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Old 03-01-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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XR600 good for long trip?

I don't want to clog up the xr600 thread with my silly non-technical question. I have a trip coming up, it has to be made in a very short time frame. 900miles one way, I want to do it in one day, I know its going to suck. Then 3 days later turn around and go back, thats going to suck even more. If I had a street bike I wouldn't even hesitate, but I don't know if my '84 xr600r with a big bore kit to 660, should be abused in that way. Do you guys think it could or should be done?

And yes there is a woman involved...
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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Could, yes.

Should, no.



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Old 03-01-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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The bike should be up to the task depending on the gearing you have. You should check the oil at every gas stop. You know your ass will be killing you by the time you get to about 200 miles. That will be the least of your problems. Ever hear of Greyhound bus lines??
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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900 miles in one day on a xr600. Yup it's been done all the time in Baja. But yes it's gonna suck.

Hate to be the one to say this but I'd take the car on this one. If you don't have a car, rent one for 4 days. You will be way more refreshed for "other activities" if you do.

If you do decide to do it, make sure the bike is in tip top shape and keep an eye on that oil level like a hawk.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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i would have tried it on my old 89 xr600 no problem but like mentioned check the oil a lot. it seems most of my xrs used oil and used more oil on the freeway on long rides at constant higher rpms. i did a few 500 mile days on my old xr600 no problem.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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I don't want to clog up the xr600 thread with my silly non-technical question. I have a trip coming up, it has to be made in a very short time frame. 900miles one way, I want to do it in one day, I know its going to suck. Then 3 days later turn around and go back, thats going to suck even more. If I had a street bike I wouldn't even hesitate, but I don't know if my '84 xr600r with a big bore kit to 660, should be abused in that way. Do you guys think it could or should be done?

And yes there is a woman involved...
Go pay for an AMA membership, with the included roadside assistance plan. Then it's no sweat.

If it's already in good repair...Do an oil change with synthetic and a magnetic drainplug. Check the level EVERY fuel stop. Adjust your valves. Lower your passenger pegs a few inches so you can kick your feet back occasionally. Bump your CS sprocket up a tooth or two...maybe 3. Will it pull top gear comfortably still? Put on some long-wearing tires. Get a throttle lock, so you can shake any numbness out of your hands! Check your chain for wear and roughness. If you don't have a big tank, find/beg/borrow one. Carry spare fuel too, of at least 1 liter.

'Piece of cake. MAKE her ride her bicycle out to visit you first though, or just continue past her house on your way to the nearest trail in her area instead. Show her that you're not desperate.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
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I once rode home from the Bay of La down in Baja on my 1983 XL600. I don't think I even checked the oil the whole way back. 925 miles. Left around 8am or so and was home by 2am.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #8
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I once rode home from the Bay of La down in Baja on my 1983 XL600. I don't think I even checked the oil the whole way back. 925 miles. Left around 8am or so and was home by 2am.
dang thats a good ride!
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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I think I'll rent a car actually, under $200 a week for an economy car. That's about what I'd spend on a good set of tires, new chain and different sprockets. Plus less wear on the engine and I'll be able to do more than just groans in pain when I get there.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:29 PM   #10
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I once rode home from the Bay of La down in Baja on my 1983 XL600. I don't think I even checked the oil the whole way back. 925 miles. Left around 8am or so and was home by 2am.
150 MPH , not bad. OK , it was 1:30 am here , gimme a break.

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:30 AM   #11
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925 Miles / 18 Hours = 51.38 MPH average
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:39 AM   #12
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925 Miles / 18 Hours = 51.38 MPH average

Gas stops, boarder crossing, laying on the ground at rest stops along I-5. Yeah not the fastest trip on record.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:45 AM   #13
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Gas stops, boarder crossing, laying on the ground at rest stops along I-5. Yeah not the fastest trip on record.
Shit, sounds to me like you were hauling butt.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:00 AM   #14
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Seat time baby. Just grinding it out.
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