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Old 10-28-2005, 05:34 PM   #1
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XR650R Yeah baby!

Bigger is better!
That's what she said, and that's what I thought a few years, and three bikes back.

I used to own a GS1150 Adv, rode it accross the US, through Eastern Canada, and down to Mexico's Coper Canyon.
Awesome on tarmac, but way too big, heavy and undersuspended for serious off roading...


Then came that fantastic, superfast, lighter and quicker KTM950... blazed through Baja, more of the Copper Canyon, North Carolina, half way accross the US, but continued to find it top heavy for gnarly off road ventures, and way too demanding in terms of maintenance and long term reliability


Also extensively ridden an Africa Twin, and a GS650 Dakar.

But you see it's been a big red pig that has won my heart.
I just got back from an amazing 1,200 Mi ride, which had us negotiating any kind of surface imaginable, although mainly rocks and more rocks, long streches of asphalt, all kinds of river crossings, canyon roads, sand washes, decomposed granite,etc. and the bike did amazingly well through it all.
I found it to be light, has an excelent power to weight ratio, solid suspension, easily tunable, extremely reliable, comfortable (particularly for an off road thumper), relatively inexpensive, and most important, an absolute blast to ride off road!




Working on a detailed prep and set up report, in hopes of providing any one out there considering this rig, with helpful info. and first hand experience.
This bike is now and probably will be an on going project, since I learned of several important modifications I have yet to do, but overall, it looks quite promissing.

Conatinuara...
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:42 PM   #2
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Great pics, great bike!
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:42 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Pig Pen! Looks like a fun trip.
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:47 PM   #4
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Ibarra,
kool BRP and pix! Please share your setup, and experiences. It's very interesting to see your journey from big, heavy and expen$ive to smaller, lighter and more off road capable. What I'm really interested in seeing is how the bike can be adapted to hwy work along with it's well known offroad capabilties...
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:57 PM   #5
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Who makes that tank and how big is it?
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:52 PM   #6
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i think its acerbis 6.5 or so
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:28 PM   #7
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If it had a start button, stock larger tank, street legal,....there would be no reason to buy anything else.
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:32 PM   #8
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:37 PM   #9
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Tell us about the fairing set up you've got going there. Custom made or aftermarket or mix?


That's precicely the kind of bike I'm pondering. If only they made it OEM street legal it would be tha jackpot!!!!
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:42 AM   #10
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I went through the same progression of bikes but threw in a KLR. I even accessorized my XR the same as yours. It looks great and you will enjoy it.

What was my end result? Well, a KTM 640 Adv. Meet all the my requirements not in order of priority:

- Reliable
- Balls
- Very capable offroad
- Reasonably comfortable on a 500 mile road day
- Big tank
- Frame capable of supporting luggage rack/panyards (XRs biggest fault)
- Ease of maintenance (if you think like a German anyway)

What matters though is that you are enjoying whatever works for you. We're all different. I'm just letting you what worked for me.

Looks Great!!
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:56 AM   #11
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High Water just answered my question I believe. Is there no way to mount Panniers to an XR? I have always been a Honda fan and may have to settle for something like an XR before I can afford the bike I want.
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Old 10-29-2005, 01:19 PM   #12
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Great Bike and awesome trip! Mexico is where I want to be - it's getting to cold here in the north.
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:41 PM   #13
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If it had a start button, stock larger tank, street legal,....there would be no reason to buy anything else.
Then people would whine it's too heavy, here in Wyoming that bike is already street legal if a brake switch and a rear view mirror are installed...and learn to properly tune your bike so it is easy to start :)
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:24 PM   #14
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Your bike looks fantastic. Do tell us about it.

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Old 10-29-2005, 11:29 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by bentspoke
If it had a start button, stock larger tank, street legal,....there would be no reason to buy anything else.
or you could just buy a KTM 625 SXC (if you can find one of course)
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