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

  1. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Vibration? What vibration? Do you NOT balance your tires or something noobish like that?
  2. pwducati

    pwducati Adventurer

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    I do not want to or need to start a "which tire is best" or "which tire size is best" discussion
    But I wonder if one of the inmates using Mefo tires would be willing to measure the rear tire width.
    I know that a tire sold as, for example a 130, can measure less than 130, or it can measure more.
    The question I am asking: is Mefo smaller or larger than the size stated on the sidewall?
    What is the actual size of a rear mounted Mefo?

    One seller of Mefo tires says the 130/80 - 18 is the same as the original rear 4.60 -18 the XR650L was sold with.
    The math says a 130 should measure 5.11 inches.
    The seller says they cannot provide the actual measurement.

    Is someone willing to actually measure a rear mounted Mefo to answer this question?
    If you do measure a tire, please tell me both the sidewall size and the actual measurement.

    Thanks.
  3. Kenno

    Kenno Been here awhile

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    These bikes have almost no vibration to speak of but one of my 600's (same donk almost) used to make my eyes itch with flutter and tingle my toes at high rpm, turned out to be the clutch bush, replaced it and no eye flutter or toe tingle any more, it was bugger all wear on the old bush but obviously just enough to cause throwout, not saying that is your buddies issue though.
    I put grip puppies on to relieve my incorrectly healed broken wrist and that makes a difference by reducing minimal vibration to less vibration.
    The only vibration I have on mine now is the exhaust pulse.


  4. stiggs13

    stiggs13 Been here awhile

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  5. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    A scotts damper and after market bars help a lot in reducing the vibes. afetr a few months of ownership you will get use to it. Its not really that bad.
  6. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    Riding with a buddy who has one, we'd stopped looking at the map or gps. Just setting at idle, one of his mirrors broke off, TINK! :lol3
    It rode nice, easy to move out of the rpm range where the vibes were worst. He's been leading his class in KS hare scrambles on RFS bikes, and 1st finisher of the 1st Dusty Butt 1000 on a GS no less. :nod
  7. camperdad

    camperdad Been here awhile

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    I am prepping two XR650ls for the TAT. I have seen several pictures of gussets reinforcing the rear sub-frame and was wondering how many actually have done it? What type of welding? Arc, Tig, Mig? It is one a small tube so I'm assuming you could cause more harm than good if you burn through it. My frames are fine but just looking to prevent any catastrophic failure. It looks like I will need to remove the batt box, fender and airbox.
  8. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I've been trying to decide,XRL or KLR, after reading pg. 701, and the fact that I bleed Honda Red, I'm gettin' the Honda...SOON.

    Talk about schemin', one of my kids friends needs a good reliable car( which I have and don't want ), so I'm being so kind as to sell it to him.

    Okay, I know, I get a new bike out of the deal, so maybe it's not THAT nice of me

    I'm SO STOKED!! I've wanted an XRL for awhile now, soon I'll have one. Maybe there really is something to this karma thing.:clap:clap

    I'll figure out how to post when I get it.
  9. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    A buddy of mine had one. What a pile of a motor. KTM sure has come along way. That said, the 690 is very buzzy. My stock and especially my CW motor are butter smooth by comparison.
  10. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    The only down side is that chicks dig guys who ride KLRs.
  11. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    CW Tigs his subframe supports and they are a works of art. My buddy just used a wire feed MIG and it turned out fine. He's not a welder by profession either. Just a hobbyist. Speaking of welders I need to get one soon.
  12. my6

    my6 Been here awhile

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    :topes
  13. GlockPointer

    GlockPointer NachosRiflesAlchohol

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    Two down, two tires down on the road.
  14. ford99_1979

    ford99_1979 Adventurer

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    I have a Mefo super explorer 140/80 18 that is half mounted because I'm waiting for a Michelin HD 140 tube to show up. Ill measure when I get the tube and finish changing the tire. Wish me luck. Also changed out the front tire with continental TKC 80.

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  15. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    Actually, I didn't find the vibes too bad, although after a few hundred miles my boney elbows start to sting. My GPS and iPhone definitely weren't digging it either, both freaking out a bit. So, I made the mounts rubber and that problem went away.

    RZ Rob

    There's a bike amid the mess somewhere :huh
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  16. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    My XR650L vibrates horribly on the highway... and my last bike was a BUELL

    :yikes

    Can you give more details about these rubber mounts?
    Where?
    What did you use?
    etc.
  17. pngaudioguy

    pngaudioguy Just...one...more...

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    Looks like he was referring to the rubber mounts that attach the brackets for the phone and GPS. If you look closely you can see them at the bottom (look like grommets of some sort.) I don' think he meant he rubberized the mounts for the engine.
  18. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    I know that I am an outstanding individual but why am I so blessed to have a XRL that does not vibrate?
  19. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    I agree with Fritz, these bikes don't vibrate that bad at all. My rubber mounts were just for the electronics - mimicking the way the speedo is mounted.

    Now, I had an RZ500 once with a separate balancer that was 180 degrees off. That vibrated. :eek1

    RZ Rob

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  20. mendoteach

    mendoteach Long timer

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    Some guy told me that because his brother said so. He had one. I suspected it was bullshit. Now I know:lol3