The XL600 thread

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

  1. mdkm85

    mdkm85 uni-cycler

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    Yall think XL350 side covers would fit an XL600? Pretty sure the frame is the same size but that doesnt really mean a whole lot
  2. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    What, Is this your seat of your pants Dyno???


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    Yeah, why, you got some bikes need comparin'? :moon
  3. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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    yes youre right, xl 600r, xl600, xl350 and xl350r will be the same. ive been looking for a left hand side cover in aus for about 4 months. the only one ive found was broken and the wrong colour, although now i dont really care about the colour.
  4. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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    i havent heard very good things about the xrs only one. apparently it gets oil into the dial face and stuff.

    mine is from a german company called RR:

    http://www.bmwbikebits.co.uk/shop/item.asp?itemid=2620

    on first inspection it only seems as if they do bmw gauges but they actually do all. they are probably more expensive than the xrs only ones (theyre about the same for me with shipping to australia) but ive had mine for 15000ks and its never gonw wrong and has definetly saved the engine from my idiocy.

    how many ks has your new xl done?
  5. MaXYaX

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    Well fellas, I've done a week of commuting on my new (to me :D) XL600R, and I am in love :raabia. This is my first "real" (read: street legal) motorcycle. I take surface streets to work (about 20 miles one way). I've ridden through rain, sleet, and a touch of snow. I am HOOKED! What gearing do you guys recommend for street and highway riding? (damn, I know use the "search" n00b). Anyway I love this bike.

    Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled thread...
  6. Zombie_Stomp

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    The only problem might be that isn't yours in Celsius? I guess once we figured out the conversion rate and memorized certain temps to look for, it wouldn't be that bad, but it is a little hard to remember such things at times, especially when the outdoor temps are still going to be measured in F. I sometimes know whether or not I will need choke based on looking at my temp gauge. "Oh, it's above 50* outside..." So is it in Celsius?

    Did you hear that the XRs Only gauge was getting oil in the faces from people other than myself also? I think they are using a foodservice grade custom-printed thermometers. I don't think they were meant to take high pressure hot oil, but then again, it has usually passed oil when I seemed a little high on oil. I have wondered what would happen if I were to take it apart and use some RTV in there to seal it back up. I think it uses an o-ring. I'm just going to rebuild the one I've got using another food thermometer until I get my super-duper setup. That is an acess plug welded into the oil reservoir with a temp probe in it, wired to a backlit gauge on the dash.
  7. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    Welcome to the club!
    I use a 40 tooth sprocket in the rear as opposed to the stock 43 tooth. There is a 14 or 15 in the front. I forget what the biggest size made for this bike in the front is- whatever it is, I've got it. Anything bigger would not clear the engine cases. That may also be the stock one for the XL up front since this was a dual-sport from the factory, the XR probably uses a 13 for offroad torque. I know with this gearing, I can do 65 comfortably without having to wind the rpms up. I sure am happy with the dual carbs on this bike, at those speeds, if I want to go 75 instead, all I've got to do is twist a little more! :ricky The high-end response on this bike is amazing, that's why they designed it with two carbs. A lot of people have tried to tell me the single carb that replaced it is superior, but after logging 5k on the single carb engine I crammed in there, and then going back to dual carbs, the favorite choice is easily dual carbs.

    Welcome again, and this is also my first bike, so maybe you'll become super-loyal like me!:lurk
  8. MaXYaX

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    :nod

    Whats funny is that I had read this thread (and a few others on the net after my friend offered to sell me the bike). I asked him if the bike in question had the famous "dual carbs". He said, "No, I'm pretty sure it's a single" :scratch. Well, long story short, as soon as I showed up to hand over the cash and get the title, I take a look, and whadaya know? Dual carbs! :augie

    It reminds me of a chevy small block with a big four barrel carb when the secondaries kick in, I love that sound! :evil
  9. mdkm85

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    cheers
  10. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    Stock gearing is 15x42, I'm currently running 13x42 for better off-road manners so the bike tops out at 85 completely wound out.
  11. God of Speed

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    stock gearing is 15-43, at least for the australian models. before my trip i put a 41 tooth rear for the highway but i think zombie's 40 or even a 39 would be better if most of what you would be doing is highway. even when you get into the tuff stuff, the grunt from the single makes up for the lack of rear sprocket teeth. when i got mine it had a 53tooth rear, yes, thats right 53! i think the guy wanted to be able to use 2nd gear as a first gear and tow bmw gsas up mountains in 1st.

