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  1. I am considering buying an 07 xr650l. The only iffy part I feel about purchasing the bike is that every time it starts after sitting for 4 plus hours a cloud of black smokes shoots out from the exhaust. What could cause this? Should that stop me from buying the bike?
  2. Selling my CB750 brat build for a dual sport and want to go the scrambler route. Decided on the xr650 and looking at one with a 'new top end' but unsure what it's worth (as well as if it's a riskier purchase than one with 'no known issues.' Attached is a picture of the bike and the invoice from the shop that the current owner passed along. Should I pass based on the repair (or that fact the the owner over-heated it)? If it's still a go, how much should I offer? Is the oil cooler a must now? Thanks in advance from a newbie!
  3. banditorama

    XR650l FCR 40 jetting problems

    I've been trying to work out this low speed jetting issue for a while now and am running into some weird problems. It seems like most of the bikes I see with this mod are running either a 42 or 45 pilot and now I'm sitting at a 55 and still having lean running issues. The bike will cough through the carb at less than 3 turns under 1/4 throttle on fuel screw. Above 3 turns it will run fine off idle but the idle sometimes hangs. As the bike sits it's running 55 pilot, 85 pilot air jet, ELT needle (NCVT equivalent) three clips from the bottom, and 165 main jet. Above 1/4 throttle the bike runs like a champ and pulls hard throughout the rpms/throttle position. With the 55 pilot I can set the fuel screw ~3 turns out and I won't get any cough back through the carb under 1/4 throttle but it has problems with the idle hanging intermittently. Anything above 3 turns out and the idle starts to drop and the bike will stall. I'm around 500 above sea level. Carb has a new vacuum release plate o-ring, completely cleaned out, hot start air ports rtv'ed shut, rd powerbowl 2. Another thing is I bought the carb missing the whole tps sensor (might be an issue) but I tested the open part where it should be by spraying propane at the opening and had no change in idle speed. I've got a 58 pilot on order but it just seems like that's big compared to everyone else. Any advice would be appreciated!
  4. I recently purchased a brand new XR650L. I have already de-snorkeled and de-smogged it, have a K&N air filter, powerbomb header and FMF Q4 Exhaust. Also installed is a stage 1 dynojet kit. It works great but I find myself craving a more responsive ride so I have decided to upgrade my carb to the Mikuni TM42-6 flatside pumper. Its hard to find a good source on proper jetting for this application. The distributor I ordered it from says it comes "mostly" tuned for my application. Anyone have any advice on what jetting works best for this setup? Is there any other upgrades that you would consider essential to compliment the higher performance carburetor? I'm pretty new to all this and will appreciate any advice you guys have to offer
  5. loosechange

