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Old 07-06-2007, 11:49 AM   #1
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The XL600 thread

The mighty and worthy XL600R.


These bikes are between 20 and 25 years old now, but will give an XR650L, DR650, KLR650, and so on, a run for their money.
As near as I can tell here's how they compare:

XL600R:
Seat height 33.9 in
Dry weight 295 lb
Horsepower 43 bhp

XR650L:
Seat height 37.0 in
Dry weight 324 lb
Horsepower 43 bhp

DR650:
Seat height 33.0 – 34.8 in
Dry weight 324 lb
Horsepower 43 bhp

It seems that the old XL's have a 29 lb weight advantage over the newer XR's.
If you aren't much of a thrasher in the woods or taking huge air the older Showa suspension on the XL's will do just fine, but that seems to be their biggest disadvantage.
But if you're like me and not racing anyone, they're just fine.



Let's see some more XL's

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Old 07-06-2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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I'd love to find an 80s XL600 in some old lady's shed. Problem in Ca. is everybody with a street legal dirt bike thinks it was dipped in gold.

The new stret legal offerings from KTM and Husky are starting to help deflate prices. But I'm also noticing that the 80s XRs and XLs are starting to reach "collectable" status.
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Old 07-06-2007, 12:39 PM   #3
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craig's list is good source. That is where I got mine:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=183339

Ironically, the seller also was member of this forum.

I like that it does not sit too high. I ride mostly street and it is very competent around town.
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Old 07-06-2007, 12:58 PM   #4
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Yea they are pretty cool bikes. I had a '84 XR500 back in the eighties, if memory serves me correct it had twin carbs. I think the term "dual purpose" was the name the older XLs used to be called. It is neat to see them on the road, although not very often anymore. Most of them are probably in the scrap heap or in various states of decay leaning against a pile of stuff.

Nice bike Gregster, cool thread and lets see some more pics all you XL owners!

Edit: I just realized that I was looking at a brochure pic, but I have seen a few pics of your bike on other threads! Very cool nonetheless.
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:01 PM   #5
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FYI, the best comparison would be to the XT600, where they'd be about even. Most of the weight advantage in these bikes is in the lack of electric start, which can be good or bad depending on how healthy your knees are.
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:12 PM   #6
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I still got a few parts for them left (like a lower end of the motor) if anybody needs them.
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:19 PM   #7
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XLs are great machines... i ride an xr650, but was inspired to go honda by a buddy of mine who rides an old xl500s. it's an extremely capable bike... he's never had trouble keeping up with the KLRs, DRs or XRs we've ridden with. I'd love to see more pics of the old hondas
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:27 PM   #8
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Headlight FYI

The XR650L headlight fits and is dimensionally the same as the XL600R headlight, although the XL600R headlight shows as discontinued.

The reflector on mine is very dull and I am replacing it with a new one. Replaced the one on my XR650L with a new one and it made a big difference in light output. My XR650L's orginal one was >10 years old.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #9
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So I decided to give my 30 year old Devcon a try. Tested a sample last night and it still went off despite its age, (unlike me).
Before

After

Yay, no more shitty crack. Im going to leave it the full 24 hours before running the bike and hopefully my oil leak will be a distant memory.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:50 PM   #10
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There are O-ring kits. The material comes in bulk, the desired length is cut and the ends are vulcanized. In the end, the kits often cost more than just buying a Honda kit.

Buy the Honda kit, do a full rebuild and not have to touch them for decades. I say that, but I also only use ethanol free fuel.

RTV is not RTV, there are several compounds. RTV on aluminum can be corrosive, in which case will damage the carbs. Proper RTV (although I wouldn't consider it proper in this app) is more expensive than the common RTV. Just like the proper anti-seize, people often use the incorrect RTV for the application.

Allow me to speak from experience, if someone does not know what RTV is an acronym for, they have not the slightest clue what is proper.

I have a can of Camel tire patches that require a fuel to vulcanize. RTV has caused far more problems in the hands of the uninitiated than it has solved.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:08 PM   #11
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I have to add that I carry a fire extinguisher in my car and truck. There is not enough room for one on a motorcycle. An XL600R has magnesium side covers and although it takes a lot of heat to ignite magnesium in such a solid form, once it starts, it's over.

I have personally seen a VW Beetle burn, among other vehicle types, it is always a helpless feeling. With magnesium, there is nothing that can be done on the side of the road but watch it burn.

It's a little different, but leaky VW carbs have burnt some to oblivion. I have seen billowing smoke from afar, only to witness the carnage of a burning vehicle up close.

It would be a stretch to suggest a XLR would end in such a death from leaky carbs, but it is possible. If magnesium ignites and water is thrown onto it, to quote a song, " I thought it was the end, I thought it was the Fourth of July."

Is a XLR woth more than the cost of RTV?
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Old 07-06-2007, 05:31 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bearcat1
Yea they are pretty cool bikes. I had a '84 XR500 back in the eighties, if memory serves me correct it had twin carbs.
Indeed they did. I had an 84 XR500 also, one of the finest motorcycles I've ever owned. I still kick myself for selling it.
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Old 07-06-2007, 05:55 PM   #13
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:28 PM   #14
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My mighty 1982 XL500R......still can handle adventure touring duties quite well!!

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Old 08-18-2009, 01:49 AM   #15
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old picture?

You must have taken that picture when it was new.
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