Hello Thumper Fans. New guy here with a 97 XR 600R I bought recently. Its titled and street legal here in Colorado. I am starting this thread to introduce myself and sharepictures of my XR.I also hope to make some new friends and learn a bunch more about these amazing XR,s! I have been lurking here daily for a while and finally have my bike.Brian. I am a family man and had to save for about 6 months to get the cash together for this. I had been watching XR600s come and go on Craigs list, paying attention to condition and the prices they went for.My wife and daughters surprised me with the last couple hundred dollars I needed to reach the goal I had in mind.I hit Craigs list hard and after talking to several people selling titled XR600R's I pick the one I liked best and went to look at it. I am so excited driving there, I keep reminding myself how important it is to make the right decision,don't hop on the first one if anything does not feel right.So after a quick adrenalin pumping spin up and down his street I fell in love.....with the first one I looked at. He wouldn't budge on price because I was the first one to come look at it so I gave him his asking price, $1500. I didn't want to go home without it.Here it is.As soon as I get home and get if off the trailer I fire it up, grab my helmet and start riding it up and down the dirt road behind my house.Being the owner of the bike now I felt more comfortable getting a bit crazy with it and noticed it had a stumble/bog in 3rd and 4th gear I hadn't experienced while carefully riding it on the busy city street in front of the sellers house. I did take a quick peek at the air filter before buying it and knew it was dirty but it wasn't bright enough to see it very well. I park it in the garage and take out the air filter and see its a foam washable one,incredibly dirty and beyond saving. I'm starting to think I might have a carb problem but decide to start with the air filter before getting too worried.While working on it I also see I failed to realize the tail light does not work.The brake light works so hopefully its just a bulb. I take out the bulb,hoping to find an 1157 because I have some but no. Its a dual filament bulb with one filament obviously blown but about half the size of an 1157. At leastit has numbers on it.I find the bulb online and order a uni filter at the same time. While waiting for the parts to show up I clean up and keep checking out the bike. I learn about the airbox snorkel while reading here and take my seat off to see if its there or not. As expected the snorkel is already gonebut I see something else that looks like a problem problem while under there.Do you see it? The tail light wires are being pinched between the seat and frame. It looks to me like whoever wired the brake lights in while making this bike street legal ran them over the frame rather than under allowing the seat to pinch and damage them, probably the reason for the blown tail light.I remove the wiring cover and see this is indeed a problem. I have everything I need to fix this in my tool box so I get to work. I cut out the bad pieces, solder the wires back together and seal them with heat shrink tubing then cover them with some protective covers that are meant to protect wires inside fluorescent shop lights. I received and installed the new bulb yesterday, problem solved.Then the air filter. I installed it and it made a huge difference. I went out for a test ride, got it into 5th gear, ran great! No more bog at all at any speed!Last couple things I need before its road ready.Oil and filter.Horn. It must have had one at some point to get plates but no sign of it now.Rear tire. It has a huge Terraflex 140/80/18 on it now. I am going to be riding both street and trail but I want something closer to stock size and safer for the pavement that's not completely useless in the dirt.Future upgrades I will be looking into as I can afford them.Bigger foot pegs. These seem small,size 13 boots.More powerful stator.Brighter headlight.Front Sprocket. The back sprocket was recently replaced but the front looks pretty old and is held on with a c clip. Any suggestions on a good one, preferably something with bolts rather than the clip? A few more pictures. My truck is too tall to fit in the garage so lots of room for the XR.