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Old 11-30-2008, 05:41 PM   #1186
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Hell yeah on the paint job...love the black rims. Why pay for black rims when you can get them for free..they just get f'ed up anyway. What stickers are you refering to? No Photoshop on that bike.
I love the black rims too and you're right about having to pay the price for em.

The armory sticker caught my eye...But fits perfectly! Until I saw a set of Maxxis tires today with text on the rubber...I thought it was added.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:12 PM   #1187
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XR650R: NOW I know what all the fuss is about!

So I bought a lightly used xr650r a few months ago. After a busy time at work and some time in the shop I FINALLY took it out today for my first proper 200 mile ride (but no dirt, unfortunately) through the Marin & Sonoma coast. I gotta say--WOW. This thing really hauls. My new bars are nice and wide and up close. I kinda wish they were further away, but don't know what to do about that. They make the GSA feel like an aggressive leaned-over riding position. The XR feels most balanced when I skooch forward as close as possible up against the tank. From there you can really plant yourself in a turn, lay the bike over, keep yourself upright, maybe put a foot out ahead of you, keep those elbows up, and give it more gas than you might think exiting the turn. My knobbies do fish-tail out a little, but when they grab it slingshots you forward to the next turn. For me this bike is all about the acceleration. Some bikes are about carving the turn, but this one makes the distance between turns that much shorter. Pulls hard in any gear. With sprocket change I could probably hit 100 without any trouble at all. Nice and tall too for a tall guy.

I rode some of my favorite roads in Marin and Sonoma counties today: Coleman, Fairfax-Bolinas, Middle Rd, Ridgecrest, D St., Hwy 1, Chileno Valley, etc. and it was more fun on this bike than on any other bike I've ridden over the same roads. Yeah it's loud, rough suspension, the wind is a chore, my ass hurts and my knees are killing me from being bent so far, but THIS bike is what motorcycling is all about for me. It starts on 1st kick when warm, a few kicks when cold. Who needs e-start?! I also got a very respectable 38 mpg today in twisty-riding. I'm going to put the Acerbis tank on and really get some range. I also plan on adding my old ortlieb dry saddle bags soon, and leave 'em on full time. Perhaps Santa will bring me some street-oriented dual sport tires? What else ... pivot pegs, a proper headlight, heated grips, a BMW adapter for a heated vest? So much to do to make this bike your own, but that engine is something worth building around. Now I've got a barely dirt-worthy dual sport (the GSA), and a barely street legal dual sport (the XR) to cover all my bases.

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Old 11-30-2008, 06:28 PM   #1188
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And the KLR, SF"KLR"?



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So I bought a lightly used xr650r a few months ago. After a busy time at work and some time in the shop I FINALLY took it out today for my first proper 200 mile ride (but no dirt, unfortunately) through the Marin & Sonoma coast. I gotta say--WOW. This thing really hauls. My new bars are nice and wide and up close. I kinda wish they were further away, but don't know what to do about that. They make the GSA feel like an aggressive leaned-over riding position. The XR feels most balanced when I skooch forward as close as possible up against the tank. From there you can really plant yourself in a turn, lay the bike over, keep yourself upright, maybe put a foot out ahead of you, keep those elbows up, and give it more gas than you might think exiting the turn. My knobbies do fish-tail out a little, but when they grab it slingshots you forward to the next turn. For me this bike is all about the acceleration. Some bikes are about carving the turn, but this one makes the distance between turns that much shorter. Pulls hard in any gear. With sprocket change I could probably hit 100 without any trouble at all. Nice and tall too for a tall guy.

I rode some of my favorite roads in Marin and Sonoma counties today: Coleman, Fairfax-Bolinas, Middle Rd, Ridgecrest, D St., Hwy 1, Chileno Valley, etc. and it was more fun on this bike than on any other bike I've ridden over the same roads. Yeah it's loud, rough suspension, the wind is a chore, my ass hurts and my knees are killing me from being bent so far, but THIS bike is what motorcycling is all about for me. It starts on 1st kick when warm, a few kicks when cold. Who needs e-start?! I also got a very respectable 38 mpg today in twisty-riding. I'm going to put the Acerbis tank on and really get some range. I also plan on adding my old ortlieb dry saddle bags soon, and leave 'em on full time. Perhaps Santa will bring me some street-oriented dual sport tires? What else ... pivot pegs, a proper headlight, heated grips, a BMW adapter for a heated vest? So much to do to make this bike your own, but that engine is something worth building around. Now I've got a barely dirt-worthy dual sport (the GSA), and a barely street legal dual sport (the XR) to cover all my bases.

