The XL600 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Gregster, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet marooned in realtime

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    +1, amen, XL600R. I started my adv riding with 'em, an new '83, until '88 [39K miles,] then an '87 [found nicely used w/1500miles] that I ran 'til '90 when I got my Tengai.

    6 weeks 'Out West' in '85: [again, a 'vintage' RR if I ever scan my slides.]

    ...and up and down the Appalachians on the seasonal and forest roads all summer, each summer [being a teacher does have some perks.]

    Completely reliable, never had any issues. A good motorcycle.
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  2. CATTR

    CATTR n00b

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    Here is my XL600R, I got it in Jan 07 road it for 2 weeks than stripped it down to the bare frame resprayed and rebuild the motor, with some help from JohnBG I got a complete top end , because the old top end cam was busted. Thanks John Here are before and after pictures.

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  3. CATTR

    CATTR n00b

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    Here is the after pic.

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  4. Cordless

    Cordless Two Wheel Addict

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    I bought Achtung's XL600 (see post #21) and am looking forward to some good years on it.

    Since I am Tallerman, I need a taller seat, an extended shift lever, and taller bars.

    I bought a worn out seat and new cover on eBay and will build my own custom taller seat.

    I also scored a cheap XR600 front fork and triple clamp ($70 on ebay). I will rebuid them and probably put in emulators. According to the gurus on Thumpertalk, that's a better/cheaper option than converting to USD forks. I will try to install a taller/better rear shock but am in no hurry.

    I would like to hear even more ideas/watchouts for making the XL fit my taller frame. (Don't suggest a different bike, I already have a R12GSAdv and a DRZ400E--soon for sale.)
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  5. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    I think these things are coming back from a nostalgia point of view. I have had mine for 10 years now and bought it in 1997 as my 1980's dream bike (1986 XL600R). I was in high school and college 84-92 and saw these things new- they were freakin awesome. When Honda pulled the plug after '87 and then came out with the NX650 I was like, what were they thinking???
    I for one believe the 80's were Honda's glory days. They had it all right from off road to MX. Suzuki is today, what Honda used to be. They stole the product line.
    Back in '02 I put my bike up for sale for $1000. I had knuckle heads calling me and wanting me to GIVE them the bike. Other ones called wondering what kind of car it was.
    I am loosely planning a one way adventure ride for my XL600. I want to ride it till it blows up, dremel off the VIN and roll it off a cliff. Kinda like Thelma and Louise. Then, i will go get a new DR650SE- paint it red, white and blue and call it a Honda.
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  6. oldxr

    oldxr Long timer

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    my 87 xr600r at coco's in baja last march-a fun ride[​IMG]
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  7. ere109

    ere109 Ride On!

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    I just saw a guy on an '86 XL600 riding through the Cherry Creek area in Denver this weekend. Awesome!
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  8. rayleon1

    rayleon1 Adventurer

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    Hi,

    I recently bought an XL600 (1984) and was thinking of doing a few upgrades on it, can you recommend any? I have the rear shock from an XR600 to go on, shall i do something with the front suspension?

    Cheers
    Ray.

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  9. Cordless

    Cordless Two Wheel Addict

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    The gurus on Thumpertalk recommend using the front end off an XR600 (much more robust and taller forks) and installing emulators. That will match the front end to the XR rear shock. The other possibility is putting modern USD forks on the XL--but that's much more expensive and doesn't offer much improvement (experts say--I don't know).

    I bought the forks and triple tree from an '86 XR600 on eBay shipped for $70. I will need to replace the trashed fork seals and then install the emulators. A nice winter project.

    Another option is to install a post '91 XR front end to take advantage of the cartridge forks Honda went to. (I looked but couldn't afford this option.)

    But I want to know where you sourced the XR shock. I am looking but would benefit from your advice.
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  10. rayleon1

    rayleon1 Adventurer

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    Hi, thanks for the advice, i got my XR600 shock from the guy i bought the XL from, he's a UK ebay seller.
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  11. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    XL600's are very simple to set up to do what you want. Agressive knobbies and low gearing make it work really well off road. A street tread with stock 15:43 gears work very well on the road. Some add a small windshield.
    I like the stock squishy suspension though and I have added progressive suspension springs up front. The shock is on rebound setting #1.
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  12. MotoChris521

    MotoChris521 Been here awhile

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    I have a set of forks('85 XL600) with new seals,if any body want's them.I'm in So Cal.
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  13. kobra011

    kobra011 ENDRO RIDER SERBIA

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    Here is my[​IMG] 1985 XL600R
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  14. kobra011

    kobra011 ENDRO RIDER SERBIA

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    [​IMG]
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  15. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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    Within the past three months, we have become the owners of two XL600's. We love these bikes. They are both in splendid condition.

    Here is our 1983 that belongs to my 18 year old son....
    [​IMG]


    And here is our 1985 that belongs to my 17 year old son....
    [​IMG]
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  16. apex

    apex /////

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    it didnt really work? wrong.. all the dual carbed bikes when tuned correctly will nearly run circles arround similar displacement single carb bikes. thats been my experience with them and Ive had several. if you try to match a huge carb to a certain displacement to get max power then you have a machine that wont idle and not smooth at low to mid revs, with the dual arrangement you can have cake and eat it too! what would otherwise be way overkill is now tamed and ridability doesnt suffer. Ive got a 250R thats a perfect example, lots of mods including 350 carbs. with stock gearing the 100mph mark is not out of reach, havnt been able to get there on any other 250s Ive had. and the induction roar the dual-carbed thumpers make is awsome too.
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  17. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    ^^ +1! And I might add having owned two '82 XR500s and one '79 XR500 as well as ridden '79-'82 XL500s, the dual-carb XL600 has more power everywhere including low RPM torque. It will out run ANY of those bikes.
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  18. TDBiker

    TDBiker TDbiker

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    I am looking for an original frame rack for the xl600r. if you can help me or know a website where they sell them it would help.

    Thanks,
    TDbiker
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  19. CNRED

    CNRED It'll be OK

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    Over the last year I've aquired three XL600r's. I bought an '86 to rebuild, it has 10K on the speedo, it came with an '85 parts bike. I then found an '87 that had some minor front end damage and picked it up as well, it only has 4K on the clock. My plan is to rebuild the '86, I like the gold anodized wheels and swing arm, then move on to the '87. Amazingly, they all run well.
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  20. lvdukerider

    lvdukerider Las Vegas Nevada

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    I had a 1986 XL600R red white and blue with the gold rims, forks and swingarm with the bright red motor. I loved that bike, way more power than the 1993 XR650L I had years later, Rejetted and with a Supertrapp it would wheelie through the first 3 gears. The suspention wasent the best but for its day it was a hell of a good bike, with a rear disk and better suspention it would still be a great bike today I still miss it.:clap
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