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Old 04-16-2013, 01:16 PM   #211
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Looks great! Nice job, man.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:10 PM   #212
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:40 AM   #213
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I love the way your bike looks, I'm actually jealous lol jk but I love your headlights and the fork brace. awesome bike!
I would tear mine down and repaint it, but I live in the desert and I try to ride offroad more than on the street, It would just get chewed up in a couple years. lmao atleast I don;t have to worry about rust.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:07 AM   #214
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Thanks dudes!

Dracus- I'm in the desert too. No rust here either! And I built up a little 250 to rip on in the dirt until I get good, so I don't trash the XL. It's kind of a weird bike and was fun to build, it's here.

The XL has really been fun too. I find that I love working on it... it's addictive. I might like building bikes just about as much as I like riding them.

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Old 04-17-2013, 12:49 PM   #215
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The XL is an amazing desert machine, Get in a soft nasty wash and it will leave everything in the dust.

I like mine to show its age too. I get weird looks from the kids on newer motocross bikes when I climb some nasty hill they been attemping all day "what year is that thing??"
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:33 AM   #216
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Crobox,

I saw you wheeling out of Ace Hardware on Friday, I was eating tacos at Guadalajara Grill. I had just ridden my '85 XL600 with a friend up from Sipapu on the dirt via FR76 etc. I found myself in Ace just a half hour later buying bolts and a tap to fix a buddy's KLR foot peg. If I were a bit earlier I would have been able to eyeball your bike up close and in person, nice work.

Did you make it down to Sipapu at all? It was fun. Cool pics here..

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...868261&page=20
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #217
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Hey Chobro-
No, I didn't make it to Sipapu. In fact, your post on my thread was the first time I'd even heard of it. Maybe next year?
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:27 PM   #218
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I posted in the main XL600R thread that I'd taken a four-day trip with some friends, all ADV camping, dirt riding etc. Super fun. That post is sorta near the end of this page.

I did do some work to the bike, prior to the trip, which is worth mentioning here on my build thread.

First, and by all means (not) most important, I got a new license plate to remind me of why I built this bike in the first place...



Then, after that, I decided that I needed more luggage and also more fuel storage. I made a pretty slick quick-detach mount for a military surplus fiberglass case I had lying around so that I could use it as a top box. Then I fabricated an aluminum tank for extra fuel, which sits across the rear of the seat. It does not actually touch the seat at all, but rather mounts at various points on my rack and pannier mounting structure. Here's a pic of how the bike looks with all that stuff on-board:



And here is a close-up of the fuel tank:



The tank was plumbed directly into the main fuel feed to the carbs. It would have been a nice setup, except that......

I finally decided that I NEEDED to take the bike for a test spin with all this new stuff on it, BEFORE hitting the dirt on a 4-day ride. Well, I immediately noticed that the bike was HEAVY, and the steering and handling SUCKED. The front end was extremely squirrely. After about a half-mile on dirt, I failed to negotiate a pretty easy berm transition, and chucked myself right over the bars! It took a LOT of effort to pick the damn thing up again, and even more effort to kick it to life again. I decided then and there that I was going to leave the top box and fuel tank behind. It's doubtful, frankly, that I will ever use the fuel tank, which is a bit of a shame cuz a lot of design and fabrication time went into it. Oh well.

Here, in the final pic of this post, you can see the bike at the top of Cinnamon pass in Southwestern Colorado, about 12,600 feet. I put on some new Heidenau K60 Scout tires, which worked very well for the trip.
There are actually a few other things I've done recently to the bike, so I will post again when I have some time.



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Old 07-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #219
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Ha ha... I realized after posting that last update that it was pretty heavy on "mods I did that did not work out"! So I figured I better post some pix of the stuff that DID work

OK, first off, here's a picture of a protective cover that I made for my oil cooler. I played with several designs before settling on this one... If you look, you might just see a smiling face in the bottom half with an open right hand emerging from the top of the head. It's a sort of "creativity tiki", related to the idea that every human creation, no matter how big or small, is imagined first.



