Lower 48+ on an XR650L

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ShooterDave, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. mx760

    mx760 Been here awhile

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    May your Adventure be a Safe one!
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  2. PARIAH

    PARIAH Been here awhile

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    Wyoming in early April... damn!
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  3. ShooterDave

    ShooterDave Adventurer

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    Yes i did. I lowered the entire bike with a PD lowering link. Then i cut out 2 inches of the seat and added 1 inch of that gardening knee pad foam from Ace Hardware. It still isnt a great seat, but that is more do to the design of it. Cruise bikes are more like car seats. With this bike you straddle it, so one can only made it "so" comfortable.


    Yes everyone please PM me a few days before i get to your area. Ive made a list of some people, but its hard to keep up with everyone. Also because there are so many of you guys i won't be able to hit everyone, but i will try to hit as many as i can.

    Thanks everyone for the comments and the words of encouragement. Ima goin keep on thumpin.
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  4. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    shooter. How do you like the under $20 tanks bag? On my bike with 5.8 tank it hangs lower on the seat. But it looks like a perfect fit with you 4.7 tank. Ben
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  5. olddude

    olddude Auburn, CA

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    Glad to see your still keeping it upright. Leaving Powell tomorrow for Natural Bridges. Very windy tonight...

    Ted
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  6. El Birdo

    El Birdo Been here awhile

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    Nice report. I'm loving it.....espescially 'cause you're on an XRL. That makes it more of an adventure.

    I think it's totally awesome the support of the FF's on this website.....offering garage space, sleep space and beer. :clap

    Way to go guys :thumb I'm not quite riding yet but I can appreciate the support you all have for a fellow rider. Nice.

    Cheers :freaky

    ShooterDave......you may have just inspired me to write a RR about my trip to Wood Buffalo Park, Yellowknife, and the Corners of Alberta.... thanks.
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  7. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    Eastern or Lexington Style?????
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  8. fastredbike

    fastredbike out riding

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    Look at you heading almost due North into the high country when I'm still looking South this time of year. You've seen some great country already and it sounds like it's still early days for you, thanks for sharing the adventure and the pics.:clap :clap

    So, can we expect you to be in Texas in July or something? .:knary :knary - the weather obviously isn't the deciding factor for you. :thumb

    d
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  9. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Dave......noted the windshield on the L. Where did you get it and how is it performing? Thinking of putting one on mine for longer trips. Great RR, looking forward to more.
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  10. ShooterDave

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    Well I guess I'm not leaving Jackson today. We got a few inches of snow last night and it is still coming down. :vardy :D Actually I'm going to put on my boots and go have a snow day. Ive been dishing it in flip flops and shorts lately, but time to change. Ha, ha ,ha. Man this trip has been so awesome.





    No the weather isn't. I just go and take it as it comes. Originally I wasn't planning on going this far north this soon. I was going to spend some time in the southern deserts then once I got to Salt Lake City i was going to head east over to Denver. However plans changed once I heard about the Wolfman need. So I headed up to Jackson with out regards to the weather.


    Dude I love this thing. I was going to get the 5.8 but i thought it might be too big. I figured that with the weight of it, my gear, and me I might have to do something the the front suspension to stiffen it up. However with this tank all the stock stuff is fine. Now I know we are only talking about ~8 lbs of fuel difference, but I also like how the 4.7 was cheaper and clear. :lol3


    Nice man. When I was there the people I stayed around said that it had been windy the last couple of days. That night was the one night it wasn't windy. Man i would of loved to spend more time and explore the area, o well I'll have to go back. Ha, ha i think I'd prefer the wind to the snow when riding.

    Man this thing rocks. I highly recommend it for longer slab rides. Mine was ~$100. Its real nice because I can take it off in under 15 seconds if I go off road. Whenever i go off road I've learned to take off the windshield and mirrors in case I fall over. Luckily I haven't really fallen yet except for the Saturday in the desert in the beginning of the trip. This is a link to the windshield. They also have it in tinted. Do some looking around on different websites to find the best price. I just did a general search for "universal windshields" and came up with a lot of results. I just happen to like this one best.
    http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/detail.cfm?model_ID=0&Category_ID=2&manufacturer_ID=48&product_ID=4959&sblid_name=National_Cycle_Deflector_Screen


    O don't I know it. This community is awesome. I am so thankful for all the support and offerings of the fellow FF's.




    To all you FF's out there: YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!! :bow:super:freaky:clap
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  11. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Great microbrews there....:slurp :thumb
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  12. JUDOKA

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    Gotta see this! Minimanlists unite!:freaky :lurk
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  13. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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  15. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    It was nice meeting you in the shop yesterday Dave! I wish I'd had more time to visit with you then, but I'll keep track of you on your journey. Welcome to Jackson, by the way..... Are you still here? We had some snow again last night, and I don't know what your plans are, I suspect you want to travel South and OUTA here and try to get back to passably seasonable conditions. You won't find that anyplace other than Southbound on 89 like you came in on. Stay away from Teton Pass heading into Idaho. No go, no go.

    Quit rubbing on my 640A in the back room - that belongs to inmate ini88 now... :rofl

    Good luck to you on your journeys young man. Many props to you for doing this!

    ShooterDave is Coolio.

    Stovey
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  16. ShooterDave

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    Ha, ha thanks. Actually I'm just leaving now. I kinda got snowed in yesterday. That was fun. I got to do something I've wanted to do since my Yosemite trip last January. I built a family of snow people. Then me and Thumper got to mow them down. :rayof I will have the video up later when I get on from my computer next time.

    Today Ill be taking the 191 south into Rock Springs. From there I will work my way over to the Denver region. I have a few things to do there, Wolfman, Cigar Mike, and relatives. :D



    I'm not rubbing your bike... the 950 SE maybe. :tb
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  17. SunneyDazze

    SunneyDazze Been here awhile

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    Great RR and wonderfull pictures, Hope safe warmer travels for you in the near future..

    One question what application are you using to make that map.. I would love to add that to my future reports..

    Ride on :clap
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  18. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Hey come threw Vernal,Utah and grab 40 east to Denver. :thumb
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  19. CheapJ7

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    Hit me up whenever you travel through Alabama.... Our group will be down for a couple hundo miles, a hot meal/beer, and a warm place to stay... We'll be in the Mark twain natn'l forest (MO) this weekend, but i don't think you'll be making it that far. Good luck and great travels from a fellow XRL rider :freaky
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  20. misterk

    misterk 8 seconds

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    Awesome report. I had a 650l a few years ago, I even rode it on some motocross tracks!

    It is cool to see a report in action. I am not disciplined enough to ride a report on the go. Thanks for your posts.