XR650R Thread!

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

  1. BronkoRob

    BronkoRob Adventurer

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    all you former KTM owners out there....got some questions

    I have big plans for next year. multiday, multi state, long distance trips coming up. right now i dual sport on an 07 KTM 450XC, which is fine for less than day trips. has a lot of work into it its setup nice and does what i ask of it. I am worried that long distance on slap, with me being 200lbs, with gear, and with extra fuel will result in a quick end to the motor, the sub frame, etc.

    anyone jump the KTM ship and go to the XRR? I have read numerous posts on multiday, cross country, 1000 miles freeway stretches, all asphalt trips on the XRR. I cringe when i think about that on my KTM. I'm 30, only had a few bikes with the button, so im not too proud to kick.

    keep in mind my KTM is a short stroke motor, the SX motor, with a hybrid 6 speed with close ratio 5 and 6. The power is all up high, its a race bike. it can be lugged. but i worry about getting into slower technical sections, with a loaded up bike and riding the clutch all the time to move the bike and the extra weight. so the bike revs great, but for long adventure riding, id much rather have more torque way low where it would be more usable.

    I have been offered a trade off craigslist, for a plated 02, all setup, and turns out i know the guy. respect his build, and have no fear in it being a good condition bike.

    Other than the no e start, being a bit heavier....which i would prefer for the longer rides on the road....what else would i be giving up?

    i have heard the XRR suspension, once setup can be great! and im not that fast or hard on it to probably know. i know im not using the KTM to its potential.

    from the looks of all these loaded up XRRs it looks to have a much stronger subframe as well.

    who out there has swapped over from orange to red and has some feedback.
  2. dirtyoffroad

    dirtyoffroad Been here awhile

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    I prefer my XR when I expect any lengthy seat time,both my dirt bikes are registered.Prior to the Berg ,I had a 525exc.IMHO the Honda is the better bike for dual purpose.
  3. mitchn06

    mitchn06 Been here awhile

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    Anybody have a spare or unused 10-11kg rear spring they are willing to part with? Thanks.


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  4. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    I believe I have a 10.5.... Need to check. Bought it with my spare shock/suspension. Already have a 10.5 on my bike.

    The XRR is much more durable and robust than the KTM. That being said, it weighs more and handles differently because of it. Overall, it still works well considering it's light weight compared to others somewhat similar.

    Kicking is no issue. Not having a battery and electronics to depend on is high on my list of GOOD things.
  5. bamfslap

    bamfslap Been here awhile

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    Thanks man!

    Here's one of the exit of the drift with a nice roost: http://i3.minus.com/iktIOlnTqWt3Z.JPG
    :evil

    You are correct, when set up right the suspension is very good. It's better than most USDs except the best obviously (eg CRF forks). I take mine to the track all the time, the weight is what makes it a harder landing imo.
  6. medisyn

    medisyn Been here awhile

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  7. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    I am also looking for a 10.5 or 11kg spring for the stock XRR. Please PM if you have one, thanks.
  8. WrkHrd-LvWl

    WrkHrd-LvWl n00b

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    Hello fellow Adventurers. Here is what's going on. I recently purchased a plated 2002 xr650r, which seemed to have an appropriate amount of wear for its age (guessing pretty hard on that one though). Mods include Clarke tank, XR only skid plate, goofy homemade rack (that came off right quick), baja designs dual sport kit, uncorked. For about a month I have been enjoying the honey moon phase with my new toy, long dual sport rides to exciting riding areas with copious amounts of roots, rocks, and tight winding single track.
    The bike seemed to run really well, much better after cleaning the air filter, which was in bad shape :eek1. My only concern was that it seemed to have a fair amount of noise coming from the cases, things just sounded kinda loose. However I read somewhere that they can be like that, and that the big aluminum skid plate can make it worse :dunno.
    Tonight, thankfully close to home, the bike showed signs of a problem. I went to back it out of a parking stall and it seized for a second. The bike was running in first, clutch in, and it felt like i bumped into a stone, bike just stopped :huh. I rolled it forward and things went back to normal. 5min later i attempted to pull away from an intersection and it went for a second, then lost power to the rear wheel. I pulled it off the road and once again it wouldn't roll backwards, regardless of the clutch being in, or it being in nuetral.
    I understand that the clutch bushings are notorious for going bad on these, I plan to start with that. I haven't found much else by searching. Any other ideas? :ear I'm new to these bikes, and am still new bike poor. Thanks All.
    By the way, i'm in love with this bike, it's just about criminal to have that much fun on the road, and don't even get me started how much fun it is on a good fire road :D
  9. 5hortbus

    5hortbus Been here awhile

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    Since the other guys are all looking for big boy springs. I need one too! Not afraid to go up to 11.5. Is there a 12? 240, big tank, etc.

    Thanks
  10. bigkuri

    bigkuri Been here a tad bit longer than a while

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    cam chain tensioner
  11. BuRPsa

    BuRPsa Finally growing up..

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    WorkHard,

    Welcome.
    My first thought is the clutch bushing, but who knows what else might be it. Bike's 11 used years old hence will need some attention, hope for you it ain't a full strip.
  12. mitchn06

    mitchn06 Been here awhile

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    Clutch bushing was replaced with updated part in 2002. Doesn't mean it still couldn't fail though. Just have to start tearing down until something doesn't look right.


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  13. FlyGuy

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    Sounds like a bad first gear from the sound of it.
    also if you coast with the engine off in first gear (clutch in of course)
    you may be able to hear it clicking.
    If so check the main scavenge filter for the tooth pieces or fish with a magnet in the low spots.
    I could also be a bad bearing but that would be more obvious Idd think
  14. HOT DAMN!

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    Any interest in THIS boys?

    Too high? Make me a reasonable offer, it was invaluable, but I just sold the XRR. :cry
  15. slowcheetah

    slowcheetah Keep Off Roads.

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    Kinda new here. I'm only on page six of this thread and already taking notes. I wanted to show my 03' here. I plan on racing it in next years V2R. We raced it in 2012, resulted in engine failure, I bought another one (for the motor)and it's almost ready to ride again. There are a few more mods I would like to do, mostly engine. I'm getting a few ideas here but I want to be careful not to spend on the unnecessary. It has a bit of BRP protection bling, top mounts with hand guard attach points, scotts fork mounts, stabilizer, FMF exhaust (I'd like to know how this works with the stock engine/carb) is the header and pipe doing anything?, large aluminum skid plate, acerbis hand guards, red CV4 hoses, 8" light, not sure about the stator except that there are windings around every post (I took this off the old motor) and assumed it was to run the light. Let me know what you think and I will continue to research here. I have had some fun on this bike and I hope to keep it for a while.
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  16. ride4fun562

    ride4fun562 Been here awhile

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    Edit: never mind its a western powersports universal tail light. Hey guys, i just tried to replace my taillight housing and it turns out the stock.housing.is different from what i have , does anyone have any idea what aftermarket company makes this?, I need the four screw holes the two wont work with the metal bottom on the housing I have.


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  17. Knobbiethrower

    Knobbiethrower ADV in ADK

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  18. BuRPsa

    BuRPsa Finally growing up..

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    Slowcheetah,

    you seem not too far off another pigmate here, Crypto in Utah - at least if Google is correct in saying that Icebox is Frazer(?). He's a helpful dude, might come in handy.
  19. dirtyoffroad

    dirtyoffroad Been here awhile

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  20. Knobbiethrower

    Knobbiethrower ADV in ADK

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    You would need a crf axle, front wheel and front brake assy