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Old 05-03-2012, 04:07 PM   #42016
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What I like about you is you're so modest.
I guess I misspoke. Good riders. I consider myself a great rider compared to most of the people I've ridden with. Don't get me wrong, everyone has off days, but you can easily tell the difference between someone who has been dirt biking for 2 years and someone who has been doing it for 20 years.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:09 PM   #42017
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Really?? Do tell.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:20 PM   #42018
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Really?? Do tell.

He`d tell you.........but then he`d haveta kill ya......so don`t go there...





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Old 05-03-2012, 04:51 PM   #42019
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I guess I misspoke. Good riders. I consider myself a great rider compared to most of the people I've ridden with. Don't get me wrong, everyone has off days, but you can easily tell the difference between someone who has been dirt biking for 2 years and someone who has been doing it for 20 years.
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Really?? Do tell.


Give a fellow 300 plus 'er a few tips for the dirt , I can always stand to get better .
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #42020
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A little background about me... I grew up in the country and have been actively dirt biking for 23 years on a fairly regular basis. For 13 years, I rode a twice over-bored 1981 Yamaha YZ250H with Weisco Racing Piston and a DG Fat Boy pipe. I took a few year hiatus for college, but have gotten back into riding, and picked up my 2004 XR650L. Myself, I'm a 300lb rider in full motocross equipment, and in this instance wearing a backpack full of tools, cold water, extra chain, etc.

I'm running Kenda 760's front and rear, stock gearing, rejetted carb, aftermarket exhaust, custom mirrors, and a small diet plan on my bike.

Last weekend, I went on 75 miles of the most treacherous off-road terrain I've ever ridden. I'm used to sandy single track, big hills, mud, etc. What I encountered was a LOT of mud, drop off's and choppy terrain, and most importantly ROCKS. LOTS of rocks.

I went riding with two other expert riders like myself; who rode an 86 XR600, and a KTM 450 XC-W.

Mud:

Bike handled great in the mud. Just like a dirt bike should. It dug in, roosted, and never got stuck. I hit some deep stuff, and only lost it in the mud once, and that was because I had beached myself on top of a very muddy two track mound, slipped on a wet log, and since I was right in the middle of the mound, couldn't touch the ground on either side and went for a mud bath.

Rocky hill climbs:

I did quite a few hill climbs with the XR650L. I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I found myself in an interesting situation, where I thought I was going to have a major issue that the XR handled with ease.

I was in the middle of a 40+ foot rocky hill climb that had an S turn in it. In the middle of the S turn, my front tire slipped off a rock because my tires were wet from just crossing a river. The slip caused the bike to jolt forward, and caused my handlebars to clip a small cedar tree, which in turn twisted me in the opposite direction and caused me to eat dirt. Upon picking up my bike, I was now about an 1/8th up a rocky steep hill with a cedar tree behind me, and no way to roll the bike back down. I knew from past experience riding my YZ, one of two things would certainly happen: One, I may be able to climb the hill, but would likely trench the entire hill from spinning the back tire; or two, I'd get too much traction, and the hill being as steep as it was, would attempt a backflip.

The other two riders were waiting for me, so I figured I had to at least give it a shot.

To my surprise, the XR soared up the hill like it wasn't even there. No wheelies, minimal trenching, and truth be told, I felt like if the hill was 3 times longer, I still wouldn't have had much of an issue. I'm not sure if it was simply the bike, or the design of a four stroke powerband vs. the two smokes that I'm used to, but the dead stop hill climb was a walk in the park.

Choppy terrain:

This is where the bike sucked. As most of you already know, the suspension; particularly the FRONT suspension in my opinion, sucks. The bike ran like it should over whoops, and handled quite nicely actually when I was able to stand on the pegs and use my own suspension, but when I came to rocky trails, or trench crossing, there were times where I could barely hold on because my handlebars seemed to want to go in every single direction a mile a minute. The rear suspension seemed fine to me, but I seemed to have to fight the handlebars constantly if going over fallen logs, etc. I've got stock dampening settings set right now, and I'm not sure if changing that will help at all.


