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Old 05-05-2013, 03:27 AM   #301
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How's it to ride?
I only went for a little ride, but its had stage 1 air box done.that's about it apart from you can see. It goes OK, but has not been out in the sticks..hope this weekend will be the go.

Motormail, I found it very light, and thats compared to a tl1000R usually ridden which is a pig.

Ill build from down up, plate,suspension, brakes, yes as def need stiffer front springs and rear as im 108 kilos and 6ft3....im going to shoot of an email to a guy i know in the states who rebuilds them and may be able to rebuild a stock one..
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:25 AM   #302
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I only went for a little ride, but its had stage 1 air box done.that's about it apart from you can see. It goes OK, but has not been out in the sticks..hope this weekend will be the go.

Motormail, I found it very light, and thats compared to a tl1000R usually ridden which is a pig.

Ill build from down up, plate,suspension, brakes, yes as def need stiffer front springs and rear as im 108 kilos and 6ft3....im going to shoot of an email to a guy i know in the states who rebuilds them and may be able to rebuild a stock one..
Good to hear. mine is stock..an going to get a set of pipes that's it.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:34 PM   #303
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HI, anyone got a site that you can download the XT660 workshop manual for a 2008?
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:16 PM   #304
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HI, anyone got a site that you can download the XT660 workshop manual for a 2008?

If you join xt660.com all your questions will be answered with tons of information and yes you can download a manual as well. It is well worth the effort fellas.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #305
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Hi, wondering if there is a diff shock that can be used from any other bikes. Not the ohlins or hyper or wilbers, but for time being any interchangeable that are better than whats in there now, as in 105 kilos.. but has anyone had any success without major modifications?...

and no..i dont need to loose weight!

checked Xt660 forum and cant seem to find anything...
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:55 AM   #306
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Hey Moyston,

Try RAD Motorcycle Shocky Repairs in Brisbane, these are the guys most Australian dealers send customers shocky's to. They also used to maintain the shocks for the Army XT600's which are virtually the same as the XT660. Can vouch for RAD's top notch service and cost.

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Old 05-14-2013, 02:04 AM   #307
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HI Ive sent them an email so thanks. I Tried Kroozetune down here and they said to re-valve it and all that..possibly same price as just buying an aftermarket one, so we will see.

Ill hunt around and see if any other shocks may be a straight swap, ..but not looking promising.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:10 AM   #308
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Went for a quick Adventure ride on Saturday with a few boys from the Flying Moose Club. Ride leader Rod Z on his KTM 520 with big tank, KTM 990, KTM 640 and my big Blue Yamaha XT660R Pig. And the winner....the XT of course, even in the pissing rain the XT was a stand out, with stock suspension, extra weight of 6.6 ltr Rotopax (fuel), my fat guts and riding at a fairly quick pace, I still got 20 km's / ltr. I was completely surprised with the XT660R, it did everything far better than I ever expected it would. Dam good bike, extremely underrated.

The XT cruises past the 990 & 520 on one corner at about the 5 min 40 sec mark.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:16 AM   #309
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Hey Moyston,

Did you get a reply from RAD about the cost of the shock service and spring?
If you didn't, don't fret, they are old school, you're better off phoning.

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Old 05-15-2013, 03:19 AM   #310
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yes got a reply, -

Hi David,

Your factory shock would be a DE-carbon unit and it is easily modifiable to suit your weight requirements. However, the spring may also require an upgrade. It would be best if I could talk you through acquiring sag figures before removal of the shock from the bike, so we can see if the spring will still be in range.

If you want to call me on the shop number at any time, or provide a number that I could use to call you, that would be easiest.

If the shock is still working OK but requires a service plus re valve, that is around $85 and if the spring is required it is $180-190.

Hope this helps.
Regards,
Rodney.

ill give him a call tom to get the measurements and see what the response is...thats far cheaper than spending $500 on a aftermarket..
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:06 PM   #311
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put on hold, bash plate ordered and crash bars from Germany...$150 cheaper than getting from here or the UK..cant work that out..

But using RAD, i certainly will , seems all good with him...

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:50 AM   #312
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RAD do a great job. They did my Africa Twin Rear Shock with new spring a few months ago. I was happy with the result and very happy with Rodney's communication. He's a good bloke and yes he's old school which I like. I would definitely recommend them!
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #313
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SW Motech Racks and Rotopax fuel containers

Found out that my SW-MOTECH ALU-RACK



is perfectly holed to suit a RotoPax DLX Pack Mount













And that the SW-MOTECH QUICK-LOCK Luggage Rack Extension



Also fits perfectly on the SW-MOTECH QUICK-LOCK EVO Side Carrier



As a soft bag support





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Old 05-17-2013, 10:00 PM   #314
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Thumb Cool racks (I've got the B&B one)

If you do got the top mounted rotopax option, put the opening on the opposite side of your pipe to cut down on the risk of fire in case of a leak or crash.

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Found out that my SW-MOTECH ALU-RACK



is perfectly holed to suit a RotoPax DLX Pack Mount













And that the SW-MOTECH QUICK-LOCK Luggage Rack Extension



Also fits perfectly on the SW-MOTECH QUICK-LOCK EVO Side Carrier



As a soft bag support





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Old 05-18-2013, 10:31 PM   #315
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Gave the xt a workout, after recent rain the local 4x4s have been out digging up the tracks so there was plenty of ruts, corrogations, washouts and just the usual rocky bits. Bike handled it all very well (at my pace at least). A little bit of tuning in the suspension and engine management turn it into a pretty competent adventure bike.



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