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  1. I'm changing the linkage bearings on my 2000 XR650R for the first time. I've got the triangular linkage out and have removed everything except the cases of the needle bearings. All of them were rusted and dry with no grease left. I've tried tapping with a 1" round bar but they won't budge. I don't want to hit them too hard- what is the recommended removal procedure? I don't have a press. Mike
  2. I just noticed that my rear tire is rubbing the exhaust. It seems the subframe has shifted to the left. Is there a way to bend it back? Thx Mike
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    Grabby clutch issues on XR650R

    Thanks for all the replies. The clutch basket fingers did not appear to have notching. Visually you could see where it is starting to notch, but it;s only a few thou dep at the moment. I put everything back together and the clutch works much better than before; I'm assuming one of the plates was warped. Mike
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    Grabby clutch issues on XR650R

    Thx for the tip. Actually- I don't know if the bushing was upgraded. I bought the bike used 2007. Does the clutch basket have to come off to view the bushing? Mike
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    Grabby clutch issues on XR650R

    I have a 2000 XR650R that overtime has developed a grabby clutch, ie all the engagement is in the final release of the clutch lever. I assumed the cltuch discs were worn so I bought the EBC clutch kit. Now that I have everything apart the old discs do not seem to be worn that much. The b plates measure around 0.125" (limit is 0.106"). The new discs are 0.129". Any advice on what to do? Mike
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    Stiction in rear shock

    I have a 2000 XR650R and have noticed some marked stiction in the rear shock. I first noticed it after the bike sat in the garage for a month, when I sat on the bike the rear end felt too stiff. I found I could push the rear end down by 2" without it springing back. I could barely use the kickstand. A five minute ride did not return it to normal. I ended up doing an all day trail ride anyways and the stiction did disappear during the day, but after being parked for a few days the stiction came back. Any advice on where to start? The linkage bearings have never been changed, and as far as I know the shock is original. Mike
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    Nevada Route for Tri-State Dual Sport Ride

    I'm trying to put together a dual sport day ride starting in Mesquite and travelling in a large loop through Utah and Arizona. The rough idea would be: Cross over mesa north of Mesquite Follow large wash north-east until powerline Follow powerline to old hwy 91 Go through Beaver Dam Mtns and follow a powerline trail south to the Virgin River Cross the Virgin river Cross I-15 Go past Gypsum Mine Go through Black Rock MTns and descend to Mesquite via Elbow canyon. I have a few questions regarding this route: Is it doable in one day? Are there seasonal road closures in ieffect in late November? There are some lookouts over the Virgin River gorge I would like to visit. Is the Virgin river crossable under the powerlines? Is the Mesa north of Mesquite still open? I was last there in 2003. It appears from Google Earth there has been significant development since then. Thanks for any advice, Mike
  8. I just readjusted the valves on my Xr650R. This was the second time I have done this and it does not get easier with practice! Is there any way to do the valve adjustment without removing the entire left side cover? the setup was better with the Xr600. I have a Moose skidplate and I did damage the gasket slightly when wiggling it off-it's now oozing a few drops of oil. Would it be okay to run the bike for a few more rides before replacing the gasket? Does the stator hojusign usually run full of oil? Mike.
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    Any good riding near Hurricane, Utah

    Hi There, I will be passing through Utah in late november with my XR650R. Is there any good riding near Hurricane? I have downloaded the trail maps from the Tri-State ATV jamboree. Are there better trails than this available? I've heard there is singletrack trail on Gooseberry mesa-is this open to motorized vehicles? thanks, Mike.
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    Riding near Mesquite, Nv?

    I'll be passing through Mesquite on I-15 in late December. Are there any good trails in that area? I am on a street plated Xr650R Mike.
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    Winter riding in New Mexico in the mountains?

    Thanks for the tip on Hackberry Lake. I will probably be passing through there and then towards Las Cruces and past Silver City. I've driven through Carlsbad before and noticed the mountains near Carlsbad caverns. I think it is the Lincoln NF- is there any good riding there? I remember hearing something about single-track trails near Silver City in the mountains, but I can't recall the source now. Mike.
  12. Hi There, I will be passing through New Mexico in late November. Are there any mountain trails rideable in the southern part of the state? Mike
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    H.R. 1925 will CLOSE Moab, Utah

    Will the bill close all of the Moab area? I looked at the map on the suwa website and it appears that about 50% of the Moab area would be closed. Are there more detailed maps available? I'm actually planning a 2 week riding trip in a month and will try and do the stuff slated for closure. Mike. PS. made my second donation to USA-ALL today
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    Has anyone ridden the Flint Trail?

    I've done the Flint trail from the ranger station to the Doll House (46 miles one way). It is a scenic ride but technically easy. I tend to rank the Flint trail third after Needles (scenic and technical) and the White Rim (very scenic but easy). If you go to ADVrider.com, you can look up the posts by UtahExplorer. He has posted many Utah ride reports and has done a detailed writeup with pics on the Maze. Mike.
  15. Could anyone tell me if dirtbikes have to be insured for liability in Utah? My own XR650R is street plated and insured but I have an XR600 in storage that my brother would use on our next trip to Moab. We would only be riding off-road. Mike.