The XL600 thread

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

  1. crag antler

    crag antler In the woods lurking

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    I bought my '83 XL600 for $600 back on April 1st and so far it has cost about $100 in parts. Levers,screws,filter, speedo cable.
    With additional work I have to have done at a machine shop and remainder of fasteners replaced,I figure about $200 more.
    I stripped 2 exhaust bolts and 2 cylinder head bolts.Going to replace all of the top-end fasteners. Don't want to have to experience that again.
    While changing my clutch cover gasket, I noticed my pulse generator looks like cr ap


    [​IMG]
    Guess I'm going to replace it anyway. Fairly cheap,$17.
    Overall from what I can see on the bike,should have it back on the road/trails by May.I have been riding m/c since 1982 so kind of use to find issues. True joy is when you get it back on the road.
    Looking forward to that:clap
  2. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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    i have yet more xl600 goodness:

    i rode out to an enduro weekend and my xl was the only bike competing that had not come on a trailer. it didnt do too badly either and although i weigh less than half of what the bike does i had no trouble dodging the trees through the enduro course. but i only managed 5 laps before my tiny arms fell off.

    on the 70minute highway journey home i thanked my lucky stars that i own what must be the ultimate allround motorcycle ever, no doubt seeing as a complete amateur can put a new clutch in without much trouble and then immediately ride 100ks out and flog it all weekend and then ride back home without a problem. let alone a bike thats over 20years old and cost less than 2500aud.

    id like to see a 20 year old and cheaper than 2500aud thats not an xl do that. and if you can find one, then ask if it would stand up to a trip like the one i did cruising at 110kph for 8hours a day for several weeks! i dont think so.........
  3. trailrider71us

    trailrider71us I can't b fired,only sold

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  4. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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  5. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    My XL Pics.
    <table style="width:194px;"><tr><td align="center" style="height:194px;background:url(http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/transparent_album_background.gif) no-repeat left"><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/bcr123/XL600RPictures?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_7XUIOwk07Pg/RzyUUqctQrE/AAAAAAAABBs/ra5D5d79iXw/s160-c/XL600RPictures.jpg" width="160" height="160" style="margin:1px 0 0 4px;"></a></td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px"><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/bcr123/XL600RPictures?feat=embedwebsite" style="color:#4D4D4D;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;">XL600R Pictures</a></td></tr></table>

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/0tComd4qWD1OAECFBCdlaA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7XUIOwk07Pg/SSDnrBrViyI/AAAAAAAABDw/FGDRJPMH9mA/s400/1116081156.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/bcr123/DSRide111608?feat=embedwebsite">DS Ride 11-16-08</a></td></tr></table>
  6. mdkm85

    mdkm85 uni-cycler

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    wow I really wish mine ran:cry
  7. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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    anything we can help with?

    -when i say we, i mean: zombie stomp gregstar and ere109, i dont have a clue.
  8. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    You could always sit on it and make vroom vroom noises while fantasizing.
  9. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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  10. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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    Wow....makes me feel really good about our two purchases....$1k each. They have 11k miles on them and are in great, GREAT shape!!!


    My 17 year old and my 18 year old boys.

    [​IMG]
  11. TDBiker

    TDBiker TDbiker

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    just in case anyone needed the stock chain and gears. not really sure what the sizes are after but added them just in case some one knows or needs them.
    <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><tr><td class="partno">JTR2452-40<!--(6083857)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 40 </td></tr><tr class="odd"><td class="partno">JTR2452-41<!--(6083858)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 41 </td></tr><tr><td class="partno">JTR2452-42<!--(6083859)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 42 </td></tr><tr class="odd"><td class="partno">JTR2452-43<!--(6083860)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 43 </td></tr><tr><td class="partno">JTR2452-45<!--(6083861)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 45 </td></tr><tr class="odd"><td class="partno">JTR2452-47<!--(6083862)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 47 </td></tr><tr><td class="partno">JTR2452-48<!--(6083863)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 48 </td></tr><tr class="odd"><td class="partno">JTR2452-49<!--(6083864)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 49 </td></tr><tr><td class="partno">JTR2452-53<!--(6083865)--> </td><td class="desc">FITS MODEL: XL600R 83-87, STOCK GEARING: 15-43, STOCK CHAIN: 520-104, SIZE: 53 </td></tr></tr></tbody></table>
  12. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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    I need hand guards for an '83 and an '85 Xl600. I don't want to spend a ton. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
  13. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    If you can find a running XL600 for under 1500 buy it, you can resell them for more than that easily.
  14. MaXYaX

    MaXYaX Adventurer

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    Wow, that makes me feel really good. I picked up this beast for $500 from a friend, and apparently it was a great deal! :D

    [​IMG]

    Rode it home (about 100 miles), tightened the chain, threw on a new tire, and now she's my daily ride. Oh, by the way, this is my FIRST bike, and I love it! :evil
  15. mdkm85

    mdkm85 uni-cycler

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    Thanx Zombie stop for volunteering others help! lol The beast runs now though:clap
  16. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    That was waterscm that volunteered mine and others' help. And the Zombie doesn't "stop", the Zombie keeps on Stomping! :evil
  17. CavCPT

    CavCPT n00b

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    Tyring to restore my Thumper, been in my family since Mom bought it for dad brand new Xmas of 1983.

    Bike is great but it essentially needs a new (running) engine, and the two plastic side panels, decal plates. If neccessary I'll buy a second XL out right if I can find one around $1500 or less.

    I would greatly appreciate it, if you all will keep your eyes open for any of the above and point me in the right direction if you find anything. This is some perfect trail riding weather we're having down here and I'm getting anxious. Thanks guys.

    Stephen
  18. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    Good luck on side panels. eBay is your only hope. Unless you doing a "correct" restorarion, any universal front fender from Acerbis, Maier, etc will fit.
    Do you know that the engine is bad, or just doesn't want to start?
  19. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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    i second that comment about the covers. the only decent one ive found in aus was in perth and was old and was 60bucks! so ive done about 5000ks without the airbox side cover.
  20. CavCPT

    CavCPT n00b

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    The engine is cooked. Bad oil change by a local shop (out of business) while I was deployed overseas. The mechanic didnt follow my very specific instructions and failed to realize that you had to run the bike after the first quart or you'd get a bad reading on the dipstick. So he only added one quart instead of three. My fault of couse was failing to double check.

    Expensive lessoned learned.

    So, I essentially need a complete top end; cylinder head, crank rockers, piston, valves, cam, etc.

    Less expensive to just find a working engine I imagine.