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Old 07-07-2007, 08:02 PM   #16
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'85 XL600R with 19,000 miles on it. I believe it was the only year for the flash red, blue and yellow combination. Added 4 teeth to the rear sprocket (47) and still get 55 to 65 mpg. Highway to single track it's a blast......


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Old 07-07-2007, 08:34 PM   #17
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'85 XL600R with 19,000 miles on it. I believe it was the only year for the flash red, blue and yellow combination. Added 4 teeth to the rear sprocket (47) and still get 55 to 65 mpg. Highway to single track it's a blast......


Working it's way through the woods....



That bike looks darn good for having 19k on her. Is it for sale?
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:07 PM   #18
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Sorry Cyclewizard, not for sale but I've seen several XL's which looked in great original condition in the past year go up for sale. I think these bikes are still a great bargain but they do seem to be heading up in price.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:03 PM   #19
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i've been taking apart my 2 xl600's trying to make 1 street legal and running good i took off the forks and was wondering if there are any inverted front forks that i could fit on the bike -anyone have any possibilities/suggestions ?
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:48 PM   #20
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Laugh xl600 envy gone at last

wish i have a pic but my camera is on the fritz. I just purchased a 1986 XL600 with 8124 miles on the ticker. it is in excellent shape. I went through it over the first week i had it and went on a 330 mile ride with a v-strom, klr650 and beleive it or not an xt225. didn't miss a lick and looks great too. i'll try to get some pics.
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:00 PM   #21
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Old 07-11-2007, 12:25 PM   #22
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I have joined just to contribute to this thread have had 3 XL600R's over a span of 23 years. They are great bikes . My current one is a 1984 model with a dyno jet kit and a super trap muffller it has 16000 miles on it and runs great. In fact I just purchased a 2008 KLR and the old Xl will out torque it out accelarate it and is just a lot more fun to ride and fun is what it's all about. Does anyone have a dyno graph on the old Xl,s I would like to compare it to a KLR?

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Old 07-11-2007, 01:44 PM   #23
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I have joined just to contribute to this thread have had 3 XL600R's over a span of 23 years. They are great bikes . My current one is a 1984 model with a dyno jet kit and a super trap muffller it has 16000 miles on it and runs great. In fact I just purchased a 2008 KLR and the old Xl will out torque it out accelarate it and is just a lot more fun to ride and fun is what it's all about. Does anyone have a dyno graph on the old Xl,s I would like to compare it to a KLR?
No, but is has 32 rwhp...if your lucky, but the torque is where its at on the RVCC motor. heres my 1996 XR600R SM...it bakes a lot of current 600cc Supermotos.
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:32 PM   #24
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just a thought....

it's probably easier to just find a complete front end including triple tree and find some head bearings that will fit the combination...you're probably going to have a hard time finding inverted shocks that will fit into the opening...like 40mm or some such IIRC....cool idea though ...hmmm one more damn project...


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Old 07-12-2007, 12:53 PM   #25
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I have joined just to contribute to this thread have had 3 XL600R's over a span of 23 years. They are great bikes . My current one is a 1984 model with a dyno jet kit and a super trap muffller it has 16000 miles on it and runs great. In fact I just purchased a 2008 KLR and the old Xl will out torque it out accelarate it and is just a lot more fun to ride and fun is what it's all about. Does anyone have a dyno graph on the old Xl,s I would like to compare it to a KLR?
Here is dyno graph for my -84 XL600r (DP03)



- Engine rebuild, new bearings, 101mm piston from wiseco
- Laser Produro muffler (offroad model).
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Things i change after this run...
- Too small jets in both carbs, later install bigger jets -> better high end.
- Faulty ignition -> new ignition system -> better over all.

And offroad tires loose some hp in dyno...
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:54 PM   #26
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my '87 the dual carbed XLs are strong, makes the newer 650s seem anemic (sp)
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:48 PM   #27
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it's probably easier to just find a complete front end including triple tree and find some head bearings that will fit the combination...you're probably going to have a hard time finding inverted shocks that will fit into the opening...like 40mm or some such IIRC....cool idea though ...hmmm one more damn project...
thats the idea change the trees -- but i was wondering if anyone knew what combination would fit ? (i'm a bit lazy )
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:39 PM   #28
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thats the idea change the trees -- but i was wondering if anyone knew what combination would fit ? (i'm a bit lazy )
Triple tree from Honda FMX650...
Or maybe from XR650R...
There is even chance that FMX650 ignition/steering lock will work with XL600r frame?

Im not 100% sure about it, but http://www.sudco.com/sbhon.html helps...

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Old 07-12-2007, 07:49 PM   #29
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I have an '86. I love it.
Here's a link to a Cycle World road test of an XL600 from Sept 1983. XL600 Road test
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