Customizing a XL600R into a Cafe Racer/Street tracker to ride South

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MagneticSouth, May 15, 2012.

  1. beechum1

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    In. If/when you come through TJ, beer and tacos on me.
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  2. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Uhhh Ohhh... need answers asap!

    Ok, so i went to do a valve adjustment this morning and found out one of the valves were way off...
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    to tighten to spec 0.05mm i would have to tighten the adjuster all the way up without a tightening bolt..
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    this is what the right hand intake valve looks like correctly adjusted
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    after looking on in disbelief and scratching my head yet again, i went and checked out the top cover of another head and found out the intake rocker bit with my thumb on it, must have been up when the cover went on...
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    Sooo my urgent questions because, i actually have to leave the USA on Saturday because of my visa... Overstaying is not an option...

    1. Can i open up the cover with the engine in to rectify this f/u?

    2. Can i ride the bike with only 1 intake valve working like this from LA to Tijuana and sort it out when i get there?

    If the answer to question 1 is no... i dont have the time to take the engine out.
    If the answer to question 2 is no... sadly i will have to switch to plan D

    Plan B - ride my cb750 to mexico and hope they will let me back into the US to sort out the XL after a month or so... (bit reluctant to do this in fear they wont give me another visa)

    Plan C - ride my cb750 SOUTH thus abandoning my optomistic xl600 project... (dont really want to do this, i want to take my XL)

    Plan D - you dont want to know my plan D !!!

    Like i said, i have to make my decisions fast because i have to leave this Saturday... with or without the XL

    Any suggestions and advice asap would be welcomed..
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  3. beechum1

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    1. yes. Pull the carb and intake boot and the cover will slide out to the rear with some jiggling.

    2. Probably but I wouldn't.

    I'm in TJ and I have an XR650L. I know these motors really well. I just put my B motor back together a few days ago. I don't have time to drive up to LA today or tomorrow, but if you can get to San Diego tomorrow, I can take you down to TJ in my van, you're welcome at my place until the bike or visa is sorted. I have spare parts if you need anything also.

    phone # -> six one niner, 240 2 4 0 2. Call me if you need anything. Let me know by tonight if you need my van. I'll drive it up tomorrow.
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  4. EmilianoXR650L

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  6. MagneticSouth

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    Plan B in effect - Ive started packing, put the XL in storage, getting the ol' CB750 fired up for a culture shock, im headed south to meet up with Jeremy in San Diego, should be having my first Mexican Cerveza bout this time tomorrow...
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  7. MagneticSouth

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    Anyone that can give recent border and visa advice for or an Australian on a ESTA visa waiver.

    Importantly - where can i get an Exit stamp - need proof of leaving the US before my visa runs out...

    How long is enough time to try return..
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    See you tomorrow. See if you can find some XXXX up there.....
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  9. JesperDenmark

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    This is cool guys, advrider helping out.
    But wouldn't it be better to somehow bring the xl to san diego and put it in the van to mexico and work on it there?
    Maybe this is not possible..
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  10. Emile

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    good one beechum1 +++


    mr. south,

    you could have pulled the cover rotate the little thingy back in place and put it back on no problem at all

    put the flywheel on T take the ting off and put it back with the flywheel on the T mark.

    no worries about the seal, take the silicone off and put the metal seal back with new silicone.


    but I believe you are already on your way ??

    have fun!!!!
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  12. Ponyracer

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    Just some motivational shots of what can be done with an xl600r from the mid eighties. Built this a few yrs ago while stationed in the UK.Blast to ride if you could ever get the bitch to fire. I'll never own another without the button.

    Revalved CR125 inverted forks
    VFR 400 single sided swingarm and wheels
    Stock tank with "shrouds" welded on.
    Custom exaust
    Custom tin side panels and stock recovered seat.

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  13. MagneticSouth

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    UPDATE - So the other night after organising to meet Jeremy in San Diego and him generously offering to help me out in TJ, i was busy scanning the web for answers about renewing my visa.. Searched and searched for info about getting an exit stamp to prove i left the us before my visa ran out...

    Basically to cut it short i ran into the same answers...

    'There is no exit immigration policy in the US.'

    and

    'Border runs. According to the rules of the VWP, making a “border run” violates the terms of your entry under the VWP. However, there are some who claim to have done it, and all entry is at the discretion of the receiving official. It should never be counted on. It is possible the border guard allows you in. It is also very possible they turn you away, forcing you to find your own, often very expensive, way home that does not pass through the US. Remember, a denial makes you ineligible for the VWP for five years. In the end, it is your choice whether or not to take the risk.'

    :eek1

    I know its been done, and I know some one of whom made it through, but i dont want to be the person that they say no to... I cant be.

    Soooo I didnt end up going down to Mexico yesterday...

    Ive switched to 'Crazy plan D'


    :happay
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  14. Emile

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    Yeah !!! crazy stuff

    plan D sounds great whatever it is :evil

    now get that bike done!! :D
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    Well i warned y'all, soooo - Crazy plan D...

    My concern of leaving the US via TJ was that i wouldn't be able to return without F-ingUp my visa.
    After a night of panic stricken research, I decided to take the long way round....

    I bought myself a flight South, very south, not the south i intended, but back to Sydney! thats where im from - Australia.
    I arrived yesterday.

    Dont tune out just yet.. trust me, im coming back.


    Im planning to sell my 2 bikes here, 1986 Yamaha SR400, and my very first bike 2006 YamaHarley 250Virago.
    I intend to spend 2 months so i can do some work.

    Then, buy a tkt in August to (embrace yourselves) Vancouver Canada, buy a bicycle and ride it down across the border through Washington, Oregon and San Francisco then hope to convince someone to sell me a tkt to the infamous Burning Man Fest.. (Not that its my scene ive just heard alot about the fest and I work as a freelance assistant photographer here in Sydney, so i like to take photos and thought if im there at the time i think it would be a unique visual experience at the least.)

    Bus it back to LosAngeles, sell the CB750 and sort out the XL in plenty of time.
    Thus clearing out this path of discarded two wheels ive already left behind, having enough money, time for further preparation and increased mechanical confidence to get me as far down south as i can handle after that.


    CrazZy Plan D - told you so.

    :loco
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    I like your plan dude. Im doing the same. Have fun!
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    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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