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Old 11-19-2012, 07:40 PM   #15271
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Thumb Re: broken chain adjuster bolts

Thanks to everyone for all of the tips and tricks on removing and repairing the broken adjuster bolt. I was actually able to drill out the old bolt with a 1/4" bit and re-tap with the same 8 x 1.25 thread. With some quick thinking and a little enginuity,(and a fair amount of WD-40), as long I can find a replacement bolt I should be able to take the traditional Turkey Day ride.


Also I will be adding the small "weep" holes to the swing arm. I was amazed at the amount of water that flowed out when I drilled through the bolt.

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:21 PM   #15272
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Ok sounds good. I have no idea if mine are stuck, but I am going to use a lot of caution when I remove them.

Is heat safe to use in that area? You think I can get a picture of where you drilled, I am still sorta confused where. Thanks!


It's a good idea to remove the adjusting bolts every few tire changes and coat them with anti seize. Drilling the drain holes sounds like a good idea.

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #15273
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Stock Carb Throttle Sticking

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I'm having a strange problem after installing an FMF jet kit. After installing the FMF jet kit on my stock XRR carb, I buttoned everything back together and played with the spring-loaded throttle lever to make sure it had smooth throttle operation. It was very smooth and it returned as expected, but I noticed if I opened the throttle all the way open, it would occasional stick in the WOT position. Keep in mind, this is on the workbench, no throttle cables hooked up, I was turning the spring loaded plate that connects to the throttle cables directly.

So I thought, maybe I had a bent needle, so I pulled the needle slide out and took out the needle completely from the carb. Then I put the needle slide back in and moved the needle slide with my finger in and out of the carb body. I definitely could feel a sticking point near the top of the cylinder, where the slide would be at WOT. Anyone else had this happen? It's very clean, no deposits and it's smooth as silk, but I'm getting some binding on my needle slide when I open the push/pull cable plate to WOT. Obviously, I'm hesitant to run the carb if it could stick in the WOT position, but I'm curious if a little fuel lubrication would help.

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:38 PM   #15274
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I think.. I'm in the right place.. I'm trying to find me thumper, and I've found a plated XR650R in immaculate shape for $2,300. Should I? I'm 5'11, 170. I want something dependable that I can take on long trips and also have fun on. I pack light so I don't think I'd need a bike that could handle excessive weight. Should I buy this bike, or pick up one of the lesser thumpers for $1,800ish? I know it all depends on my own personal preference, but frankly.. I am so lost. Is $2,300 a good deal, good enough to buy it and if I decide it's not for me, to unload it quickly? Throw me a bone.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:32 PM   #15275
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Ok sounds good. I have no idea if mine are stuck, but I am going to use a lot of caution when I remove them.

Is heat safe to use in that area? You think I can get a picture of where you drilled, I am still sorta confused where. Thanks!
Here's a view of my 950 swingarm, from below. Same thing applies to the BRP. I hope this helps:

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:12 AM   #15276
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I think.. I'm in the right place.. I'm trying to find me thumper, and I've found a plated XR650R in immaculate shape for $2,300. Should I? I'm 5'11, 170. I want something dependable that I can take on long trips and also have fun on. I pack light so I don't think I'd need a bike that could handle excessive weight. Should I buy this bike, or pick up one of the lesser thumpers for $1,800ish? I know it all depends on my own personal preference, but frankly.. I am so lost. Is $2,300 a good deal, good enough to buy it and if I decide it's not for me, to unload it quickly? Throw me a bone.
That sounds like a good deal, go for it. After you get it lets see a picture of it. I just picked this up last week.



I had one before, a 2000 model that I owned for 8 years without any trouble with it. I sold it because after having it that long it was just worn out and now I have a fresh one. If the one you mentioned is immaculate then you can expect years of fun for not alot of $. Good luck!
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:55 AM   #15277
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I think.. I'm in the right place.. I'm trying to find me thumper, and I've found a plated XR650R in immaculate shape for $2,300. Should I? I'm 5'11, 170. I want something dependable that I can take on long trips and also have fun on. I pack light so I don't think I'd need a bike that could handle excessive weight. Should I buy this bike, or pick up one of the lesser thumpers for $1,800ish? I know it all depends on my own personal preference, but frankly.. I am so lost. Is $2,300 a good deal, good enough to buy it and if I decide it's not for me, to unload it quickly? Throw me a bone.
Your body weight/height is ideal for this bike. I'm about the same and I love this bike. A handful at first but once you get used to it and start getting the muscle for it it's amazing. 2,300 for years of dependable, awesome riding. I'd say go for it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:17 AM   #15278
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I think.. I'm in the right place.. I'm trying to find me thumper, and I've found a plated XR650R in immaculate shape for $2,300. Should I? I'm 5'11, 170. I want something dependable that I can take on long trips and also have fun on. I pack light so I don't think I'd need a bike that could handle excessive weight. Should I buy this bike, or pick up one of the lesser thumpers for $1,800ish? I know it all depends on my own personal preference, but frankly.. I am so lost. Is $2,300 a good deal, good enough to buy it and if I decide it's not for me, to unload it quickly? Throw me a bone.
in a thread full of xrr lovers ..... i think you know the answer to that ...price wise i wouldnt know as i live on the other side of the globe
i'll say 1 thing tho if you like the bike you will love the bike
and if you love the bike it will love you back ..for many many yrs to come
bang for buck there aint nothing in its class

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That sounds like a good deal, go for it. After you get it lets see a picture of it. I just picked this up last week.



