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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.
Let us know in about a months time if the tank stickers have started to bubble.
To this day I am still amazed I did this a long time ago ( age 16 or 17 ). I rode a TS 185 with rusted stiff, frozen solid rear shocks off road for most of the day once and at high speeds. The rear end was jumping back and forth like a cats tail. I could have been killed. Ah those were the days.
I miss every 2 stroke I've ever owned (except my suzuki GT550...it was a dog).....I loved my 2 strokes. I've owned over 100 machines, and the majority of them were 2 strokes, street and dirt bikes. I think the 2 stroke engine was the best design ever invented, I wish I could stick a 2 stroke engine in my XR-650L......that would make me one happy camper.
In fact I think I might research it a bit, we don't have bike inspections of any kind in my state, so as long as the frame is street legal and plated, they don't care what engines in it.
I've got my fingers crossed
Before I put the decals on, I cleaned the hell out of the tank with soft scrub, then soaked it with Bleche White whitewall tire cleaner and scrubbed more...the tank looked better than it has in years I think. I found out through experimentation that if you wax the tank and stop it from breathing, it'll start turning yellow bad within weeks. You need to keep the tank surface cleaned.....the better it breathes, the more gas fumes come out through the tank, instead of being trapped in the plastic.
I've never had a white tank from new, so I don't know if regular cleaning with soft scrub or Bleche White would keep the tank white, or just slow down the yellowing process tho.
The XR's only decals are perforated with holes all over and very close together...pretty much swiss cheese from my experience with similiar type decals in the past, they handle the gas fumes through plastic very well. One guy on thumper talk said his XR's decals were going on 4 years with no issues, and his pics looked great.
I will keep you guys informed tho
The KTM500EXC is a 50 state legal dual sport.
Say whaaat?? Its not a 2 stroke is it? With about 60rwhp and weighing about 250#'s less fuel? And its a dual sport?? HOT DAMN!!!! I obviously haven't been keeping up with my bike info I have no clue how a gem like that slipped by me :eek1
Sounds like one of my street bikes will be going bye bye this spring to make way for something orange
I'll never get rid of the xrl tho
I give some serious props to the EXCs. especially the 500EXC. a few months ago I rode with a guy who had one brand new bone stock. surprisingly very quite bike too for all the ass he was haulin on that thing!
I get a funny feeling in my stomach every time I think about a CR500 dual sport. Someday...
Moving the cam gear a whole tooth is too course. Maybe Cycle Wizard can weigh in on clearances for you. He's a Michigan guy too. We need to convince him to make a trick, adjustable sprocket. As is you have to slot it. Get a good carbide bit and have at it.
All the mags say the 500EXC is incredible. Amazing even. I see it more as a dirt bike with blinkers, than a small adventure bike. The problem is how comfy will it be after days or weeks of riding? The L fills a very special spot for me as the largest, comfiest bike that can ride single track easily. Anything bigger is a super pig and anything smaller is too strung-out, hyper, cramped etc. Also, it ain't gonna be an L when it comes to maintenance. You can have a Wattner level L for less money and they are way more rare and cool! Just depends on what you're shooting for. To connect trails or ride to OHV areas without a pick-up, hell yes! It's your machine. For multi day dirt biking adventuring?..not so sure.
500EXC IS amazing. If you ride tight fast whoopy stuff. I rode one in Colorado Springs. Just on, EFI, brakes like a slutty Christian, suspension like a fat chick.
I have the same ones on mine-it came to me that way. They don't bubble because the stickers are perforated. Only the edge has lifted a little isn't even enough to be trimmed. I've had the bike almost 3 years now and they didn't look new when I bought it.
one of my regular riding buds came home with this yesterday. fuel injected, plated from the factory. had 147 miles on it apparently hadn't seen dirt. used words like orgasmic after he rode it. i haven't ridden it yet, but can't wait.
Must admit that looks nice, but double the cost of a new XR650L
I see how it is. Trying to poison the well with the Orange Kool Aid.
MSRP $9899.00 and 250lbs dry.
I like the simple rear suspension set up Too. Good dealer support as well.
But, would you want to do a SHOOTERDAVE style fifty state tour on one of these? Or even spend all day on that bike?
So as stated before the mechanic (me) and the cam are retarded
So modded my timing gear to get about 7 degree of adjustment or more both ways +/- from zero, man is that steel HARD the carbide burrs in my die grinder worked great but a hand file or average drill bit will only scratch it.
So several cam degreeing runs later I got this
Intake 103.25 Exhaust 104.75
Intake 104 Exhaust 105.5
Looks legit to me within 1.25 deg on the worst difference so time to tear it down for some more clay on the piston.
There was no way in hell I was going to remove the cam sproket so devised a way of getting the cam and sproket out without removing the bolts (bit of a pita but worth it). re clay the piston and re assemble the top end rotate 360 cam degree and tear down again.
What I found was not unexpected but not what I wanted either, the Exhaust valves now have about .150 clearance BUT the intakes are at bout zero zilch Nada :huh
So not trusting myself I checked everything again cam timing and piston valve clearance the cam timing was spot on from the previous runs but the cay check showed .90 Intake and .105 Exhaust so i dd it all AGAIN
sure as shit it came out with the same valve timing and the .105 Exhaust .90 intake... must of spun the motor backwards the first time I did the clay check sence indexing the cam.
Thanks for the help guys!
here is a pic of the cam sprocket
me and my kit for a 3 day trip weigh 330lbs
I am thinking of upgrading the rear shock with a custom made 13.5 spring from Cannonracecraft
Then the front springs from procycle - Race Tech Fork Springs - http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/xr650l.html
Which strength must I take , .6 or .7 or .8