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Old 08-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #826
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Wet weight

I weighed a friend's 1987 XL600R yesterday, thought I'd share the info for anyone that might need it:
148 lbs on the front tire, 186 lbs on the rear (334 lbs total). This weight was with the bike ready to ride, with a partial tank of gas, no rider of course.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:24 PM   #827
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What he said....

Yep, Rebuilds are always best enjoyed when someone else is doing them. Enjoy.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:04 PM   #828
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Some mods that I finished today.
Old-school round headlight. No stock parts were harmed during this mod.
Brackets fabbed up, ready to install.


Brackets, turn signals and headlight shell mounted. Turn signals are Buell Ulysses rear signals. These can be bent over 90* in any direction without breaking, and cost about $10.


A couple shots of the completed installation. Assistance and ADV salute provided by my kid.



Next. New FMF Q muffler. I ordered it from OEM Cycle.
The 1.75 inch. Its quieter than the Supertrapp, but still sounds good.
Here it is all mounted up. Its a little lower than the Supertrapp it replaced, but not a big deal to me since I don't do any hardcore off-roading.


With the side cover. Doesn't work so well with the cover. I need to work on that some more.


Here's a close-up of where I cut the mid-pipe. Thats the side cover mount screw just left and above the muffler clamp. You can see the swage in the pipe just left of the clamp. Thats the exact location of the cut.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:15 PM   #829
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Wow

That headlight, is a seriously, brilliant, most excellent mod! Now I'm copying your rear rack.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:21 PM   #830
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I really like the headlight too. If only I had one of my GS1100 big ole 8" light hanging around.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:33 PM   #831
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Some mods that I finished today.
Old-school round headlight.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:53 PM   #832
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A couple shots of the completed installation. Assistance and ADV salute provided by my kid.



Damm Kid's
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:59 PM   #833
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Makes me wanna get one of them big-ass baja lights. I'll probably just get this auxillary one, as I'm not giving up on my 1983 Paris Dakar XL600 cloning experiment just yet:

And Mortimer Sickle: all we needed was your thumbs up, perfect. You've been rocking that sig. line for as long as I've seen you on here.
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:53 PM   #834
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Makes me wanna get one of them big-ass baja lights. I'll probably just get this auxillary one, as I'm not giving up on my 1983 Paris Dakar XL600 cloning experiment just yet:
Is that white and black thing right behind the "A" in Honda a cup holder? Coool.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:21 PM   #835
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I like it. What headlight is that? Nice work on the brackets. How'd you cut them?
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:40 PM   #836
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Head light from eBay. The brackets are made of 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/8 aluminum angle, and 1/8 aluminum plate. I cut the side plates on a band saw, and cleaned them up on a belt/disk sander.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:20 AM   #837
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Head light from eBay. The brackets are made of 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/8 aluminum angle, and 1/8 aluminum plate. I cut the side plates on a band saw, and cleaned them up on a belt/disk sander.
Nice work. Sounds like my kind of "engineering". Did you use the stock headlight switch?

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Old 08-24-2009, 01:00 AM   #838
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help.. oil temp dipstick

i need to find a post i saw some time back with a link to an oil temp dipstick. Not the xr only brand one ive heard too many bad things about that one... tahnks
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:13 AM   #839
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In XL600 news, I like the way my turn signal has ben malfunctioning lately. It has been blinking really fast when I first apply the signal and then erratically until it tapers off into it's normal blinking tempo. I feel that this has improved my visibility on the freeway at night, probably giving a few drivers the sensation that they are being somehow pulled over by a towtruck. I had picked up an electronic (black plastic box) replacement at the junkyard that I found sitting around, don't know if it's any good but I tossed it in my cut-out deployed airbags bag and got them both for free. I like mine and will ride it this way forever if it keeps up.

I had recently re-covered my seat with a cover I made also. I made it an inch too small in either direction, so it was stretched really taut, enlarging some of the stitch holes. Well today, it was next to this really shiny trailer and the bright sun reflecting off the trailer melted the seat and one of the seams gave way. It also melted the textured surface of the vinyl smooth and shiny in a large area near there. All the while I was inside the trailer cleaning, oblivious that this was happening. My co-worker/boss's kids were all like, "Hey, hey, I bet I can hold my hand on this seat cover longer than you can!" "Let's have a contest!"

Aw man, and that particular vinyl was left over from a project that my seamstress mentor did for a more recent AC/DC video, too! True story, far as I know. I had made that cover with the red stripe of tarp material first. I discovered that using tarp material isn't good because it's not stretchy so it creates wrinkles that don't stretch out. It also doesn't mold to your ass as you sit, therefore puts your as to sleep on most rides. I then got the seat "Back in Black", but I think the video she was doing costumes for was for "Stiff Upper Lip" or soemthing more recent of theirs. Whatever it was, their leftover vinyl made for a cover that was better than "stiff under ass" like the first one.

Oh well, it's a good excuse to make another one more correctly. Besides, Fully Geed is sending me his old stock seat and stuff, so I'll have a project seat I can really take my time on. Hoping to do some supplementary foam or a full re-foam job myself.

Bike runs great, just gotta do heli-coils in one bolt hole holding the rocker box on to stop a slow oil weep. I just cleaned the side of the engine off so it's gotta get done soon. I got a compliment the other day on the bike "That's bad ass, dude!" and then I got these preppy chicks in a BMW rolling down their window next to me in Downtown Portland with their makeup and dresses totally hitting on me saying, "Heeeey, I like your bike, that's coool, man!" They totally had the hots for me.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:24 AM   #840
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Dang, I gotta move over to Portland. There certainly wan't anything heappening at McDermitt weekend.
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