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Old 12-11-2012, 05:40 PM   #15496
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XR650R or CRF450X

XR650X AVrider's,

I need some help deciding the best way to scratch my dirt bike itch. I currently ride a BMW R1200GSA. Great bike but it is pretty expensive and emotional to scratch and break so I am looking for something better suited for the mountains and desert of Arizona. I have narrowed it down to either the XR650R or CRF450X. At the age of 44 I will not be doing flips on either one. Either will be an earlier version '00-'07 set up with large capacity fuel tank. I understand the weigh vs power trade offs. Is one more maintenance intensive then the other? Is one cheaper to farkle-out with aftermarket's? Any thoughts is appreciated. Thanks for your inputs.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:14 PM   #15497
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XR650X AVrider's,

I need some help deciding the best way to scratch my dirt bike itch. I currently ride a BMW R1200GSA. Great bike but it is pretty expensive and emotional to scratch and break so I am looking for something better suited for the mountains and desert of Arizona. I have narrowed it down to either the XR650R or CRF450X. At the age of 44 I will not be doing flips on either one. Either will be an earlier version '00-'07 set up with large capacity fuel tank. I understand the weigh vs power trade offs. Is one more maintenance intensive then the other? Is one cheaper to farkle-out with aftermarket's? Any thoughts is appreciated. Thanks for your inputs.
The XR will be less maintenance but will weigh like 55 lbs more. There will definitely be more farkles available for the CRF as they haven't made the XR since 07. Personally any farkle that adds weight to me is not a good investment for an offroad bike unless it makes it safer like a steering stabilizer...

Since I bought the XR I have barely ridden the GSA, its a fantastic bike with a cult like following, damn near bomb proof...and what like 8 Baja 1000 wins to its credit... Buy it, set it up right, and you will never regret it.......
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:30 PM   #15498
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What is the little black do hickey on the lower left?
Blinker.

I have the very same setup down to the custom notched BD reg/rec.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:48 PM   #15499
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Just scored a Clarke 4.3 gallon on the Flea Market.

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:58 PM   #15500
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You are 100% correct about AC / DC. I always assume everyone on this site is running a dualsport kit which should have a full DC or at least a DC leg of their wiring harness.

I need to upgrade, Just running the stock stator. 55w headlight dims like crazy with the blinkers.

heated grips would be REAL NICE CLARK.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:33 PM   #15501
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What gas cap is everyone you using on a IMS 4.6 tank?
Just put this tank on my xr650 and the new cap leaks all over the place
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:40 PM   #15502
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What gas cap is everyone you using on a IMS 4.6 tank?
Just put this tank on my xr650 and the new cap leaks all over the place

Does IMS make one? or is there a molding flaw on the lip?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:40 PM   #15503
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XR650X AVrider's,

I need some help deciding the best way to scratch my dirt bike itch. I currently ride a BMW R1200GSA. Great bike but it is pretty expensive and emotional to scratch and break

Lost me after this statement.....

I'm glad your interested in changing your ways.

Then again there are some XRR guys who are scared to get their bikes dusty too...

I understand the GSA for a touring bike, but so many people buy into the "adventure" bike.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:02 PM   #15504
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What gas cap is everyone you using on a IMS 4.6 tank?
Just put this tank on my xr650 and the new cap leaks all over the place

My stock cap does not work on my IMS 7 gal. tank either, not a casting flaw. The IMS cap works good.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:29 PM   #15505
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Honestly I don't remember having to change the decomp cable? Seams to me I was able to get it to work by rerouting however maybe someone else whose tall here has done it recently and can comment

Unfortunately my XR is getting very lonely since breaking my femur last summer on a ride (as usual the XR was ride-able)....for the record my spot or Iphone likely saved my life as I was alone on the side of a mountain...Naturally now I think everyone should have one! for the story and video see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgJqZ1TaZ5w (give it a thumbs up if you think a spot is a good idea!)
Crap that sucks. get better I know how you feel...

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:31 PM   #15506
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Big toad at 44 seconds in do you say Berted up?
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:33 PM   #15507
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What gas cap is everyone you using on a IMS 4.6 tank?
Just put this tank on my xr650 and the new cap leaks all over the place
Those stock caps that come with the IMS & Clark are worth replacing.

Tusk makes a really nice billet anodized aluminum one specifically for each brand. Rocky Mountain ATV sells them for $29. Pick your color. Great investment. Gas in the crotch is not a good feeling (ask me how I know), unless you're into that sort of thing. http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...IMS-Fuel-Tanks


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Old 12-11-2012, 11:15 PM   #15508
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Thank You all for the gas cap suggestions !!!!
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:55 AM   #15509
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I think you would be happier on a xrr than a 450x. Even thought the xrr is heavier, I find it much more comfortable to ride, even more so when you are out in the desert and you are stretching its legs.


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XR650X AVrider's,

I need some help deciding the best way to scratch my dirt bike itch. I currently ride a BMW R1200GSA. Great bike but it is pretty expensive and emotional to scratch and break so I am looking for something better suited for the mountains and desert of Arizona. I have narrowed it down to either the XR650R or CRF450X. At the age of 44 I will not be doing flips on either one. Either will be an earlier version '00-'07 set up with large capacity fuel tank. I understand the weigh vs power trade offs. Is one more maintenance intensive then the other? Is one cheaper to farkle-out with aftermarket's? Any thoughts is appreciated. Thanks for your inputs.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:33 AM   #15510
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Okay, so my clutch center that the four pressure plate spring/bolts bolt too is damaged where one of the bolts broke out of it. I bought a new clutch center and I'll be pulling the old one off as soon as I make a tool to hold that clutch center still while I take the center nut off. When I get this nut off, will I have to do things to remove the clutch center from the clutch basket? I thought it would just be a separate piece but after looking around online for a walkthrough it looks like I'll need to do quite a bit more. Will I not be able to just remove this nut, and swap the clutch center, and bolt it all back together? Looking at the back of it, it looks like it'll be just a swap as I don't see anything that would hold it against the basket (rivets, plates, etc).
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