XRL owners sign in.

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

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ┬┐to post or to ride?

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    8,708
    Location:
    Shenandoah Valley riding wonderland
    Bryce, when you do things, you do things big! You should be able to nurse it back to Corvallis like that, then do it right. Best to ya, man. Happy day after vets day, 11-12-13.
  2. edjo69

    edjo69 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    261
    Location:
    Ft Collins
    I have found conflicting:baldy photos of which hole to use on the upper engine mount for the tube cross member provided with the tank. Some videos show using the back most hole, the acerbis direction show the forward most hole. Have seen threads using either or, Does anyone know the proper hole to use, front or back???????:baldy
  3. 6xMonsters

    6xMonsters Turd Ferguson

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2013
    Oddometer:
    42
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    I used the one on the directions... Maybe that's why my xrl broke! :rofl
  4. joexr

    joexr Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Oddometer:
    5,025
    That's kind of a personal preference , but I prefer the front hole. Ask your girl what she prefers.:lol3
  5. Wookazoid

    Wookazoid Tree Basher

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    651
    Location:
    Goobertown, Arkansas
    I had to go out and look at mine with a flashlight. I realized I didn't use that part at all. When I installed my tank, I couldn't push my tank down over it, or at least I feared I would damage the tank. The stock tank "bumpers" provided a snug fit so just use my rear mount and the "outriggers" that come up off of the air shroud mounts on the frame (I recommend Loc-Tite on those fasteners). I've ran it like this for two years on some rough trails including the mountain passes in Colorado and have not had any issues with the tank moving around. Guess I should have done like you and asked the XRL Brain Trust on here how to cope with that!

    Greg
  6. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot not due to my brain injury

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25,359
    Location:
    Romaniacs 2019
    does anybody know what the best winter oil is?





































    :hide
  7. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    14,035
    Location:
    Helltown
    I tried both. Neither worked so the bracket is sitting in my parts bin.

    It didn't matter fore or aft. When mounted it wouldn't let the tank sit down far enough for the lower brackets to reach the mounting holes and to rest on the rubber mount supplied with the tank.

    I posted a diagram a couple(dozen) pages back. Here it is. I didn't include the rubber spacer in the drawing. This is where the spacer would be sitting if the tank was forced over it. Its not supposed to be pulled apart that far. I'm sure vibration would wear a hole(s) in the tank in no time at all.

    [​IMG]
  8. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,419
    Location:
    Donald, Oregon
    This is where I put it on mine. I doubt it will make much difference if you put it on the other bolt.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Walter
  9. Haywood

    Haywood Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Oddometer:
    412
    Location:
    Chula Vista,CA (spittin' distance from Baja)
    After much time studying that bracket, in either hole, I came to the same conclusion, that it would eventually eat a hole in the tank. I have been running without it for several years now with no problems.
  10. Mero

    Mero Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2013
    Oddometer:
    309
    Location:
    Olympia, WA
    I have a shit load of parts i've taken off my bike. hoping to make some room in the garage.
  11. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,419
    Location:
    Donald, Oregon
    That is why I made the plastic plugs for the end of mine. You can see one in this picture.

    [​IMG]

    Walter
  12. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,162
    Location:
    Way down in the southern lands

    Just hit one, she will get use to it. :rofl
  13. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Oddometer:
    829
    Location:
    CA
    And here I am waiting for my riding season to START...it's going to be almost 80 degrees tomorrow and everything is dry,loose and dusty!
    I like it wet,tight and no dust.:lol3
  14. Wookazoid

    Wookazoid Tree Basher

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    651
    Location:
    Goobertown, Arkansas
    Whew! I thought I was the only one that had that problem. I was worried about it rubbing a hole in my tank as well. I considered putting some kind of rubber plugs on the ends, but the interference was so great, I just decided not to even try it. The stock rubber tank "pads" do a great job of securing the tank anyway. Just make sure you don't get any wires pinched in between them and the tank. I had a hot wire running through there going to my GPS and did a very poor job of routing it. Came in to work one day and my bike was smoking from under the tank! Didn't take long to figure out my problem after pulling the tank... wished I hadn't just filled the thing up though.

    Greg
  15. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    14,035
    Location:
    Helltown
    Rubber plugs aren't the issue. I had the stock plugs on my bracket like the directions say to use.

    The issue is vertical clearance of the bracket to the tank. If you notice in my sketch the bracket is up into the narrowest portion of the tank, not the next widest section below where its supposed to fit and help keep the tank from lateral movement. There is a recess with ears fore and aft on the tank at that spot made specifically for the bracket to rest/fit into.
    On some installations it doesn't work. Can't explain why but it doesn't.

    I even smashed the tube bracket in to an oval shape hoping it would help lower the tank. No go...The tank was still about 1/2" too high.
  16. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    14,035
    Location:
    Helltown
    If the two metal brackets that connect to the wing mounts were 1/2" longer the inside bracket would fit in its recess on the tank perfectly...but then the tank wouldn't be resting on the rubber stop on top of the tank. Catch 22...
  17. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    7,668
    Location:
    Cypress, Tx

    Brown colored oil.
  18. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot not due to my brain injury

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25,359
    Location:
    Romaniacs 2019
    Earth brown or chocolate brown
  19. 6xMonsters

    6xMonsters Turd Ferguson

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2013
    Oddometer:
    42
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ok, here's the situation. When they got the bike, the fired it up to give it a listen and heard the knocking I reported. Their first step was to start adding oil to see what its level was. They were apparently able to add around 1.5 quarts to it! This means the top end is likely fried to a significant degree.

    There's a fair chance I'm a moron, and I can cope with that as long as I can figure out this mystery. The Honda tech said there was no residue on the exhaust that would indicate the bike burns significant oil, and no indication of leak anywhere else. The bike is garage kept and there is no oil on my floor. It has 2400ish miles on it, with less than 2k on the current oil change. I've never smelled burning oil or seen smoke come from the bike ever. It's a brand new 2013 and I can't figure out where 70% of the bike's oil went over the course of one month of riding and why there was no indicator that it was burning up (smell or smoke). As I said in my first post, I checked the oil in the parking lot after I pulled over. It was leaned on the stand, which I know can give a skewed reading, but at only 30% oil, I would think I would need to lay the bike almost on its side just to register oil level on the dip stick. Does this bike really burn THAT much oil even when new? Am I the dumb one for not checking it every day?

    Another bump in the road with this problem is the dealer I took it to is changing owners and is not doing warranty or service work, meaning I need to go pick it up and drop it off at a different one on the other side of town and work with a bunch of new guys on getting it up and running. I'm going to still try and get it warrantied because I'd prefer not to pay a thousand dollars. Worse case, I'll just be mad for a little while and probably drunk for a few days after I fork over all that money. I love my XRL and just want the damn thing working again. I hate driving a car.

    I'll post more updates as they come about the full problem. I'm going to try and get pictures of the parts. They have to send them off to Honda anyway to make a decision on the warranty. :cry
  20. 6xMonsters

    6xMonsters Turd Ferguson

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2013
    Oddometer:
    42
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Unrelated to my above post, what do you guys think of the racks by TCI Products? I've been eyeballing this one since before I got the XRL: https://tciproductsusa.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=144_150_152&products_id=746

    I planned on ordering used pelicans on eBay for the side cases for when I need the load up for travel. The rack appears to only mount to the subframe, so I also looked around for supports and found these: http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-motech-sub-frame-support-arms-honda-xr650l-silver

    Thoughts?