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  1. JohnBG

    xl600 hard starting!!!!!!!

    Thanks I will try that. I'll turn the screw in a little and see if that helps.
  2. JohnBG

    Big Girls

    I love those old Maico 490's. I wanted one of those bad when I was growing up!
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    xl600 hard starting!!!!!!!

    I was having a helluva time trying to start my '87 XL600R (that I recently rebuilt) this afternoon in about 50 degree weather. I kicked like hell for about 20 minutes, and when it finally did start it wanted to backfire and sputter for the first few minutes and was blowing white smoke for a while. It usually blows a little white smoke (which I think indicates a lean condition, right?) when starting but goes away pretty fast. Once she warms up and levels out and will idle she runs great, just a little popping on decelleration, but I think I have a slight exhaust leak where the header pipe meets the park arrestor (needs a new clamp). I guess I need to richen up the mixture a little for better starting? Right now it's set per the manual at 1-1/2 turns out, running the stock air box/filter with a Skyway-Cobra spark arrestor. Does turning the mixture screw out (on the primary carb) make it richer or leaner? I usually like to let my air cooled moters run a little rich, especailly here in the summer time in Florida.
  4. Indy, No, I wish I did... The Gear-Up is a new 750 model with 2WD. I really want one of those. I'm saving up for one though. I have an older 650cc 1WD "Tourist" model that I recently restored, rebuilt, and repainted in a desert tan. I love it! Does well in the muddy dirt roads. Links: http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=26722 http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=26724 http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=26723
  5. Anybody know any good trail riding spots in North or Central Florida that I can take my Ural on? Another Ural buddy and I want to do a light off-road excusrion. Remember, It's an 650cc, 800 lb. 5' wide Russsian rig with a sidecar and about 2 inches of shock travel, so I gotta stay outta the sand and the really rough stuff. It's got some decent low-end torque and I can throw the knobbie on the back wheel. I'm looking for some places with some good twisty forest roads and some light wide trails perhaps. Any suggestions?
  6. JohnBG

    Who will be at Bike Week

    I'll be there as usual. Taking Thursday and Friday offa work. Thursday - taking the Ural to the Sidecar & Trike Show at the Daytona Flea Market. Rest of the weekend - out slummin' on the Harley...
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    oil drain bolt stripped!!!!!!

    Glad you got it fixed! Se that wasn't so hard was it? Now get out there and ride that "some beach"....
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    oil drain bolt stripped!!!!!!

    Is the bolt stripped or the hole in the cases? Hard to tel, but I'm willing to bet it's the case. If it's the bolt, head off to Ace Hardware and buy another one. If it's the case, you mught need to tap another one. You might want to try somethinglike this spark plug insert kit that I did on my Ural, comes with the tap. Link: http://www.russianiron.com/ural_spark_plug_compression_leak.htm
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    honda xl600r question

    Ya gotta drain both of them (the crankcase and the frame). You probably have it overfilled now. Just drain them both and start over again. Once you got them both drained, put 1.5 quarts in the tank, run the bike for a few minutes, and then put about another quart in. She takes just a about 2.5 quarts on my '87 XL600R.
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    Proceedure for oil change on XR650l

    My '87 XL600R has a skid plate. So I didn't forget, on my XL600R, the skid plate connection is also the frame tube drain. Didn't know that they didn't put that on the newer XR650L's, sorry.
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    Proceedure for oil change on XR650l

    If you need to change the oil filter, it is in a circular compartment on the right side of the engine, near the base of the cylinder. It has three bolts. Loosen the three bolts pull off the cap, and the filter is right there, don't lose the spring. Pay particular attention to make sure you put the new filter in oriented the right way. It's also a good idea to change the oil when the engine is war. Gats more crud out and the pil drains quicker. Downside, it's hot!
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    Proceedure for oil change on XR650l

    I have an '87 XL600R, which is pretty much the same as the XR650L. It might be a little different, someone will correct me if I'm wrong. Here's how I do it: 1. Remove the skid plate and drain the oil out of the frame by removing the drain plug. It's the same bolt that holds the skid plate to the down tube of the bike frame. 2. Disconnect the main feed hose from the bottom of the frame. Remove the connector at the bottom of the frame. It has an oil screen built in to it. Make sure that is clean. 3. Re-install the connector with drain screen and re connect the oil hose. Put the plug back in the frame down tube 4. By the shift lever there is a oil plug, unscrew that plug that and drain the oil. Do this while the bike is on the kick stand. 5. After draining, re-install the oil plug by the shifter. 6. Pour 1.5 Quarts of oil in the fill hole near top of the gas tank and then screw the dipstick back in. 7. Start the bike and let it run for a minute or two to circulate the oil. 8. Put about 1 more quart (or whatever it takes) to get the oil level on the dipstick to the proper level.
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    Lets see your vintage ride

    Well that was just re-assembling it over the weekend. Took about 10 hours total. I disassembled it and rebuilt the top end (with some help from a friend) the previous weekend. That was about 12 hours.
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    Lets see your vintage ride

    Thanks, Tearing it all down, rebuilding the top-end, and putting it back together was a royal pain but now that she runs, it was all worth it!
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    Lets see your vintage ride

    I just got my '87 Honda XL600R back together this weekend. Starts on the first or 2nd kick. This thing is a hoot. I need to find some side covers for it. Here's some pictures. Saturday Morning - http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=33065 Saturday Night - http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=33066 Sunday Afternoon - http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=33069 Posing on first ride up and down the street - http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=33068