Been away from the Group for a while. Really busy modding my 98 XRL in the never ending pursuit to make (even) more dirt ready. Fuel filter install (tricky), slots in the countershaft cover wells (clean), new Renthal bars & Pro Grips (nice), Supertrapp IDS2 conversion kit (worth it), and the ultra-time consuming Maier XR style tail light/brake light install & on-rear fender license plate mounting (lots of head-scratching/adapting on the fly with this one, but a bullet-proof install). I'll post some photos of my new rear fender set-up after I get done ridin.' Too many hours in the garage, not enough in saddle! About the time I picked up my latest Chopper in Sep. '03, I happened across this page, www.dirtrodders.com/xr650l/, when I did some searching for the 650L. For me, the L on this site was the template for my bike, with a few twists of my own thrown in. It reminds me of how I modded my old bikes before the www. revolution. When I bought my first bike, I didn't have a computer (that was '95), and I never heard of email or the internet. I relied solely on my own ideas and imagination. Times have really changed. It's been great comparing and sharing tips, tricks & experiences. I definitely have gone further with this bike that I did with any of my previous XL's, and a lot has to do with this group and one's like it. Seems like someone's always got your back because they've already been there and done it. There's quite a 'L'arge fan club out here in the www. world and it seems to be getting bigger with all the messages posted about arguably the best factory dual purpose machine on the planet. It is for me! Just wanted to give a shout out to the group, and I'll be lookin' for other Chopper Gang members at the SD Supercross next Saturday.