Dracus- I'm in the desert too. No rust here either! And I built up a little 250 to rip on in the dirt until I get good, so I don't trash the XL. It's kind of a weird bike and was fun to build, it's here
The XL has really been fun too. I find that I love working on it... it's addictive. I might like building bikes just about as much as I like riding them.
Current Bikes: 2002 XR650L, Nighthawk, 1986 Honda XL600R
, 1988 Hondasuki KLNX250R
, 1988 BMW R100GS (dead)
Previous Bikes: Honda XL250R (2 of them), Honda XL600R, Kawasaki KLR600, BMW K1100LT, BMW R60/6, BMW K75, Husqvarna 430XC
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