I had one before, a 2000 model that I owned for 8 years without any trouble with it. I sold it because after having it that long it was just worn out and now I have a fresh one. If the one you mentioned is immaculate then you can expect years of fun for not alot of $. Good luck!
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:42 AM   #15279
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It seems that it is normal for the 650R to consume some oil, especially at high power settings. The question is "how much is some?". I've had two-strokes that don't burn 1/2 liter in a day's ride.

It starts easy and runs like a red rocket so I'm just going to ride it and try to remember to check the oil more often.

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I don't know how much is too much, but mine didn't burn a noticeable amount in Vegas to Reno (have a sight tube and it stayed in about the same spot the whole race). Haven't had noticeable oil consumption since the race either. I've run conventional and synthetic oils, no difference as far as I can tell (I usually run good syn stuff, but in Mexico I ran the conventional stuff that was available--clean oil better than no oil or dirty oil!). Maybe you are over-filling? Do you have a sight tube?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #15280
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Depends on the condition

There are some things to check for use and abuse. The obvious things to check that everyone references are the obvious things that sketchy people work to obscure. It's a good deal if there is heaps of life left in the engine. If you have to get a new engine then you will probably have to buy a donor bike. What state are you in? That determines the value of the plate. Finally, what aftermarket parts are on the bike? Most people like to change alot of stuff often using vague terms like "upgrading". And if there are good parts on the scoot that are of zero or negative value to you then you can sell them effectively bringing down the cost of the bike.

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I think.. I'm in the right place.. I'm trying to find me thumper, and I've found a plated XR650R in immaculate shape for $2,300. Should I? I'm 5'11, 170. I want something dependable that I can take on long trips and also have fun on. I pack light so I don't think I'd need a bike that could handle excessive weight. Should I buy this bike, or pick up one of the lesser thumpers for $1,800ish? I know it all depends on my own personal preference, but frankly.. I am so lost. Is $2,300 a good deal, good enough to buy it and if I decide it's not for me, to unload it quickly? Throw me a bone.

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Old 11-20-2012, 11:36 AM   #15281
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I met AngryShawn!

There were very few XR650Rs in the 1000 this year. I only remember two so perhaps there were four total because I napped from 4am to 6am as I didn't want to be half-awake for Friday's drive to the Bay of LA for some rest and good food on the beach.

AngryShawn did roll through our pit at about 3am and riding fast. He was wide awake and in the hunt even if his pony was having some nervous system issues. As usual that far into the race Shawn was dogpiled by guys wondering if Shawn had memorized data about every wrecked vehicle on the course. Still, his team finished which is more than we did although we thought we got 2nd until we got back home and got accurate news. We had great hopes this year and in our Dafvid v. Goliath struggles against the two factory teams we really seemed to have a very accurate slingshot. Hope springs eternal...

Ken Kosiorek continued his tradition of stopping, resting, and eating at every pit. Apparently he got some bad food at pit 11 cause I heard he went in hard at mile 575 with broken ribs. No word yet on his bike.

We were all anxious for the guy with prosthetic legs and the other guy who was shadowing him but if I hadn't memorized his plate I wouldn't have known. VERY impressive for 1150 miles for both the guy with prosthetics and his friend.

Several Japanese guys on Hondas seemed like they were looking for a buffet when they stopped but when they were offered fresh tamales and empanadas from a local rancher's wife (I watched her make them and I ate them and they were great) but they seemed terrified of the local food.

We need to get a group of XR650R guys together to ride en masse... I know a local group down here who were gonna do it but the ring leader's mom died just before the race and it all unraveled.