    scrambler crf 250l

    I am considering buying a crf 250l dual sport. I like the size and seems like the perfect lil bike to whip around town in. Its my alternative to a scooter. Not to mention the price tag is very attractive. I'd like to make it into a scrambler. My buddy told me this would be difficult because this particular bike has a perimeter frame, and a metal gas tank wouldn't properly fit. Also the radiator is up front under the plastics and would stick out funny. Any ideas and could someone school me on what a perimeter frame is and why a cool looking metal gas tank won't fit? Any ideas on how to make this possible? I know the xr 650 could work but I like how small and cheap the 250 is. Thanks
  6. Hey All, Made an original post on this forum that is a bit wordy, so giving a condensed summary here for those willing to read a bit more (pics are also in that post), and help me out. 19 year old with very little mechanical knowledge, fairly proficient rider, looking for advice on proper bike maintenance and how to get started on converting my bike into a café racer/scrambler type of bike. In OP (and here) I included pictures of what I want the bike to look like more or less, and many other details. My bike has around 27,000 miles on it, and I've let it get a bit too rusted - so advice on the pics in that post and whether I need to replace certain parts or just get to polishing/scrubbing away rust with WD40. Any and all tips are appreciated about this bike and project - thanks! John
  7. so a group of hooligan children ran through my town causing damage to peoples property and unfortunately my bike was a part of the destruction, i started my bike the other morning to findd the motor ticking and checked the oil to find that 1.5 quarts out of 2 has been drained from the bike, so my question is does the frame hold 1.5 quarts because if it does then they drained the oil from the frame bolt which is completely exposed and easy to open. luckily i caught it immediately and did an oil change and the tick went away ( for now). no metal shavings in the .5 quart of iol i drained but, how screwed is my motor? and does the frame hold 1.5 quarts? im trying to figure out what happened because it doesnt burn and it doesnt leak oil so my only other thought is these &%$#@! kids.
  8. Can anyone explain to me why the mid-pipe on certain XR600R/XR650L exhausts gets substantially bigger before attaching to the muffler? In most cases it is actually the same size as the muffler where it attaches. The XR's only mufflers are a great example of this and so is my White Brothers E series muffler. On the other hand you have the more traditional mid-pipe shape from companies like FMF for the same XR600R. The midpipe is relatively the same size from the header to the muffler connection. Even high performance street bikes use this approach so why is it different with the big single? I've been looking at replacing my White Brothers muffler lately because it doesn't have the discs nor the backing plate to make it USFS approved. I've been back and forth between the FMF Powercore 4 and the xr's only mufflers. I was wondering if the odd mid-pipe shape helps the XR's only mufflers flow better. From what I've read the XR's only mufflers are stupid loud and that would warrant a quiet insert for me and thus choking the high flow muffler, right? Also, for anyone wondering- the White Brothers header that was installed on my XR600R is VERY CLOSE to the same dimensions as an XR's only header at both the cylinder and mid-pipe connection.
  9. Hey All! Reposting my first post from touring/adventure touring - thought this forum would see more activity. Here it is: 7/18/17 Hello Thumper Talk Community! This is my first post here, just created my account a few minutes ago. I apologize if I violate any type of forum rules or formatting, but I'm sure I'll learn as I go. To begin with: I've been riding dirtbikes since I was 8. I am currently a 19 year old University student in upstate NY, and I am riding a 2006 Honda XR650L that I bought myself when I turned 16. I've attached pictures of it (taken today, as I wrote this post) to illustrate the condition it is in, what it looks like, etc. While I have been riding for an extremely long time, and consider myself a safe and competent rider, I have a very limited mechanical knowledge of motorcycles. My dad introduced me to bikes and taught me to ride, but my riding experience over the years has been on my own, and my mechanical knowledge is self-taught and basic maintenance of my bike at best - nothing fancy whatsoever. He and I don't really speak anymore, and therefore I don't have any type of guidance or reference points when it comes to bike mechanics (or mechanics of any kind, for that matter). Nevertheless, I am very interested in modifying and improving my bike and possibly beginning a project to convert it into a café racer or scrambler-esque bike. I rarely go off-road anymore and use my XR as a daily driver, but I find the traction of off-road tires to be favorable and have never had street tires. Therefore I'm debating whether or not to keep my off-road tires (or get different ones), making