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Old 07-18-2012, 01:24 PM   #16
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Suzuki XF650 Freewind.

So the change over has begun to convert into a trailbike/adventure tourer.
Firstly,raise the rear suspension.I found a pair of 'dog bones' on German
eBay,ordered Monday,arrived Thursday-great service!
While fitting them,i remover that horrid wheel shield and ugly sump thing!
What a difference 3 little changes make........next a Pro Taper bar swap!

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:00 PM   #17
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Bar swap!
Ended up with a set of Renthal 'Fatbars' instead that came F.O.C with a pair of ex-CCM 644 wheels
i bought for my old Maico 320 moto x bike!
Bought a pair of RFX oversize bar mount for a Honda CR/Kawasaki KX.......

Being M12 mounting bolts,i proceeded to drill/Dremel out for M10......


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Old 07-23-2012, 07:02 PM   #18
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Next,fit bars to check.......a bit close!
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #19
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Strip back off,M12 washer between the clamps and bar mounts......
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:06 PM   #20
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.......rebuild again,fir Renthal 'road race' grips (for my short finger-thin!),set of anodised bar ends,finished-new
mirrors later!
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:37 PM   #21
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God damn it that pisses me off we didn't get that bike in the US

I wonder if the frames the same as a DR, and a guy can buy the seat/bodywork on ebay and make one?
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #22
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God damn it that pisses me off we didn't get that bike in the US

I wonder if the frames the same as a DR, and a guy can buy the seat/bodywork on ebay and make one?
Go onto eBay.co.uk or eBay.de and you will see a frame stripped bare.The main frame is similar apart
from a mounting point for the gas tank behind the headstock!Same size of tank as a IMS for the DR650SE.
Forks similar size,DR650 hubs,300mm disc on the R.H.S. instead of left.Biggest difference is the twin carb
head-CDI/ECU totally different!
From what i can see,a lot of the aftermarket parts will fit,my EBC 320mm disc will be going on shortly,i need a caliper spacer made for the extra 20mm in size.Footpegs,Fastway,Pivot pegz,etc look like a fit.FMF header pipe,
same.Rigor Racing fork valves,i'm just about to compare fork,one of the few DR650 bits i have here,my bikes are
in AZ,USA.
Huge array of bits on the German eBay,and the likes of Hepco Becker do engine bars and alu. box rails.Any sump
guard should fit,the factory one looks horrid.
Overall,it's a DR650 with clothes on,19" wheel of course.Nice big comfy seat and a luggage rack as standard.I'd go as far as to say,it would be a better bike for me to go to Argentina on than my DR,but i wont be shipping it out.
There is a brand new one still for sale in Yorkshire,England for 4999GBP(4166GBP export outside the E.U. price!).
Anything else i discover,i'll post it on here!
Great bike,love it!
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #23
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guard should fit,the factory one looks horrid...
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #24
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The 320mm disc change.....now to get the caliper relocation bracket made - 10mm difference!

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Old 07-30-2012, 04:17 PM   #25
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S.W.Motech centre stand fitted,now for the exhaust modification-Phase 1
a temp. set up until my FMF 'big bore' DR650 header pipe arrives later!
Hope those interested can see the similarities between XF650 and the
DR650 frames!

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Old 07-31-2012, 09:42 PM   #26
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I'm not sure what all the differences are between the DR & XF frames but obvious ones are wheel base, steering rake & ground clearence. Also the XF head & twin carbs won't fit into the DR frame, otherwise the motors are the same.

The std sump guard on my XF has done a bloody good job of protecting the engine & I wouldn't ride without it, as evident by the dents & garks in it. It also helps protect the oil filter housing if ya drop the bike.

Opening up the air box lid & Re-jetting has helped performance but have yet to try a different pipe.

To get clearence for aftermarket bars I removed the tank fairings, as long as ya don't mind the naked look...
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #27
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I'm not sure what all the differences are between the DR & XF frames but obvious ones are wheel base, steering rake & ground clearence. Also the XF head & twin carbs won't fit into the DR frame, otherwise the motors are the same.

The std sump guard on my XF has done a bloody good job of protecting the engine & I wouldn't ride without it, as evident by the dents & garks in it. It also helps protect the oil filter housing if ya drop the bike.

Opening up the air box lid & Re-jetting has helped performance but have yet to try a different pipe.

To get clearence for aftermarket bars I removed the tank fairings, as long as ya don't mind the naked look...
What jetting setting are you on.......i've made up a pipe,away for fitting tomorrow.
On 'bar clearence',i'm going to machine down the heads on an M12 bolt an raise
my bars another 10mm-just as a personal preference!
See you're from Canterbury,i'm based in Hororata during our 'northern winters'! :)
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #28
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The German Postman came again today.......an MRA 'Touring Screen'!
As some may know i'm not a screen guy,but for a looks thing,the standard
size just doesn't look right - it'll protect the GPS more!

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Old 08-15-2012, 02:32 AM   #29
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What jetting setting are you on.......i've made up a pipe,away for fitting tomorrow.
On 'bar clearence',i'm going to machine down the heads on an M12 bolt an raise
my bars another 10mm-just as a personal preference!
See you're from Canterbury,i'm based in Hororata during our 'northern winters'! :)
Roger knows the jetting & he's done opposite to you with his screen:http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/sh...-look-the-part
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:56 PM   #30
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Roger knows the jetting & he's done opposite to you with his screen:http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/sh...-look-the-part
Cant access that,and there's nothing about jetting.115's are standard,i'm at 125's and the needles fully lifted,but as i wont get time to thoroughly test it before i depart for Morocco,but it's running a lot better in the garage.No doubt i'll know soon enough.It's only above 5000RPM that was affected,so it's not an over worry!
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