Honda XR200 DIY adventure mods

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by carloscyclecare, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    I'm quite happy about this "Little Machine That Could" . I also don't mind keeping it bone stock but after keeping it for a few months...What the heck started with the dash.

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    Then small cosmetic mods here and there, had some stickers printed and cut out.

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    Stuck one of them on a home made wind screen for better wind deflection.
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    Stuck carbon fiber sticker sheet at the rear. It's mounted by bolting it together with an aluminum bracket for support
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    Fitted a new Polisport front fender
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    Side view
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    Engine bash plate, locally made. Just bought it online.
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    Had my sister in Canada send me some adv stickers
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    Which was then stuck on my top mount luggage. Yes!!! Finally I can go on long rides with luggage :evil
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    With all the stuff above installed. Here she is.
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  2. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    After another month, I figured the need for more mods. Wasn't really happy with the stock headlights and mounting additional instruments on the dash area was essential. Also had to improve wind deflection. This means, more custom parts. Made myself a custom headlight windscreen cowl which is to be mounted a bit further front to accommodate instruments such as gps etc. which is to be mounted in the near future.

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  3. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Fitted sturdy brackets I can vouch for. These are tough and light weight and can carry the weight of a person standing on it "It's a rear set"
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    Adding an auxiliary fog light was very much needed after riding in foggy conditions. Here's a mock up view of how it should look like when mounted all together.
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    Time to mount them lights
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  4. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    This 2009 model XR of mine which is released in asia, the last model of it's kind to be released here in the Philippines. Bought it brand new and bought in august of 2012 doesn't have a kick starter. So I wouldn't want to go low on battery in barren lands. Installed a volt meter to monitor the battery. The space on the left will be used for gps.

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    It was time to test the effectiveness of the light mods. Went out on a night ride to the mountains with 2 of my friends. Sorry no pics during the night as the environment was pitch black with occasional zero visibility due to fog.

    The place where we headed and crashed for the night. No reservations were made, still we took our chances and headed of to this place, had to knock out in the cold and wake up the person on duty for the night to beg for a room.
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    By the way, forgot to mention that the lighting mods made passed with flying colors :clap

    The view from our room upon waking up.
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    Fogs were crossing the road in the morning. You could imagine how foggy it was the night before.
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    Dogs rule the road
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    Time to head back home
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  5. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Got the wind screen back from the paint shop and mounted it. Kinda looks like a cross breed between an LC4 and a GS
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    Replaced the stock hand protectors with wrap arounds.
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    My project is still on going and will post more pics as soon as they're available.

    Cheers :freaky
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  6. chemboi

    chemboi n00b

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    where and how much for the bash plate? thinking of getting one for myself. thanks:ear
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  7. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Just found it on sulit
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  8. 73Mustang

    73Mustang Been here awhile

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    That looks a lot like a CRF 230 L in the USA.
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  9. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    My latest addition. DIY Headlight protectors, they are very well worth it.

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  10. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Also a DIY Tank cover to prevent dents on the steel tank when tipping over on difficult trails also shrouds to draw air to the engine on long road runs...or it also be more of aesthetics :lol3

    Took the bike out on a 3 day adventure ride to test the equipment and it did great.

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    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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  12. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Nice little adventure bike you've built yourself there. :thumb
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  13. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    Nice work. I love when people make stuff up as they go. :clap
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    ADVNCW Banned

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    Nice!:D
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  15. richsuz

    richsuz Adventurer

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    Hi Carloscyclecare,

    I have a XR125L with sucky lights and also want to put a bigger shield on it. Any details on the lights you put on? is the fog light a China made LED and what is the story of the shield, I was thinking about "making" one out of a aluminium like the LC4, but yours looks great!
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  16. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Hello richsuz,

    You could use foglights that are for cars which usually uses halogen H3 bulbs, that's what I used for my XR. I also would suggest installing a separate switch for the foglight.

    Cheers!
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  17. richsuz

    richsuz Adventurer

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    I have tried car fog lights, not enough spread and H3 is 55W. my 125 can't even handle a 55W H4 alone.
    You did not elaborate on the read shield's origin/design.
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  19. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Here's my latest addition to the XR 200. The need for this vibration/shake/crush/ water proof compact side pannier is to store sensitive and fragile equipment such as tablets, notebooks, beer bottles :freaky etc :D
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  20. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    In the photo above, the quick release levers are stored inside to make it theft proof. A pre cut foam and other foam pads will be laid over it to protect fragile stuff that will be stored in it. Here's the photo below.

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