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Old 01-22-2008, 05:22 AM   #91
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Hey Boss, going to Death Valley Daze?
Can't make it this year Duke. The bikes are in CO and we're spending the winter in AZ. We're thinking of bringing them down next winter, though. Please pay us a visit if you drive through the PHX metro area.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:17 AM   #92
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oooh! Nice bike- I like the forks, but they probably cost more than I payed for my whole bike!

Are those dunes near where you live? Damn I gotta get down there and ride with you.
Right down the street from my house. I tried to get codys to drive his 950 up them but all I got was excuses.

Nice horn, did you get the matching handle bar streamers?
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:12 AM   #93
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So seems this thread is getting quite popular, so how about sharing those parts fiche's that you all have stashed???I have two 400's and two 650R's, both types absolutely stonking machines.
I saw a 400 motard imported direct from Japan with e-start and cush-drive. I'll go past the dealer again and take a few pics. Means that the Japs do make an E-start 400, just not for international consumption.
Who makes the decisions as to what models are imported or not? Makes me wonder why they think we don't want an XR400 with E-start when all other manufacturers have them.
By the way, I live in Tanzania, biking heaven!
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:40 AM   #94
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Tool Box

Somewhere I saw aa aluminum tool box that mounted under the left rear number plate, attached to the subframe. Has anybody seen this and know where to get it?
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:34 AM   #95
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Somewhere I saw aa aluminum tool box that mounted under the left rear number plate, attached to the subframe. Has anybody seen this and know where to get it?
Right here...

http://doolsport.com/
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:58 AM   #96
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So seems this thread is getting quite popular, so how about sharing those parts fiche's that you all have stashed???I have two 400's and two 650R's, both types absolutely stonking machines.
I saw a 400 motard imported direct from Japan with e-start and cush-drive. I'll go past the dealer again and take a few pics. Means that the Japs do make an E-start 400, just not for international consumption.
Who makes the decisions as to what models are imported or not? Makes me wonder why they think we don't want an XR400 with E-start when all other manufacturers have them.
By the way, I live in Tanzania, biking heaven!
Like this? http://www.babbittsonline.com/pages/...d/7/Honda.aspx

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Old 01-23-2008, 12:46 PM   #97
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Took me a little time find and take pics of the XR4, but here are a couple. I have had this XR400 since '96 and love it. I raced it in amatuer enduros & local hair scrambles a little back then. Now I commute on it whenever I can, ride with my kids on their PW60 & XR70, & wife on her CRF230.

No performance mods to speak of.
Utility mods include:
Baja Designs kit and plate in '96,
16T front sprocket
Duro dual sport tires (cheap commuting traction)
Passenger pegs adapted off a CBR I think
Top box from JC Whitney (for daily commute, not tested off-road)
Rear rack from Ebay (cut to fit around DOT taillight)
Clark 3.8 gallon tank for longer trips
Blue artwork from Ebay (not recommended, stickers are not sticky )

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Old 01-23-2008, 12:48 PM   #98
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Right here...

http://doolsport.com/
Nice tool box, and emailed them. Waiting for application, pricing and availability.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:57 PM   #99
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My XR400R
bought it new in September 2006 and have riden 15000 miles in 12 month's and I'm still on the same C+S and break pads

I have changed the oil and filter every 1000 mile'a and the bike as not missed a beat.
The xr400 as to be a contender for one on the best all round Thumpers of all time.

No Bling only a 22 lt tank,sump guard and a set of bar risers
standerd exhaust,and carb.But the snorkel from the air box has been removed.

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I am curious about the windshield setup. I have been looking a little for a windshield myself. Is that a purchased XR400 aftermarket item or in-house developed?
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:48 AM   #100
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http://www.newenoughhp.com/parts/dua...een_honda.html

Try that link for windscreens. They also do some natty carriers
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Old 01-25-2008, 05:18 AM   #101
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http://www.newenoughhp.com/parts/dua...een_honda.html

Try that link for windscreens. They also do some natty carriers
Thanks, now I can start putting together my birthday wish list.
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:09 PM   #102
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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.
Thanks, and it was helpful for me and for others.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:00 AM   #103
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Timely thread!

Just found a 2003 xr400 in the local area, trying to get over to see it.

Read through this entire thread and it seem that everyone who has, (or had), one loves (d) it.
Just wondering if this year or any for that matter, had any issues, quirks, etc....I realize it's a Honda, just thought to ask! Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:30 AM   #104
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Just found a 2003 xr400 in the local area, trying to get over to see it.

Read through this entire thread and it seem that everyone who has, (or had), one loves (d) it.
Just wondering if this year or any for that matter, had any issues, quirks, etc....I realize it's a Honda, just thought to ask! Thanks!
They are all the same. The later (post 98?) the baffle in the exhaust aren't quite as easy to remove, and the '96 and '97 had different gearing, but all Honda did was bump up a few teeth in the back on later years. Otherwise, I think they are all the same with the exception of color.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:49 AM   #105
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Just found a 2003 xr400 in the local area, trying to get over to see it.

Read through this entire thread and it seem that everyone who has, (or had), one loves (d) it.
Just wondering if this year or any for that matter, had any issues, quirks, etc....I realize it's a Honda, just thought to ask! Thanks!
I think there was also a change to the forks in 98. My service manual has procedures for 97 and older and 98 and newer regarding the forks.

from what I have read 98 and up hasn't changed other than color like Tony said

did you buy it yet????
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