    joel i have heard that from many people yes. the oil temp gauge was one of the most researched aspects of prepping my bike for the trip as i would be going through the Australian desert in the peak of summer, it was 50c (122f) after having ridden all day at 60mph when i rode into monkey mia and the temp gauge was showing a healthy 95c(203f). which i thought was pretty good, hail to thee my oil cooler!

    i looked at everything and eventually decided on the german one. ive heard bad things about xrs only in general and ive been caught up with dodgy USA companies before (thank god for paypal insurance). and yes it is in celsius but ive had to deal with you guys talking in farenheit for ages, and in the end its a certain range you want it to be in, the specific digits dont matter.

    but anyway, it WAS very expensive, like 140aud shipped and i spose you guys would expect it to be in your temp scale for that amount.
  12. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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    i lost the rear going around an off camber corner in the rain recently, it was so easy to hold in one glorious 10m drift as i just leant into it and let the suspension soak up the miniscule kick at the end. im so sick of seeing thumpers in the city with gay stickers and not a speck of dust on them, they remind me of soccer mum's 4wds.

    the people that ride those bikes scoff at me and give me this condescending look that is really satisfying for me because i know that no one else will ever want my bike as much as i do, and therefore i know that i will own it forever......and thats a really comforting thing to know.
  13. God of Speed

    God of Speed brrraaaaAAAAAAAP

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    im very suspicious of people who sell their xls, in my opinion theres something FUNDAMENTALLY wrong with them. like they could secretly be an axe wielding homicidal maniac and want to maintain a facade by selling a bike that just happens to be the greatest piece of machinery known to man, but they dont care about that, they just wanto maintain their facade......

    not to be presumptuous or anything :D
  14. Zombie_Stomp

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    Oh yeah, that's right, 15/43. I have 15/40. 40 tooth is the smallest rear I could find, and apparently the smallest JT makes.
  15. MaXYaX

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    I had a little surprise today, as I hit third gear coming off of a stop light the bike made a loud rapid bang bang bang noise and shook violently in time with the noise. :eek1

    I think "Oh shit, I just blew up my ride!". But when I let off the throttle, all is well, nice and smooth.:scratch I'm in the midst of quite a bit of traffic, so I can't pull over, so I just keep her steady and keep out of the throttle. I notice that it only makes this horrible sound under heavy load.

    When I get to work I make my first investigation, looks like my chain is slipping. I baby her the 20 miles home and pull off the covers and see this...

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    Damn...:huh

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    Surprisingly (or not, I'm new to the two wheeled variety) the back sprocket looked O.K. :dunno

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    It appears someone changed the gearing (at least in the front) as I had 14-43 gearing. The toasted sprocket was labeled PBI 388 14 tooth, the rear appears stock.

    Oh well, she'll rest for a few days :cry. I was going to ride it for a while before doing any serious maintenance, but this incident has me worried about the condition of the rest of the bike. So I'll be getting out my fine tooth comb and going over her the best I can for the next few days.
  16. crag antler

    crag antler In the woods lurking

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    Damn:huh I've seen worn sprockets but never like that.
    Make sure you follow the old m/c rule of when you change sprockets, change both and the chain.
    You don't want to change one and then end up having to do the other later on.
    You guys bragging on these XL600's is just getting me more and more anxious to get mine back together.:wink:
  17. MaXYaX

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    Absolutely, both sprockets 15-40 will be here friday! Only thing that sucks is that the chain will be here next week :cry. Guess I have to take the cage, damnit.

    :lol3
  18. scrminbanshee

    scrminbanshee Awsome

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    Does anybody know if any other side covers work such as xl250 350 or such thanks....
  19. Zombie_Stomp

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    Nope, observe:
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    You can have acess to that and a whole lot more at Babbitt's OEM virtual Parts microfische. I recommend ordering from Zanotti's for the best price though. You can just plug in the part numbers you get from Babbitt's into Zanotti's part lookup page, as Zanotti's doesn't have the catalog with pictures on their site.
  20. scrminbanshee

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    Thanks i just recently got one...but its missing the side covers....