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  1. ScottRNelson

    Cam recommendations

    Keep the stock cam and put a higher compression piston in there. It will make a bigger difference. If you like mid-range torque, stock is one of the best choices. If you want more power when you rev it up instead, then look into an aftermarket cam. The piston will make a difference everywhere.
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    XR650L Rebuild Results

    Leave the jetting. Going up in compression doesn't require going up a jet size.
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    Xr650l for 300lbs rider. Suspension worries?

    I can start out in second gear easily with any gearing including stock. I still usually start in first gear though, even with the lowest gearing. Start in 3rd if you want, the XR can handle that too. I've pretty much always purchased JT sprockets front and rear. The prices are generally lower and they're "good enough". In other words, they last as well as any others, so why pay more?
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    Xr650l for 300lbs rider. Suspension worries?

    I don't pay attention to the speedometer in anything but 5th gear. I can hit 70 mph with 14/48, but I don't want to stay there. No problem maintaining 60. I have no issue cruising at 70 with 15/48 or 14/45 gearing. No issue cruising at 80 with the stock 15/45.
  5. Sometime in the not too distant future I plan to get new foam and a new seat cover from Guts Racing - http://www.gutsracing.com/ I have one of their covers right now, but the original foam was pretty worn when I put the cover on there and is too soft now. I'm not sure if I just want the standard stuff or the firmer option. I don't want the seat to feel like you're sitting on a plank like the KTM 500 EXC, for example. Also considering the taller seat to give me a bit more legroom while I'm riding. Then both of my bikes could be too tall to flatfoot.
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    Xr650l for 300lbs rider. Suspension worries?

    I ignored it for a while until I figured out that it was still going. I don't generally like really long threads, like most of the stuff on AdvRider, but this one has been good and there have been a lot of good questions. Okay, some should have been obvious, but overall it's been worth participating in. But now we need Bakey to just go out and ride the thing.
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    Renthal chain for the 650L

    I don't ever measure chains or count links. I stick the new chain on there after putting the rear axle in the middle of the adjustment range then see how things line up. Usually the axle will have to move forward or back a bit for the chain links to align. At that point I decide which way I want to go then I cut the chain to the needed length. If I have stock 15/45 gearing on my XR650L, I will want to go back to the next lined up position because I also have a 48-tooth rear sprocket which will need a longer chain. If I had a smaller rear sprocket available, like for a supermoto setup, I might go forward instead. Both shorter and longer would be possible with the stock gearing, but only one works for all sprocket combinations that I have. Also consider that with the axle further back the bike is a bit more stable and less likely to wheelie. With it more forward, wheelies are easier and steering will be a little quicker.
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    removed fork gaiters

    Mine came with the fork boots and I replaced them with fork gaiters after a few months. The boots tended to trap dirt in them and were difficult to clean. The gaiters don't need any cleaning - if I don't mind them being brown instead of black - and keep the fork legs nice and clean. But I try to do as much off road riding as I can, so that might be one reason for my choice.
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    Xr650l for 300lbs rider. Suspension worries?

    I've never been able to detect a rev limiter on mine, and I've hit the limiter regularly on other bikes that I've owned.
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    CRF230 front fender on XR650L

    The tank was on the bike when I bought it ten years ago, so yes, it was before the blemishes by many years. I don't understand why Clarke can't just fix the problem. It doesn't make sense to me that they would let this be an ongoing issue.
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    CRF230 front fender on XR650L

    I have a Clarke 4.7 and I like the extra fuel in there. I can go between 160 and 180 miles on a tank before hitting reserve. It's not too fat so that it gets in my way when riding off road.
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    XR650L Going to everest Base Camp

    Mine has a 158 main jet and it runs clean from sea level to 9000 feet, so dropping the size every 2000 feet can't be right. But you might need something smaller than a 150 when you get up there. I would wait until it starts to behave like it's running rich, then maybe go down two sizes at that point. I would expect that three or four total jets would cover the altitude range well.
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    Xr650l for 300lbs rider. Suspension worries?

    According to Kevin Cameron on page 55 of Sportbike Performance Handbook (which is about general motorcycle tuning, not just racing bikes): Alternatively while you're in top gear at full throttle, shut off the fuel. If it speeds up right before the engine dies you'll know that as it got leaner as the fuel level in the float bowl dropped it improved - then it will run out and die, so turn the fuel back on right away. Now that I'm thinking of this, I need to do it with my bike before I try switching from a 158 to a 155 main jet. I need to verify that I'm actually running rich before doing that - duh.
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    Xr650l for 300lbs rider. Suspension worries?

    That would certainly be a good starting point.
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    Xr650l for 300lbs rider. Suspension worries?

    Shouldn't hurt anything on the bike. The environment is a different story. Mine is on the rich side and my excuse is that it helps protect the higher compression engine, which might run hot if it were lean. Someday I'm going to switch from a 158 main to a 155 and maybe drop the metering needle one notch too. Just need an excuse to go to the bother of pulling the carburetor out. With carbureted motorcycles, if they run well I usually leave them alone and just enjoy them.