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Old 08-25-2009, 05:42 PM   #856
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Thanks for the help.
Here's a pic of the bike
I always thought the '85 color scheme was the best. Walking through the dealership and seeing that whole row of bright blue and red dirt bikes was heaven on earth. Honda will never again match their 80's glory days. Sad to say...
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:23 PM   #857
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Hi,

Please forgive my poor english. I'm a french XL lover. I discover advrider recently while searching for XL600R informations.

I just achieve a 1983 XL600R motor rebuild. It has 85 000 km (or 53 000 miles). You can see the rebuild story there : http://xl600r.free.fr/. It's in french, but apart from the first page, the twenty episodes are mainly pictures constituted (links to the episodes are at the bottom of the first page).

Ten years ago, the bike make an alarming "clic-clic-clic". I leave it in a Honda shop where they take absolutely all the motor to pieces, told me that I have to change almost everything but don't explain the origin of the "clic-clic-clic". So I take all the pieces and forget about it like I don't understand what goes wrong and have no money at this time to fix it.

Recently I investigate and it turns that the head was broken. The honda man was probably too young to know that this was the Achilles' heel of this bike. So I found another head and like all pieces was taken apart, I check each part and rebuild all like new or so. New rings, bearings (all of them), some gears sprockets, camshaft, valves, seats, rockers, camchain with sliders and sprockets, etc.

No it runs well and it's a pleasure . I just have a little jetting to do and will probably ask you some question in the future.

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Old 08-26-2009, 04:55 PM   #858
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You have better English than some of the members here. It is better than my French, that's for sure! Welcome!
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:27 PM   #859
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:41 AM   #860
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You have better English than some of the members here. It is better than my French, that's for sure! Welcome!
expescially muchh bhetter then me.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:33 AM   #861
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Trans Wisconsin Trail

My brother and I took the day off from work yesterday and rode a portion of the Trans Wisconsin Trail. (Many ride reports can be found on ADV)

The weather was perfect and the trails were wonderful. We rode 220 miles total, and my XL600 worked very well. I did run a knobby tire on the front, and I left my big ammo cans at home and used soft bags instead. Other than that, it is the exact same bike that I can commute 80 miles a day on.

I was concerned that my suspension would really feel weak compared to my XR, but for the type of riding we were doing, it was perfect. I only felt the rear end bottom once the whole day in a deep, sharp whoop.

The trail is mostly forest roads, dirt country roads, and some ATV trails. I am looking forward to going back and completing some other sections in the fall.





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Old 08-27-2009, 08:44 AM   #862
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Awesome! Old man Honda begat the XL600R for just such trips.
Anybody else notice the resemblance of the XL600 and the DR650? Coincidence?
I bet Suzuki had one in the factory for the cloning process.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:25 AM   #863
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Dan right he needed that gel pad for his DR. Those seats suck!

Getting that XR plated, still?
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:53 AM   #864
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Dan right he needed that gel pad for his DR. Those seats suck!

Getting that XR plated, still?
Joel,

The XR is plated. I just need to sort out a 3rd gear issue that I failed to address when I rebuilt it, and for a ride like this one, it will need a few more items to be "legal" on the roads.

The DR had 3 issues that my brother discovered.
#1. The seat. He borrowed the WalMart seat pad from me and said it made a nice difference on the long ride.

#2. Trail wing tires stink. Now he knows why they call them DeathWings. Even on loose gravel he said his front end felt sketchy.

#3. The DR does not want to start after you dump it. (Yep, he tipped it over in the first sandy corner) (No, I didn't laugh at him.....much) It did take the Dr a long while to decide to start after that. The electric start seemed like a great idea until I saw that happen.

On another note, this was my first ride with my new Shinko brand rear tire. It is DOT approved and looks similar to a Kenda 270 or an IRC dual-sport tire tread. I like it, it was quiet on the pavement and felt good in the corners, and the trail riding showed that it still worked in the dirt and the mudpuddles as well. In the REALLY deep sand it would be nicer to have a more aggressive digger, and I can imagine that in a totally mucked out swamp, you would feel the same way, but overall, I really liked it. I have a matching front tire that is mounted on my spare front wheel and that will be on the bike next week for some commuting duty. Hopefully, it will feel as good as the rear tire did. The Shinkos were on sale at BikeBandit a while back, and I got the front and rear delivered for around $80. I wouldn't hesitate to do THAT again...
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:39 PM   #865
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Wicked Tank?

Hello, Mr fix it what tank and where did you find that for your xl?
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Old 08-30-2009, 02:06 PM   #866
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Changing out '83 XL600 ignition switch

Well, I have pulled my switch apart,cleaned it,check continuity on the wires and still am having issues with it turning off and now turning on.
If I press hard it works ok but if you let go it is back to being sporatic.
There doesn't seem to be a way to press and seal the body to make it work right so my next step is replacement.
Unfortunately Honda does not carry the parts t replace or repair.
So I replace.
I can get one from Emgo but don't know the model to use
So does anyone know which other models will switch over?
Not even concerned about steering lock.
Or can I just rig any ile 2 pole switch to work?
When I park her for any amount of time/ distance I do use a m/c lock so theft isn't that great of a concern.
Thanks as always.
sorry for the duplicate thread but trolling for all answers.
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Old 08-30-2009, 02:12 PM   #867
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Hello, Mr fix it what tank and where did you find that for your xl?
All the info here
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...96#post9551496

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Old 08-30-2009, 02:31 PM   #868
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Crag Antler, YOU BEAT ME TO IT!
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:58 PM   #869
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Just can't say enough good things about the XL600's... Both my boys rode the whole weekend at WestFest....totally trouble free. While other bikes were breaking down around them, the XL600's just kept plugging away!!!

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Old 08-31-2009, 10:30 PM   #870
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[Thanks. Thought there might be some large acerbis tanks for the xl out there. That looks great, but i think i am too lazy to try that. Maybe get a clark. (even though it will be less fulfilling)

quote=crag antler]All the info here
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...96#post9551496

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