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Old 04-05-2012, 11:28 PM   #41041
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Katbeanz..... Who's your buddy???

Here is bike pron for ya!!!! Lookin' badass my brother!



This is going to be one DAMN SEXY looking bike if the rest of it looks as nice as this engine.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:05 AM   #41042
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My BRAND NEW xr650l!!!



Just an update... THERE SHE IS! Still deciding on a name for her...

I decided to go for a new model just because I can now know exactly what happens to it and that its MINE!
Picked her up on Thurday from the dealer! and WOW!! Blown away by how awesome this bike is!

Question: How long should I ride the engine in for? I dont really want to thrash a new engine... but I dont know how slow to take it and for how long...

And thanks for all the advice guys!
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:28 AM   #41043
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While coming to a stop and downshifting, I will sometimes miss Neutral and downshift all the way to 1st gear. When I come to a complete stop and try to shift to Neutral from 1st, the bike doesn't want to cooperate. Is this a sign of anything? What should I be saving money for? Thanks for any input.

Jesse
The MSF instructor would say it's a sign you should leave it in first gear while at a stop in case the knucklehead coming up behind you is too busy talking on the phone to realize that traffic stopped... Pop the clutch and you're on the sidewalk, allowing said driver to smash into the other cage in front of you, minus motorcycle sandwich.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:35 AM   #41044
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Question: How long should I ride the engine in for? I dont really want to thrash a new engine... but I dont know how slow to take it and for how long...

And thanks for all the advice guys!
Uh-oh - the never ending break-in question. I suggest you learn as much as you can about it, and make your own informed decision. My research led me to the following.

I agree with the back pressure is required school of thought, which leads to not babying the engine too much during break-in. Long stretches of constant RPM are generally agreed to be bad. I personally try not to redline any engine at any time while I own it, though I certainly do enjoy hitting the higher RPM's at times . Likewise, lugging the engine is not a great idea.

I'm sure our resident experts will chime in with the full hows and whys. Basically - get out and enjoy the ride!

Oh yeah, welcome!
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:50 AM   #41045
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Like I said earlier I am a chain Uber n00b. What is the difference between the 500, 520, 525 etc? Or I guess a better question is what chain do I need and what kind master link? Obviously that will dictate what kind of masterlink tool that I need.
You need a 520 chain........110 links is stock,,.......





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Old 04-06-2012, 06:20 AM   #41046
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Break in

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:59 AM   #41047
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Just an update... THERE SHE IS! Still deciding on a name for her...

I decided to go for a new model just because I can now know exactly what happens to it and that its MINE!
Picked her up on Thurday from the dealer! and WOW!! Blown away by how awesome this bike is!

Question: How long should I ride the engine in for? I dont really want to thrash a new engine... but I dont know how slow to take it and for how long...

And thanks for all the advice guys!
Not sure that I could bring myself to use my favored break-in process on a brand new bike
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:25 AM   #41048
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Thanks, I appreciate the support. I'll put it back together and set the valves again and go for it. I have a eye surgery week from tomorrow and a hell of a lot of work to finish up before they butcher my face.

So I'm clear, I rotate slowly until the click, then immediately set the valve to .004.

Then run to the 46 coupe to complete the dash wiring so I can fire it up for the first time.
Good luck on the surgery, the 46 coupe sure is purdy..
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:42 AM   #41049
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The MSF instructor would say it's a sign you should leave it in first gear while at a stop in case the knucklehead coming up behind you is too busy talking on the phone to realize that traffic stopped... Pop the clutch and you're on the sidewalk, allowing said driver to smash into the other cage in front of you, minus motorcycle sandwich.
BIKES=ALWAYS IN GEAR

again good info...

too bad this didnt help any when getting sideswiped at speed against a wall!

oh well
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:46 AM   #41050
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Not sure that I could bring myself to use my favored break-in process on a brand new bike
I did it on my 2008 klr...

yeah different monster but it took some guts...

but the bike loved me after....no oil burning...buttery smooth clutch...

fresh dino oil every 1.5k or so.

dont know what it was but all the other klr's that I worked on for some side money...they all used synthetic oil...cause they thought it ws better after break in...

they ALL had horrible stiff notchy transmissions...

hope this doesnt start an oil thread war....

BUT the xr/xrl loves diesel grade dino oil...

JUST LOVES IT!
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:55 AM   #41051
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You need a 520 chain........110 links is stock,,.......





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I agree that I owe the collective some .


Thanks for the data.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:05 AM   #41052
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Just an update... THERE SHE IS! Still deciding on a name for her...

I decided to go for a new model just because I can now know exactly what happens to it and that its MINE!
Picked her up on Thurday from the dealer! and WOW!! Blown away by how awesome this bike is!

Question: How long should I ride the engine in for? I dont really want to thrash a new engine... but I dont know how slow to take it and for how long...

And thanks for all the advice guys!
Welcome Cobus

Pm me at some stage to swop cell no

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Old 04-06-2012, 11:54 AM   #41053
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What kind of RPM's do you guys get at around 70mph? I feel like I'm still pushing my bike fairly hard at 70-75. It'll do 80 if I let it at max RPM, but the engine seems to be screaming at 80. I know the bike has low compression, so pushing it at high RPM's shouldn't hurt it theoretically I would think, but can I have some confirmation that pushing my piglet at 70 at 3/4 throttle and high RPM for a few hours isn't going to wreck it? I'm still working on the fine tuning of the bike since the carb cleaning, so I may be able to push it a little harder once I play with the disks in the exhaust. Just curious to know what the rest of you guys thought.

Btw, what is the rev limiter set at on these? How many RPM is the absolute max? I'm probably 800-1000 below rev limiter at 75.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:03 PM   #41054
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Question XR650R Front Sprocket Renthal

I just changed my back sprocket to 48T and I got a Renthal Xr650R 14T front sprocket.

I searched this thread but could not find any info on Renthal 14T,


Now I have read that you need to hit it sometime with a persuation tool, I did that but not sure how hard you can hit it.

Then I also read that you can make the gear slightly smaller, how would you do this, on a grinder or on a milling machine?

Is there anybody out there that has fitted one of these ? Any advise?

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Old 04-06-2012, 12:10 PM   #41055
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I just changed my back sprocket to 48T and I got a Renthal Xr650R 14T front sprocket.

I searched this thread but could not find any info on Renthal 14T,


Now I have read that you need to hit it sometime with a persuation tool, I did that but not sure how hard you can hit it.

Then I also read that you can make the gear slightly smaller, how would you do this, on a grinder or on a milling machine?

Is there anybody out there that has fitted one of these ? Any advise?

Regards

Jaco

You'll notice that one side of your clip's teeth is slightly beveled. I used a dremel tool for mine and just beveled the other side of my clip a tiny fraction and I was able to get mine on. Both sides of the clip teeth are slightly beveled now, but it fits VERY tightly and so far it works great. I was using a Moose Racing sprocket though. I hear people will take a little off the inside edge of the teeth with a dremel so it can go a bit farther on the countershaft and that'll have the same effect. In hind sight, I probably should have done this, but at least I won't have an issue with the next one.
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