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Old 09-13-2012, 07:12 AM   #121
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I wonder if first applying heat to the sprocket nuts would help...probably not a good idea
Alot of sprocket and brake rotor nuts are assembled with thread locker. This is a good thing. Feel free to heat them up to break them loose. Go easy here, don't heat them cherry red. Just passing the torch over the nut a few times is usually all it takes to soften it up.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:07 AM   #122
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Alot of sprocket and brake rotor nuts are assembled with thread locker. This is a good thing. Feel free to heat them up to break them loose. Go easy here, don't heat them cherry red. Just passing the torch over the nut a few times is usually all it takes to soften it up.
True. Some assemblers at the factory often go nuts with the threadlocker on their nuts. A little heat carefully applied to some of these locations usually works. Some areas aren't conducive to this method, as they're too close to o-rings and other sensitive components. The sprocket bolt location looks plenty far enough away to be safe for the application of a little propane torch heat, though for total insurance I'd slip the chain off the sprocket and lay it over to the side.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #123
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Incorrect Sprocket from Sprocket Center

Looks like I got a rear sprocket that won't fit - I ordered the 10320-42 from sprocket center - the invoice says that - they sent me the JT sprockets JTR210 -42 - the bolt holes are smaller and also beveled. I called the Sprocket Center and it seems that the supplier that made the XR650L rear sprockets had been no longer making them for a while, so what they have been doing is having the sprocket I received machined to fit. They will machine one appropriately and will have another one out to me by Saturday.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:37 PM   #124
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How I have mine set up so far. Have about 500 Miles on it.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:54 PM   #125
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How I have mine set up so far. Have about 500 Miles on it.
Nice, what luggage is that and what have you done for support for it?
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:04 PM   #126
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Thanks. Excuse the small pic? My first attempt. OK, the Luggage is Chase Harper "B" Bag. It has fit alot of my past Bikes. Attaches with 3 straps. Easy on and off. Expands with Gear. Very Stable.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:02 AM   #127
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First of, for those who were concerned about my butt - it survived. Towards the end I had to stop every hour to get the blood flowing, but I certainly had worse experiences riding in busses. It was 99% asphalt and 10km road-construction-gravel and those 10km were the best.

Thoughts about the bike:

- It's a better bike then my Kawasaki Versys. Apples and oranges, but still a better apple overall.
- No vibrations at all. Position on the bike is comfortable for my 190cm (6'2'') frame. Not much to hold on to when standing on the pegs, though.
- Best gearbox on any type of vehicle I ever used.
- Engine pulls predictably in every gear. I had about 10kg of luggage + 90kg of myself and best I got out of it was 120km/h.
- Brakes are non existent. It's my first bike of this kind, but stopping power is really poor.
- Fuel consumption: around 3l/100km. From full to flashing reserve it will do around 200km on full throttle. Then it will take 5.5-6l and do it again.
- Those two parallel bars in the tank are a nuisance.


Is there a .pdf of service manual yet? Preferably free.
Can anyone copy the valve clearance tolerances? Might as well see what's inside of the bike.




Per the Service Manual

Valve Clearance
Index line IN - 0.16 +/- 0.03 mm (0.006 +/- 0.001 in)
Index Line EX - 0.27 +/- 0.03 mm (0.011 +/- 0.001 in)
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:35 PM   #128
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:01 PM   #129
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Going to look at one of these tomorrow

Just wondering if anyone has found a skid plate for them in the states yet, and if there is a conversion for the airbox to get rid of that paper filter? Any info would be great as i am positive i will be coming home with one in the morning.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:16 PM   #130
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:34 AM   #131
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Did my valve inspection at 601 miles. Tapered feeler gauges will make your life easier. Forget using bent ones meant for cars. I removed a radiator hose to get the valve cover out. The intake valves checked out on the high side, but one exhaust valve is a tight .010 thousandths. I buttoned it up and will inspect and adjust around 4K. Will order some metric feeler gauges and a digital caliper from Amazon to do it right.


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Old 09-16-2012, 02:34 PM   #132
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I can attest to the crash worthiness, the stock tires and not meant for agressive riding, and going down is as I remembered
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #133
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I can attest to the crash worthiness, the stock tires and not meant for agressive riding, and going down is as I remembered
Yea I went down a couple times riding up at the cabin today. Worst damage was a bent rear brake lever. bent right back. good to go. This bike is a beast.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #134
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crappy video of me

http://youtu.be/tFGaJATNKAg?hd=1

...Just a crappy video of me flogging my 250L up a hill at our cabin today. It was the first time I really rode her fairly hard and she performed nicely. Bottomed out once jumping over a road, and bent my rear brake lever when I dumped it riding our mx track... yes Im getting old.

Some thoughts:

- The motor is one of the best honda motors Ive ever owned/riden. I couldnt care less that its made in thailand after the beating it got today. It performed flawlessly, shifted smoothly and positively ever time, and had a lot of grunt.
- I definitely need a smaller front sprocket. 2nd gear is way too tall stock
- The suspension was actually impressive on the few jumps we have up there and around the burms on the track we ride.
- I cannot wait for a damn pipe, it is way too quiet
- the stock tires are decent but not great on loose dirt. Still pretty damn good for a ds tire when offroad.
- I went to town to get lunch right after we rode dirt for 4 hours. its a beauiful thing
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:34 AM   #135
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If you want to hear that engine on full song have a look at this, it may be the CBR250 but it will be interesting to see how much reliable hp they get from it.


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