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Old 01-16-2008, 09:34 PM   #16
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Well this'll hurt some of you. Seems Honda Italy sells an XR400... even has e-start.

http://dallarahonda.com/xr400r_new.htm

I've got an xt350, and if they brought these babies to Canada I'd buy one in a blink.
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:12 PM   #17
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well, Duke....you and Ganshert saw it at Four Mile Freakout so no big surprises here. This was taken on the switchbacks heading down to Batopilas....making it earn it's living last March, being ridden from El Paso down and back.

'96 with a freshened top end, 12.5:1 Wiseco, Kenda K760 Trakmaster II's w/ 4mm UHD tubes, Devol disc guards, IMS shift lever, oil filter cover guard, Clarke tank, gripper seat cover, Moose skidplate, stock gearing and 13, 14 & 15 fronts and 48 rear extra (it will climb a tree w/ 13/48 - 15/45 stock), Cycra, Renthal, etc etc etc.

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Old 01-16-2008, 10:28 PM   #18
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:47 PM   #19
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Well this'll hurt some of you. Seems Honda Italy sells an XR400... even has e-start.

http://dallarahonda.com/xr400r_new.htm

I've got an xt350, and if they brought these babies to Canada I'd buy one in a blink.
Sure enough, missing the kicky thingy! NICE!!!!

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Old 01-16-2008, 10:57 PM   #20
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Gosh, I just realized I don't even have a picture of my XR400. I guess thats part of what makes it so cool, not pretty enough to take a picture of, but quite fun to ride.

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Old 01-16-2008, 11:00 PM   #21
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Sure enough, missing the kicky thingy! NICE!!!!

Not to mention the USD forks
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:26 AM   #22
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Talking here's mine

I sold my KTM400 to buy the last brand new one available in Perth, Australia; mainly because I was working overseas at the time and wanted something the could sit in the shed for two months or more and be rolled out, kicked in the guts and trail-ridden without any dramas.
Going from a KTM back to a XR400 was....interesting, so I've been busy trying to improve the XR400 whilst retaining it's engine reliability.
So - I haven't touched the engine apart from the Vortex ignition.
So here's what I've done to it:
De-restricted
Barkbusters
Pro Taper bars
Riser kit
Acerbis headlight
B&B Bashplate
IMS Stainless Steel Pegs (pivot pegz soon to be available )
Scotts Steering Damper with BRP submount kit
IMS Gearshift lever
B&B Rear disc guard
Eibach Fork Springs
Eibach Rear spring
Onlins rear shock & spring (not yet fitted)
Trailtech Vapor computer
ASV unbreakable levers
Pro-Grip Grips
Unifilter Airfilter
Works Connection frame guards
Wave Front Disc
Chain Gang rear sprocket (approx 10,000mi lifespan)
B&B exhaust baffle
Goodridge front brake line
Acerbis long range tank (for the desert trips in outback Australia http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=169841)




close up of the damper and speedo


with Acerbis 22L long range tank (16km/L economy offroad giving about 350km, or 218mi)




here's recent pic with the new Acerbis Cyclops headlight



In case you're wondering, the camping gear in the grey bag is all lightweight stuff; the bag weighes under 5kg; I carry/wear a backpack as well.


I may look into a set of dirtbagz for it......but now I've got the HP2 for longer range touring with more plush luggage capability

I really enjoy the XR400...they're a fantastic all-rounder; and were a good competitor to the DRZ400 (which now has no competitor in this class)

Thanks for creating the thread.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:51 AM   #23
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NICE! I have a 950 Adventure for really long range with lots of luggage capacity, but where I live I can easily ride further than the stock tank will allow before finding fuel. How do you like the Acerbis tank? Can you actually use all the fuel, or does some get trapped in the low front "wings"?
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:59 AM   #24
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NICE! I have a 950 Adventure for really long range with lots of luggage capacity, but where I live I can easily ride further than the stock tank will allow before finding fuel. How do you like the Acerbis tank? Can you actually use all the fuel, or does some get trapped in the low front "wings"?
Thanks.
I have run dry before; so yes, all of the fuel is usable with the acerbis tank.
The tank is also used on the XR600/XR250 - I bought my red ones (older) off ebay. You just need different mounting brackets.
The white tanks can mark easily with rub marks - especially if you ride in red clay in the rain...
You get used to the tank's design pretty quickly, and when you put the original one back on; the XR400 feels like a 125..:)
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:14 AM   #25
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I'm hoping the kickstart isn't an issue. We don't have too much slimey mud around here- mostly rocks, and more rocks.

Nah it aint a huge problem just takes some practice and technique.


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Old 01-17-2008, 08:18 AM   #26
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Nah it aint a huge problem just takes some practice and technique.


I love me XR
I can see that it'll take some practice. This is the first kick start bike I've had. Well, since I was 13 or so. I'm getting it. Still don't know what the hell that extra lever is for though.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:33 AM   #27
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I can see that it'll take some practice. This is the first kick start bike I've had. Well, since I was 13 or so. I'm getting it. Still don't know what the hell that extra lever is for though.
Here, my kicker N00b..... from our friends at 4Strokes.com. Pay particular attention to "DON'T TOUCH THAT THROTTLE!"

General Four-Stroke Starting Procedures
  • If the engine is cold, it may help to turn up the idle screw slightly to aid in warm-up and give the engine a little extra fuel.
  • Turn the choke to full on.
  • Pull in the compression release lever, if so equipped, and push the kick-starter through 3 or 4 times. This will prime the engine with fuel.
  • Without the compression release lever pulled in, slowly push the kick-starter around to get the piston to top dead center. You'll know this when the kick-starter becomes hard to push down (indicating compression stroke).
  • Allow the kick-starter to return to the top.
  • Pull the compression release lever in and push the kick-starter down just a little (around an inch and a half or two). This gets the piston just past top dead center.
  • Let the compression release lever back out and bring the kick-starter back up to the top.
  • Now push the kick-starter down with as much force as you can and it should fire up. If it doesn't, wait a few seconds and try the procedure again.
Honda XR650R - Ken A. Moore Cold engine (cool outside)
  • Do not twist the throttle, no matter what you think or feel, or you will flood it.
  • Choke full on, ignition off.
  • Pull in compression release and kick the engine 4 kicks. This primes the engine.
  • Ignition switch on, choke on. Slowly kick the engine until TDC (the hard spot), then stop.
  • Pull in the compression release and gently push the kick leaver so the engine is just past TDC, then stop. Release the compression release leaver.
  • Now give her a nice firm kick of the kick starter. DON'T TOUCH THAT THROTTLE! She should fire up. If not, go back to #4.
  • Move choke to 1/2 position. DON'T TOUCH THAT THROTTLE!
  • After about 60 seconds turn off the choke. DON'T TOUCH THAT THROTTLE!
  • After about 2 minutes and the engine is getting warm, you may now slowly twist the throttle but go easy until fully warmed up.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:44 AM   #28
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Thanks Mark!

Wow! I was doing it right after all??!!! It does make sense, doesn't it?

Oziexplorer: Nice ride report on the Golden Quest Trail. Glad to see this bike is suitable for some longer rides!
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:00 AM   #29
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Oziexplorer: Nice ride report on the Golden Quest Trail. Glad to see this bike is suitable for some longer rides!
cheers mate.
a pair of earplugs makes the long rides much more enjoyable.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:19 AM   #30
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Xr 400 R

I really like this bike.





Here is my post on my 98 XR4
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=215070

I did 5 miles of hell on mine no problem.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=222117


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