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Old 02-14-2008, 07:16 PM   #136
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Not sure how I missed this thread until now, but I got my XR400R back in August and I'm loving it!

Compared to the VStrom, this thing is light as a feather and super capable. I've run trails up by Red River and dual sported it out in East Texas.

Next up: Big Bend next week!

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Learning to kick start it...
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:17 PM   #137
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for those of you with a rack, how does it mount? any problems with the subframe cracking/breaking? I'm going to fab a rack for camping gear and not sure if i want to tie it into the main frame, or maybe beef up the subframe a little or what.
I'm probably going to make it out of a couple old 70's bike handlebars I have so 7/8 and probably .065-.083 wall.
here's mine...its a Honda OEM rack for the XR250.its strong and durable compared to rally 591 which would always break if happens to have nasty crash during trails.The XXR400R subframe is way better than my XR650R.no case of subframe cracking or breaking.


Don't have a better picts of it.bike was sold last yr.

Its a poorman's race bike here racing with the KTMs,CRFs etc.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:00 PM   #138
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Not sure how I missed this thread until now, but I got my XR400R back in August and I'm loving it!



I love the video! "I don't need no stinking magic button!"
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:33 PM   #139
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I love the video! "I don't need no stinking magic button!"
Back then, I wished I had one. I've since learned the "finer points" of kickstarting an XR - and I'm guuuuud at it!
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:10 PM   #140
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I'm lovin' this simple little bike

Whenever you want to bring it down and experience the desert let me know....

Time is short though, I'm moving back to MN by summer.
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Old 02-16-2008, 10:43 PM   #141
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So who has an absolutely foolproof method of removing a stuck swingarm bolt?
In case you're wondering why I'm asking, it's a well known fault on the 400. If you haven't checked your swingarm bearings and greased them up, maybe it's time. Only problem is the bot siezes inside the engine casing, so who's got what opinion to release it with the least damage?
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:02 AM   #142
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So who has an absolutely foolproof method of removing a stuck swingarm bolt?
In case you're wondering why I'm asking, it's a well known fault on the 400. If you haven't checked your swingarm bearings and greased them up, maybe it's time. Only problem is the bot siezes inside the engine casing, so who's got what opinion to release it with the least damage?
Lots of threads on that over on TT. It would seem there's lots of wrong ways to do it, lots of ways to try the 'right' way and still mess it up, and a few people just get lucky.

Let us know how it goes!

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=598981
http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=601660
http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=597903
http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=595675
http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=594582
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:51 AM   #143
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What Rebecca said. Lots of info on TT.

But the short version is use a good penetrant before laying into it. Something like PB Blaster, and let it set overnight or so. Then use the properly placed and amounts of heat and good tools, like an air hammer to push the bolt out. If you use a drift and a maul to hammer it out, be sure to take precautions against buggering up/swelling the bolt end. Try to heat the swingarm and engine journals that the bolts passes thru and not the bolt itself. It's hollow, so try to run a run thru it and keep the bolt cool. Some have used freon or some other refrigerant. Differential expansion/contraction between the bolt and the sleeves/bearings the bolt passes thru will help increase clearances that have been shot by corrosion.

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Old 02-17-2008, 01:31 PM   #144
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Not sure how I missed this thread until now, but I got my XR400R back in August and I'm loving it!

Compared to the VStrom, this thing is light as a feather and super capable. I've run trails up by Red River and dual sported it out in East Texas.

Next up: Big Bend next week!

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How far is this from Houston TX? Is a Dual-Sport a must for riding there? Can I bring a Dual Sport and a MX bike?
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:17 PM   #145
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How far is this from Houston TX? Is a Dual-Sport a must for riding there? Can I bring a Dual Sport and a MX bike?
Far. It's north of Dallas on the Ok/TX border. I have friends up in DFW that go, so I stay with them and make a weekend out of it.

It's a private dirt park, so dual sports are actually kinda rare. I took my plate off so I wouldn't lose it on a trail. Lots of quads, too (since there's really nowhere else for those guys to play).

Lots more info: http://www.redrivermotorcycletrails.com/

And if you're considering riding in TX, come say hi to the locals: www.TWTex.com - we have a LA Dual Sport planned for early March over by Natitoches (sp?)
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Old 02-17-2008, 04:50 PM   #146
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I finally had a chance to really ride my xr! This winter has been particularly harsh in Colorado, but a couple of days of 50 degree temps and sunshine, and a little hunting for generally south facing areas paid off.
Any chance you'd be willing to share where that is? I'm going nuts here. Bought my XR400 right before the snow hit and got one trip into Rampart. Other than a mud-fest up at IMI a month ago it's been sitting.

I gotta figure out what I did to make it angry with me, as it won't start now, but once I sort that out I want to go explore. Very curious where one can do that this time of year.
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:02 PM   #147
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Any chance you'd be willing to share where that is? I'm going nuts here. Bought my XR400 right before the snow hit and got one trip into Rampart. Other than a mud-fest up at IMI a month ago it's been sitting.

I gotta figure out what I did to make it angry with me, as it won't start now, but once I sort that out I want to go explore. Very curious where one can do that this time of year.


When I have a bitch getting my XR started a valve ajustment usually does wounders
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:11 PM   #148
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When I have a bitch getting my XR started a valve ajustment usually does wounders
I'm about to that point. Any special tricks to it on this bike?
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:21 PM   #149
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I'm about to that point. Any special tricks to it on this bike?


The only special trick I have is getting it laoded up on the trailer to get it to the mechanic. I'm kinda challaged in the mechanical dept. But the ultimate result is one kick and go
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:30 PM   #150
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The only special trick I have is getting it laoded up on the trailer to get it to the mechanic. I'm kinda challaged in the mechanical dept. But the ultimate result is one kick and go
Yeah, when I bought the bike it had the one kick and go, which was very nice. Now it has 30 kicks and I go get a beer. It does have the XR's Only Mikuni pumper carb so it takes a little squirt of gas before kicking, but even then, it just hates me. Now it's hard to find TDC for some reason, i.e. I never feel the typical increase in pressure. Thinking valves, assuming something else isn't going on. Not sure what else it would be though. Last ride it was a pain in the ass to start but we got it going, got it completely muddy, and then I cleaned it off when I got home. Now it won't do anything except taunt me.
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