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

  1. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    Sierra Thumper, I have a 4.0 gal clark tank. I traded a 5.8 tank for it last year. When I traded for the tank I was told it was 4.7 But it wasn't. Maybe you would like to trade your 4.7gal for my 4.0gal tank? We could just pay for shipping for our own tanks. Pm if you want to trade. Ben
  2. XR BADGER

    XR BADGER Adventurer

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    Thanks mendoteach. One reason I am leaning toward the USD set up is that I really did not get this bike to rock crawl, it's a little tall and heavy. And while I am certainly no racer, I do like to run the wider trails and fire roads fairly quick, at least for me. I know the stock set up,modified, has run the baja many times, just seems that the new shocks may have some favorable characteristic . One concern was the ergonomics, primarily rake, being other than stock might cause some adverse steering. Also I am running the Acerbis tank, and want to make sure there is clearance for them, and that the steering stops will work. It does sound like rsw has worked this out for the most part, but it is still a rather pricy chance.
  3. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    Thanks for the info and the link, I was happy to think there was a better price for the tire but it turns out that after fee's and shipping and tax it's going to be about $74.10 OTD (F'n CA tax), unless I spend at least $100 to get the free ground shipping which will make it $65.48 OTD (F'n CA tax) , it's all about the fine print...anyway, I don't NEED the tire just yet but I figured If I can get one on sale now for when I do need it.:deal
    for reference: motorcycle super store $63.99 OTD with the current free shipping with order over $49.
  4. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    I was reading the CRF250L thread and had to laugh. :1drink

    They have named it the LRP after the XR650R BRP. :eek1

    They seem to think it was designed after it or by Gods or something... :lol3


    19HP of fury weighing only 320 pounds and flying around on 8.5"-9.5" of non-adjustable cheap suspension. :deal


    They should call it what it is... A parts bin wanna be or a Fat Slow Piglet at best. :evil


    :beer
  5. flyingwombat

    flyingwombat frozen dead guy

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    I agree with the top heavy-ness when the tank is full. The front end will push pretty hard. However, when the tank only has a couple gallons in it, it carries the weight lower than the factory tank and it handles great. You will probably want to make sure you have an oil cooler because it does probably restrict some of the upper engine air flow.

    I didn't like the installation but now that it's installed, I like the 5.8 a lot. The two things that would be nice are OEM petcocks rather than those cheesy Acerbis petcocks, and a translucent color so I can see how much fuel is left. That said, I haven't had any problems with the Acerbis petcocks after multiple crashes.

    I think if you need the range, it's a great tank. I got it for Baja, where there are plenty of places it's needed but I also put the extra range to good use around here. It's nice not having to interrupt a day of exploring to backtrack to a gas station.
  6. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    19hp?? That seems pretty lame for a 320lb bike IMO. BTW, what is stock HP for the 650L?
  7. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the quick responses and awesome feedback....you guys are great :thumb
    Marko already contacted me with a great deal on an RSW brace that I might take him up on :D

    I do have some concerns on how the brace fits with the fork boots tho.....I assumed they went on no prob, but it seems I've read you have to try and cut up you're boots to make the brace work, or go with another form of fork protection alltogether?

    And Ben you mentioned the brace does change the way the forks work on the trails....what's the change? I'm still debating if this is something I want to do or not. I have no complaints with the suspension now, except how easy the forks twist when you go down....otherwise I'm fine with the current set-up for my style of riding.
    I hate how the front pushes with the IMS tank full, but thats just the price I pay I suppose for the extra range...which I do appreciate :D
    My xr500 with very trick USD's pushed as well.....big honda thumpers and front end push seem to go together like ice cream and apple pie :rofl
    My 500 introduced me to 2 fractured ribs, from 2 seperate medium speed front end wash-outs.
    I've since learned how to better ride these front heavy 4 stroke beasts after coming off 2 strokes :evil
  8. flatfender

    flatfender Been here awhile

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    I wish you well and a full recovery. Your wounds look serious and painful. I hope everything ends up for the better and your suffering is well compensated for.

