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Old 10-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #47716
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miami trails california on the xrl
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:21 PM   #47717
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:23 PM   #47718
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:25 PM   #47719
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my pit crew getting the xrl ready for the next trip.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:34 PM   #47720
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In my defense I told him about the klr, dr, xrr, and xrl. He still wound up buying a 93 bmw r100gs with a couple of minor problems that started turn into major problems that I tried to deal with, (with some success). After convincing him that the he should go another route I again brought up the klr, xrl, and xrr(this one was for me and I knew it wouldn't be a good match for his purpose but it has been done before.) But alas he went with XRL, which I am glad for because the KLR just doesn't excite me in the least. I also tried to talk him into soft luggage like the Giant Loop bags, but he wanted lockable boxes. But in the end I think this bike in its current set up will be just fine.

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HEY!

on a side note...I think the op could of done a bit more research on all bikes...especially the whole OIL burning at highways speeds that a lot of bikes suffer from...

anywhoo

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Old 10-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #47721
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Well.... I just got done swapping frames and I'm having similar issues. My coil is reading high, and with a new battery (the last one tested bad) all I get from the bike when I hit the button is a click from the battery case. all my fuses are good and everything else checks out. I tried both my CDI's and nothing helped, checked all my connections and still nothing. The bike was running 1 week before on another frame with no issues. With all the shit I've gone through to get this thing running and ready to go when I got the bad reading on the coil I kinda just wanted to set the damn thing on fire.

My engine won't even turn over. All I get is a click.

Have you scraped the paint away where the ground wires attach to the frame? There is also a single green wire above the headlight that needs to be connected. Don't ask.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:13 PM   #47722
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... Don't ask.
hahah.... Love these stories. I tore apart my vacuum pump the other nice, pump side, motor side, allofit. the motor wasn't spinning up. It spun up under load, the pump side spun free, but together it didn't. I spent probably six hours working and staring at it. Brother in law comes over and says.... have you tried connecting it directly to the wall?

It was on an extension.

It fired right up 30 seconds later. Fiberglass parts a coming soon.

six hours wasted.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:27 PM   #47723
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In my defense I told him about the klr, dr, xrr, and xrl. He still wound up buying a 93 bmw r100gs with a couple of minor problems that started turn into major problems that I tried to deal with, (with some success). After convincing him that the he should go another route I again brought up the klr, xrl, and xrr(this one was for me and I knew it wouldn't be a good match for his purpose but it has been done before.) But alas he went with XRL, which I am glad for because the KLR just doesn't excite me in the least. I also tried to talk him into soft luggage like the Giant Loop bags, but he wanted lockable boxes. But in the end I think this bike in its current set up will be just fine.
So, you were trying to pull a fast one on me huh? Want the bike for your own purposes after I"m through huh? Fine. I'm taking this thing all the way to Argentina if I have to send it by truck. Then I'm going to park in front of the sign at Ushuai, take a picture, then push it over a cliff! As the majority share holder in this endeavor, I say good day to you sir! Ha!

By the way, if you wreck my Harley or my truck while I'm gone, I'm going to kill Landry and kidnap Molly. Scratch that. I'll just take Molly and leave Landry with you because I know how much you hate him.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:32 PM   #47724
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Dude, you are have an over maximum load on the bike, what did you expect?
What is the maximum load? I could probably shed some tools, but the biggest weight right now is my damn ammo can panniers. 22lbs apiece. And the six gallons of fuel. Actually, the biggest weight it me. I need to lose a leg or something. That would lighten things up! I feel sorry for those few 300+ pound riders out there....
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:02 PM   #47725
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So, I wake up this morning at the crack of 9 after sleeping in a teepee (no joke), fire up the bike and ride it 30 miles to get it warmed up. Stop and check the oil....boom! It's back at the U in Upper on the factory dipstick.....so now I feel like a retard. I must have messed something up when I read it last night. I ride the rest of the day down the coast. Check it twice more while I'm riding. Once it's about a centimeter below the U, the second time it's right at the U again. I rode about 200 miles of winding coastal road, about 10 miles of stalled traffic in downtown San Francisco, and about 90 miles of freeway. Oil temps ranged from 200 while on the coast, 255 in stalled traffic, and about 240 while I was cruising on the freeway. I finished riding and checked the oil one last time....about a centimeter below the U again. So, my best guess is that if I'm losing oil, it's negligible...or I'm just not getting a good read. I do have some questions though:

1.) What kind of oil temps do people normally see when they are maintaining a steady speed (around 60-65) for long distances (100+ miles) in mild to warm weather (70-80 degrees)?

