Anybody ride an XR650L?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by el mirón, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    FWIW... In the Washington Post classifieds, there is someone selling a 2004 XR650L. The ad says, "Dirt/street legal, low 2400 miles, Never Offroad! All Street Miles, Only $4299-call 301-785-2383."
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  2. RLK

    RLK RLK KLR

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    I bought a 99 in Jan of 2000 and sold it in Sept 2003 when I was unemployed and needed cash.

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    Aside from the small fueltank and heavy rearend with the battery and stock muffler it was a fantastic bike. I miss it a lot. I wished it had a kickstarter backup to the electric starter. I got it over 100mph once. I don't need to ride that fast.

    R versions are faster and lighter but for my riding I like the big brake light, turn signals and spedometer. Must have items in traffic.
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  3. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    There already is a thread on the XR650L luggage setups. Look here. There is a pic of the cheapie steel rack I bought.
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  4. Tslapper

    Tslapper #!

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    I had to register to show mine off. Been lurking around here all winter.

    Here's mine. Bought it last year and have completely trashed it in every mud hole it shouldn't have gone into. I've also managed to have one heck of a time on the pond out back with some friends this winter.

    Anyway, just chiming in. I'm having a blast on this thing as my second bike. We have alot of dirt roads and fishing is good so 2-3 day back country trips on the XR are a great way to decompress.

    Mods: I've still got to get rid of the cast iron stove but I want a quiet pipe (those days are over) and a bigger tank. Leaning toward the IMS.

    I ran some MT21's last year and liked them well enough. Will run them again this year.


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  5. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Tslapper, welcome to Adventure Rider!

    Maybe you could supply a little more info regarding your luggage rack(s) on your XR? What brand?

    I have an IMS tank and am happy with it. I did have to fabricate two new support pieces for the front because the supplied metal "brackets" looked pretty weak for the long-haul. I have a friend with the Acerbis 5-gal tank and he likes it except he cannot turn lock-to-lock because of his aftermarket bars/top clamp. Otherwise, the extra capacity seems to be worthwhile. I may switch to the Acerbis for long trips.
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  6. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    welcome tslapper, damn, studs, post some pics in motion! did you make those side racks? very sano but do they bother your leg? nice bike!
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  7. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer Supporter

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    The L tops my short-list for a 2nd bike, should I ever get one.
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  8. Tslapper

    Tslapper #!

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    Thanks!
    Yeah, I made the tail rack too. It's all bolted together but it's been 12 pack tested. In fact, a 12 pack of our local favorite was used to dimension the thing. You can guess my bike is the mule on outings. The side rack thing was an idea after I borrowed a friends MIG welder. Would do it a bit different if there was a next time. They don't bother my legs and there's lots of clearance for sit down style riding. I'm still looking for the panniers. Maybe some bags will do. Aerostich has some I like but costs some bucks. If I'm going out on single tracks or anywhere else that I might be playing hard, I'll definitely take them off. It's pretty quick to remove them, 4 bolts.

    Wish I had pics of us on the ice this winter. We made a killer 1/8 mile track. Spent a some time sliding next to my XR thinking I could still save it. Here's some more pics of the thing if you want to waste some time. Next winter I'll get pics of us racing on the ice. I finally broke down and bought a digital camera. The ice is just too much fun. I'm 6'4" so I can put my knee into the side of the tank and hold the bike up sliding around corners. Damn thing's heavy.

    You know, the funny thing is, I'm done with all out enduro riding because I'm 44 and this bike was supposed to make me slow down a little and maybe not take it places I shouldn't be going. That didn't really work out. Heavy but very capable and has gone everywhere my buddies DRZ400 has. Course I was close to a heart attack a couple times slogging around in the mud.

    http://st-mainiacs.com/digi/viewer.php?albid=6&stage=1
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  9. minnjim

    minnjim Been here awhile

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    1. The Corbin seat. At first I was turned off on this idea, but it seems they will color-match it to your bike so it does not stick out like a sore thumb.

    I have a '93 XRL with a Corbin on it. It doesn't stick out at all. It's a lot more comfortable than the stock seat, but it's slippery and slopes too much (for me) to the front. Not a bad thing on trails, but on road stretches, I have to keep repositioning myself to the rear. And it's HEAVY! If that weren't enough, I put a 4 gallon IMS tank on, and the front of the seat rubbed on the back of the tank. To resolve this, I drilled out rivets in the front of the seat to get at the base. I then removed enough of the base fiberglass with a Dremel tool to allow a non-interference fit. Not exactly plug'n'play!
    If it sounds like I hate Corbin, I don't. I have one on my TDM, and on my V-strom, and have been very satisfied with those items.
    Knowing what I know now, if I were in your position, I would seek out a Mayer, Russell or other solution. But not Sargent! (don't get me started....)
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  10. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    The XRL now has 349 miles on it, with one oil change under it's tank. I'm tasking it out to the Mtns. this weekend for it's first camping trip since the rebuild. To Add my .02 to a few questions ask earlier, I submit the following.
    TIRES: I like the Dunlop "Trailmax". I run mostly on rode and they grip well, and do two backs to one front usually.
    SEAT: I have a Corbin & Love It!!! It is with out a doubt the BEST thing I have done to my XRL. Before, 100 miles and I was hurting in the Arse area, but the Corbin stopped all of that stuff!
    LUGGAGE: I have a "Pro-Moto Billet" rear deck rack on mine, and like it very well. I also run the Ortlieb "Soft Dry Bag" Saddlebags. They work very-very well. I had to Fab a "U" shaped brace that bolts to the 2 exhaust mounting bolts, and fits under the side cover. It keeps the side cover OFF the Pipe!
    I have the Clarke 4.7 and doing my "Saving Gas" type of riding, I usually get around 200 miles per tank without going to reserve yet. I use the 200 mi. mark as when I need gas.
    All in All, I LOVE THIS THING! Dust city traffic, and rail through the corners !

