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Old 02-17-2006, 10:39 PM   #226
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'04 XR650L new owner

Hey guys a newby to the XR650L only 2 hours getting ready to take it out tommorrow. Ant words of advice it only has 850 miles on it and has never hit the dirt. I am usually a KLR ride but could not pass up the sticker price!
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:27 AM   #227
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Have fun. The stock tires suck so watch out. But most importantly have fun. Let us know how it does.
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:31 AM   #228
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Hey guys a newby to the XR650L only 2 hours getting ready to take it out tommorrow. Ant words of advice it only has 850 miles on it and has never hit the dirt. I am usually a KLR ride but could not pass up the sticker price!
The XR has a has a higher center of gravity then the KLR so go easy until you get used to it. If you cross any moss covered spillways go slow DAMHIKT.
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:27 AM   #229
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Touratech is making a cool guard for that Buell Oil Cooler.



I like the size of the Buell cooler, but I also like the way the XR400 cooler is well protected by the forks.
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Old 02-18-2006, 12:36 PM   #230
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Has anyone temp'ed the oil to compare between one with a cooler and one without? I'm interested in how effective it is. There seems to be way more aftermarket for the XL than the DR and I'm debating on another DR or XRL down the road for my son so we can make some longer runs...
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Old 02-18-2006, 06:01 PM   #231
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Has anyone temp'ed the oil to compare between one with a cooler and one without? I'm interested in how effective it is. There seems to be way more aftermarket for the XL than the DR and I'm debating on another DR or XRL down the road for my son so we can make some longer runs...
on mine with the jagg cooler its between 30-50 degrees cooler(according to src temp dipstick). where I noticed that the most is when trail riding in the heat and riding hard, the oil will get hot enough to burn the grease out of the steering head bearings(because thats the oil tank, in case you didnt know?). it would leak out the lower neck seal and run down the back of the front fender. with the cooler that doesnt happen at all. basic automotive common sense says that cooler oil means longer engine life. BTW-oil seems to look and smell better with the cooler at changes too.

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Old 02-19-2006, 08:43 AM   #232
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Run Cooler!

Run cooler on the XRL simply by removing the stock front fender and installing a low one such as the Acerbis Fast Front Fender about $35.
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Old 02-19-2006, 12:00 PM   #233
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Does anyone have alot of experience with the XRL in sand?

I've had my fair share of troubles in the loose & deep stuff. I was wondering if anyone else has issues with their XRL in sand?

last fall, I went on a trail ride with a completely worn out rear D606 and two days later I did the same trail with a new tire and the bike handled alot worse. I was thinking this was due to the geometry change due to the taller tire. Anyone else notice anything like this? I was considering softening up my rear shock to give it more sag.
If I could make this bike handle better in the loose stuff, I'd like it alot more! I was also wondering if anyone has tried a fork brace or a steering stabilizer. I think the brace would help alot, those forks are pretty skinny!
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:27 PM   #234
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Sand.

Try and ride faster with plenty of power. Mine's great in sand.
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:35 PM   #235
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Try and ride faster with plenty of power. Mine's great in sand.
I did a fork brace to my XRL along with other bike's i've owned and it made a nice diff. Climeing out of ruts was a nice improvement.
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:55 PM   #236
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Try and ride faster with plenty of power. Mine's great in sand.
That works for me to a point. Going stright, yeah staying on the throttle is great, its just when you have to slow down to turn or avoid something that things get crazy.
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Old 02-19-2006, 04:17 PM   #237
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Has anyone noticed the rear hub is not dampened like the DR or KLR. I think I noticed the DRZ is not dampened as well. No big deal except that that point seems to be the difference between some buying the XRL and the XRR. Appearently this is not as much an issue so many seem to be concerned with.
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Old 02-19-2006, 05:04 PM   #238
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I am curious where are you riding at??
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:21 PM   #239
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I am curious where are you riding at??
The picture I posted was from the U.P. of Michigan last summer when we did the U.P. Safari http://rokklym.smugmug.com/gallery/1034044

I usually do most of my riding up in Central Wisconsin on the ATV trails and forest roads. There is plenty of sand in that area!
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:42 PM   #240
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Has anyone noticed the rear hub is not dampened like the DR or KLR. I think I noticed the DRZ is not dampened as well. No big deal except that that point seems to be the difference between some buying the XRL and the XRR. Appearently this is not as much an issue so many seem to be concerned with.
I have noticed that also, not really a issue for me except it will wear a chain faster. But chains have got so good I have over 9000 on mine and will need to replace next month.
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