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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    I believe the R has a an even lower first! That will make the gap bigger! I have the NX 2nd and Euro 5th. Not sure a stock bike will pull the fifth well unless overall gearing is pretty short. It's the equivalent of making the stock fifth a counter shaft sprocket taller, or three in the rear sprocket. Pretty tall. A good solution though for people who like billy goat trail gearing to be able to run on the freeway, or for people with modded bikes to be able to cruise at lower RPMs.
  2. Lane_N

    Lane_N Pig Wrangler

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    I looked on Gearing Commander and it looks like the XR600 has a 2.38 1st gear vs the 2.66 XRL 1st. Both XR600 and XR650L have 1.64 2nd gear ratios. I'm thinking that the NX 2nd at 1.75 would actually create a bigger step between 1-2 then the XR600 1-2? You would have to give up a little bit of that wonderful tractor 1st gear that the XRL has going the XR600 1st gear route. Wondering out loud here is all. Anyone else tried something like this?
  3. XR650L

    XR650L Been here awhile

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  4. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    One of my favorite vendors is coming east. About an hour and a half away. Kentucky is a hotbed of ATV activity. Lots of old strip mines have been turned into off road parks in the eastern part of the state. Always good to have somewhere to put your hands on items before buying them.
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    John
  5. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    My tool box. Compression tester and a leak down tester. You can borrow them or bring your bike to me and we'll check it over.
  6. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    When you are viewing the picture in photobucket you should see a box on the right hand side of the screen labeled "Links". I that list of links the last one will say "image code". Click on the contents of the box labeled image code and it will copy it to the clipboard on the computer. Then edit a response and paste the link into the edit box. Click the "preview post" to see what your post will look like.
  7. ThumpnRed

    ThumpnRed Pig Wrangler

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    It works... I did do it. You have to pick and chose the gears to use as one of the XRR gears has fewer engagement dogs on it than the XRL (cant remember which), but the XRR first does swap in. When you run the ratios, you will find that you have a very linear transition from gear to gear throughout the box once you swap in the XRR first. It does make your first gear taller though. I run 14/48 sprockets to make first gear trail worthy. Now.... the bad part. Running 14/48 kills your top end. My bike will run at 75, but it's not a happy place:eek1. Not a huge deal for me though as I dont care for riding it on the highway anyway.
  8. 3girlsdad

    3girlsdad aka FiddyK

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    let me preface by saying i'm a fan of mendoteach, and follow his advice word for word, typically; however, my experience was much different in the aftermarket exhaust realm. i put the vance and hines xcr exhaust on (with a ceramic coated stock header), and it made a HUGE difference to me. i'm 250 lbs, and it will pull wheelies much easier now, even in third with a good yank of the bars and a little clutch. power over all is much better through the whole curve, with quite a bit more top end than before. my exhaust is definitely on the loud side, fyi. just my $0.02.
  9. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    I don't use photobucket but I assume you can also just right click over the pic you want to post, click on "copy image location", come here and click on this [​IMG] button right above the space you type in, and paste the URL into the box that pops up. Just make sure you copy over top of the "http://" already highlighted or it won't work. Your copied location URL already has that included and should appear in the post once you hit "OK"...

    That is how I copied the pic of the button above.

    Now, if there is no option to "copy image location" then that wont work.


    and a pic from yesterdays ride....
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  10. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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  11. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    Hey... what rear rack is that? Looks wide and solid!
  12. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC

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    The NX650 5th is awesome. I've got 15/45 gears and can run highway speeds with no problems at all. I've also got the NX second gear to move the gap from between first and second to between second and third where it's less noticeable. It was definitely worth splitting the cases and have really enjoyed getting back the grunt in 1-4th gears that I had to give up when I put a 43 tooth sprocket on for highway speed.

    As luck would have it, I should be able to get that 5th gear pretty easy in a few weeks :deal

    -Barron
  13. Lane_N

    Lane_N Pig Wrangler

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    [QUOTEAs luck would have it, I should be able to get that 5th gear pretty easy in a few weeks :deal

    -Barron[/QUOTE]

    That would be awesome:clap
  14. pngaudioguy

    pngaudioguy Just...one...more...

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    I remember hearing someone say that "Baldy", the one who runs advrider is somehow affiliated with smugmug, and it somehow benefits him if you use smugmug, but can't remember how. Anyone with insight?
  15. Lane_N

    Lane_N Pig Wrangler

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    Thanks for the confirmation Wayne, I'm thinking that might be the way I'd like to go with mine too. Besides It would be a shame to not keep our Honzuki's as similar as possible, wouldn't it?:lol3
  16. kenny61

    kenny61 Tougher then a speeding taxi

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    Baldy owns smug mug.
  17. ThumpnRed

    ThumpnRed Pig Wrangler

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    Indeed!:lol3
  18. XR BADGER

    XR BADGER Adventurer

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    Ok, I think I got it now, thanks everyone for the help with this, whew:clap 07 with 475 miles now.
  19. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    I told Barron I would get back to him about some electrical issues I was having last week with the rear lights. Barron... Thanks for responding with some tips. I was never able to get the lights working properly. I did get the turn signals working somewhat but not the tail light. I don't think my tail light is fried because I was able to get both lights (brake and tail) to light by connecting one of the wires... I think the problem is in my green/yellow wire... never could get anything to light when connecting with it. I'm going to get back to this wiring issue later in the Winter and use the last few (somewhat) warm weeks here riding instead. I plan to completely rework the wiring, add heated grips, and maybe an additional power source/plug-in over the Winter... So I'll just deal with it all at the same time.

    Saturday was an exceptionally nice day where I live so I decided it would be better to forgo maintenance in the garage and spend the day riding instead! I quickly patched up the wires and hit the road. I just got my XRL a few ago and until Saturday had yet to put her in the dirt. Figured I head to an old 4wheeler trail that I hadn't been on in years.......

    I was just cruising along and all of sudden............. whoops!

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    I never saw this mud hole! Perfectly disguised by the leaves! I knew that after looking at the front wheel I was doomed!

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    This was damn sticky mud. I ended up having to call for help... Still after all of these years my dad is happy to come to the rescue for dumb shit I do! I don't have a pic of the truck and tow strap pulling it out but here's the front wheel after exiting the hole.

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    That's a Kenda Challenger up front and Bridgestone Spitfire on the rear... Not recommended for mud holes! After picking as much mud out as we could with a stick I mounted her again for a very slick ride home.

    Here I am just before heading home. Notice that little tiny wet spot just beyond my left handlebar grip... That was the only indication of the mud hole... otherwise it was covered with leaves and looked identical to the rest of the trail.

    The rest of the day was spent with a hose pipe in one hand and a beer in the other. Little adventure and quality time with my dad... Not too bad of a day after all! :1drink

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    Soooo... lessons learned:

    1. Leaves hide mud really well.
    2. Get new tires.
    3. Probably better idea to ride with someone (this wasn't possible though).
    4. Think of some way to self-rescue... Maybe bring a come-along with me on solo rides.

    Anybody have experience with a come-along, dual sports, and mud? Anyone know of a good compact come-along?
  20. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    sold!!!