XR650R Thread!

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

  1. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    I like the plastic one because it does not reflect noises up into my ears. I normally rock the plastic one, but I think i'll be slapping on my alum one for my tat trip this summer.

    When are you going? I'm leaving TN Aug 29
  2. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    I don't slam my bike around too often but last summer I slammed a rock ledge going up hill and made it over the thing.

    I could see a soft aluminum skid plate grabbing a whole lot of traction on that rock. and spitting me over the bars...

    My stock plastic one let the bike slide right up.

    No way to prove that though!

    Water pump coverage is good though too on the aftermarket ones.
  3. slogger

    slogger Been here awhile

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    This has happened to me 2-3 times on my current XR. After a long ride, I shut my bike off. The clutch lever is within spec's(2-3cm). The next time I jump on the bike(after sitting for a few days), there isn't any play in the clutch lever. After riding the bike around the block, all the adjustment 2-3cm comes back into the lever.

    What causes this?
  4. Lostsaffa

    Lostsaffa Half Man Half BRP

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    There is a slow-motion video on the Dust-to-Glory DVD where you can see the pig flexing going over a series of bumps, apparently the reason why they never fitted aluminium skid plates was for that very reason - they effectively brace the frame and change the nature of the handling.

    If I was ever to fit an aluminium one, it would have to be rubber mounted and able to move slightly to allow the flex of the frame. They also increase the transmission noise considerably.

    In saying that, on a long trip to the middle of nowhere, it would make sense to fit one, as long as you have tools to bend it if you need to. If it bends into the path of your foot controls or the likes, that would also be a show stopper without the tools to fix it.
  5. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    We ride allot in Ut, the region is very unforgiving when it comes to cases and plastic. The stock skid plate is pretty good but has been known to break into multiple pieces, its also designed with a stock xr in mind, not a loaded up DS config. I know of 2 that has happened to, one also tookout the coolant res when it went down. I'll take the weight hit to avoid that situation.
  6. bamfslap

    bamfslap Been here awhile

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    Yup I have had a few times where I heard a loud "PING" of a rock nailing the skid plate. I got home took it off and pounded out a golf ball sized crater. I have only had one aluminum skid plate vs possibly replacing the plastic one a time or two. Utah has a lot of rocks that turn into bullets, epecially wash and dry creek trails. It does make the engine louder, so I put rubber between it and the frame. Haven't noticed any decrease in flex, though I can imagine it's there. The bike's frame feels so stout I haven't had a problem with it, it feels great in the dez. :clap
  7. KYLEISCOOL

    KYLEISCOOL Who

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    +1 on the rubber between the alum. skid plate. :D Im not racing my bike, im caring for it as long as I have it. rocks vs. aluminum or rock vs. plastic. Who has a better chance?
  8. crypto666

    crypto666 Long timer

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    It would take about 24 plastic skid plates to replace my one aluminum. Yeh its noisey, but so is my pipe, which is why I wear ear plugs. If you are sensitive to loud noises, and maybe scare easily or don't want to worry the squirrels, put some dynamat or other asphault based matting on it.

    And there is no way my aluminum skid plate is keeping the frame from flexing; its not got the right structure to be rigid.
  9. shimazaki

    shimazaki Adventurer

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    Isn´t this the 450?? never drive one, but it´s seems a hell of bike 2


    Trying to found a "new" bike for me in Africa, maybe the XR650r, lt cheaper and I think that is more than enough for my driving skills... I've made a test drive last december and I´ve felt in Love, is a powerful motorbike, wonderful outside the road... on the road, that seat, if you can call that, has to be changed!!
  10. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    Only the CRF450R is EFI, not the X and neither are 6 spd.

    As for skid plates, mine came with an Al and I have always used Al ones, but I just bought an Acerbis plastic one for my other bike and it is very nice. Lighter than Al and much thicker than the stock XRR unit. So far it has held up very well.
  11. babuja

    babuja Been here awhile

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    Hy guys,

    i've been using a electrical fan and installed a oil temperature dipstick.

    Can you guys tell what's the normal oil temperature in your XR?

    Tnks
  12. Icelander-DR650

    Icelander-DR650 Adventurer

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    Hi guys I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else, I did a search and didn't come up with anything...

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    Any some tips on pulling the old one out would be greatly appreciated. Was thinking of putting a coarse screw in through each side of the seal a bit and see if I could work it out, maybe use the end of the countershaft as a fulcrum pulling on each side to get it out evenly. I don't want to pry and damage anything aluminum.
  13. woodsxr

    woodsxr Been here awhile

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    They come out pretty easy.
    You need to pull the retainer clip.
    I pulled my seal with 2 sheet rock screws screwed into the seal and re-installed the new with a deep socket. Use grease or vaseline to install so not to destroy the new seal edge
  14. Icelander-DR650

    Icelander-DR650 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the reply! I have the snap ring out already but won't pull the seal until I get a new one so the motor stays sealed. Well, kinda sealed I guess. I'll be sure to lube up the new one on the way in. Speaking of lubed up, I'm kinda surprised I didn't end up on my ass...never had this on a tire before...

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    And I was turning both right and left....
  15. woodsxr

    woodsxr Been here awhile

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    Most people would say get rid of the tire but I would buy a couple cans of brake clean and clean the tire with it first
  16. Icelander-DR650

    Icelander-DR650 Adventurer

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    I had a can of brake cleaner and gave it a good blast and it looks good The tire is brand new too, it has one ride on it. I'd rather not throw away $180.00 so I'll give it a good blast again with cleaner and go play in an empty parking lot to see if it feels funny or slips... A friend suggested after blasting it again a little buffing with a belt sander wouldn't hurt... :dunno
  17. RRP13

    RRP13 Kinda superbikey

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    Wipe it off really well with xylene. Tire won't last long but at least it won't be a total write off.
  18. Unsung

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    I had a question about gearing. I am running 15/43 and it seems gutless over 65mph. I was going down the highway at about 75 and it just seemed wound too high and not wanting to pull. I kicked it wide open hoping to pass some people but gave up. I weigh 175lbs, stock wheels with shinko 705, uncorked with aftermarket exhaust. What am I missing here? Should I swap to a 14 front, or do I need to rejet and put an aftermarket air filter in it?

    I'm starting to wonder now. I think my bike is losing power, is this possible? I have no speedo so it's hard to judge. But I chased a friend down in their car and passed them easily at 65 a few weeks ago. Blew by them and kept adding it on. Is it possible the problem was a lot of wind? Bah, asking all these questions when I should just go ride it down the highway again. Maybe there was too much wind, or people were going a lot faster than I thought.
  19. jm-2008

    jm-2008 Been here awhile

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  20. jm-2008

    jm-2008 Been here awhile

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    Looks like some wear/clearance issues on the case saver.
    Is this normal with a 15T as marked or are there other geometry/suspension considerations with the MOTARD wheels