my last post is me at Akumal. I've gone a couple times to snorkel with the sea turtles. There are some photos of Tulum and some...
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2011, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1,270
Views: 672,760
Posted By kta
Good explanation, thanks. However I can't imagine...

Good explanation, thanks. However I can't imagine riding two of the flashiest dualsport bikes on the planet is doing anything to ease this perception. Heh.

Keep the RR coming guys - it's a great...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2011, 03:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 962
Posted By kta
Then what do you need a new bike for?! :norton

Then what do you need a new bike for?! :norton
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2011, 04:01 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
I'm in Quitana Roo, Playa del Carmen. It's...

I'm in Quitana Roo, Playa del Carmen. It's fantastic here. Where are you all headed?

Thanks for the mule offer. I'll let you know if I need any last minute items, but so far I think wb-pdx has me...
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 105,181
Posted By kta
Last night I was sitting at a little restaurant...

Last night I was sitting at a little restaurant having some tacos. A cute mexican girl sat at the table across from me and ordered food. We catch each others eyes. I say hello, she asks if I'm here...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 10,926
Views: 1,548,124
Posted By kta
There's one scratch that I can just barely feel....

There's one scratch that I can just barely feel. I'm not going to sweat it. I walked to shops all over town today (I'm in southern Mexico) to get everything measured. Not only do they not have...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2011, 04:21 PM
Replies: 10,926
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Posted By kta
My compression was toast, so I opened up my top...

My compression was toast, so I opened up my top end.

http://photos.evanfell.com/cache/Travel-Photos/Destination-Ushuaia-Part-1_Nov-2010/IMG_5119_640.jpg
...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2011, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10,926
Views: 1,548,124
Posted By kta
A search for "XR600 pegs" on ebay will bring them...

A search for "XR600 pegs" on ebay will bring them up. User: i5motorcycle in California. I ordered mine over the weekend, don't have them in hand yet, but I'm expecting them any day.
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2011, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By kta
I see the cracks now too. Yeah, you really...

I see the cracks now too. Yeah, you really cranked the hell out of that thing! Hah.

If there's no gap, take out the bolts and sand it down a bit with some sand paper in between.
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By kta
Looks fine to me. As long as there is any gap at...

Looks fine to me. As long as there is any gap at all and the bolts are torqued to spec you'll be fine.

People ALWAYS overtorque those bolts, as well as almost all engine bolts. Aluminum just takes...
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2011, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10,926
Views: 1,548,124
Posted By kta
You can get them on ebay too. I just bought a...

You can get them on ebay too. I just bought a pair there. A few dollars more - but ready to ship.
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