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  1. ncc6462

    Would you trade your XR in for a...

    Really enjoyed everyone's comments in this thread. This is my story and I'm stickin' to it. I have a 2007 XR650L that I bought used. I just had it bored to 102 and had an XR's only high compression piston installed. AlI this because the valve seals went bad which caused it to burn oil and I did not catch the low oil condition. Ruined my rings and scored the piston and cylinder. Yes, I know it is my fault. Haha. Anyway, for all of you that think the CRF450X (L) is the answer: The answer is no. I had a 2005 CRF450X that I made street legal. Didn't add but maybe 5 pounds to the bike. The head shakes on the highway above 62 MPH. The bike is intended to be quick and it is, in spades. Would have to have different frame geometry or a steering damper. Seat height was difficult to deal with in traffic. (No it is not my first "racing" bike.) I am 6' and it was still a hassle. Also had a DRZ400E that I made street legal. Not a bad bike, just not enough engine for me. Did not pull hard enough and was still on the heavy side. I have never had a water cooled bike fail. Not saying it can't happen. Just have not experienced it. All that said, I do think that a plated XR650R is the answer if it has an FCR on it and doesn't have some crappy 20 lb exhaust. (I do agree with the no FI, hence the FCR.) Weight needs to stay the same and it is possible. I would suggest USD forks and reduced suspension travel to ~9". I had the first year model of the KDX175 with the original Unitrak suspension. It only had 9" of travel front and rear and I had it 15-20 feet in the air on more than one occasion and always came down in good stead without a bone jarring bottoming of the suspension. (I weighed about 100 lbs less back then though, heeheehee.) That KDX175 is still my standard for dirt bike handling. Aprilia RXV's are almost identical in handling to the KDX. I am confident that Honda could set up a similar suspension if they put their mind to it. Target seat height should be 34". Wheel base should be at least 58.5 with 27.5 rake. 4 Gallons of fuel would be nice too. Did I miss anything?
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    Need Help With Hot Idle Stalling XR650L

    I had to open my pilot screw quite a bit to alleviate this issue. I opened it up a little at a time until the issue was resolved. In the end, it was a full turn open from where it was at when I bought it used. You may not be able to go a full turn as there is a limiter cap placed on the pilot screw. This may require a modification. See Dave's Mods in this forum or take the bike to your local shop. The shop manual indicates that the starting point for adjustment is to lightly seat (Screw the pilot screw all the way in lightly. DO NOT torque it even with finger pressure as torque may cause damage the carburetor.) then unscrew the pilot 2 and 1/4 turns out for frame serial numbers PM-000001 to PM-000958 or 2 and 3/4 turns out for frame serial numbers larger than PM-000958. (This is for non-California models.) This is the initial adjustment. After initial adjustment, @ ~1300 rpm's (adjusted with the idle stop screw.) you slowly unscrew the pilot screw until you achieve the highest engine speed. (It should go up and then eventually drop. Once it drops, screw it back in slowly until it reaches the peak engine speed again.) After the pilot screw is adjusted, re-adjust the idle stop screw to achieve ~1300 rpm's. This applies to operating altitudes under 2000 ft.
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    Top speed on XR650L with 14/45?

