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I've caught myself on this forum for the past few weeks reading tons of info on my "new" PIG. I think you guys call them pigs, right? With all of the wisdom I came across, it was a no brainer to register.

I'm no stranger to riding, this is my 4th road/10(ish)th total. This is, however, my first single cylinder street bike and possibly the most red headed of all my children.

Bought this 2001 xr650L for $1100 and only 13,000 miles on it! It needs a ton of lovin, but she runs great!

This will be a learning experience to me, as I have never did much work to any other bike other than oil changes. I plan on changing oil, filters, check fork fluid levels, adjust valves, then completely renovate starting cosmetically.

If there is anything else you guys think I should do (mechanically) that is imperative before using her to commute daily before I start on the seat, gas tank, plastics.... please chime in.

Glad to have found this place!

O Lam


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Check the counter shaft. If its stock then pull it and inspect the spines. My guess is that they will be worn. Lube the CS and replace the sprocket with a XR650R sprocket. 

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Welcome O_Lam.


My 'big red pig', [a.k.a BRP] is also a 2001. I bought it in spring 2002.


It's the only vehicle I bought brand new off the showroom floor. :ride:


Still have it today.


Little did I know just how much they'd be highly praised over the years.

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Thanks jake, I will check the CS, but I'm not sure if it's stock or not. Both sprockets were changed recently (or so I was told) but they are in good condition. I just got all the plastics and seat off last night and FOUND A CRACK IN THE FRAME! It's on the tail section so I'm not that concerned but still going to weld it back together.

Thanks JIM, I'm in love already. Such a low maintenance bike, and cheap to rebuild from what I understand.

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