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Old 11-30-2008, 10:12 PM   #1189
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And the KLR, SF"KLR"?
Sold three years ago after Alaska trip. Miss that bike. Best all arounder there is in my book. If I changed my name every time I bought a bike, I'd be SFKLRDUCBMWBMWHUSKYXR and it would be a pain in the ass to sign in.
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:51 AM   #1190
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Sold three years ago after Alaska trip. Miss that bike. Best all arounder there is in my book. If I changed my name every time I bought a bike, I'd be SFKLRDUCBMWBMWHUSKYXR and it would be a pain in the ass to sign in.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:04 PM   #1191
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We should merge all these threads. I posted in the wrong one...



Baja Designs dualsport kit
Stage 2 cam
ditched the Edelbrock for an FCR
Pro Circuit exhaust
CRF forks & front wheel
SCOTTS low-mount steering stabilizer
Baja Designs 4" halogen Fuego headlight
EBC 280mm front brake kit
Easton EXP bars
Trailtech Vapor
Cycra handguards
IMS Pro Series pegs
Unabiker radiator guards
re-shaped seat
Fourstrokeworks subframe extension
IMS 3.2 / Acerbis 6.6 tanks
dirt / street wheelsets (both 21/18")
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:04 AM   #1192
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I just installed the Baja Designs kit to the rear fender. Now my fender is bouncing all over the place(even on smooth roads).

Is there a recommended way to brace the fender?
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:01 AM   #1193
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Turbo City rear fender brace
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:04 PM   #1194
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I just installed the Baja Designs kit to the rear fender. Now my fender is bouncing all over the place(even on smooth roads).

Is there a recommended way to brace the fender?
Xr650r
I think this (scroll to the bottom) is the best brace out there right now. Those Turbo City braces look like they were built by a garage-hack.

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Old 12-02-2008, 01:33 PM   #1195
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Hell yeah on the paint job...love the black rims. Why pay for black rims when you can get them for free..they just get f'ed up anyway. What stickers are you refering to? No Photoshop on that bike.
I'm with you on this. What paint did you use?
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:22 PM   #1196
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I think this (scroll to the bottom) is the best brace out there right now. Those Turbo City braces look like they were built by a garage-hack.

Dirt bagz also has one that bolts to the subframe. I have used it for about a year and the rear fender is rock solid. http://www.dbzproducts.com/extras.htm
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:20 PM   #1197
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Dirt bagz also has one that bolts to the subframe. I have used it for about a year and the rear fender is rock solid. http://www.dbzproducts.com/extras.htm
10-4 same here with the full monty bag set up. works.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:22 PM   #1198
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all right, tell us 'bout the CRF front end, buy it that way? or u do it? easy? hard? hows it handle, difference? worth it? etc... thanks !!

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Originally Posted by jesusgatos
We should merge all these threads. I posted in the wrong one...



Baja Designs dualsport kit
Stage 2 cam
ditched the Edelbrock for an FCR
Pro Circuit exhaust
CRF forks & front wheel
SCOTTS low-mount steering stabilizer
Baja Designs 4" halogen Fuego headlight
EBC 280mm front brake kit
Easton EXP bars
Trailtech Vapor
Cycra handguards
IMS Pro Series pegs
Unabiker radiator guards
re-shaped seat
Fourstrokeworks subframe extension
IMS 3.2 / Acerbis 6.6 tanks
dirt / street wheelsets (both 21/18")
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:09 PM   #1199
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all right, tell us 'bout the CRF front end, buy it that way? or u do it? easy? hard? hows it handle, difference? worth it? etc... thanks !!
Right now I'm using stock CRF tripleclamps and a custom-machined upper bearing and it pretty much sucks. The revalved stock forks were a lot better. But this is just a temporary setup. I designed a set of custom conversion tripleclamps a while ago, and I'm still talking to BRP about whether they're going to put them into production. Should be awesome whenever I finally get the new tripleclamps on there. I've got a CR500 shock that I'm going to use to build a hybrid to balance-out the front suspension.
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:11 AM   #1200
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Dirt bagz also has one that bolts to the subframe. I have used it for about a year and the rear fender is rock solid. http://www.dbzproducts.com/extras.htm
Thanks for the link! For 55 bucks that's worth a shot...just bought it. Hopefully it'll STOP the FLOP.
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