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

  1. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    I thought the weight was very noticeable but like your third point says don't fill it if you don't want to deal with it. The weight is a minor issue when you compare how much mileage you get out of it. If my bike was still around I'd let you ride it.
  2. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    5.8 tank. Another point that people are not mentioning. I really liked the range that the 5.8 gave me. But I just couldn't get over how wide the tank is. It would cause my knee braces to dig into my knees and legs. On multiple ride days it would give me a nasty friction burns. Now I have a 4.0 gal tank. should of gotten the 4.7 gal. Once in a while when I do plan a long trip ill car an extra half gal with in some gatoraid bottles or msr bottles.
  3. Pillowcrusher

    Pillowcrusher n00b

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    Long time listener, first time caller here.

    Seeing SubZero's accident post prompted me to finally get off my duff and post on this fine board.

    First off to SubZero, heal up quick my friend, do all the physical therapists tell you to do, then do some more!

    I had almost the same situation back in April on my XR650l, two lane country road, 45mph speed limit (which I was doing) I had a car turn directly in front of me to get to a driveway just as he did. I had no time to react and hit them head on. They said I flew over fifty feet. On the police report were the dreaded words "I didn't see him!" , they were cited for failure to yield, how they failed to see me is a mystery, I want to believe they were on the phone or otherwise not paying attention, but I can't say for sure because I was out cold, woke up right before my back surgery.

    I was wearing ATGATT, but still had two spinal fractures (one requiring fusion), broken knee, torn rotator cuff, and the head strike gave me a bunch of fractured bones in the skull and double vision, back doc said I should have been dead on the road, he believed my size (I'm not a small guy by any means!) and the gear saved my life. I do have an attorney and he is still working my case. I was in the hospital and rehab facility a month and a half, still doing physical therapy trying to get back to work seven months later.(Glad to have an employer that will work with me!) I know it sounds crazy but I want to go back to work, the walls seem like they are closing in sometimes!

    A word of caution to modular helmet wearers, I was wearing a Fulmer Modus, and the head strike sheared the entire flip up section off, if I get back on a bike it will be a one piece helmet for me. (I never saw the car, but they said I caved the roof in.)

    If I get back on a bike remains to be seen, I'm not afraid of it, just don't know how my back will hold up. I've got a Kawasaki ZRX that still calls to me every time I walk by it. The XR is at a friends house, I am not able to fool with it yet but he says it does not look like the frame is bent, if it's OK I might try to get it back on the road, but would be wary because of the severity of the accident, might be selling some parts next year!

    Once the attorney thing is complete I will post up all the details in "Face Plant", was holding off till the legal stuff is over.

    I'm not really a "message board" kind of guy but will post up when I think I have something to add to the conversation, I've got a lot of help since I've been on here and hope I can help others in the future.

    Once again to Sub Zero, heal up quick man!
  4. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    You're right it still is on sale... That's a good price... When it's the same price as the Clarke it makes it kinda hard to dismiss as a less-than-viable option. Unfortunately the tank upgrade is low on my mod-priority list... hope to take care of it sometime next year. When the time comes I'll think long and hard (huh-huh) about the Acerbis vs Clarke. Thanks for the opinions/experiences! For now my big purchase upgrades include a rack (going with a manrack) and some new tires (leaning towards Kenda 270's for the price/reviews... unless I'm steered away?).

    There are alot of smaller priced items that I'll be taking care of soon as deals become available...... Like my new Easton bar and mounts that came in today! :D I can't believe the total cost was around $30... What a great looking bar for that price! Can't wait to mount it!

    Also... Went for my first short ride this afternoon without the smog kit... Bike's riding good... Very happy to have said goodbye to that wad of metal and tubing!!
  5. XR BADGER

    XR BADGER Adventurer

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    For the collective, anyone with USD's not like them? I'm getting ready to either have my suspension gone through and set up by a shop out here, or go with the USD set up. The cost is about the same. The shop leaned towards the stock set up, so now I am even more perplexed:huh any feed back is greatly appreciated.

    Secondary, I am looking for riders in my area, San Fernando valley to ride with. I'm a nOOb, and not sure where to go out here, and really think it might be prudent to travel with others during the learning curve.

    And a big get well soon to sub zero.
  6. WSobchak

    WSobchak MoTard

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    First off: Welcome

    Secondly: Get well soon!
  7. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    I have overall nicely working, revalved, slightly lowered suspension on my xrl. But every xr I've owned, including my 84 500 with very trick USD forks worth as much as the bike itself, love to push the front end. My xrl with the big IMS tank filled up and skyscraper tall suspension is no different.
    I was on a nice little mellow ride the other day, and hit a bit of snow/ice...nothing too bad, but of course the front end washed/dumped instantly.....I was going slow, but the big ole girl with that full IMS tank fell like a redwood :baldy ....and of course the forks twisted bigtime, ended my ride, and I had to ride 30 miles home at sunset with my wheel facing front, and my bars and light facing right :baldy:baldy .

    I would really love to find a way to keep the forks from twisting every time my bike decides it wants to take a quick dirt nap. I suspect the reason they twisted so easy was because I didn't torque them to spec last time I was straightening them from the previous owners spill.
    But I still think they twist way too easy.........

