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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ztsd, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Umm....

    I had a klr650 that I guess some would call an adventure touring bike, and an xr650r that I was using as a dual sport/trail bike.

    Sold the klr and bought a klx with the intention of selling the xr and using the klx as a dual sport/trail/adventure tourer.

    Decided, after spending a weekend with the klx, that the xr isn't going anywhere and it's getting turned into a more 'adventure touring' capable mount. Which will be easier now since it doesn't need to also do tight eastern single track type trails. Weight isn't as big of a concern like it was before.

    Found what is one of my favorite threads buried 4 months back, was (am) excited to take more advantage of the mods here, and decided to make a post.



    -I'm sorry if my post didn't meet your criteria of an 'acceptable' post per the thread title. I was unaware that only xr owners with already modified bikes were allowed to post here.

    -if you look in the main xr thread, about 2 posts back, there's a guy that is considering buying an xr for the exact use that this thread implies. Obviously this particular 4 month old thread didn't come up on his radar, and it seems to me that many of the posts in that thread are already answered in this one.

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  2. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

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    Jules,

    Don't sell your XR you will regret it later.
  3. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    You're right.

    After riding the klx all weekend I got on the XR about 30 minutes before my first post. Stalled it 3 times in my backyard because I forgot how to work the clutch or something. Remembered how to use that and almost backflipped it because it actually has power. :lol3


    Once I got all of that sorted out I fell back in love (lust?) with the bike. I know now that it's not, nor will it ever be, a good bike for tight single track with me riding it. However, it's still a ridiculously fun bike that I think is worth more keeping that the price it will bring in.


    I had plans last fall of trying to make it an adventure touring bike but didn't want to detract from it's off-road ability. That's not going to happen because it's already a heavy bike, and the more 'stuff' you put on for touring the heavier it gets. Had a Trail Tech Vapor, bigger radiators, fan, and dc power planned. All of that would add weight and complexity, and still would leave me with trying to make 'one bike fit all' when in reality I think it would fit neither. I'd have too much weight and gearing for the woods, and too aggressive of a tire for touring.
  4. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

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    I put a set of supermoto wheels/tires on mine and it has been great for road work paved and gravel. It is good for forest service roads in my area as well.

    I don't do single track on it. But I wouldn't single track a GS either.
  5. Moosenart

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    Hello!

    I ride an XR250R, But have 'taken' my dad's XR650R as mine...

    Have been thinking about turning it into a Dual Sport bike, so I can keep my Versys clean :D. The only problem is being a student, I am poor, so the conversion will take a while, a wile indeed.

    Stock '00 XR650R, only major plans are Sahara tank, Vector speedometer, baja designs kit, new stator, and a few misc. things as well.

    (Yay first post!)
  6. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I've thought about the supermoto wheel idea, doubt I'd do it. Probably would like it too much when I was done and lose my license.

    Did you do many suspension mods with the SM stuff? It is tempting if I found a used set for the right price.

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  7. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

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    Just a little stiffer is all.
  8. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Thats not too bad then. I'm only 150lbs, could probably just leave it alone and be happy enough.

    If I find a set priced right I might go for it one day. I always see the ebay set for about $850 new without tires. Probably is a fair price considering it comes with rotors, sprocket, and bearings.

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  9. Klacasse

    Klacasse BRP Junkie

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    hi everyone
    i just picked up a clean 05 xrr.
    the bike was already plated so that is a huge help here in B.C
    i plan on doing a few things and just wanted everyone advice.
    the bike has the stock tank, i would like a min. of 250km range so i'am looking at a 6 gal tank.
    Also need to get so hand guards, and i'am thinking of getting a complete hdb set-up (hand guards, mirrors, top clamp vapor mount) is this set-up worth the money?
    The wirring is a hack job so i was looking at the vancouver suppermoto wiring harness, has anyone used one of these? They look slick!

    Most of my ridding is logging roads and and such, no tight stuff yet, i also do a bit of highway ridding.

    The bike currently has a Wolfman small expedition tank bag that works ok but i would like to install ether Wolfman Rollie bags or some Kerig 5l bags, in a saddle bag setup.
    I'm going to just ride the crap out of her for the rest of the summer then strip her right down this winter. I've been researching different set-ups, (wife seems to think I'm ocd about this thing!)
    any real world advice would help lots.
  10. Kiko

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    I would just make my own wiring harness. Pretty simple system. You can make a better one than you could buy I would think. My XRR came with an aftermarket dual sport wiring system and it was basically junk.
  11. Shibby!

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    Mine too.

    I tore it out and did my own. Not a single electrical issue yet.
  12. Klacasse

    Klacasse BRP Junkie

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    ya i thought about just doing the wiring myself, the $300 would go a long way in other places.
    What is everyone's Thoughts about running a 8" light on the street. I ride to work in the early morning and i would love to have lots of light, just don't want to blind everyone else!
  13. spartanman

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    The Baja Designs dual-sport headlight works great, way better than the stock light. The stock stator has enough power to run it, but barely. I plan to get a Baja Designs stator at some point.
  14. Klacasse

    Klacasse BRP Junkie

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    i have the baja designs light right now, i just find the hi beam leaves a big dead spot right in the middle of the road, also i would like to find something that is ridged mounted so the light can be aimed. My current light bounce's all over the place, (even on the highway).
  15. Shibby!

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    I run the Trailtech on the road without issues. In Mexico and Guat they hated it, but I think that's because it's brighter than 99% of the lights on the road. In the US and Canada I don't think I've been flashed yet.

    You can adjust how far it points down. The biggest issue is it's not easy to go from pointing down to up. With that being said a "pointed down" that's not glaring too much is pretty good for normal road riding. Then I flip it up on the highway or offroad and it's awesome.

    My friends have the Squadron LED light. Mine puts theirs to shame not only in distances, but beam pattern. I'm running the halogen model with a 35W HID bulb. Surprisingly good optics and beam pattern for the switched light.

    I have no doubt there is some glare, but IMO, it helps with the "I didn't see you".

    I'm also in favour of loud pipe saves lives. That's an argument for another time =)
  16. Gunga Galunga

    Gunga Galunga Been here awhile

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    I agree. I have even swapped the bulb to a 55w and still the same results. I added the TT LED for a high beam but don't have it wired yet, but it should allow me to not have to move it so much.
  17. Shibby!

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    My buddy just got the Trailtech HID light.. The one with three lights.

    I'm tempted to steal that one from him =)

    Funny thing is it's rated at 21000 LUX, where the one I have in HID is 27000LUX. Wonder if that is with a 55w or 35w HID.

    http://trailtech.net/extreme_race_light_kits.html

    Power draw is 42 W so it would be a 35W HID. Quality 55's are pretty rare and expensive. (Philips).
  18. kaijb

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    Fairings for these are hard to come by so I recently bit the bullet and made one. It is from a KTM fairing but sculpted to follow the contours of the acerbis tank only. It uses the KTM headlight because they are plentiful and has provision for a single spotlight.

    [​IMG]

    This picture is from when I was sculpting. The final product is commercial quality. I have the mould and will make them in lots of 6 if there is enough interest and sell for $200 plus postage. You would have to sort your own bracketry. I hadn't planned to sell them but I see plenty of people enquiring. I would of course set up in the vendors section if it went that way.
  19. zoro

    zoro Been here awhile

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    Kaijb, is that the CRF450 front gaurd on there?
  20. Shibby!

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    Yes. I have the same one on mine.

    Only issue the rear touches rad guards and frame. Some cutting and spacers stops that.