the bike more of a scrambler - or to use street tires making it more of a café racer. If I'm using terminology wrong and have no idea what the f**k I'm talking about, then please always feel free to correct me. I am using Daniel Peter's custom XR650L café racer, and Ready Moto's brat/cafe racer as inspiration. I think both are beautiful bikes/rebuilds, and want something very similar as my final product. However, I think Daniel Peter's bike is tricked out in a very expensive (and unnecessary to me) way (i.e. antelope seat, c'mon dude). I also want to preserve my passenger seat and pegs, if possible. I have absolutely no idea where to start, and have no current access to welding or fabrication machines of any kind. I'm asking for a full walkthrough and as much help as you all are willing to give me. Because I'm in school, I have a very limited budget. Basically, I'm willing to do my short term modifications and enhancements, and probably put the conversion project on hold until the spring. This is particularly dependent upon the advice I get. I don't need the bike as much in the fall, because I live on my college campus, but it's nice to have around in working condition (I know the project would require pulling it all apart and not riding for a while). So if any part I need for this is expensive but necessary, I will save up for it and make it happen. If there are cheaper, reasonable alternatives to achieve the same goal, then I will do that. I'd appreciate all advice along those lines. I just replaced my battery two weeks ago, and am going to attempt to replace the brake pads (a simple job, I know, but with luck/mechanical ability like mine, it can be quite daunting!) The chain is new, the frame has been reinforced at certain points, but everything else is stock! What I Want Out of This Bike (Short Term) 1. I'd like to put the battery underneath the seat - what are the benefits/disadvantages of this? To my knowledge it'll just slim the profile of the bike when I take off side paneling and prevent the battery from getting wet or as damaged in a drop. 2. I want to clean it up, particularly the rusted parts, and possibly repaint/replace them to make sure the bike looks better. (Need guidance for this, as I'm unsure how to remove rust/how to go about repainting parts - why I posted pics, so hopefully this community can identify where my "problem areas" are on this bike). 3. Learn how to properly winterize and maintain bike. Currently I check oil regularly, fill it with premium gas, lube the chain once or a week or more, and wash it (probably not enough) and spray WD-40 on various pieces. If I'm an incompetent fool, tell me. 4. Replace footpegs, throttle, handgrips. 5. If feasible with my current bike, put in a circular (brighter) headlight instead of the stock square one. Am willing to get rid of red plastic housing, or find an alternative. What I Want Out of This Bike (Long Term) 1. A full café-racer type conversion, styled similar to what I linked above. My dream "bought brand new" bike currently is a Triumph Bonneville converted to a scrambler (provided a pic) to let y'all know what I'm interested in, aesthetically. 2. Switch out stock carb (40mm) with a 41mm Keihin FCR-MX flat slide. I've been doing lots of reading, and it looks like this will drastically improve bike performance and throttle response in many ways, not limited to AFR and starting. I know nothing about AFR...or carbs. 3. Repaint the sucker! I've read online various opinions, the main camps seem to be either (a) don't do it yourself, have a professional do it or (b) you can do it yourself very carefully. Sorry for the giant wall of text, I appreciate those who have read this far. Please ask any questions, give comments, critiques, advice, anything! I look forward to hearing what the TT Community has to say. Cheers! John UPDATE 07/22/17 I replaced both front and rear brake pads because I had irresponsibly been using very worn-down ones, and the friction subsequently wore down my rotors. Not bad enough to replace rotors (thank goodness, I'm too cheap for that right now), but still negligent on my part. Started taking the most rusted bolts out and WD40+steel wool scrubbing them, then putting grease on. I don't have any never-seize, but I'll get some at some point. For now, grease should suffice. Going to wash the bike soon, scrub everything down and then get to polishing up....everything!
  10. Hey Guys, I recently purchased a brand new XR650L. I have already de-snorkeled and de-smogged it, have a K&N air filter, powerbomb header and FMF Q4 Exhaust. Also installed is a stage 1 dynojet kit. It works great but I find myself craving a more responsive ride so I have decided to upgrade my carb to the Mikuni TM42-6 flatside pumper. Its hard to find a good source on proper jetting for this application. The distributor I ordered it from says it comes "mostly" tuned for my application. Anyone have any advice on what jetting works best for this setup? Is there any other upgrades that you would consider essential to compliment the higher performance carburetor? I'm pretty new to all this and will appreciate any advice you guys have to offer
  11. robjabi