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #15282
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I'm in Mississippi, tagging an offroad bike here is probably easier than any other state I've seen ads for people looking for these bikes, begging for one in any condition. The bike is completely stock with the addition of blinkers and a tag mount. It has offroad tires so I'd say it's not been on the road quite a bit, but the thing is amazingly clean, so I can't imagine they've abused the thing offroad unless this guy is just fantastic at washing it up. I've been trying to find me a bike and keep missing on ones. I had settled on a 1990 XT600 for $2,000, but the guy sold it within hours of me going to get it. I found a 2002 KLR 650 for $1,000, with a lot of custom stuff done to it, with only $10,000 miles, and I am sure the guy still has it, he just takes days to return my emails and never answers his phone, so I've all but given up on him. I try to gauge what the best bike for me would be. I think a KLR would be too heavy for my liking, and I like DR350s but I don't want to have to modify a bike so it can better handle how I drive down the highway. It seems this bike, with a different set of tires, speedo, and an electric start conversion would be everything I could ever want. Low weight, and high power. I don't need KLR or XRL subframe carrying capacity, because I don't like carrying much with me. And I think if need be, I could increase the strength the XRR chassis could carry, far easier than I could knock 100lbs off a KLR. I sit here and try to think of what I want in a bike and weigh the pros and cons of each bike. I end up with a few choices between an XRL, XRR, and a modified DR350. Modifying the DR350 is just throwing away money to me, when you can buy an XRR and get everything you spent so much time trying to turn the DR350 into. I like the XRL, it's heavier but I can live with that. But I can't find them for under $1,800, and usually looking like they've been ridden pretty hard. And why? When for $500 more I can have something that's not only a better bike, but is in much better condition as well.

And yes, I like to talk. But I did provide myself with a bit of advice through typing all that. It was a bit like thinking out loud. And now I know what I must do... I'm going to go buy an XRR (if guy hasn't sold it).
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:10 PM   #15283
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Good thinking!

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For that money the big XRR is a steal relative to the other two bikes. I'd check for water in bearings when you get it as that is a wet and humid state. Unless you are short the starter isn't necessary at all once the OEM carb has been sorted by someone who can do it (I couldn't.) The Yamaha is too old IMHO. The KLR is too modified from what I know about KLRs. My opinion from accidentally reading about them in various posts and videos is they are very reliable until they are modified. The KLR is too heavy period. Add shitty everything on it from Kawi and it's really just the low price leader. The DRs are great bikes if ridden within their parameters and not pushed, not unlike the KLRs.

I was recently offered $1500 for the starter I have and it's nowhere near worth that. For $1500 you could add the HRC cam and Bob Bell ported head and his most of his suspension work and you'd be real close to having a 1X bike.

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I'm in Mississippi, tagging an offroad bike here is probably easier than any other state I've seen ads for people looking for these bikes, begging for one in any condition. The bike is completely stock with the addition of blinkers and a tag mount. It has offroad tires so I'd say it's not been on the road quite a bit, but the thing is amazingly clean, so I can't imagine they've abused the thing offroad unless this guy is just fantastic at washing it up. I've been trying to find me a bike and keep missing on ones. I had settled on a 1990 XT600 for $2,000, but the guy sold it within hours of me going to get it. I found a 2002 KLR 650 for $1,000, with a lot of custom stuff done to it, with only $10,000 miles, and I am sure the guy still has it, he just takes days to return my emails and never answers his phone, so I've all but given up on him. I try to gauge what the best bike for me would be. I think a KLR would be too heavy for my liking, and I like DR350s but I don't want to have to modify a bike so it can better handle how I drive down the highway. It seems this bike, with a different set of tires, speedo, and an electric start conversion would be everything I could ever want. Low weight, and high power. I don't need KLR or XRL subframe carrying capacity, because I don't like carrying much with me. And I think if need be, I could increase the strength the XRR chassis could carry, far easier than I could knock 100lbs off a KLR. I sit here and try to think of what I want in a bike and weigh the pros and cons of each bike. I end up with a few choices between an XRL, XRR, and a modified DR350. Modifying the DR350 is just throwing away money to me, when you can buy an XRR and get everything you spent so much time trying to turn the DR350 into. I like the XRL, it's heavier but I can live with that. But I can't find them for under $1,800, and usually looking like they've been ridden pretty hard. And why? When for $500 more I can have something that's not only a better bike, but is in much better condition as well.

And yes, I like to talk. But I did provide myself with a bit of advice through typing all that. It was a bit like thinking out loud. And now I know what I must do... I'm going to go buy an XRR (if guy hasn't sold it).
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:47 PM   #15284
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I was recently offered $1500 for the starter I have and it's nowhere near worth that. For $1500 you could add the HRC cam and Bob Bell ported head and his most of his suspension work and you'd be real close to having a 1X bike.

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You got a stash of those HRC cams? I've been looking for one...
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:01 PM   #15285
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It seems that it is normal for the 650R to consume some oil, especially at high power settings. The question is "how much is some?". I've had two-strokes that don't burn 1/2 liter in a day's ride.

It starts easy and runs like a red rocket so I'm just going to ride it and try to remember to check the oil more often.

Thanks,
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Mine does not eat oil ( not yet ).

When i bought my previous car (BMW 330i ) people have told me to keep the eye on the oil as they are known to eat oil , even the bmw mechanic . In the time i have owned it , i never needed to top up the oil , and i was abusing it frequently , i believe in warming the engine properly before driving it hard and keep good quality clean oil in it , that works for me .
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