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Old 09-29-2010, 02:06 PM   #31
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This one was mine bog standard in 1996, but I want it back.....

Been searching for it a coupla months, its had 9 owners now & was taxed for the road in January...So its out there somewhere...I WILL get it back & when I do it'll look like this again.

God I loved that bike.








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Old 09-29-2010, 02:26 PM   #32
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That's the stuff! I like the guy behind you looking like he thinks you're crazy for going out on the sand. Find that Big 6 and bring it home!
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:55 PM   #33
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I've got the same model, I love it to death. My KTM out-handles it and makes loads more power, but there's just some sort of shits'n'giggles factor with an XR that you don't get from other bikes.
I spent the equivalent of the market value of mine on a rebuild, and don't regret a penny. It's currently my only registered steed, and I'm happy about that.
I know what you mean about the s'n'g factor. Everyone I know who ownes one or has ridden mine has that same shit-eatin'-grin when they pull their helmet off. I think it has something to do with how easy it is to ride considering what a big bike it is. Just about anyone can get on it and keep up with the pack. And it makes an experienced rider look like a hero. This bike has what few bikes have today, a nearly 20 year program of refinement by the factory. Oh, and a 12 year winning streak at the Baja 1000 & 500! Baja belongs to the CRFs now but no other bike has pulled off 12 wins in a row.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:30 PM   #34
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Hey, good to hear from the Bad man! My ex-wife, who was a very brave woman, used to ride on the back. There's nothing like a nice long ride on a fire road with the woman you love hanging on for dear life and a bike too loud to hear what she's saying. Ah, good times!
Hence the EX tag hey.
Man i had 3 XR600's,2 of what where bombed up 628's.
I think after the CR500(i had 3 of these as well) these are the most loved bikes in history.
That Baja winning heritage is evident when you ride fast on dirt hey man.
I had the chance 6 years ago to buy a loaded XR600 for cheap but i didn't ,what a dik i was.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:50 PM   #35
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Scott Summers COULD lift a 290 pound XR600 off the ground ... but he was a hard core fitness/muscle builder ... don't try this at home - unless you're one tough mofo

and he won 7 GNCC Pro Championships on one too ... while virtually all his competition was on 250 2 strokes

... the shear sound volume of that booming big bore thumper hunting them down from behind ... was outright intimidating to them ... I swear the noise alone made many people pull over some times
He didnt lift that bike. He had 2 guys who were holding it up with him and they quickly ducked outta the pic. he was one tough dude though,just to be able to hold it up.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:04 PM   #36
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He didnt lift that bike. He had 2 guys who were holding it up with him and they quickly ducked outta the pic. he was one tough dude though,just to be able to hold it up.
Dude it's obvious through human physics to assess that the knee bend is impossible to achieve for this lift.
But please don't try to kill the "mystique" or belittle this awesome dude.
I am an Ex Australian National Champion Elite 1 Super Heavyweight powerlifter from the bad old days of drug use/abuse and big totals but i would bust a foofle valve doing that lift these days.
But i'd never,ever post it up out of the respect i've got for this remarkable human being.He is a freak....in a good way.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:03 PM   #37
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DAM! that thing looks great!
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:05 AM   #38
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XRider, awesome bike that's nicely setup
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:55 AM   #39
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Thanks guys, it's just as much fun as it looks.

Here's a little secret I'll share. Everyone knows that Excel rims and Talon hubs are about the best and most expencive you can buy. But when is the last time you broke a hub? So when my rims cracked I bought 2 Excel rims, heavy duty ss spokes and nipples and laced them up to my stock hubs. The hubs were already black and everyone assumes they are Talons'. So I get the super tough wheel set, the updated look, and I saved a bundle of cash. Plus brake rotors, wheel bearings, and sprockets is all-off-the shelf XR stuff.

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Old 10-01-2010, 07:34 AM   #40
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Nice Bike! Hows it compare to the 650R powerwise?

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Old 10-01-2010, 08:27 AM   #41
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Dude it's obvious through human physics to assess that the knee bend is impossible to achieve for this lift.
But please don't try to kill the "mystique" or belittle this awesome dude.
I am an Ex Australian National Champion Elite 1 Super Heavyweight powerlifter from the bad old days of drug use/abuse and big totals but i would bust a foofle valve doing that lift these days.
But i'd never,ever post it up out of the respect i've got for this remarkable human being.He is a freak....in a good way.

To continue the hijack for a minute:

I was never any sort of lifter, buy I'm pretty big and not very smart, so I went out to try to lift the XR last night. I got it off the ground, but getting my knees straight did seem pretty impossible. I about busted a "foofie valve" myself.

XRider, I'm digging this thread. We know about your motor and wheels, how about suspension?
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:52 PM   #42
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Nice Bike! Hows it compare to the 650R powerwise?

Cheers

If the 52 is correct, it's laying down more horsiepowers than an XR-R.

42 to 48 (uncorked) for an XR-R depending on the Dyno.

Mr. Rider, full pics of the engine work, especially the porting please.

I need an XR600 engine for a project of my own. Your engine

work could give me some (bad) ideas.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:31 PM   #43
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... this remarkable human being.He is a freak....in a good way.
Hell of a nice guy too! He was the reason I bought an XR600 in 94 (?).
I can remember when the ISDE was in my home town in Vic and I was
down the street in the local "fish'n'chip" shop and nearly died when
he was lined up behind me. I said G'Day and told him how he was my
idol etc (I was early twenty something), anyway posed for a photo
and gave me a set of autographed gloves. Legendary stuff!

Oh yeah, nice bike too XRider...
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:33 AM   #44
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Nice Bike! Hows it compare to the 650R powerwise?

Cheers

It's got more power than my 650R (for now) and it will win in a stop light to stop light sprint but the gearing is so differant that it doesn't take long for the 650 to reel it in and pass it. The 650 is so much more modern so it's not realy a fair comparison. I built the 600 to have fun, not to win races. Like when I need to throw a 30 foot roost it's only a twist away, time to pull a wheelie, up it goes, jump accross a creek, it's twist and fly. On hill climbs this bike realy shines and will go head to head against anything made. Wrong gear, wrong line, it doesn't matter. If you can hold on you're first to the top. It is just so much fun to have that kind of power on tap, it makes me laugh when I ride it.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:53 AM   #45
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To continue the hijack for a minute:

I was never any sort of lifter, buy I'm pretty big and not very smart, so I went out to try to lift the XR last night. I got it off the ground, but getting my knees straight did seem pretty impossible. I about busted a "foofie valve" myself.

XRider, I'm digging this thread. We know about your motor and wheels, how about suspension?
The suspension has been re-sprung for my 190# carcus but other than that it's stock. The front end works pretty good for what I use the bike for but I'll probably revalve the rear shock. Getting the power this thing makes to the ground can be a problem. It's very sensitive to the rear tire pressure so I carry a CO2 inflator. On the street I run 21lbs and in the dirt I'll go as low as 12 or 13 lbs. On hard pack it has a bad habit of spinning wildly at the bottom of a gear. Slowing it down with engine brakeing can be a problem also, with so much compression the back tire will break traction and just stop turning. It can make a steep hill end at the Pearly Gates if you're not carefull.
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