XR650R Thread!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by JustinT, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. Unsung

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    I'm in Mississippi, tagging an offroad bike here is probably easier than any other state I've seen ads for people looking for these bikes, begging for one in any condition. The bike is completely stock with the addition of blinkers and a tag mount. It has offroad tires so I'd say it's not been on the road quite a bit, but the thing is amazingly clean, so I can't imagine they've abused the thing offroad unless this guy is just fantastic at washing it up. I've been trying to find me a bike and keep missing on ones. I had settled on a 1990 XT600 for $2,000, but the guy sold it within hours of me going to get it. I found a 2002 KLR 650 for $1,000, with a lot of custom stuff done to it, with only $10,000 miles, and I am sure the guy still has it, he just takes days to return my emails and never answers his phone, so I've all but given up on him. I try to gauge what the best bike for me would be. I think a KLR would be too heavy for my liking, and I like DR350s but I don't want to have to modify a bike so it can better handle how I drive down the highway. It seems this bike, with a different set of tires, speedo, and an electric start conversion would be everything I could ever want. Low weight, and high power. I don't need KLR or XRL subframe carrying capacity, because I don't like carrying much with me. And I think if need be, I could increase the strength the XRR chassis could carry, far easier than I could knock 100lbs off a KLR. I sit here and try to think of what I want in a bike and weigh the pros and cons of each bike. I end up with a few choices between an XRL, XRR, and a modified DR350. Modifying the DR350 is just throwing away money to me, when you can buy an XRR and get everything you spent so much time trying to turn the DR350 into. I like the XRL, it's heavier but I can live with that. But I can't find them for under $1,800, and usually looking like they've been ridden pretty hard. And why? When for $500 more I can have something that's not only a better bike, but is in much better condition as well.

    And yes, I like to talk. But I did provide myself with a bit of advice through typing all that. It was a bit like thinking out loud. And now I know what I must do... I'm going to go buy an XRR (if guy hasn't sold it).
  2. bump

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    First therapy sessions always free! JK

    For that money the big XRR is a steal relative to the other two bikes. I'd check for water in bearings when you get it as that is a wet and humid state. Unless you are short the starter isn't necessary at all once the OEM carb has been sorted by someone who can do it (I couldn't.) The Yamaha is too old IMHO. The KLR is too modified from what I know about KLRs. My opinion from accidentally reading about them in various posts and videos is they are very reliable until they are modified. The KLR is too heavy period. Add shitty everything on it from Kawi and it's really just the low price leader. The DRs are great bikes if ridden within their parameters and not pushed, not unlike the KLRs.

    I was recently offered $1500 for the starter I have and it's nowhere near worth that. For $1500 you could add the HRC cam and Bob Bell ported head and his most of his suspension work and you'd be real close to having a 1X bike.

    I hope that helps!


  3. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    Bump,

    You got a stash of those HRC cams? I've been looking for one... :huh
  4. ZXRaziel

    ZXRaziel Been here awhile

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    Mine does not eat oil ( not yet :evil ).

    When i bought my previous car (BMW 330i ) people have told me to keep the eye on the oil as they are known to eat oil , even the bmw mechanic . In the time i have owned it , i never needed to top up the oil , and i was abusing it frequently :D , i believe in warming the engine properly before driving it hard and keep good quality clean oil in it , that works for me .
  5. Unsung

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    Starter? XR650R electric start conversion starter kit? I must be misunderstanding either the starter part or the $1,500 part. Baja designs sells one for $170.
  6. cragdweller

    cragdweller Adventurer

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    More info on the wide ratio trans gears, please! I'm in!
  7. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    It would be a no brainer to to swap gears if you have it apart. A low as hell 1st and REALY tall 5th would be something I'd use every time I go dual sporting.
  8. bump

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    I wish. Deals on those are hard to come by.

  9. bump

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    Not sure what you are looking at. Send a link but BD stopped selling the starter when they ran out of the first run of them. The last starter parts went several years ago. I think I bought the last two starter rings and the last shifter. Problem is I rarely use the starter and it is worth a ton for some reason. I regret installing it but when I bought it used they were cheap on fleabay. I think I got mine for $300. But it adds weight and width and complexity.

  10. nick5446

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    Can anyone share their wiring diagram?

