Honda XR650L Accessories?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by jct9841, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. jct9841

    jct9841 JohnnyCage

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    Hey all,

    Just picked up a 2001 XR650L and need suggestions on tank bags, rear rack, exhaust & larger tank. It came with a Corbin seat, small shield and extra tires.

    I'm going to go with TKC-80 tires I think.

    Thanks in advance.

    JT
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  2. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    On my xrl with the bigger IMS tank didn't leave much room for a tankbag. I use some walmart atv tank panniers for spare tubes, fix a flat, water bottle, tow rope and a quart of engine oil.
    My rear rack is a lockhart philips I believe, the billet alum racks just aren't in my toy budget. My tool roll stays back there bungeed down in an old tankbag, tire irons etc.
    Are you wanting a slip on silencer or a complete exhaust system? I went with a big gun system after some engine tweaking and riding with a buddy that had one on his xrl. It's a little loud when you hammer it but I can usually sneak out of town before I open it up. At higher elevations it sounds pretty mellow.:wink:
    Good luck and enjoy your new to you bike.
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  3. machman

    machman means well

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    I've got the IMS 4.2 tank, bar risers, alum. skid plate, renthal bars, spring loaded shifter, Acerbis tail light, UFO fenders, blue XR600 tool bag, alum. rear disk guard, Supertrapp slip-on, and Acerbis fork/disk protectors.

    As far as what you "need", I think if your bike is uncorked, a pipe and a new tank should do it.

    I'm looking to pick up a rack, a Corbin seat, a windshield, and adding an ABS pipe tool kit behind the front tire in the future.

    As far as tires go, I recommend Kenda for their price/quality ratio. No better tire for the $ IMHO.
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  4. EMathy

    EMathy Cancer Sucks!

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  5. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    I have an 02 XRL and I normally run Dunlop D606's in the back and either a D606 or Pirelli MT21 in the front. I get about 2500 to 3000 miles out of the rears and close to 4000 out of the front. I've been itching to try the Kendas but I'm thinking they aren't going to last very long, i could be wrong.
    I have the Clarke 4.7 gallon tank and would buy it again, I love it! I get close to 200 miles out of a tank.
    I put the Moose skid plate on mine and did the desmogging and 14/48 gearing. I think i'm going back to the stock 15 tooth cs sprocket though. I got TAG cr double hi bend bars, Moose handguards, Moose fender bag, dirtbikegear.com's number plate bag and the Pro Moto Billet rear rack.
    The pro moto rack is great but I wish the design kept the stock tool bag, I miss that. I think SRC makes a nice one and Happy trails also.
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  6. wheelnut46

    wheelnut46 Been here awhile

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    Congrats on your new bike. I have a 2001 "L" also and I'm having a blast on it. It runs good and strong and is very comfortable on the road. I just put a 4.50 Kenda 270 on the rear. I will probably replace the front with the TKC80. I'm guessing a 2:1 rear/front replacement ratio. we'll see.
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  7. goblin

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    If your looking for imfo on the 650L thumper talk and four strokes .com are good places to check out.
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  8. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    My XR650L mods include a 14 tooth counter sprocket using the stock Honda part for a late '90's XR600, a Clarke 4.3 gal tank, Maier windscreen form JC Whitney, TKC80 front and D606 rear, DirtBagz, and the normal uncorking stuff from Thumpertalk. The bike is a good all around with these changes. The uncorking was disappointing; I'm sure it gave a power boost, but the bike doesn't have much to start with, so it's not an impressive gain.
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  9. goblin

    goblin pig rider

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    XRs only is a good place to get performance minded stuff. They make oor some one makes for them a real solid exaust system. I stuck one of there mikuni carb's on also and made a nice improvement.
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  10. BarkSlayer

    BarkSlayer Been here awhile

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    I had a '95 XR650-L with an IMS tank and Supertrapp IDS slip-on muffler. Tire choice is critical on this bike. Mine had the original Bridgestone TrailWings and a friend had the identical bike with Pirelli MT21s. The Bridgestones were junk in nealy any conditions but dry pavement.
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  11. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    You are right. There's a reason why the Bridgestone Trailwings aren't called Deathwings. MT-21's are good, and so are D606's.
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  12. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Got an Acerbis 6 gal tank for the XR650L for sale. $150.US Great shape.
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  13. onaXR

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    Make your own rack or have one made to your specs. I agree big tank leaves no room for tank bag, I made some mini boxes from ammo cans and bolted to my rack. There just big enough for rain gear and a few other things, but small enough never to be in the way. Move the tool bag to the front fender, and add a bag for the rack.
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  14. slomoto

    slomoto A legend in my own mind

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    One more option for a rack is a discontinued model, but likely still available is from MC Enterprises. I picked one up through Parts Unlimited recently and it is well made. A link to the site where I found it is:

    http://www.4strokes.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11650

    I am happy with it. It priced out at about $100.
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  15. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    I have one, too. and I like it. I ordered it from arrowheadmotorsports.com. Look up General XR parts, and scroll down to the MC Supersport Luggage Rack. It's steel, and heavier than the aluminum ones, but you can keep the toolbag in the original spot. $91.95 If you get it, get some nylon threaded nuts, because the original ones will vibrate off. DAMHIK.
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  16. Manchu

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    Hey onaXR, forgive the noob-ness, but which tires are these? How do you like 'em?

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    Back on topic, of the few mods I've done, it would be hard to get by without the windshield (Nat'l. Cycle), the rack (Cycleracks.com), the panniers (Tourmaster Cortech Tri-bag system), and a GPS (Garmin eTrex Vista w/ RAM mount). Exhaust, jet kit, etc. are all gravy.
    Next in line, though, are heated grips, larger fuel tank, and some better tires. :ricky
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  17. onaXR

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    The tires are pirelli scorpion mt90s 150/18-90/90 I love them for the type of riding I do. The suck in the mud, but then again the arent mud tire. I have about 4000 miles on that set so far I can just now see some wear on the rear. I also have done the heated grips and garmin gps on a homemade mount, homemade windsheild also. Do you have any pics of your windshield?
    Heres a better shot of the tires.

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  18. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    onaxr, Is that Honda tank decal aftermarket? How does it hold up on the plastic gas tank? I had two Suz "S" decals on my IMS tank that eventually puckered up and peeled...I was looking for something that would hold up again...

    BTW, nice looking XRL...I like those bikes a lot!
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  19. Manchu

    Manchu carpet pisser

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    Hey, thanks! I'll be looking into those.

    Here's the only pics I have so far. I'll say, though, that this windshield is pretty damn solid for being a somewhat universal-type model. After about a thousand miles with it I haven't had any issues. I would prefer that it be a little wider up top like the Cee Bailey, but it does a great job as it is.

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  20. wheelnut46

    wheelnut46 Been here awhile

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    I never thought I'd say this to another man but...
    Nice rack! :wink::rofl

    What kind is that?
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