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Old 05-14-2013, 10:52 AM   #58651
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I'm also about to get one of these. Should I get the manual or automatic by-pass valve? I like auto, but I also like less gadgets to possibly break.
Then don't run one (the by-pass valve, that is). I originally ordered one with mine, but ended up not installing it for the same reason (less gadgets to fail). It never came out of the box, and Mark was kind enough to buy it back (great service!)

To benefit from the bypass valve, I think you'd need to live in a place that was both hot enough to need an aux cooler, yet cold enough for it to be overkill. I'm sure those places exist, but I doubt you need to worry about it.

I would get the emergency repair U-tube thingy, though - having one will ensure you'll never actually need it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:00 AM   #58652
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Then don't run one (the by-pass valve, that is). I originally ordered one with mine, but ended up not installing it for the same reason (less gadgets to fail). It never came out of the box, and Mark was kind enough to buy it back (great service!)

To benefit from the bypass valve, I think you'd need to live in a place that was both hot enough to need an aux cooler, yet cold enough for it to be overkill. I'm sure those places exist, but I doubt you need to worry about it.

I would get the emergency repair U-tube thingy, though - having one will ensure you'll never actually need it.
Thanks for the feedback. Certainly makes sense. I usually let my bike warm up before riding, so that was my desire to not have that take longer. But I can deal with it! I was also considering his repair kit, but $20 for a u-bolt? I understand it's custom with those ribs, but seriously? I think I can hack something on the road if I need to.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:20 AM   #58653
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Cry The XR is gone..

She was the bike for the riding I wish I got to do, but not the ideal for the riding I actually do. The wife has this crazy idea I only need 1 bike, so in the interest of domestic tranquility, I sold her*. We had fun, but she's with another guy now, I hope he will appreciate her...

Thanks for all the XR porn (wish I had the time/$ to replicate the bikes I've seen here), stories, ride pics of mountain roads (esp you Spud!), advice, and bs.

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:29 AM   #58654
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She was the bike for the riding I wish I got to do, but not the ideal for the riding I actually do. The wife has this crazy idea I only need 1 bike, so in the interest of domestic tranquility, I sold her*. We had fun, but she's with another guy now, I hope he will appreciate her...

Thanks for all the XR porn (wish I had the time/$ to replicate the bikes I've seen here), stories, ride pics of mountain roads (esp you Spud!), advice, and bs.

Dave

* the XR, not the wife :)
I hope your XR650L found another good home.

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:46 AM   #58655
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She was the bike for the riding I wish I got to do, but not the ideal for the riding I actually do. The wife has this crazy idea I only need 1 bike, so in the interest of domestic tranquility, I sold her*. We had fun, but she's with another guy now, I hope he will appreciate her...

Thanks for all the XR porn (wish I had the time/$ to replicate the bikes I've seen here), stories, ride pics of mountain roads (esp you Spud!), advice, and bs.

Dave

* the XR, not the wife :)
Glad you clarified that, thought you were calling your wife XR there for a minute

Been thinking here recently that most of the riding I've been doing could be done with a 950/990 of that funny orange flavor. I could get rid of the wing and the XRL and combine both into a 950. But then again, I have my sons KDX220 I could sneak out on if needed Even the 1200 Tenere may work, wouldn't mine seeing something in the 800 to 1000 cc range that was at home in the dirt from Honda (yea right).
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:10 PM   #58656
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Thanks for the feedback. Certainly makes sense. I usually let my bike warm up before riding, so that was my desire to not have that take longer. But I can deal with it! I was also considering his repair kit, but $20 for a u-bolt? I understand it's custom with those ribs, but seriously? I think I can hack something on the road if I need to.
I'm sure some carefully bent brake line would suffice, or even a 90 deg elbow or two. The point is to have something ready so you won't need it. MacGyver trail fixes are more fun in retrospect than when they actually happen. I'd rather spend the time back on the trail.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:55 PM   #58657
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:00 PM   #58658
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I'm also about to get one of these. Should I get the manual or automatic by-pass valve? I like auto, but I also like less gadgets to possibly break.

I have the manual bypass..i know for a fact it`ll work.........i rarely shut it off though

Marks cooler is one piece of art,he spent lot of time designing the mounting system.one of the best things i bought for my bike,,,,,it works really well..


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Old 05-14-2013, 03:37 PM   #58659
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:43 PM   #58660
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So I just put a Maier Universal tail light on my XRL to replace a broken TV tail light.

Is anyone else running one? I noticed that when I put the brake on I can barley see the light change. Is there any way to make it brighter?
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #58661
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So I just put a Maier Universal tail light on my XRL to replace a broken TV tail light.

Is anyone else running one? I noticed that when I put the brake on I can barley see the light change. Is there any way to make it brighter?
Sounds like you have the running light and the brakelight wiring reversed.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:49 PM   #58662
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Sounds like you have the running light and the brakelight wiring reversed.
I will swap them and see if that helps..

Tried swapping it, I have it wired up correct. And the light comes on when the brake is depressed, But the light is very dim.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:59 PM   #58663
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Ah haa!!

I figured it out.

I'm going to weld a couple of 50lb weights to the BOTTOM of my xr650l's frame, lowering my bikes center of gravity... mission complete!

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:09 PM   #58664
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I will swap them and see if that helps..

Tried swapping it, I have it wired up correct. And the light comes on when the brake is depressed, But the light is very dim.

just try a different bulb. They may have one in there that doesnt have a very bright bright to aid bikes with crappy stators
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #58665
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I'm also about to get one of these. Should I get the manual or automatic by-pass valve? I like auto, but I also like less gadgets to possibly break.
my $50 homemade cooler using spuds cooler in a diff. spot works great, 25-40 deg. cooler now. i was gonna buy one of these but after ullyses trip to south america and his issues he had with his and the cost of just replacing the cooler itself steered my to the direction i went. i did my write up over on the spuds cooler page.
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