2.) What kind of temp do you absolutley need to shut the bike down (or slow way the hell down) to keep from burnining something up? I've had a few mechanics tell me 300 degrees, what do you all think?

3.) Even if I'm only burning about a centimeter of oil per day, is it worth taking it in to a shop to have them look at it before I cross the border? Or should I just suck it up, quit being a bitch, and go?

4.) Does anyone know of any other inmates that have tried taking an XRL all the way to South America? I would love to talk to them....

Anyways, I'll shut up now and listen, but expect me to freak out over some trivial matter frequently in my misguided and ill prepared journey south.....
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:34 PM   #47726
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So, I wake up this morning at the crack of 9 after sleeping in a teepee (no joke), fire up the bike and ride it 30 miles to get it warmed up. Stop and check the oil....boom! It's back at the U in Upper on the factory dipstick.....so now I feel like a retard. I must have messed something up when I read it last night. I ride the rest of the day down the coast. Check it twice more while I'm riding. Once it's about a centimeter below the U, the second time it's right at the U again. I rode about 200 miles of winding coastal road, about 10 miles of stalled traffic in downtown San Francisco, and about 90 miles of freeway. Oil temps ranged from 200 while on the coast, 255 in stalled traffic, and about 240 while I was cruising on the freeway. I finished riding and checked the oil one last time....about a centimeter below the U again. So, my best guess is that if I'm losing oil, it's negligible...or I'm just not getting a good read. I do have some questions though:

1.) What kind of oil temps do people normally see when they are maintaining a steady speed (around 60-65) for long distances (100+ miles) in mild to warm weather (70-80 degrees)?

2.) What kind of temp do you absolutley need to shut the bike down (or slow way the hell down) to keep from burnining something up? I've had a few mechanics tell me 300 degrees, what do you all think?

3.) Even if I'm only burning about a centimeter of oil per day, is it worth taking it in to a shop to have them look at it before I cross the border? Or should I just suck it up, quit being a bitch, and go?

4.) Does anyone know of any other inmates that have tried taking an XRL all the way to South America? I would love to talk to them....

Anyways, I'll shut up now and listen, but expect me to freak out over some trivial matter frequently in my misguided and ill prepared journey south.....
1: head temp of 160-280 (sensor at oil line at cover) depending on speed and ambient temp. Higher temp when faster. Oil temp at dipstick of 180-240 depending on speed. Higher temp when faster.

2: depends on where your sensor is.

3: the latter.

4:I live in TJ. When are you crossing the border and where?
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:09 PM   #47727
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By the way Brown Falcon, when were you in the Corps? And shouldn't it be "Blue Falcon"?
I was in from 2007 to early 2011. Back in Corvallis and going to OSU full time. Your brother came by a few times with the bike to compare some things and try out the XR600 muffler I've got. I'm jealous of all the extras you guys put on. I'd love to have a full rack system, skidplate, and Acerbis tank.

Oh, and it's Brown Falcon because my last name is Brown. I never was a blue falcon, but the nickname just kinda stuck.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:19 PM   #47728
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Burning Oil

When I took my XRL from LA o Yosemite, I got nervous as I stopped and noticed I'd consumed a lot of oil and it was running hot. I put over a half quart in and backed off the throttle. Oil consumption was negligible from then on.

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Old 10-17-2012, 10:29 PM   #47729
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I would rather have had a u-bolt with internal threads, then run a taper head screw from inside the box for a flush fit but I couldn't find any. The flat aluminum fits flush in the recess.

Very similar to how I did mine. I did use tapered head though so I got maximum space.


Your U bolts are stronger, but I used so many that what I've got is stronger than the box. My only concern is encroaching on my storage area for my tent and sleeping bag etc. I haven't tried yet.


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Old 10-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #47730
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Wicked Big singles and oil use under heavy load/throttle

I just run the bike with me, an IMS tank and a back pack with the "if I get stranded " bare essentials. I have no problems running 65-70 with stock gearing, and need minimal throttle and revs to do it. No oil consumption at all for me so far
I suspect loading the bike down heavy, and needing big amounts of throttle for highway cruising, is prolly partly responsible for higher oil usage. Most big singles use some oil at extended higher speeds, especially under a heavy load. All bikes do it to some degree, but the big singles with one giant piston are worse. And some bikes go through synthetic quicker than conventional oils.
I'd try not to overload the bike and then do extended highway running without keeping a constant eye on the oil. XR's and other oil-in-frame bikes don't have a big oil capacity....you can't run them a quart or 2 low like a streetbike and have no issues
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