    I'd love some feedback on a reasonably priced fork brace to try, I'm open to all suggestions :wink:

    Besides the fork twist issue and big ass IMS tank high up on the bike, I'm very happy with the suspension....it works great overall for my riding.
    But I need to be able to fall over once in a while without having the front end twist up like a pretzel :lol3
  8. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Ah yes... a fork brace!

    Yet another thing I want to buy, but have no funds for...
  9. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    Sierra Thumper. I have been running the RSWracing.com fork brace. I had the same problem with my L. I changed the springs and oil in the forks along with the brace. It did change the way the bike tracked on the trail. I feel if you work on the internal parts of the forks a brace is a must do. Here is a link http://www.rswracing.com/xr650l.htm
  10. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Keep in mind the xrl is a TALL bike that carries its fuel load high, that 5.8 tank is going to make your bike feel ungodly top-heavy. I'm running an IMS 4.7 gallon according to the previous owner, and even with my bike professionally lowered/resprung/revalved, and me being 6'3", my bike is still too tall and top heavy with the big tank on it. I would NEVER put a 5.8 on unless I was going on an intercontinental adventure ride. You'll never need that much fuel, and the weight and size destroys the handling and fun factor of the xrl off road.
    Might as well just pick up a KLR instead :lol3
    My next tank will be a 4 gallon......and thats what I would recommend for you as well :wink:
  11. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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  12. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    I wish I knew why my mileage has been so bad lately...

    When I first got the bike (with 52/162 jets installed by previous owner) it was getting 50 mpg. Now after rejetting to 55/158 I'm lucky to get 40, usually only 35.

    Part of it is probably that I'm making shorter trips commuting to school instead of longer rides like I was in the summer. Just wish the mileage was better.

    Could the clutch going or valves needing adjustment possibly be part of this?
  13. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    You didn't put the front tire against a tree and twist it back???

    Thats why I'm going with USD's. I'm sick of the front end being tweaked.

    By the time the USD fork swap is done it will have cost me $375.00 for the parts. Subtract the stock forks and wheel that I sold for $200.00. It makes it a very cost effective upgrade for me. :1drink

    :beer
  14. Helipilot

    Helipilot Been here awhile

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    Marko (therealbigman) had some Fork Braces Summers Racing I think that he was selling for a fairly reasonable price. They looked good and have worked great for my 650L. I would recommend him or RSW as Steve (mcma 111) recommended. I think it was a good addition and help to keep you from being launched in different direction if you hit a rock or a big rut.

    Good Luck in your search.
  15. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    You're a very convincing salesman Mental :evil :D I had a sweet set of trick USD's on my xr500r, I have to admit they handled falls WAY better than the conventionals on my xrl, but honestly for my style of riding, they didn't seem to handle any better for me than the revalved/resprung conventionals on my xrl. They were set up for very aggressive fast off-roading tho, and weren't as forgiving as my xrl's. I'm sure that could be tuned out, plus the right USD's would be a great upgrade :D , honestly I just don't want the hassle and expense of the upgrade right now.....I gots to spread my money between 4 bikes :eek1

    Honestly I'll prolly end up going that route anyway tho I suppose.....it seems like I always do :rofl

    I was kinda sore myself after hitting the ice...I tried to tweak my front end back as best I could without getting out the tools, and spend time freezing and sore in the dark dicking with the bike....but after she didn't want to straighten up easy-like, I said screw it and headed home to a warm house, warm shower and some pain relievers :clap
    Not the first time I've ridden a crooked bike home, and won't be the last :lol3

    Maybe a fork brace will help some I hope?.......fingers crossed :evil
  16. Kilroy_1911

    Kilroy_1911 Been here awhile

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    I've got parts in the mail and it feels like early Christmas! Tire, chain, and front sprocket. Bought a jacket and pants on Craigslist as well for a deal too good to pass up.

    I also installed the Tusk grip heaters that were on sale a while back. I wired it up using a relay tapped into the key switch so when I leave the bike I don't accidentally drain the battery. I also fused it at the battery. I used two layers of 1" heat shrink tubing under the left grip for "insulation." The included switch felt cheap so I got a heavy duty on-off-on switch to replace it. Instead of using the giant resistor for low power, I used a flasher. It all works and keeps my hands nicely toasted.

    Bad news though, when I was wiring up the grip heaters I noticed that the frame under the seat was tweaked a bit. I had an encounter with a deer a few months ago, and I assumed that just the bolt on subframe was bent. It's not tweaked much, but the paint cracked and you can see it.
  17. GlockPointer

    GlockPointer NachosRiflesAlchohol

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  18. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    The stock set-up can be much improved. That said I went with USDs and they transformed the handling of my bike. I also did it because it's not that expensive to do. I made money when I did it. They are sweet if you like to go fast. The only area conventional forks better them is in having less stiction. Rocks hounds like conventional (female slider) forks.
  19. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    Cutting the seat down is the best solution for lowering if you only need a little lowering. I had James Renazco make me a 1" lower seat. I'm 5'8" and when I get in the nasty stuff I often stand so I can better balance, move my body and, hopefully, not have to stab. There's a reason why David Knight is good at the killer technical stuff-he's a beast! Hell, I can't flay foot an 80cc MXer, but I do fine on the big pig.
  20. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    Got to meet my first L inmate face-to-face this morning. Passed on an Acerbis fender to Referjohn. Hopefully, I'll get to meet and ride with more and more of you in the coming years.