    Nuetral light out?

    So I magically found 20 feet of barbed wire on my last ride that wrapped around my back tire. It bent my shifter and destroyed my black chain guard. Call my son and he arrived with some bolt cutters and 5 minutes later I was free. Now I have some problems. Green nuetral light doesn't come on ever, bike won't start with the kick stand down and i have to pull the clutch in to get the bike to start??? Bike is a 2013 xr650l. Is the sensor for these things right under the front sprocket, the wires don't look damaged but maybe...What ya think??????
  12. Awesometimeallthetime

    Buying advice

    Hey all, New to this forum because it seems like one of the best. little backround, I grew up trail riding and raced mx a bit with my cr80 (some of my favorite childhood memories)... hiatus for a number of years besides rippin around at the cabin, had an R6 for a 2 or 3 years and then I've been traveling for 4 years.... planning to settle back down in Mn for spring summer falls and want a bike to get around and tear up as much dirt as possible as I explore. goal is to enter some hare scrambles next year to start getting back into racing a bit but till then it will be my way to get around and my bike to train. I am probably looking for the impossile and so my heads spinning with all this information... but something around the 400cc seems like a good size bike but pretty much no options on cl at the moment. 250cc would be a blast and great to get back to dirt but when I cruz to see family and friend in other states, will I hate my life after an hour on the highway? I'm drawn to the xr650L with the mods and available parts but is it going to be a monstrous challenge to bring back and hone in my skills with a 350lbs bike? I'm 6'1" 175 lbs and train 3 days a week rock climbing, so I am in good health and great shape so I feel up to the challenge but maybe someone similar could share their experience/expertise? Massive failure jumping to a brh or were you happy to have something to grow into? budget is flexible but looking to spend 1-3k on something ready to go, reliable, street legal, and can hang off road. I'm looking to beat it up quite a bit so dont mind something older if it can hang. Pretty much sold on the Xr650L but thought this would be a good place to check myself before I wreck myself... literally... 2003 xr650l $2400 (is 20.5k miles too high??....they seem to run forever) I like that some of the mods I want are done already and it seems like a reasonable price if the splines on the countershaft sprocket are in decent shape? figure when the motor needs major work done on it bore it out and do some of the other more intrusive mods? 2007 xr650l $3300 extra parts and some mods, newer, lower miles crf230L $3000- fun size, but its it going to be a slug without spending a bunch more on mods? Am I going to want something bigger soon after? 03 KTM 625 SXC - $3300 seems like a solid option as well...??? Thoughts? comments? Thanks all!
  13. Will the front Maier disc/fork guards for an XR600 work on the 2006 XR650L?
  14. Hunterg8381

    Mod questions for 05 XR650L!

    Hi everyone, first time posting here, but I need some help with my 05 xr650l. yes ive searched and searched but still no direct answer to my questions, first off, its a 05 Honda xr650l stock except aftermarket bar, bar risers, clutch/brake lever and a k&n filter. with 7000 original KMS, yes kilometers since im from Canada. I need to know, im buying the dynojet kit since I can get it dirt cheap from where I work, with the kit, should I still drill the slider and what not like dave's mod? Im at 20-200ft for normal driving and the highest point ill go around here will be 1500ft, what would be the best main jet, 160? and I will be removing the snorkel, and getting a aftermarket slip on exhaust. so im guessing 160 main jet with all the other stuff from the dynojet kit? should I change the pilot jet? or will the stock one be good enough. Any info is appreciated!
  15. Has anybody managed to keep the air scoops on when swapping to a IMS or Clark 4 gallon tank? Thanks
  16. Jsmoot

    XR650L Dying When Warm

    Hoping for some help before I throw in the towel and end it all! Engine starts fine, runs and idles well for +/- 10 minutes, but cuts out while riding once the engine warms up (175 - 185) and intermittently cuts out thereafter (any speed/gear). It will start up after 30 seconds or so (but won't run for long before dying again). No spurting or surging.. just dies. I've replaced CDI (twice), Spark plug, spark wire and coil, and most recently pulse generator. I do have a 41mm Flat side carb from a CRF (and it has more power than the old carb setup), breathing through a Uni filter. Also, sealed battery tender battery (hasn't shown low when trickle charged). What's next on the test/replace list? Stator maybe? Please help...
  17. Richard Stevens

    Which tail light for my 2012 XR650L?

