The XL600 thread

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

  1. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Proud new owner of this fine machine. Kindly donated to me by a friend, this '83 XL has 34K showing on the odometer, the previous owner tells me it had a full top-end rebuild about 10K miles ago. Bike runs strong but has trouble idling. First thing I want to do is get a new front tire, then go through the front suspension and the carbs. Could use a rear fender as it's been rear-ended and there's some cracks.

    I'd really like to upgrade the suspension somewhat, try to get some more travel out of it. Whatever I do it's going to be on a budget. All I want out of it is a useful machine that works well and doesn't look too bad.

    If anyone has any advice, especially carburetor info and good sources for parts let me know!

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    Cheers! :thumb
  2. Schrauberklaus

    Schrauberklaus ***ifyer

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    PM me your E-Mail and i send you my selfmade Carburator discription
  3. Schrauberklaus

    Schrauberklaus ***ifyer

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    In Thailand you get only the black one , and thats hard to find in
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  4. royal120

    royal120 n00b

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    Hi all, Does anyone have or know where i can get a right side panel for a XL600R 1983. I have looked all over!!! I live in the United Kingdom so not easy to get your hands on.....

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    Also i have not seen any other xl600r with this rear fender has anyone?

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    Also the colour of this bike??? only seen a few online like this i thought the 1983 was all RED?
  5. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    That might be the Australian XL. I think they have laws on colors of motorcycles over there. :eek1

    I was looking at street legal sand tires, and they're frigging expensive! And I want one of those LM tanks, I'd paint it like the earlier tanks and slap it on my bike.
  6. R. Smith

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  7. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    Thats some kind of aftermarket rear fender.
  8. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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    DC plastics sidecovers don't have the tits that plug into the rubber grommets, they screw on instead. i have seen nuts welded in where the grommets used to be to make removal and installation easier. Still better than none at all. Sometimes original covers pop up on eBay.
  9. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    Yes they will, you will have to drill a larger hole possibly.
  10. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    Okay I need to change gearing for offroad.

    I have been getting better at riding since changed my fork seals and put in heavier fork oil (I think it was 15w idk) and I've been getting way more trail time in and riding by myself. I've been confident the last two weeks and been climbing hills like a mad man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vodpzXj0dw Skip to 4:15 to see what I've been practicing on, going up of course. It's scary as hell the first time you do it, kind like, dropping in on a skateboard. and theres about 10 trails of varying difficulty all in this one spot. you start out in soft sand, and by the time you shift into third you run into some whoops right before the actual climb, so you have to blitz them WOT just to get up the hill. I get about 1/3 up the hill and the engine starts to sound strained so I try to down shift to second before that happens and then launch the rest of the way up the hill in second gear in really high revs. I think I might be stressing the engine out more than I need to be :puke1 but it's just too damn fun.

    Also, when I'm riding the really tight single track in the mountains, I'm constantly jumping from 1st to 2nd 3rd over and over again. 1st is too much revs and wheel spin and 2nd and 3rd gears are too weak to huck over a hill.

    I'm about to buy a 13t front sprocket to swap in when I do serious dirt riding. but I want some thoughts first. btw I'm running stock gearing:ear
  11. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    A good friend of mine who lives in the UK may be able to help, and is a good guy to know in any case.

    He's got an online motorcycle parts business:

    www.ZenOverland.com

    Good luck! :thumb
  12. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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  13. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    Imma do it then. The ideal thing would be to buy a spare rear rim and put an aggressive knobby on it with a 49 tooth sprocket to go with the 13t :evil
  14. joexr

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    If you go too far with the gearing you will make first gear useless.
  15. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    I'm trying to get more use out of 2nd and 3rd gear in the tight stuff. I just bought a 13t sunstar sprocket on ebay for $13 shipped
  16. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    I'm trying to get a set of fork springs from Race Tech but apparently they don't have any info on the XL600R front fork. I'm wondering if anyone has a stock spring just rolling around that could get some measurement off of it. Otherwise no big deal, I'll just have to wait until I tear my front end down.
  17. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    I have the stock ones from my hybrid bike in storage. I could pull one apart this weekend and measure it for you.
  18. MAXNX

    MAXNX Adventurer

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    Hey all, just bought an xl600r and have been doing a ton of research on refining the suspension.

    Here is what I have come up with, please chime in with corrections/help

    XR600 forks pre 93 so I can still use stock wheel bearings-speedo drive etc. 15mm axle, but 91 and 92 are best?

    Get XRL triples- does xrl stem work in xl neck?

    XR600 rear shock of same vintage- rebuild-re spring

    Stock swing arm to retain cush drive

    How much will this raise the height of the bike? I kind of like the stock height, but an inch or 2 wouldn't be bad.
  19. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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    You can use later 17mm axle forks if you change the bearings to 6003's. You will need the larger speedo drive and bearing spacer too. Not hard or expensive to do. I put XR400 forks on mine and converted the stock XL wheel to 17mm.
  20. Stretchah

    Stretchah Been here awhile

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    FYI, I'd heard that the XR600 rear shock raised ride height, but, the one I bought recently to level out with my forks is the same length as the XL one.