    I too got pegged by an "I didn't see him" motorist when I was 19. I was pretty stupid back then but somehow I did learn that no matter how many precautions you take there are still those out there that simply don't pay attention to other vehicles on the street.
  9. flatfender

    flatfender Been here awhile

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    I'm curious about the gear you were wearing. For street riding I wear the First gear Rainier jacket and Escape pants and really wonder about the foam pads they claim are crash protection. It's kind of funny that these pads are more than enough for trail riding and the occasional tumble in the rocks. I mean it seams backward, for the street I should be wearing the hard plastic pressure suit and shin/knee guards and for the trail the foam padding is plenty.
  10. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    The previous owner of my L add this fork brace

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    All he did was squish the boots up a little. You can also trim the boots if you don't like the squished look :D

    As far as what the fork brace does trail riding is, it keeps you from being deflected from your path of travel. For instance, if you hit a good size rock, tree root, or get in a rut, the forks wont deflect and knock you off your line (or at least not as much with out the brace). The USD's are stiffer and do the same thing. I find with the fork brace the ruts don't seem to bother me, and once in a rut I can climb right back out with out much issue.

    I'm not a fast rider on the trails, although I can keep up with a quick pace if I need to. I don't ride motocross style although I like to jump a little embankment form time to time, I wont be doing doubles though :eek1 I like to ride spiritedly on paved curves but I'm no knee drager. I find the conventional forks sprung right and a fork brace tow work well for my style of ridding. I had an 05 WR45 before the XRL and loved the USD's for making that thing fly. They were forgiving if you landed wrong. They worked great for fast rough stuff. But I find the conventional forks on the XRL to be a little softer, not as "sharp" on the edges of ruff stuff when taking it at a slower pace.

    Basically, if I'm ridding fast and hard give me USD's. I'd love to put a set on my sons KDX220 :D If I'm just out enjoying the ride on the trail, back roads, playing in some twisties, I'll stay with the conventionals. Although which ever way you go you'll love the difference from stock.
  11. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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  12. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    give it some credit... more like 19 uncorked...

    :beer
  13. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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  14. Sub Zero

    Sub Zero Ice Breather!

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    the 250L disappoints me :cry

    more suspension travel at both ends, and a slightly hotter motor, say, 26hp and Honda would have one sweet little ride. I used to own Hondas first liquid cooled dual sport, the NX250 which produced 26hp to the rear wheel. although it had a 16 inch rear wheel and a 19 inch front with suspension travel about the same as the 250L, it was still a great bike imo geared more towards the street then the dirt. although it did alright in the occasional offroad jaunt. :deal

    i bought mine with 8000 miles on it, and sold it with 25,000 miles. not a single problem with the motor except for 1 spark plug change. :D mine was a 1988

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    and in other news on my road to recovery, i had my doc appointment yesterday and im back to walking on my own again! (barely) :clap the doc lifted my no weight bearing restriction on my right leg meaning i can use it to support my weight now. just cant bend my knee. i still have to wear a brace. I also got scheduled for bone graft surgery on my birthday. (dec 10th) soon as that's over doc said i should be able to bend my knee and walk and jump etc and do everything i normally could before my accident.... as long as i can tolerate the pain i might receive when doing so.

    he was not sure if it would cause pain in my knee riding a dirt bike offroad or not so hopefully things will be ok there. as far as my back, i was prescribed a different spine brace that's not as irritating as the first and was told to come back in 6 weeks to check on progress. hopefully after those 6 weeks the spine brace can come off and i will be back to normal again! :D though technically, after the bone graft surgery, as soon as im off the Oxycontin (heroin) painkillers im on, i can start riding again! :freaky

    thats all i got for now!
  15. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Glad you are recovering well SubZero. Sounds like you are staying positive about it!

    I've been prescribed oxycontin and percocet for my bulging discs in my back, but they don't do anything for me. They say it's supposed to make you drowsy, and instead they give me insomnia. Pretty much sucks when ibuprofen works better for pain than oxy...

    Really? 19hp is all they are making out of a fuel-injected CBR250R motor for the 250L?

    That's less than an old KLR250, isn't it?
  16. chipbl

    chipbl Been here awhile

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    Any issues with mud clearance or rocks getting stuck?
  17. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    Haven't had any so far, been on some trails in the mountains in Colorado and mud out here in the plains and no problems. I wondered that myself when I first got the bike. Now the only time I notice the brace is when I ca actaully climb out of a cow trail rut :rofl
  18. my6

    my6 Been here awhile

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    Sub.....Great to read that you are up and moving around. :clapTake it slow......and easy. I work in a Large Hospital and get to see some amazing things, let the body do it's thing and heal. Ya got plenty of time.
  19. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    On the MSO Honda claims 40HP. I'm sure that is at the crank not the rear wheel.

    Walter
  20. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    Honda claims 29 crank HP for my '87 XR250. It's sure lighter too.

    :beer