    Anyone have any insight on the best tail light to use for my 2012 XR650L? I was thinking the slick Acerbis. Any help would be great and please include a picture. Thanks. Here's the one I might get?
  18. Colloquialoatmeal

    Dreaded Countershaft Wear

    Not very happy. Countershaft splines are TOAST. 94 XR650L with 14k miles. Don't know how I didn't catch this with last sprocket change but these things are done for. Engine is in otherwise really good condition so I'm hesitant to tear down engine to put new countershaft in. Was planning on eventually doing the kick start conversion, so I was going to get an XR600R countershaft, but I'd really like to do a full overhaul (new piston, rings, bore over, etc) when I have the engine on the bench. So here's my question: If I take this to a competent welder, how many miles could I expect out of a tack welded on sprocket? Would JB weld/threadlocker red work any better? Can anyone tell me why my splines wore all the way down to a sharp point at only one end? XRR sprocket is on it now, hoping that'll hold up for at least a thousand or two more miles. Not trying to take the easy way out necessarily; this is my daily driver at the moment and I also have a few long distance trips planned.
  19. My pig's about ten years old and has 12,000 miles on the clock. To my knowledge the shock's never been gone through. I assume it's due for some new oil and nitrogen by now? How much of a difference will I notice if I get it revalved while I'm at it? If I do get it revalved, should I try to do it myself, have a local shop do it, or send it to someone?
  20. Why the mystery? I need to repair the stock rear shock on a 1996 XR650L. There is no oil in it. I got it as a fixer-upper. So why is it so difficult to find replacement parts for the "rear damper"??!! I need to replace the nitrogen bladder and the seal head. Not trying to re-valve it or anything fancy! I just need it to hold oil and operate as a friggin shock !!! From other forums, I see that it is 46mm diameter vs. 44mm on the 650R. Does anyone know the part numbers and/or sources to get these replacement parts for the 650L? HELP Thanks a Bunch!!
  21. TanSnowman51

    XR650L at 4,000 to 8,000 feet

    Guys, Have been riding my 650L for over a year and a half and have been loving every second! In August I moved back to Reno after finishing up my masters at Arizona State. I have been spending most of my time riding around verdi to stampede and the Dog Valley road area. Always looking for riding buddies. Was curious what everyone was doing as far as Daves mods or jet kit for the upper elevations 4,000 to 8,000 feet? FMF Q4 exhaust, smog delete done so far! Thanks!
  22. I just got a '08 XR650L, 1000 miles, rode it around the yard a few times. Then put in a dyno-jet kit in the carb and an FMF pipe. It cranked and ran about a minute, running a little rough or just cold, backfired and quit. Now won't start. Put in new spark plug, and it seems to spark too often and kind of weak, but I don't have anything to compare. Sounds normal turning over. Tried a little starting fluid, but no fire, no putt at all. This has got me puzzled. Apparently, there are common CDI problems among this model, but I'm not sure what the problem is. Any ideas out there?
  23. Bryan Bosch

    Redrawn XR650L Wiring Diagram

  24. Looking to replace the busted up stock tank on my 650l, but have no need for more fuel capacity.
  25. TrailandTail

    2013 XR650L questions

    I've always been a large man, 6'4" 275 lbs and im looking into getting a decent bike for hard enduro. I understand that light is better however I have a chance to pick up a 2013 honda xr650l for only 3k$ and was wondering if it would be an ok bike for this type of riding. We also have roughly 150+ miles of goverment maintained trails where I live and would like to take it out on those to (id probably ride it to work on overly nice days). Is this a decent bike for hard enduro at my size? Would I need to purchase a new suspension or can I tune the current one? Is this bike even worth the 3k$ he's asking? (I constantly see the same bike from 2002-2008 run at this price where I live) What are good cheap mods to do to it if I do get it? (Already has the carb mod/welded subframe/egr removed) What should I look out for when buying? What is the rebuild mileage? He has roughly 9k on it, I dont make great $ and im paying for school at the same time so I'm looking for very low maintenance (besides oil/filter swaps every few rides)