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Old 05-31-2013, 06:46 AM   #7786
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How much did XL600R's lean over on the kickstank from the factory? Most seem to lean over quite a bit which is safe but looks like crap.
Look at this one. Only 3,000 original miles.
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3837353150.html
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:05 AM   #7787
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How much did XL600R's lean over on the kickstank from the factory? Most seem to lean over quite a bit which is safe but looks like crap.
Look at this one. Only 3,000 original miles.
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3837353150.html
Might be a result of kickstarting it while on the sidestand too much. Mine only has 5,000 original miles, and it sits like this...

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Old 05-31-2013, 07:19 AM   #7788
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How much did XL600R's lean over on the kickstank from the factory? Most seem to lean over quite a bit which is safe but looks like crap.
Look at this one. Only 3,000 original miles.
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3837353150.html

I don't remember mine leaning that much when stock, As I added suspension length it definitely got worse. I eventually bought an XR kickstand of ebay which was longer and that helped a lot. I wonder if they changed those over the years a little, mine was a late model and that one is early.

The one you linked to on CL is questionable in my mind anyway as to originality. The more you look at it the worse is looks. I think the speedo may indeed have on 3.000 miles, but the bike appears to have a lot more. either that or they were really hard miles, plus it comes with lots of extra parts which makes me wonder too. As is true with cars too, I would rather have a well cared for higher mile machine than an abused lower mile machine.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:26 AM   #7789
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I don't remember mine leaning that much when stock, As I added suspension length it definitely got worse. I eventually bought an XR kickstand of ebay which was longer and that helped a lot. I wonder if they changed those over the years a little, mine was a late model and that one is early.

The one you linked to on CL is questionable in my mind anyway as to originality. The more you look at it the worse is looks. I think the speedo may indeed have on 3.000 miles, but the bike appears to have a lot more. either that or they were really hard miles, plus it comes with lots of extra parts which makes me wonder too. As is true with cars too, I would rather have a well cared for higher mile machine than an abused lower mile machine.
It looks like it spent most of its life outside. Rusty forks at the top, shredded seat, plastic faded. It would be a fantastic candidate for a rebuild as long as pitting inside the engine is minimal or non existent. Cam, bore, wrist pin, gears all pit from humidity moisture build up.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:05 AM   #7790
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It looks like it spent most of its life outside. Rusty forks at the top, shredded seat, plastic faded. It would be a fantastic candidate for a rebuild as long as pitting inside the engine is minimal or non existent. Cam, bore, wrist pin, gears all pit from humidity moisture build up.

Air filters can rot and dissolve too, and if someone doesn't care enough to do anything else why bother changing oil. It might be a good builder, but I would look long and hard at it live before plunking down cash.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:09 AM   #7791
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Side Stand

If the bike has a lot of lean there are two ways to achieve this.

First, the bent kick stand from kick starting the bike with the stand down:



Second is again starting the bike on the stand but the stand's mount on the frame gets bent thus giving the bike it's lean. Ever see a bike that is missing it's side stand and where the stand is supposed to mount is torn away? now you know why.

Here is a straight stand

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Old 05-31-2013, 09:48 AM   #7792
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And here one that will not bend .

I kick my one always on the stand .
longer then original but rock solid

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Old 05-31-2013, 10:32 AM   #7793
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I hate to admit this but... I have to stand on the left peg to kick it over. I have tried one foot on the ground and one on the kicker and it wont work. Legs are too short.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:26 PM   #7794
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I had my bike set up on a bucket one time. The kick stand was out and it fell over landing on the kickstand, it bent it in inwards and now it doesn't lean nearly as much. only downside was the handle bars hit the fender off my car
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:03 PM   #7795
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I hate to admit this but... I have to stand on the left peg to kick it over. I have tried one foot on the ground and one on the kicker and it wont work. Legs are too short.

I used to feel I had to stand on the peg too, 32" inseam, but out of fear of breaking the kick stand mount or having to start it where I couldn't use the stand I forced myself to learn the technique for starting with the stand up.

Now that is the first thing I do is kick up the stand, I feel now like it will bottom out on the kick and highside me. Getting the jetting dialed helped a lot too.

I used to be afraid of getting stopped on a hill or somewhere and not being able to start it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:23 PM   #7796
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I've gotten myself is some shitty situations offroad, nothing worse than a failed hill climb and trying to get it started on a wicked soft slope. Like I said before, the XL600 is an acquired taste if you ride it off-road....
I need to get mine fixed. I'm happy it's not nearly as bad as other rebuilds I read about. Some of those rebuilds I wonder how the bike was running before they torn into it. I juss need head work and reassemble!!

How can I tell if my tensioner spring is good?? It gave my finger a good cut when it released, but I don't think thats a good way to judge it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #7797
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The cam chain tensioner is what? Like five bucks. Buy a new one.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #7798
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Kickstand lean

My XL had a serious lean on the stand when I got it. At the top of the stand, the forked part was spread out and the shoulder bolt was stripped. Heated up the forked end red hot and beat it back together. Put on a new shoulder bolt. Fixed the lean problem. I think it got deformed from the PO traveling with a few hundred pounds of gear on the bike.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:53 PM   #7799
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The old hard to start story.

I know I need to upgrade to the Ricky Stator and where to find but what about the Pulse Generator?
Found the bike last fall ....yes in a barn......Rings,Gaskets-Seals,Valves ground and T-Chain guides and a new spiffy paint job later this is what I have.


Bike was hard to start when hot but I got the proper Voodoo down pat and had no worries.....took a dump on me this week and wouldn't start.
looks like the Stat. and the PG are out of spec....Where can I get the PG and anything else I need to change to get this pig back on the road.
I have scanned through this thread for 2 hours....My eyes are bleeding...Thanks for any help I can get, love this old bike !
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I know I need to upgrade to the Ricky Stator and where to find but what about the Pulse Generator?
Found the bike last fall ....yes in a barn......Rings,Gaskets-Seals,Valves ground and T-Chain guides and a new spiffy paint job later this is what I have.


Bike was hard to start when hot but I got the proper Voodoo down pat and had no worries.....took a dump on me this week and wouldn't start.
looks like the Stat. and the PG are out of spec....Where can I get the PG and anything else I need to change to get this pig back on the road.
I have scanned through this thread for 2 hours....My eyes are bleeding...Thanks for any help I can get, love this old bike !

Stator
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Pulse Generator, Cheapcycleparts.com

Generator, Pulse 30300-MK2-010 $47.95
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