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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.
Flitz said '' Barry''.
Auto correct snafu, no doubt...
You say I’m blowing things outta the water but you state that you are changing out the oil every third ride. Compare that to thousands of miles and literally hundreds of rides. No.
It takes the same amount of time to change the oil on a WR, DR or a XR. The 10-20 minutes it takes to remove a drain plug or two, dump the oil and replace then remove 3 or bolts, change a filter and replace is not an issue to me at a once in a 3-6-12 month interval. It will be if I’m doing it every third, fourth or umpteenth ride. No.
Don't be so hard on yourself.
That's on his 300...
You just don't want to get sucked in. Can't blame ya. An old bike is the last bastion of defense for not keeping up.
If you only knew...
I want 3K mile changes. Long valve check intervals or at least easy screw type adjustments if they are not long like the WRs. I want fairly light. I’m a short fugger with a 30 inch inseam and I want a fairly wide ratio gear box. At 50yrs of age with several fused vertebra,,,,, keeping up ain’t high on my list. To be honest, I might wanna add the XT250 to the list........
That's cool; you know what you want. That kiwi's bike went over 40k without needing any valves adjusted, but no worries... seriously... those bikes can be dangerous anyway. Tame and heavy to play it safe.
Why not just get another L and throw your list away? There's one in FL in the flea market for a good price with USDs and such.
I saw it and I saw the one in Cali with the engine mods and I would love to buy either one but shelling out 4-5K right now ain’t in the cards so I have some time to think. I really would like lighter so the WR and DR really get my attention.
Seriously, a DR350 modded with a 440 kit, cam, pumper carb, 250 gear box and some suspension mods looks like my dream bike. Throw a HO Stator in it, modern LED lighting to save more wattage and throw more light and spend a little time, money and effort into weight reduction and damn.....
Others have different dreams though and that’s fine.
It'll provide a project to work on. That's gotta be worth something.
No retrofitting here either, but we have had the codes since '74, when Cyclone Tracey wiped out Darwin.
Makes sense. It usually takes some event to motivate these things. They've had codes for years, but they keep getting progressively stricter and stricter as things happen.
you’ll be close to that if you start with a half-decent DR (97-99 SE) and do all the big bore, trans, suspension, and carburetor stuff right. may as well get a pig and be thrilled with the torque and infinitely better suspension right out of the box. add the other stuff as you can afford it, if you’re feeling feisty.
source? sold my well-farkled DR and bought an XRL from @mcma111 a few months ago. never looked back.
I've got one of my great grandfather's. I'll have to measure it, but probably 15-18". It must have been part of a model T tool kit. Almost 4 generations later it still works fine. That's indestructible. Way too large and heavy to carry on a bike. It is cast iron. Sometimes I still use it.
My great grandfather died in the seventies.
Tomatoes to Oranges
Got a chance to ride a coworkers KTM 990 SM, thing is a blast. XRL is fun to rally in the city but the KTM would get me in trouble for sure
There's a really nice XR400 over at Lake Murray that I've been watching for a little while. I think its a good price. It's just about midway between you and me. If I knew I wasn't about to have to write the IRS a check I'd be riding it right now. I've never owned a 400 but a buddy of mine that used to have a few says I'd love it.