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

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Not too soon, it's still Winter. Class-action suit against Punxsutawney Phil. Snow is falling and several inches on the ground. Dash looks good.

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  2. dtchdgr

    dtchdgr OldGoat

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    Thanks mcma111. As usual, You are the Man!!
  3. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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  4. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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  5. Mybrainheadache

    Mybrainheadache Adventurer

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    Hey all...yes..a NOOB here so I'm prolly breaking some rule by posting this here...check out the Flea Mkt...I just listed my Emig top and bottom clamp and complete 2003 CR Front end....

    Don't be Hatin'
  6. ThumpnRed

    ThumpnRed Pig Wrangler

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    I got to picking at the wiring harness tonight. One thing lead to another and before I knew it, I had the whole mess unwrapped from the headlight back to the airbox. What a mess! Mr. Honda did a great job building bikes, but he needed to fire the meathead who designed their wiring harnesses.:lol3 I managed to get the wires from the airbox up to the steering head rewrapped (in a brand new piece of that plastic accordion tubing shit:evil) Now I have to sort out the mess behind the headlight. It doesn't help that there are several years worth of my splices and crap mixed in.
  7. kenny61

    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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  8. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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  9. guinnessextreme

    guinnessextreme Adventurer

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    I just started in on cleaning up the harness. I started behind the headlight. since all my safeties are gone, the diode and all associated wiring are gone, rerouted some wires in the connectors and am in the process of wrapping it all up. I'll have some pics shortly. I know it still starts :clap It better effing run:eek1

    aftermarket headlight btw
  10. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    Help a brother out.....

    I've got my DR up for sale or trade and was thinking about a street legal XR650R or a 650L....what are the pros and cons, basically?

    Should I be concerned with the over heating issue during Georgia summer rides of the XR?
    Can I get electric start on an XRR?

    I want to get a little more aggressive off road, but like the idea of japanese reliability.

    Thanks for your thoughts! :clap
  11. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    Having owned both, the XRL came out on top.

    The XRR has the aluminum frame and water cooled, but lacks the electric start and while one just needs to "learn" the XRR starting procedure, it can leave one sweaty and sore. Also, the XRR is still a pig. It's no CRF (I have one of those too).

    I like the XRL because it's so competent. It'd be my RTW choice. Sure it's a pig too, but it's no GS1200 Adventure. It's a very capable bike.

    RZ Rob

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  12. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    I think E-starts on the XRR are pretty much a thing of the past. Often tried but never really worked well or I would have one.
  13. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    I may have to look for the XRL, I want a beast off road that is reliable, especially for Georgia summers...the electric is nice....

    The other concern is the overheating of the L...

    Are the XRRs hard to kick to life?

    Thanks
    :D
  14. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I think so, too. It would be great for me solo. Do you think you'd change your mind if you were going to carry your lady on the back two-up? I'm having second thoughts. Passenger comfort isn't so great as-is, and there'd be little room left for gear...

    Say, do you remember what rear tire that is on the XRR in the pic with the beautiful mountains and lakes? Looks like a good gripper.
  15. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    That describes the XRL to a T.
    :D
  16. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    Anybody know of XRL for trade?? :evil

    How is the suspension set up on these bikes, compared to the DR? I've read the stock suspension is better on the XRL...I rode my DR and felt like it was kind of hitting me back.
    I also like how tall the XRL is....:D
  17. Gone14s

    Gone14s Been here awhile

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    Like night and day.......XRL baby!

    Kurt
  18. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    If you're the kind of rider who likes to drag both feet, you'll be disappointed. But if not, and you like flying over bumps, you'll be pleased.
  19. mrfixit54016

    mrfixit54016 Wisconsin Dual Sporter

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    How tall are you? It is easier for a short guy to fit on a DR. Short people struggle with the XR650L until they work the seat and and maybe add a lowering link. The engines are good on both bikes. But the XRL will still feel more like a street legal dirtbike than the DR will.

    Long, easy dirt roads are a pleasure on either one. But the suspension on the XRL will always win with a serious off-road rider once you head off onto knarlier terrain.

    My brother on his DR and me on my XRL.

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  20. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    I'm 6 1, fairly long legged...at least my Tiger thinks so...I do like the DR, but I'm really wanting a bike that's one step closer to a sweet ride in the dirt, and reliable.