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Old 12-29-2012, 07:21 PM   #50746
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... if you riding the L off-road and want the best for that, but still want security and a smooth ride on the street you can't beat a 606 rear and a M21 front. ....
Fine combo; and although quite good, since I've tried Pirelli Scorpion Pro, my preference now lies with these.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #50747
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Hey guys. Long time!

I've been back in the real world for a while. Daily grind, getting a business going, not much time for riding. My L recently crossed the 30k mark. To celebrate, it started making a scraping noise when being started. Seems worse the colder it is. When fully warm, seems to be gone.

What do you guys think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCah5rJRaTA

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:46 PM   #50748
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Right on, Steve! Ours:

Your boy in the middle seems bored with the whole picture taking bit. Good looking crew you have there.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:47 PM   #50749
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Hey guys. Long time!

I've been back in the real world for a while. Daily grind, getting a business going, not much time for riding. My L recently crossed the 30k mark. To celebrate, it started making a scraping noise when being started. Seems worse the colder it is. When fully warm, seems to be gone.

What do you guys think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCah5rJRaTA

Mike B

Just sounds like the starter is getting tired. You might consider a rebuild. I got a kit off of E-Bay for about $30.00.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:49 PM   #50750
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Fine combo; and although quite good, since I've tried Pirelli Scorpion Pro, my preference now lies with these.
I will take a look at them.


Spud thanks for the heads up on the tire changing stand. I will add to cart.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:04 PM   #50751
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:46 PM   #50752
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Anyone on here running Shinko 244's? How many miles you getting out of them, and what are your thoughts on size for the rear? I've read they run a little small, so I was thinking about getting the 5.10 rear.

I want something that will be decent on my short commute, but still handle trails pretty well, and the 244's have good reviews and great price. A friend of mine has them on his XRL and doesn't have any complaints, with similar riding to mine.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:00 PM   #50753
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...Spud thanks for the heads up on the tire changing stand. I will add to cart.
You're welcome, Teach. That stand is excellent; you will enjoy it.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #50754
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A few XRL questions before I ride to Death Valley from SF Bay Area...

I've got a trip planned to Death Valley sometime in late Feb or early March and I've got a few questions about my XRL. The plan so far is to ride from San Francisco via secondary highways to keep the speed below 60 mph and to see sights not visible from I5. Here are some nagging issues with the bike that I need to sort out before riding the bike down there versus trailering it:

- Do I need to install an oil cooler? Again, I'm going to keep the speeds below 60 mph and the air temperature should be pretty cool that time of the year.

- Recently, I've started to experience difficulty coming out of 1st gear if I'm stopped i.e., trying to shift into Neutral from 1st gear while stopped. Seems to shift fine once I'm moving and shift from 1st to 2nd although I have to rev pretty high to get a smooth shift.

- I've got D606 front and rear. The rear will need to be replaced soon and I'm exploring alternatives for a 60/40 tire besides the D606.

- What's a conservative weight limit for my rear rack keeping in mind the weak subframe? I'm using a Giant Loop and will also have a medium sized dry bag and sleeping pad. Most of the weight of the Giant Loop will be on the back half of the seat.

Thanks for any advice you guys may have.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:13 PM   #50755
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Anyone on here running Shinko 244's? How many miles you getting out of them, and what are your thoughts on size for the rear? I've read they run a little small, so I was thinking about getting the 5.10 rear.

I want something that will be decent on my short commute, but still handle trails pretty well, and the 244's have good reviews and great price. A friend of mine has them on his XRL and doesn't have any complaints, with similar riding to mine.
I have installed a Shinko 244 on the rear wheel of my XR650L, and the front wheel of my 200cc trail bike. The Shinko 244 will perform well on pavement and dry surfaces off road. However, the Shinko 244 is useless in mud. The rear tire will spin in even shallow mud. The front tire will load up with mud and wash out instantly, dumping you without any warning whatsoever; you won't know what hit you. Wear is decent, but some riders report the Shinko 244 tires chunk tire knobs. The Shinko 244 tires do run a little on the small side. Unless you wish to reduce saddle height, you probably want to get the size 4.60-18, rear tire, or larger.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx



You might also want to consider the Kenda K270 tires, which have a very similar tread pattern.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:29 PM   #50756
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I found a small, pulse wave modulation (PWM), LED dimmer on eBay for $3.48 delivered.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140813968248...84.m1497.l2649



I am going to substitute this PWM device for the 2-ohm resistor which reduces power for the low setting on my Tusk grip heaters. This device is fully adjustable from zero power to full power. This dimmer is also small enough to fit easily behind the headlight shroud; it has the following dimensions.

Length: 2-5/8 inches
Width: 1-5/16 inches
Height: 7/8 inch

This PWM device is rated for 5 amps current, and 60 watts power. The Tusk grip heaters draw a maximum of 3 amps current, and 36 watts power.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:42 PM   #50757
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- Do I need to install an oil cooler? Again, I'm going to keep the speeds below 60 mph and the air temperature should be pretty cool that time of the year.

...

- I've got D606 front and rear. The rear will need to be replaced soon and I'm exploring alternatives for a 60/40 tire besides the D606.

- What's a conservative weight limit for my rear rack keeping in mind the weak subframe? I'm using a Giant Loop and will also have a medium sized dry bag and sleeping pad. Most of the weight of the Giant Loop will be on the back half of the seat.

Thanks for any advice you guys may have.
Ride the bike. If you keep speeds below 60 mph you won't need an oil cooler, even if you have removed the stock air scoops. Do you have a luggage rack? Some racks distribute the weight from the subframe better than others. However, your modest load and Giant Loop should greatly mitigate any problems.

The D606 is a great rear tire; if you need DOT approval, why switch? If you don't need DOT approval, I recommend the Dunlop D952.



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Old 12-29-2012, 11:13 PM   #50758
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The D606 is a great rear tire; if you need DOT approval, why switch? If you don't need DOT approval, I recommend the Dunlop D952.

Thanks Spud Rider. I'm trying to get more miles out of my rear tires and I'm also finding myself riding this bike more on the street/fire roads than on gnarly off road trails.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:22 PM   #50759
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Thanks Spud Rider. I'm trying to get more miles out of my rear tires and I'm also finding myself riding this bike more on the street/fire roads than on gnarly off road trails.
You're welcome. In my experience, the D952 rides better on pavement than the D606, and also performs better off road. I also get longer wear from the D952 rear tire. However, the D952 is not DOT approved.

Based upon your intended riding, you might consider the Kenda K270 and Shinko 244, rear tires, as long as you don't ride in any mud.

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Old 12-30-2012, 04:12 AM   #50760
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Great conversations guys!
Steve and Spud you guys continue to amaze me, THANK YOU!!! Hopefully soon I'll have some info on those NX650 5th gears for you guys, sorry it's taking so long but I've had a lot on my plate moving across the planet and all

now as another inmate recently stated....

Back to drinking!


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p.s. I loved the comment that someone wants a Kubiak designed fuel tank.... I'm in the same boat.... He made some awesome tanks but he got rid of his XR so he can't make them anymore... maybe he'll be back... I hope so!
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