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

  1. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    Parking buildings and downtown areas probably have cameras.... You could be a You Tube star... :lol3

    Good plan...:D

    :beer
  2. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Hey gang, I'm looking to add a windscreen to the 08 for the winter. I remember reading of at least two inmates who frequent this thread who use this model on their XRL's...

    http://www.bikebandit.com/slipstreamer-s-06-spitfire-sport-shield-windshield

    I'm 99.9% sure it will work but the website says otherwise and a person at Bikebandit, going by what the website tells him, agrees it will not fit.

    Any help would be appreciated!
  3. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    Walter
  4. flyingwombat

    flyingwombat frozen dead guy

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    I like the stock forks, the bike rides like a nice comfy couch and I've taken it on some gnarly stuff no problem other than bottoming out easily on the bigger jumps. I have XRL forks on my 600R also, love them. That said, I'm hoping I will like it with the CRF450 forks even more. I think it will be nice to have both compression and rebound adjustments. I liked the 450 forks when I rode the 450 but of course that's a totally different animal. Can't wait to find out!
  5. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    Steve, is this the one?
  6. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Features:

    Stainless Steel Made
    4 Sealed 1 1/4" Roller Bearings
    100FT heavy Duty Rope
    Come with Comouflage Carring Bag
    1 Ton Capacity



    Thanks, Bomber

    Don't you love the Chinglish descriptions on the website? You have to give them credit for trying.

    This dual-action pulley system is rated at "1 ton capacity." OK, so here is the question: Will it pull my XRL up a grade, with just me pulling on the rope, after a fall? (I also need an elk pulley, so this is double duty...)

    At $30 it is worth a try, I suppose.

    PD
  7. Schultz!

    Schultz! Recovering Lurker

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    Hello everyone, before I go too far this is my first post on ADV, I have lurked for a very long time on many of the popular XR websites but this seem to be the one the more "seasoned" riders and moders reside at. First i would like to thank you all for the great knowledge base and documentation of modifications as they have been inspirational towards my current project. second I would like to tell you all a story...

    A long time ago...

    A young man in a far away state...

    Bought his first real motorcycle...

    It was November 2007 Glendale AZ the young man was on his 3rd year of 6month stints for warm weather automotive testing, he over heard his co workers talking about riding on the weekends. Interested in having some fun and always wanting a dirt bike he had one in mind.. a XR650L. He fell in love with one back home in Michigan seeing it in the work parking lot a dirt bike completely fitted for the street in one package... air cooled simplicity and after some minor research found it was as reliable as a claw hammer.. he knew this was the bike for him, oh what a fool that young man was. With the bug planted he traveled to the nearest Honda dealer and looked at the lineup for offload machines, there was the XR650L that he lusted after, a XR650R a unknown as the man never even heard of one and the CRF450X. To give the man some credit he did consider the alternatives if only for a minuet the fact they both had radiators in vulnerable locations irked him knowing he was a rookie who would crash allot, the lack of a street legal title also bothered him moving to buy a brand new XR650L.

    The first few times he went out in the local Glendale aria with his friends it was actually quite enjoyable until the hill sections, rutty arias, or twisty turns, he didn't realize the bike was geared way too high or the fact the stock tires simply would not perform as true off road tires would and that picking up 300+ plus pounds when the rider weighs 150 with gear gets quite tiring. The trip that almost made him give up was Glamis California.. the sand is no place for this rider with this bike in stock trim plus a paddle tire, after more crashing then normal and a nasty ankle injury he was ready to call it quits, the bike was just too heavy and he felt that the bike rode him. Determined he would still try to ride the BRP he took the next week of riding off and spend allot of time reading up on the mods and tweaks to make her rideable. Several hundred dollars later and a couple night staying late at work got him allot closer to a rideable bike. The last 2 rides before heading home for the season were the best of any out door experience he could of wished for the Bradshaw mounters and a trip up to Sedona. With the upgraded tires and gearing he was leading the pack of XR400s and quads his friends just all thought he was a sucky rider little did they realize he was still a sucky rider but on a much improved machine. After the Sedona ride was cut short due to poking a hole in the stator cover he headed home not yet to return to the beautiful landscape he was lucky enough to see.