    Boojum!
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  11. Tslapper

    Tslapper #!

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    Yeah, a Corbin is in the future. I've been using them for a long time on other bikes and they work well for me. I plan to take the beast up to Goose Bay (hoping next year) and i'll have one before that trip.

    Good to know they will make them in other colors.
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  12. rookiller

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    here i post some pics from a friends XR from France.

    He love the XR and i met him on a KTM in OZ in 1999. All the time he is sitting on a Honda.

    Thats why he looked for this hot babe to do the canning with her and me and my KTM i will buy ( at the moment i ve no one:-( )

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  13. winterhk

    winterhk *Disminuya Su Velocidad*

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    Howdy All,

    New around here, but lurk now and again lusting over other's bikes & adventures...

    I have an XRL and like it fine. It fits the wallet, but ultimately I would love to have a smaller trail bike and a DL1k or GS for the long stuff.

    I have the following:

    WB E-Series pipe, Uni filter, Clarke 4.7 tank, Dual-Star heated grips, Moose Aluminum CR-Hi Bend, stock carb jetted (Keihin 58/165), drilled (5/32"), shimmed (.035"), XRs Only Oil Dipstick Thermo, hardwired GPS V/Touratech Mount, Acerbis handguards/spoilers, ProGrip 714 gel, Ken Sean DS folding mirror, 14t/48t Sunstars, dirt-bike-gear.com number and fender bags, IMS smog kit

    Carb Mods http://www.4strokes.com/tech/honda/xr650lcarbmods/ if you haven't done this yet, you really MUST

    Tires are currently: D606 front/ Kenda TrakMaster II rear
    Off-raod they hook up great. On-road, the front is fine, but the howl off the rear is really obnoxious over 60. I will be going to a trailwing or something before any long road miles.


    In the near future: dirtbagz or similar(ly inexpensive) luggage, tank panniers, windscreen, bar risers, maybe a Corbin seat & maybe highway pegs. I'm riding the Great Divide in July, so I need some more comfort. I'll probably also go back to stock gearing. I wish this stuff wasn't so expensive, cuz I want it all!

    For info I like the XRLug YahooGroup, 4strokes.com, & thumpertalk.com

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  14. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    I had D606's front and rear. Got 5k on front, 2.5k on a rear. I put a TKC80 on front, and it makes a tremendous difference on the paved twisties. Braking is better. I have not tried dirt on it yet, I hope it sticks. I don't know what rear to get - MT21 (wear out fast?); A Kenda 270; Maxxis C6006; or another D606. Any advice?

    But DO NOT GET A TRAILWING. There's a reason why they are called "Deathwings" on Thumpertalk and the other sites you mentioned.
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  15. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    winterhk, looks like you have the perfect bike for northern AZ, nice XR!
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  16. winterhk

    winterhk *Disminuya Su Velocidad*

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    Murg,

    Thanks for the welcome!

    I have a deathwing that I used for quite some miles and kinda liked actually. It is wearing very well too. It's slides on dirt were very predictable. I haven't put it back on since getting the Kenda, but I may for long road sections.

    I have heard that either the MT21 or the 606 rear tosses lugs at temp on the road...:eek1 be careful. I think, aside from the road howl, the Kenda is the way to go. It is super-aggressive and really cheap online.

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  17. winterhk

    winterhk *Disminuya Su Velocidad*

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    :D Grassy-ass amigo... I love it. My ZX9R is lonely and building resentment by the minute as it's been so warm here.

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  18. deerslayR

    deerslayR Spodely Adventurer

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    Put the D606 on that bike. 16lb/sq.in. in the dirt(make sure you use rim locks) and 22-26lb/sq.in. on the road. You'll be lovin' it.
    "Hums" a bit over 60 mph, but lasts 4-5 k miles and actually works in the wet
    if you ride "reasonably".
    Don't know why you only got 2.5k on the rear. Inflation on the road is essential IMHO. I ride VERY conservatively on the pavement, but let it go in the dirt. MT21's wear too fast. 270's are scarey(to me) on pavement. No experience with the Maxxis.
    Advice on the trailwing is correct. I'd sooner put Avon Gripsters on my bike. At least they don't come with unannounced "surprises".

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  19. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Long timer

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    Part of the problem is the brake line. A stainless steel line stiffens it up quite a bit.
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  20. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    From what I've read, and what others have told me, 2.5k on a rear D606 is good. :scratch They DO wear very fast when chasing those BMW's on the twisty pavement through Poudre Canyon at 30+ over the limit...
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