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Old 04-25-2012, 03:15 PM   #41761
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well after 15 years I sold my BMW R100GS PD, it was time for a change, after searching the web and comparing cycles, with the help of the dealer giving me a price I wanted I am now the owner of a 2012 XR650L, I just wanted to introduce myself as I get more into dual sport riding (taking it easy at first). So anyone in the Albany, NY area that could suggest some rides I'd appreciate it.

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Old 04-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #41762
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haha I jus googled that up last night
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:20 PM   #41763
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:24 PM   #41764
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Digital oil temperature gauge!

I got a bolt the same size as the stock dipstick screw, drilled a hole through it, and used a high range digital meat thermometer as the dipstick. I now can tell how hot my bike is running at all times.
And now you know when your motor is fully cooked too.

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:57 PM   #41765
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Soooo, what is the collective wisdom on this modification (relocating and/or resizing the Regulator/Rectifier)? Especially considering the Shorai Battery Relocation, has this modification taken hold??

I get it that the rectifier changes the 3-phase AC signal into DC (the opposite of an inverter, right?), and the regulator ensures that the proper voltage gets sent to the battery for recharging. By installing a more efficient unit, would that simply reduce the amount of resistance sent to the Reg/Rec unit (thus both reducing heat discharge as well as making make more wattage available for other uses)? What I am wondering is whether a more efficient Reg/Rec would free up some wattage, to power some more heated gear.

I know that somebody is going to pile onto me with a lecture about volts, watts, and amps. I am all ears--please instruct.

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there are a few of use who have switched over to a Mosfet R/R, it's supposed to be more efficient and run cooler, one of the reasons I switched to it, I run heated gear and wanted more power,

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The alternator always puts out max power (since the L has a permanent magnet alternator), what the bike doesn't need gets dumped by the regulator as heat.

A smaller regulator would just cook itself trying to dissipate the power.

The upside to a permanent magnet alternator is you can bump-start with a dead battery or no battery.

"A smaller regulator would just cook itself trying to dissipate the power." true but It turns out that the heavier the load, the cooler it runs which makes sense because the power is going to the draw rather then getting turned into heat.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:12 PM   #41766
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there are a few of use who have switched over to a Mosfet R/R, it's supposed to be more efficient and run cooler, one of the reasons I switched to it, I run heated gear and wanted more power,




"A smaller regulator would just cook itself trying to dissipate the power." true but It turns out that the heavier the load, the cooler it runs which makes sense because the power is going to the draw rather then getting turned into heat.
Thanks to both of you.

I already run Gerbings heated gloves during the cold months (October to June....), and would like to also power a heated liner. I am close to the bubble on this. I have toyed with changing the headlight assembly to some smaller load aftermarket, to free up some watts. How much extra wattage did the Mosfet R/R provide?

Your point about the higher load going to the extra heated gear is correct only for cold weather rides; unless you load the system with other equipment, the fixed power output from the alternator (186W if memory serves) would indeed fry a smaller R/R. Do I have this right?

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Old 04-25-2012, 06:34 PM   #41767
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I'm looking for a vehicle to haul my XR long distances. While I could simply ride those distances, for those that are hardcore hare scramblers, driving 300 miles one way to hare scramble for 14 hours, then drive 300 miles back is a lot of wear and tear on a person.

The vehicle I'm looking to get is a work van; in specific, something about the size of a Ford E-350. I'm thinking I may go this route so I can pull my bike out at night and chain it up while I sleep in the back of the van.

Does anyone by chance know if an XR650L will fit in the back of one of these big ass conversion work vans?
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:44 PM   #41768
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I'm looking for a vehicle to haul my XR long distances. While I could simply ride those distances, for those that are hardcore hare scramblers, driving 300 miles one way to hare scramble for 14 hours, then drive 300 miles back is a lot of wear and tear on a person.

The vehicle I'm looking to get is a work van; in specific, something about the size of a Ford E-350. I'm thinking I may go this route so I can pull my bike out at night and chain it up while I sleep in the back of the van.

Does anyone by chance know if an XR650L will fit in the back of one of these big ass conversion work vans?
I had a 15 passenger Ford Econoline van. The bike just barely fit as long as I took off the mirrors. That was with ATV high bars too, so with lower bars it should fit fine. Its fun getting it in there too being as it has a roof on it. Not a problem though. Although I don't know how the size compares to a Ford E-350.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #41769
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A smaller regulator would just cook itself trying to dissipate the power.
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there are a few of use who have switched over to a Mosfet R/R, it's supposed to be more efficient and run cooler, one of the reasons I switched to it, I run heated gear and wanted more power,

"A smaller regulator would just cook itself trying to dissipate the power." true but It turns out that the heavier the load, the cooler it runs which makes sense because the power is going to the draw rather then getting turned into heat.
Apologize for the remedial questions, as I am not much of an electrics person.

OK, starting to get the basics. Bummer that it is not possible to reduce physical size, it would give me more flexibility in mounting. As I am still finding my way, if anyone has suggestions for how to choose a replacement, specs, etc. that would be great. FWIW it seems Shindengen builds most of the OEM ones.

I did find a good layman's summary here: http://www.superhawkforum.com/forums...why-how-25117/

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Old 04-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #41770
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The vehicle I'm looking to get is a work van; in specific, something about the size of a Ford E-350. I'm thinking I may go this route so I can pull my bike out at night and chain it up while I sleep in the back of the van.

Does anyone by chance know if an XR650L will fit in the back of one of these big ass conversion work vans?


Yes it will. and as stated without the mirrors so it will clear the rear door roof line.
Or you can load it like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYeu5...yer_detailpage

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Old 04-25-2012, 07:46 PM   #41771
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Yes it will. and as stated without the mirrors so it will clear the rear door roof line.


Or there is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYeu5...yer_detailpage
Sweet. thanks. I don't have the tall stalk mirrors.

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Old 04-25-2012, 07:50 PM   #41772
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there are a few of use who have switched over to a Mosfet R/R, it's supposed to be more efficient and run cooler, one of the reasons I switched to it, I run heated gear and wanted more power,




"A smaller regulator would just cook itself trying to dissipate the power." true but It turns out that the heavier the load, the cooler it runs which makes sense because the power is going to the draw rather then getting turned into heat.
Heh, just don't turn anything off.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:52 PM   #41773
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Sweet. thanks. I don't have the tall stalk mirrors.

Especially with the stock bars. Ya you will be fine. Or you could just unload it like this from a truck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&fe...&v=Mnvm5HTprCg
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:59 PM   #41774
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Hey Stretch, I crashed one just like your white xlr a few years back. Flipped it end over end into a tree head on. Yes....it hurt and I went to the hospital.
Well damn! Mine's still churning along, albeit somewhat sickly. I've been fighting with the dual carbs for nearly 15 years now (bought the bike new in '87), and can't get them running right. I finally got sick of it and bought a Mikuni generic bolt-on 250cc carb on eBay for $36 bucks. I'll have to fabricate an intake manifold, but I've been in tighter spots than that.

I'll post an illustrated write-up soon.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #41775
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Sweet. thanks. I don't have the tall stalk mirrors.

Is that mirror from Highway Dirt Bikes?
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