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Old 03-20-2008, 04:13 PM   #2146
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Hello my friends.
What brand of fairing is that? How's the lights at night?
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:28 PM   #2147
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What brand of fairing is that? How's the lights at night?
It appears to be one of these, but I have no idea how well it works at night...

http://www.acerbis.com/p107_headlight/3002.html
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:17 PM   #2148
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What brand of fairing is that? How's the lights at night?
Acerbis Cyclops indeed. It's a good light. You've got:
Bulb 1. 55w. Great for distance output. Very "beam" like.
Bulb 2. 55w. Great for side to side coverage. No good for distance.
Bulb 3. 5w. Inside the "beam" light, Does nothing for the bike operator, but does light up the second light to be seen by other drivers when you're using only the wide angle light.

I feel comfortable just using bulbs 2 and 3 for cruising, and bulb 1 on it's own for higher speed travel. Running both 55w bulbs together would be about the same feel as the stock light but with a bit more distance coverage.
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:53 PM   #2149
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Engine should run quiet and smooth, no clicking or tapping.
Check for oil leaks and hits to the engine cases.
Suspension front and rear, good compression and rebound.
No leaks on front or rear seals.
Chain and sprocket wear. With 2k miles these should be in fine shape.
Wheels run true, no big hooners in the rims.
Check all electrical, lights horn, signals.
Ride it, Gears shift smooth, steers straight when you let the bars go, brakes work good.
Look at the way he keep his shop or garage, it will tell you alot about how the bike way taken care of.
Ask lots of questions.
Then wheel and deal and buy it, XRL's are cool.
All good advice, I'll add my additional $0.02 for t burson56:
Take it for a test ride. Shift from first to second and back, at higher RPMs. If the bike grinds gears going into first or second, beware, that's a weak point on these bikes.
- Find out if the owner maintained it. Did he adjust the valves, change the oil? Look at the oil. Listen to the valves.
- It probably has the orginal tires. Look for cracks in the sidewalls. After 8 years, the probably need replacing anyway, and the stock ones are not great on dirt. Use it as a bargaining chip to reduce the price.
- The XR650L's are very reliable, and 2000 miles is very little. If it hasn't been beat or neglected, go for it.
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:34 AM   #2150
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Once more, road-worthy

I began a top-end engine rebuild on my '86 XL600R last year. Once I started and found out what new parts I needed, I ordered them and had the frame powder-coated. One thing led to another, and I had my front wheel re-laced with an 18" rim, because the ultimate goal is to get more of a street-tracker look to it. Well, the parts have finally come together. I bought a battery eliminator on E-bay for cheap, and was slightly worried about the lights, horn and turn-signals working with it, but the bike fired up on the second kick and runs like it ought to.

I am somewhat astounded that I did not lose any of the bits and pieces. I start projects like this with great intentions of documenting with photos and carefully organizing the parts that I remove. Those intentions are always overridden by my zeal as I start removing parts.

I still intend to replace the gas tank and seat, and I want to mount a larger brake disc up front and probably get a different speedometer, but for now, it is really nice to be able to ride it again after nearly a year apart.
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:20 PM   #2151
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Finally got my Dunlop D606's on.

I love these tires, puts the stock ones to shame offroad. I'm hoping I get decent milage outta them.





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Old 03-23-2008, 05:53 PM   #2152
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I want to ride so bad I'm nauseous.

Got a lot of snow Friday. I was out of town for the weekend, no big deal.

The race bike has a disassembled front end, waiting on seals.

The Tiger needs a shock.

And the XR650L is still on the lift with no suspension, waiting to get my stuff back from RaceTech.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:17 PM   #2153
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I was out today.

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Old 03-23-2008, 08:32 PM   #2154
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I rode about 2.5 hours/60 miles Saturday. Mostly dirt. Some of it single track. I am really starting to like my L.
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:47 AM   #2155
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I was out today.

Cool helmet!
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:23 AM   #2156
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Cool helmet!
Thanks. It was just too cold for my dirt bike lid so I opted for my trusty Caberg Justissimo.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:27 AM   #2157
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Thanks. It was just too cold for my dirt bike lid so I opted for my trusty Caberg Justissimo.
Great helmet.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:58 AM   #2158
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JStory has one on his xl600. He got it at motostrano.com and I think it is the same as my 650L.

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(Yes, I meant to yell...) To those of you who have mounted an oversize brake disc to the front; Does anyone know what oversize disc will fit an '86 XL600R? and the follow up questions: Did you have to fabricate your own relocating bracket and use the stock caliper or did you have to use a different caliper?

I recently had my front wheel relaced with heavy duty spokes and an 18" rim, and I want to improve the front brakes a bit. Unfortunately, I cannot find an oversize rotor that explicitly states that it will fit the '86. I've tried backing into it with stock hub and disc part numbers, but have only succeded in confusing myself.

I know I saw a picture on this thread where someone used an oversize rotor they bought from supermostrano (sp?), but they did not give a part number...

Your collective assistance is, as always, greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:43 AM   #2159
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Chain and sprockets

I need a new chain and sprocket set for The Comet.

Planning on doing a trip to Gaspe this year with my wingman (also on an XRL) and so we were debating gearing. I am leaning towards just going with stock - not sure whats on there now but it 'aint stock since it tops out at about 70 on the highway.

Thoughts ?

What is stock by the way

Best place to buy ?

Found this

http://www.sprocketcenter.com/p/4786...50l-93-06.html

$126
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:38 AM   #2160
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Think it will work?

Well, I cant seem to find an xr650l in my price range, but I found a 2001 Suzuki DR-Z400S that I can afoord. Like I said I am a big guy (6'3" 270), do you think the DR will be too small? Under-powered? I dont want my knees riding on the bars... or
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