Anybody ride an XR650L?

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

  1. schwuller

    schwuller lnd rovers + airhead

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    for my first post, why not start at the BOTTOM? one of my stupidest moments. a few years ago it was time to buy a dirtbike. i began my research. what sort of rider am i? long long distances, slow-ish, safe-ish, and do much my own wrenching. hmmm....how about a reliable and easy to work on honda xr650l? no no, i cant buy that or my harley-riding uncle will laugh me right out of the next family picnic. i found a used ex-racing husqvarna 390 2 stroke. classic cred, big power, light. now thats gonna impress people! on my first ride, my friend brought along his beat up xr650l. hahahaha, i thought, i cant even hear it--is it running! does that thing have a cupholder! just bring a car next time! bland!
    he proceeded to ride rings around me. and looked a lot more comfortable than me doing it. mind if i give it a try, i asked. the xrl started on the first or second kick...whereas mine normally required millions. god was it smooth, and easy. a few months later, i sold the husky.
    now, of course this does not really mean much. a noob bought the wrong bike for his riding style and abilities, a bike set up by and for someone totally different. happens all the time. however, that xrl struck me as a very honest, sweetheart of a bike that would take you almost anywhere. its not going to impress anyone...but the owner. i would buy one....but i am buying a ktm. (<--he has learned NOTHING).
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  2. rrittner

    rrittner Expand your sphere of awarness

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    I've done a few upgrades to it. One thing I really like is when I crash I just pick it up and it runs the only thing I've ever broken is my brake lever. I would like a new bike or a more updates design (Watercooling?) but hey, like previous posts the bike is so reliable.

    Heck even the upgrades are cheap!

    My bike at Dewey bridge this past spring.

    <a href="http://s656.photobucket.com/albums/uu285/rrittner/?action=view&current=HPIM1650.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-photobucket-images/images/r/rrittner_HPIM1650.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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  3. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    50,000 miles on my 06xr650l and still going strong!
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  4. 2dogz

    2dogz n00b

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    Kuiak, what size is that tank, is it custom built?

    Like your work!

    2 Dogz
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  5. Tundra rider

    Tundra rider expatriate Yooper

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    that thing is crazy looking. good on road offroad?:huh
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  6. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    hi, yea i welded up the tank to hold 7.2 gallons of fuel. its great for when you get lost up in the hills!
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  7. Stinky

    Stinky Team Hematoma

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    Kubiak- That is awesome! Can you give us a total list of mods?
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  8. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    I don't think he can do it. That bike has had so many different looks and functions. Ask him to post a pic of that same bike when he had it down to around 300lbs. Kubiak has the best xr650l on this site for sure. Ben
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  9. 2dogz

    2dogz n00b

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    Kubiak - It would be great to some more photos of this great bike without the Bags. Like the ideal of no side panels, how did you finish the airbox?
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  10. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    Ill answer for him because I have ask him before. He cut down the stock side fenders. so it still uses the stock air filter location. Search around for some more of his pictures. He has done some amazing mods to that bike. Ben
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  11. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    thank you guys for the compliments!!!! i will try to get more pics up. i have to search around for pics. sorry if i dont respond quickly, i jump on the computer off and on during the day for a few minutes at a time to check out all the great bikes and info!heres a pic of the bike as of last week. i made some crash bars out of a few luggage racks i found at the local motorcycle salvage yard. when my bike goes down it used to hit my tank once in awhile so now im all good!
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  12. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    kubiak,

    that is the sweetest XRL...have a template for that tank?
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  13. VO1MX

    VO1MX Been here awhile

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    That thing is so sweet :nod
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  14. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    no i threw the cardboard away after i cut the sheet metal lol! each tank i make is a suprise to myself, i kind of know what i want then start cutting and welding.
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  15. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    heres a pic of the crashbar after i added two cross bars up and down yesterday.
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  16. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    heres a pic of the dash
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  17. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    LOVE IT!....Im all about the total customization of the bike...individuality and usefullness, dan, you should get in touch with this guy to get some parts made he he!
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  18. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    heres a pic of my last gas tank it was 6.2 gallons compared to my 7.2 gallon i have on now. i sold it about a month ago.
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  19. Ben99r1

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    I don't know what am doing but am going to go buy a welder. Kubaik like always the bike looks bad ass. Ben
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  20. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    my welder is my favorite toy in the shop. endless things to make with one!