    My XRR is currently wired for a headlight, tail light, brake light and turn signals. It has a re-wound stator and a mini-battery. Plus, the current harness is a rat's nest of PO's additions and subtractions. Everytime I have to work on something I have to diagnose why something electrical isn't working because something jiggled loose. I would eventually like to add brighter and/or additional headlights and some 12V accessories, as well as a real battery (probably a small Ballistic). I'll probably also add a Trail Tech, but that's its own deal. What are you guys running for wiring harnesses? Are there any good aftermarket harnesses? Also, if there's some issue where I can't run all of the accessories at once (stator/battery limitations), that's totally fine.

    Lastly (semi-unrelated), I used to be able to turn my lights on when the bike wasn't running (on battery power) and now I can't. In between "now" and "then" I rebuilt my whole engine and transmission so my bike wasn't running for a few weeks. At first I assumed the battery had gone weak from sitting, then I started thinking I put it back together wrong. Everything works as it should when it's running, but I get nothing when it's off. I figure if I'm going to gut and re-wire the whole thing this doesn't really matter.
  11. ride4fun562

    ride4fun562 Been here awhile

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    If anyone has a remote idle adjustment screw for an edelbrock and they want to sell it it would be much appreciated, or if anyone can point me in the right direction to get one that would be great also.
  12. poppy

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    I want to change the bigend bearing but cannot find any info via google or here regarding removal of the rod from the crank. I have the parts manual and it only has information/pictures regarding checking clearances, but nothing regarding rod removal. Anyone have any pic's how to's that would help. Thankyou
  13. RalphyDo

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    The rod must be pressed apart. The big end pin must be pressed out which "breaks" the crank into 3 peices(right peice, left peice and pin) This is not a do it at home project unless you have all the right tools. Getting the crank apart is no biggie, BUT it must be trued after putting it back together. Not a easy job to say the least
  14. Gildus

    Gildus Been here awhile

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    I've never seen an aftermarket harness that I'd want to use. I made my own instead and am really happy with it. You can find wiring diagrams in the XRR electrical thread.
  15. ODSC1

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    I've just basically finished the electrical work on my 05. I used a Tusk lighting kit from Rocky Mtn Cycle. The harness alone is just $29 if you just need that. The Tusk kit is a battery operated only system which I modified to work with a Ricky Stator dual output stator and reg/rec. I went with an ac/dc system and kept the stock harness mostly in tact. I've also added a key switch, KTM fan (dc) and grip heaters (ac) and will add a gps connection as well.

    I bought OEM style connectors from http://vintageconnections.com/ which really helps making a quaility job.

    If you do a Google search for XR650R wiring diagram you'll get lots of choices. I more or less copied a wiring diagram for a 1984 XL250 for my project.

    Hope that helps.

    Brian


  16. BigToad

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    I used a wire harness (warness) from Vancouver Supermoto and it worked excellent. The owner of VSM loves his xr650r's and has one that's specific and well thought out for the xr. It is literally plug and play and has never let me down, it's not cheap but it is good quality. I hate doing electrical work however this install is easy with the instructions specific to the xr..link below

    http://www.vancouversupermoto.com/product_info.php?products_id=131
  17. bump

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    If no luck here call them. They have alot of parts on pallets last I saw and when that is gone most of the stuff won't be reproduced is my understanding. I think they closed that company down that sold the Quicksilver carbs. Something like that.

    Good luck.

  18. RZRob

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    Finally had a chance to install the ManRack Rear Rack and Fender Support today.

    They sent it immediately - even in silver (my choice to look more like something OEM). Even came with fasteners and required spacers.
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    Installation would've been 5 minutes except since I had this Acerbis license plate holder, I had to carve it away a bit to make room for the hoop of the fender support.
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    Had to drill a couple holes to bolt the fender to it. The good thing is, the hoop and rack bolt together and sort of "triangulate" making for a stronger set-up - for the fender and the rack. It's all good.
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    Finished product. I like this rack because it's fairly understated. It's small enough to look stock, but gives me at least the chance to strap something on if I want. I've got a more serious ManRack on my XRL.
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    RZ Rob
  19. jm-2008

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  20. smoothride

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    [​IMG]Acerbisrear fuel tank 1.6 gallons 104.99 canadain at Viciouscycle.ca has any one ever seen one of these or used one of these it it a universal fit.