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Old 01-22-2013, 02:20 PM   #6811
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Looking for advice on an 1984 XR600 that is for sale in my area - North Metro Atlanta. 14,000+ miles. Starts up easy and the engine feels very strong and tight. Idles perfectly also. Looks pretty much stock. Stock exhaust etc. Drips a drop or so of oil each night - not sure from where - maybe countershaft seal? Talking to 2nd owner. He bought it with 10,000 miles and put 4,000 on it himself. He's not sure if the engine has ever been rebuilt.

Without going back and rereading this entire thread, would you mind telling me common issues with a bike like this. Do you have concerns about the mileage? He paid $1400 for it and would take somewhere in that ballpark - maybe less I think?

Thanks for any advice.

Looks kind of like this one. Not actual bike:

Sounds like a good bike at a fair price. If it starts easily, the carbs are likely in good shape (or it is being warmed up before you get there). Mine had that many miles 7 years ago, and I've been riding the crap out of it ever since. They are not as sophisticated as some of the new Euro dual sports, but they are a true classic in the enduro world.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:11 PM   #6812
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:48 PM   #6813
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Thanks for the all the replies on my post about an XL600r that is for sale in my area. I went to look at it today in the sunlight. The owner went on a pretty good ride yesterday which included some highway time. The bike was showing more oil leaks in the sunlight. Some on top of the case by main case seal. Some around the crank shaft and some around the counter shaft. Looks like it's leaving anywhere from nickle sized to silver dollar sized spots where he parks it. Assume more after a hard ride.

Do most of these bikes leak some oil and that is just something most of you live with (like an old Triumph?) Or do most not leak?
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:54 PM   #6814
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No, they are NOT supposed to leak. Mine don't.

Not even my Harley.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:14 PM   #6815
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Thanks for the all the replies on my post about an XL600r that is for sale in my area. I went to look at it today in the sunlight. The owner went on a pretty good ride yesterday which included some highway time. The bike was showing more oil leaks in the sunlight. Some on top of the case by main case seal. Some around the crank shaft and some around the counter shaft. Looks like it's leaving anywhere from nickle sized to silver dollar sized spots where he parks it. Assume more after a hard ride.

Do most of these bikes leak some oil and that is just something most of you live with (like an old Triumph?) Or do most not leak?
Seeping is one thing but leaks that leave spots on the ground is a problem. You don't want a bike that leaves a mess everywhere it's parked.

The bike looks good in the picture If it is all original, in nice crispy shape and hasn't been tinkered with much then I may go as high as the $1400 he's asking. As long as the case halves aren't leaking then the fix isn't terrible but may require pulling the motor from the frame. I'd throw him a one grand offer first and go from there.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:13 PM   #6816
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Hi Guys
Ive just acquired a 83XL600 I want to use as a donor for a street tracker build, have been browsing this thread and have found a wealth of info thanks, bummer about a hot cam not dropping straight in but will see how it goes.

If I may ask a question and apologies for not browsing this entire thread but would a xr650l header or the fmf or big gun after market headers bolt straight on?

Input appreciated
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:52 AM   #6817
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If I may ask a question and apologies for not browsing this entire thread but would a xr650l header or the fmf or big gun after market headers bolt straight on?

Input appreciated
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:57 AM   #6818
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Hi Guys
Ive just acquired a 83XL600 I want to use as a donor for a street tracker build, have been browsing this thread and have found a wealth of info thanks, bummer about a hot cam not dropping straight in but will see how it goes.

If I may ask a question and apologies for not browsing this entire thread but would a xr650l header or the fmf or big gun after market headers bolt straight on?

Input appreciated
XL600 headers bolt on an XR650L, so I would think the Big Gun or FMF designed for the XRL would bolt right on your XL as well. The problem area is where the mid-pipe and silencer mount up to the frame, I believe they're different on the XL and XRL.....the XRL has a XR600 frame, which is a slightly different design than the XL.
A little simple fabbing would make it work I'm sure tho......thats the beauty of the honda XL/XR/XRL series, they're all mix-and-match with a little fabbing
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:12 AM   #6819
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Thanks for the all the replies on my post about an XL600r that is for sale in my area. I went to look at it today in the sunlight. The owner went on a pretty good ride yesterday which included some highway time. The bike was showing more oil leaks in the sunlight. Some on top of the case by main case seal. Some around the crank shaft and some around the counter shaft. Looks like it's leaving anywhere from nickle sized to silver dollar sized spots where he parks it. Assume more after a hard ride.

Do most of these bikes leak some oil and that is just something most of you live with (like an old Triumph?) Or do most not leak?
Yeah, that sounds like it is leaking too much oil to be riding around. Mine leaks (seeps) a bit from the decompression lever shaft, but a bolt and some silicone have nearly stopped it completely.

If you are willing to tackle the fixes, a low ball offer is in order. It is worth fixing, though.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:48 PM   #6820
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Hey guys I need help

I broke my clutch perch like 6 months ago and I just now got a new perch cuz I got tired of fingering the choke lol I was a using a perch from a 79 XL250

anyway, what order does the controls go on?? is it decompresser, then clutch lever, then the light switches??
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:43 PM   #6821
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:27 PM   #6822
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Thanks for all the replies and help with the XL600r that I was thinking of purchasing. I decided not to purchase it because I have a bad hip and found the kickstarting made my hip very sore. I think I would have purchased it had it not been for that issue. I really enjoyed the power on that bike, the low seat height and the comfortable seat. I also think they look very cool. You guys have some cool old bikes on here!

I kind of got to know the guy. He seems like a good guy. He plans on getting a newer bike and going on a journey to South America. I told him about Advrider and he said he is going to join here.

Pic of the bike that I took during my second test ride:


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Old 01-24-2013, 04:02 PM   #6823
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Thanks for all the replies and help with the XL600r that I was thinking of purchasing. I decided not to purchase it because I have a bad hip and found the kickstarting made my hip very sore. I think I would have purchased it had it not been for that issue.
You could always have a look around for one of these two. Both are still Honda XL600's but both have an "electric leg" which will help with your bad hip.

XL600 RMG


XL600 LM
The centrestand on this bike is aftermarket and not a honda item
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #6824
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Not too likely to run across one of those in the US.

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:36 PM   #6825
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Those dual headlights are nice
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