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Old 10-11-2011, 08:04 AM   #4906
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What really piss me off in general with Honda, it's their policy with the spare parts, the XL600's are around 25 years old, and a lot of spare parts are not manufactured anymore, meaning, how many person had to suffer from not finding the spare parts they were looking for, this is a real disgrace, The RFVC engine had an obvious problem of reliability, particularly the camshaft lubrication, and now the camshaft are not available anymore...this is really unfair...they should relaunch the production for these really rare and fragile parts...

I'm sure we could gather hundreds of signature to protest about the lack of respect toward loyal customers...
I hear ya! Eventually I'm going to get a billet stage one cam from megacycle. They're really expensive, like $300, but then I'd have a strong billet camshaft that I wouldn't have to worry about. It's about all you can do...
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:03 AM   #4907
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What really piss me off in general with Honda, it's their policy with the spare parts, the XL600's are around 25 years old, and a lot of spare parts are not manufactured anymore, meaning, how many person had to suffer from not finding the spare parts they were looking for, this is a real disgrace, The RFVC engine had an obvious problem of reliability, particularly the camshaft lubrication, and now the camshaft are not available anymore...this is really unfair...they should relaunch the production for these really rare and fragile parts...

I'm sure we could gather hundreds of signature to protest about the lack of respect toward loyal customers...

Many manufacturers(in the auto industry, at least) adhere to an unadvertised policy of supporting a vehicle for around 10 years after the end of production. After that, stock is depleted until it runs out, much like with XL600 parts. I think I recall that eight or 10 years is the average life of a passenger car or light truck in this country anyway. It sucks for those of that like old bike and cars, but it does make sense to me from the manufacturer's economic standpoint.
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:30 PM   #4908
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I was out riding last night and the speedometer died. The drive at the front wheel finally split enough to let go. The cable drive had been skipping so it nearly stripped itself as well.
New cable assembly and drive mechanism on the way from Service Honda. I should be grateful the part isn't discontinued yet. The ones on ebay look like hammered poop.
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:51 PM   #4909
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I was out riding last night and the speedometer died. The drive at the front wheel finally split enough to let go. The cable drive had been skipping so it nearly stripped itself as well.
New cable assembly and drive mechanism on the way from Service Honda. I should be grateful the part isn't discontinued yet. The ones on ebay look like hammered poop.

You should have posted your problem up here. I have the odo drive and cable available. OH well, next time...
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:37 PM   #4910
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You should have posted your problem up here. I have the odo drive and cable available. OH well, next time...
Thanks for thinking of me!
With your wealth of knowledge have you found anybody that rebuilds the stock XL600R shock?
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:07 PM   #4911
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Thanks for thinking of me!
With your wealth of knowledge have you found anybody that rebuilds the stock XL600R shock?

Sorry, but no.

Buy a Progressive Suspension shock?
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:38 AM   #4912
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Oops. Mine is doing ok but 25 years of age has me wondering.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:08 PM   #4913
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I remember XRs only selling camshafts for the XL600r. May want to check them out.
http://www.xrsonly.com/dirt-bike-par...ls/honda-xl600

I've never shopped there, but it may be worth a shot.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #4914
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I remember XRs only selling camshafts for the XL600r. May want to check them out.
http://www.xrsonly.com/dirt-bike-par...ls/honda-xl600

I've never shopped there, but it may be worth a shot.

XR's Only doesn't have any cam listed for the XL600
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:36 PM   #4915
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I'm having a high RPM viberation in the top end of my XL500R. Anyone have any thoughts?
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:11 AM   #4916
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:20 PM   #4917
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indeed what a sweetheart of a classic...would look at home next to my 80 500.....i need to give my 600 more love

drum front brake? intresting..i thought once they went mono out back they all went disc up front
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:45 PM   #4918
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They went to front disk in '83 with the introduction of RFVC XL600 and XR500 models. That XL500 design predates both and doesn't share much with either. in fact, I thought the XL500 was replaced by the 600 in '83, but it looks like the 500 stayed for '83 outside of the U.S.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #4919
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hmmm...seems to be a nice middle ground between my 83 xl600r and my 80 xl500s...the monoshock but the old engine and brakes but the newwer plastics looks like its still the 79-81 split frame too 83s throttle, 80s dash...cant help but wonder if thats a 21 or a 23
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:39 AM   #4920
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hmmm...seems to be a nice middle ground between my 83 xl600r and my 80 xl500s...the monoshock but the old engine and brakes but the newwer plastics looks like its still the 79-81 split frame too 83s throttle, 80s dash...cant help but wonder if thats a 21 or a 23
It's a 21". The 23s stopped with the dual-shock bikes.
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