    First, I am never upset by questions or even challenges so if my replies seem so, it is not intended. I just tend to say things in a very straight forward manner. Yes, I am sure that I am running 14/48. I don't have a tach so can't speak to the exact RPM's. I also have not verified the accuracy of my stock speedo. So bare that in mind. I am not worried about the rpm's. I have run the engine to redline in other gears so I know what it sounds like. Like I said, I am not hitting redline at 85 MPH in 5th gear. I would guess that I am pulling somewhere in the mid-5000 rpm range at 75 MPH. I think that the gearing in these bikes is too long hence the lack of ability to hit redline in fifth gear. (Fifth gear should be sixth IMO.) Been ridin' bikes for over 34 years. My previous bike was a CRF450X that I converted to street legal. It was the 2005 model so it still had the CRF450R motocross gearing for all intents and purposes. About 70 MPH was top speed and I would not ever have run that CRF450X for very long at that speed. (No steering damper and there was definitely a head shake, engine longevity issues not withstanding.) I believe that it would take a lot more than what I am doing to kill this engine or even cause significant damage. This basic engine design has been in use for 30 years (if not longer) and my brother-in-law has an old XL500 from the late 70's to early 80's that is still running as strong as ever (even after he has beaten it half to death). I just bought this bike and it only had 1490 miles on it so maybe the difference is in the compression? Mine looked like it just came off the showroom floor when I bought it even though it is about 6 years old. It also could be a tire difference (rolling resistance) as astutely alluded to in an earlier comment on this thread. I am running Bridgestone ED03 front and ED04 back. I really like these tires. Not sure about how many miles I will get out of them though. Side note: I had a Vapor on my CRF and it sure was nice. Good choice......
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    Top speed on XR650L with 14/45?

    2007 XR650L Dave's Mods K&N Filter Stock exhaust Stock engine No Smog 14/48 sprockets Top Speed: ~85 MPH by speedo Elevation: ~400 ft above sea level, high humidity This sprocket set up does not seem to redline the engine in fifth gear. Runs 75 MPH comfortably on hwy. I commute ~76 miles round trip. Going to try a 13/48 and see what happens.
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    Top speed on XR650L with 14/45?

    Not sure what is going on here but I have a 2007 XR650L with Dave's Mods running 14/48 and cruising 75/80 on the highway with what feels like quite a bit left. Pretty sure it will do 90-95 without too much trouble. Don't care to go much more than 80 myself. Would have to lay down on it to be comfortable due to wind resistance. (Gets old after 30 miles or so......)
  6. I am considering replacing my stock carburetor on my 2007 XR650L. Just looking for information concerning your experience with either of these carburetors. I have had a couple of bikes with the Keihin FCR's on them and I have been really happy with this carburetor but I am always open to new information. Thanks
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    650L Mikuni 42mm pumper install

    Sorry for the duplications folks. Kept getting errors from Thumpertalk Server
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    650L Mikuni 42mm pumper install

    I am interested in this discussion because I recently purchased a 2007 XR650L. I really do not like the carburetor. I have seen both the Mikuni pumper and the Keihin FCR. I have had bikes with the Keihin FCR and it has been the easiest carburetor to tune that I have ever worked with. (Been messin with bikes for 34 years.) I have never used a Mikuni pumper. Was there a particular reason you went with the Mikuni over the Keihin? Thanks. I am interested in this discussion because I recently purchased a 2007 XR650L. I really do not like the carburetor. I have seen both the Mikuni pumper and the Keihin FCR. I have had bikes with the Keihin FCR and it has been the easiest carburetor to tune that I have ever worked with. (Been messin with bikes for 34 years.) I have never used a Mikuni pumper. Was there a particular reason you went with the Mikuni over the Keihin? Thanks.
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    650L Mikuni 42mm pumper install

    I am interested in this discussion because I recently purchased an 2007 XR650L. I really do not like the carburetor. I have seen both the Mikuni pumper and the Keihin FCR. I have had bikes with the Keihin FCR and it has been the easiest carburetor to tune that I have ever worked with. (Been messin with bikes for 34 years.) I have never used a Mikuni pumper. Was there a particular reason you went with the Mikuni over the Keihin? Thanks.
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    Aftermarket odometer trip computer ? Whats Best?

    I had the Trail Tech Endurance on a DRZ400E that I converted to street legal. The unit worked OK. I had two issues with it: Reading it at night - there is no constant backlight and turning the backlight on is a chore. The speedo is sometimes difficult to use as the tracking is a little choppy. With that said, I never got a ticket and I have gone by a plethora of policefolk. I have a 2005 CRF450X with the Acewell 3700 from service honda. I prefer the acewell after owning both. It was worth every penny of the monetary difference. The acewell unit has a backlight that comes on when the unit is on. The Acewell requires a constant 12V supply from the battery. (has not drained my battery yet) The endurance runs on a CR2023 battery if memory serves. The battery in my endurance did not run out during more than a year of consistent commuter use. I hope you enjoy the unit you choose.
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    Fuel screw?