On a less philosophical note, here is a little mount I made for my GPS, which also incorporates a USB port for phone charging, and a switch to turn them both off. Since installing the GPS, I've come to really appreciate it... maybe even rely on it! After all, it tells time, and elevation, and lots of other useful stuff...

You can also see the ROX risers I installed. I like them a lot. I almost made my own version just to save money, but in the days leading up to my trip I was seriously lacking in time, so I just bought them. Like I said, I like em.



While on that 4-day trip, my right fork seal blew. One of my buddies on the trip advised me that when you ride with no fork boots, insects can die on your fork shafts and get really dried out and hard, really fast... hard enough to put a nick in the seal. That was enough to convince me to put a pair of boots on. I had to make some little "split-rings" to screw onto the tops of my fork brace to give the boots something to clamp onto, as the tops of the fork bottoms (where the fork boots would normally clamp) are unavailable because of the fork brace. Anyway here are the little parts I made, prior to assembly. (They were actually quite time-consuming to make)



And here are the boots, assembled on the bike. You can also see that I put some "deer horns", or "deer whistles", on my front fender. That was for the trip, as we rode at dusk one night. I've subsequently learned that they apparently don't actually work. Oh well, I'll probably leave them on there anyway as I do live in deer and elk country.



And lastly, another picture from the trip, which I'm including because it shows how I managed to carry a pair of 1-liter fuel bottles on the forward sides of my Pelican panniers. Like I said, I never needed them, but I'm happy to have the option.



Sometime soon I will post on here again, cuz I'm gonna do a big suspension upgrade, thanks in large part to a good deal I got on parts from fellow inmate davek181. Thanks Dave.

See y'all soon!

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Old 10-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #220
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I just can't stop tweaking the bike, here and there.

A month or two ago I made this headlight guard:



It's stainless wire mesh on a stainless frame. It's mounted on little stubs of rubber hose to give it some cushion in case anything really sizeable hits it.

Also in this pic you can see new handguards I put on. They are all plastic. I read somewhere on this site a while ago a story about a guy who fell and his aluminum handguards deformed in such a way that they pinned his hand against his grip. That was enough for me to ditch my home-made aluminum ones for these.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:54 AM   #221
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I also wrapped my header.



I've been toying with this idea for a while. The main reason I ended up doing it was because I recently bought an XRs Only dipstick thermometer, and because I hate paying for shipping and because they have free shipping over $99.00, I fished around their site for a while to find other stuff I "needed" to flesh out my order. A roll of header wrap and a thermometer and a spare filter did the trick.

I never keep my bike outside so I am not too worried about moisture collecting there and rusting my pipes. One of these days I will pull my plug and make whatever jetting adjustments this wrap might necessitate.

Plus... I actually think it looks good.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:03 AM   #222
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And last week I scored (through the Flea Market section) a "Paris Dakar" LM tank from a guy who bought it off German eBay, but couldn't use it.

Here it is, with a stocker for comparison:





It's apparently 34 liters, or 8.9 gallons. Should be good for a while between fillups!

It requires a different seat (but the frames of the XLR and the XLM are so different, I guess, that the XLM seat will not mount). So I bought a stock XLR seat off ebay and will chop it up and recover it and try to make it fit. After looking at it last night it actually seems as if it will require quite a lot of modification to work right.

It also seems as if I'll need to make a few changes to the bike to get the tank to work, not the least of which will be to relocate the oil cooler. Not a bolt-on job.

Sometime in the next few months I hope to get into all this work, along with fitting the suspension upgrade components I got from DaveK not that long ago.

I will obviously update this thread at that time.

Cheers!
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:29 AM   #223
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That tank is GLORIOUS. Love your build! keep it up!
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:44 PM   #224
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Jesus, that tank is huge. If you ever needed to make camp on the trail you could probably take that thing off and sleep under it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #225
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I recently stumbled across the XL after looking at XRs and they're lovely bikes. Yours is a beast. very nicely done indeed. What do these things return on average MPG?
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