    Once back home the young man questioned his career and moved to a more permanent position at a suppler were he is still today with no more traveling to the west. After sitting for about a year and a half the XR was finally repaired and ridden a bit in some city property across from his home, during these rides he was reminded what he loved about the bike and what its limitations were with his small stature leading him to once again think about selling the BRP. With his interest re kindled he started reading the forums much more closely and watching what people were doing with there XR 600s and 650s, he read up on the impossible horsepower numbers Stepho, Fab shack racing and of new Cycewizard are getting out of there l motors, he followed tons of offload/dual sport to supermoto builds, and fabrication threads before again deciding not to give up. He had made up his mind he wanted the thrill and pure fun of being on a bike again, with the new knowledge and inspiration that the XR650L is a canvas that can be painted to almost any portrait of the motorcycle world he set out to build his XR into the bike he wanted.

    the story ends there guys, for now.. and thanks for reading and being a true inspiration.

    Two things,

    One, I'm about as drunk as Brian after a holiday weekend bender so if i seem dumber then the average inmate take that into consideration.:freaky

    Two, i would like to post some progress of the project and shed some of my "lurker" status would it be better in a separate thread or would it be better to post em up in this topic?
  8. ReferJohn

    ReferJohn 3RD Generation Rider

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    Welcome aboard......I use to live in Payson,Az......great place for DS. but i did not have my BRP then, and now we are back in Santa Rosa,Ca......stay drunk my friend.....:freaky:1drink:clap:lol3:eek1
  9. ThumpnRed

    ThumpnRed Pig Wrangler

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    Schultz... you found the right bike and the right place! :slurp:beer:dutch:loaded:freaky
    I need another beer:1drink
  10. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    So...

    On my ride home this afternoon I realized that my headlight was out. I thought, no big deal, I'll just switch on the high beam.

    No high beam either, or high beam indicator. Tail/brake/signals all still work.

    I'm thinking fuse. Anyone concur? Didn't have time to look into it today. Gonna tackle it tomorrow.
  11. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Yes, this is the one.
  12. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    The plug melted off the back of my light. Repaired by sodering on new FM spade connections to the ends of the wires and shrink tube.
  13. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    ??????????

    Am I the only one getting the double underline in orange link shit? ( see above post, shrink tube as an example)
    What do I do to end?
  14. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    My '94 has done that twice. Both times I replaced the bulb with no results, checked for power on various wires and finally took the start button switch apart, blew it out with what little breath I had and that fixed it. For some odd reason if the start button doesn't rebound enough or gets stuck in a little, it can kill the front lights but not anything else. Moral of the story, clean all your handbar switches then lube with dialectric grease. Corvallis is moist in the fall/winter/spring just like GA so they can get gunked up. Hope this helps you.
  15. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    It's your computer. I get a single dotted red line when I miss spell something or the computer thinks I'm mis-spelling something. Which just popped up under MIS-SPELLING.
  16. my6

    my6 Been here awhile

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    I can't see it. So it must be just you. But I am only on my first cup of coffee
  17. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Just finished my second and I don't see it either.:lol3
  18. my6

    my6 Been here awhile

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    Hey Steve.. I still haven't fixed my brake light. I was sick all last week and never got around to it. But....I'm much better now and have got four days and nights to either figure it out or take a hammer to the damn thing.
  19. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Haha! You were one of the people I was thinking of when I wrote that post. Thanks for the pics Walter! :clap I knew that screen would fit. Just wanted a confirmation. But now...
    I got a PM from ecubed who lives 15 miles away saying he has one of those windscreens and is willing to sell it to me! Thanks ecubed! :clap:clap I returned your PM.

    Welcome to the forum Schultz!! This is THE XRL thread, period.
  20. EntiatRider

    EntiatRider Adventurer

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    Thanks for the info on the valves Steve. I have no problem, other than starting, on my 2001 XRL, at 7,200 miles, 3,000 of which I put on this summer as it is new to me this year, but the book states 8,000 miles for checking valve clearance. Something I've been worried about. You rock!