Cornering:

I'd say the cornering on the bike is simply mediocre. It's not the worst I've ever ridden, but it's not the best. This could partially be because I'm running a Kenda K760 front tire, and from what I hear, they're not the best for off-road. It could also be because I'm riding a 300lb bike with a 300lb rider with chit front suspension.

Anyway, for the most part, cornering was fine. In tight technical single track where you're weaving in and out of trees in low first, you're going to be miserable. It seems like the handlebars are long, and I had difficulty squeezing into tight places.

Overall impression:

Great bike. Does pretty much everything I want it to. It'll do highway, trails, etc. with ease. I'm quite happy overall with it's performance. It can be a bit spotty because of the suspension, but that's something that can be changed. Of the 7 bikes I've owned, I'd give this one an 8/10 for off road. I've yet to test the bike in deep sand, but Youtube videos have lots of people riding in sand on these bikes and they all seem to do fine.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:26 PM   #42021
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You gotta be fucking kidding. Trying to save a freaking tire???
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:28 PM   #42022
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You gotta be fucking kidding. Trying to save a freaking tire???
Hey! Tires are expensive and the worms/micro-organisms can't properly digest that sluffed off shit.....Hmm, I should work for the EPA.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #42023
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Relocated R/R

Nice relocate Bomber 1965!!!! I wonder if it would increase airflow between the heat-sink fins if it was rotated 90 degrees to allow airflow between the fins instead of burbling over them like the standard factory installation? I am going to try your solution on my XR even though I have not experienced any problems to date. Thanks for the idea and photo
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:39 PM   #42024
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yay we agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! jajajajajaja

good stuff steve

now you guys KNOW YOU HAVE TO DO IT THIS WAY
Okay, elsalvadorklr, I have to ask, what does "jajaja" mean?

And... shouldn't you be elsalvadorxlr?
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #42025
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We interrupt this thread so that i can show you enthusiasts some of my shit that ive done to my L recently

Think I'm finally done cosmetically with my XR for quite some time now. Got it looking JUST The way I want it to. installed the seat cover myself and


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Just thought id share! Next is a crf450 carby, aftermarket header, and some taller handlebars as well as bar risers.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:50 PM   #42026
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Steve...somebody...help.

Lately, I've been major busy and super lazy. When I get home, I eat dinner, have a beer and then watch some hockey, so I haven't put my new CW cam in. I'm going to tomorrow night, but I just noticed the banjo bolts on the oil line are different sizes. Which goes where?
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:53 PM   #42027
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Steve...somebody...help.

Lately, I've been major busy and super lazy. When I get home, I eat dinner, have a beer and then watch some hockey, so I haven't put my new CW cam in. I'm going to tomorrow night, but I just noticed the banjo bolts on the oil line are different sizes. Which goes where?
The one with the larger hole goes on the bottom.

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:17 PM   #42028
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We interrupt this thread so that i can show you enthusiasts some of my shit that ive done to my L recently

Think I'm finally done cosmetically with my XR for quite some time now. Got it looking JUST The way I want it to. installed the seat cover myself and


Before:

After:





Just thought id share! Next is a crf450 carby, aftermarket header, and some taller handlebars as well as bar risers.[/QUOTE]



Hey Sub Zero (funny name for Florida...)

Very nicely done.

You really like red, don't you?? The Candy Red on the Heat Protector is very nice. (I wouldn't know any better, but did you even paint the Rear Shock Spring??)

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:30 PM   #42029
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Hey Sub Zero (funny name for Florida...)

Very nicely done.

You really like red, don't you?? The Candy Red on the Heat Protector is very nice. (I wouldn't know any better, but did you even paint the Rear Shock Spring??)

PD

Thanks! Though after a little research, I concluded Honda's look best in red, so whats what it got! But thats a negative on me painting the rear shock spring. that's stock reddish orange
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The friend of mine. Alexander


The bridge!




A quite a few mud :)


Take some coffie






Waiting for a friends


Highway :)


Pavel


Our fastfood :)


Nighttime


Good morning! )))


It's hard for our friend Yuriy with the Yamaha Gold wing YBR125


The leg of our route with solid substance (right?)


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