    Not familiar with this fuel screw. I have a 2005 CRF450X. I installed the XR's Only Fuel Screw and it works great. I tried a zip ty screw and it did not work properly. I have seen several responses where silicone sealant was suggested. Good Luck.
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    Don't laugh!!!!

    As far as the turn signals sticking out, mine don't stick out at all (the ones on my bike that is... ) I know that some of the pictures on the trick dual sport web site have the blinkers sticking out. I believe that is some of the older or one off stuff that Dale has done. The Trick kit on my DRZ400E uses the UFO headlight/blinker assembly and the UFO taillight/blinker assembly. It is not as pretty as the bike on the other web site, IMO, but it is extremely sano. You would have to break the entire headlight or taillight assembly before you could physically damage the structure of the turn signals. With that said, to each their own. I am on a business trip currently but when I return home, I will try to remember to post a picture of my bike for comparison. I have ordered the DRC turn signals and taillight assembly for use on my new CRF. I am working with Dale to incorporate these items as well as the acewell 3700 speedo and the CRF230F keyswitch into the kit. It will be interesting to see how the entire project turns out.
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    a dirt worthy street bike

    Trick Dual Sport Kits are available at www.trickdualsport.com. I hope I'm not breaking any rules by posting the web site. I don't get anything out of it other than the satisfaction of trying to help someone else enjoy this great sport just a little bit more. Dale, the owner and engineer, is very patient, even when I ask really stupid questions. It is not often that you get support directly from the guy who designed the thing. As far as the racial thing goes, can we get back on topic? I know it is partially my fault and I apologize for helping to lead us down this path but I really would like to see some more discussion on a dirt worthy street bike.
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    a dirt worthy street bike

    Oh come on guys. If I can't laugh at myself, I am really in trouble. BTW My ancestors were English, German, Scotch, Irish, Choctaw, ... and I am married to a wonderful hispanic woman. God is good! Let's just be people and have a good time. If something is built in America then it's value or lack thereof is attributed to us (no pun intended). If something is built in Japn then it's value or lack thereof is attributed to the Japanese. Further, no particular race has cornered the market on stupid yet. The big difference is how gracefully we handle our own stupidity and how we extend that grace to others. I have a DRZ400E that I converted to street legal and it has been very enjoyable. I am currently converting my new CRF450X to street legal. I am very much looking forward to riding it pretty much wherever I want. That will be a great day. We have been trying to get the message through to all the motorcycle MFG's for many years that putting dirt tires on a street bike doesn't work. Hopefully, they are finally getting the message that they need to go from motocross/enduro bike to street bike instead. Without compromise!
  15. I am really curious to see if anyone else has seen the same issue that I have. I bought both the Zip Ty FMS01 and the FMS02. I then bought the XR's Only screw. I also have the stock screw of course. The stock screw will shut the bike down at idle if I tighten it until it stops (not super tight, just firm). The XR's only screw will shut the bike down at idle if I tighten it until it stops (not super tight, just firm). On the Zip Ty screws, I could not shut the bike down with these screws at idle. I removed and reinstalled. Same results. I then checked the distance between the top of the threads and the first shoulder on all the screws. The Zipty's are between 1mm & 2mm shorter than the stock screw and the XR's Only screw (cannot get more precise than 1mm). Seems to me that the shorter screw is never coming into a completely seated position. Since I have installed the XR's Only screw (horribly expensive when you include shipping), I have all the adjustability that I want with easy access. I have found that the ability to really dial in the fuel screw is very important to this engine/carburetor combination. I have owned 1 other race bike and several dual purpose rides (probably about 7 bikes total in my lifetime). I have not seen this sensitivity in the other bikes. What have ya'll experienced with the Zip Ty screws? Sorry if I am rehashing something here.
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