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Old 11-28-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Exploring the flat parts of Kansas on a XR650L

Well I've been lurking for some time now, so I figured it was time to jump on board. I'm married with 2 young kids, so my time is limited to say the least. I started riding about 25 years ago on a yellow Honda Z50. Blazing 2 speeds of awesome that I will never forget. I have owned many bikes, and have sold most of them in search the kind of riding that fits into my lifestyle. And I think I found it.

This is what I was on, but it was not fitting the bill. A 1980 CB750 that I did a little work to. The CB did not like the sand roads very well




And also had this, for the dunes in Wynoka OK. But really cut into the family time. So it had to go also.



So I bought this thinking I still like the pavment, but I was wrong. So It had to go too.



But I found it!! The bike that fits the bill. And man am I hooked....




A 1995 XR650L with 7000 mile on it. The purple had to go!!! So this is the current state.



Stories to come...... Oh the suspence.......
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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The first outting!

Our first outing was a small 100 mile trip to a local bar for a cheeseburger and a cold one, but the flat county road turned into slight delay. We turned off onto a low service road only to find doom. Lots and lots of doom.



The thick bushery turned into tall trees. I think I counted 5 times that I could get off my XR and not use the kickstand.

My riding partner managed to secure a nice parking spot. Once again, no kickstand needed....





After a few good pulls we managed to get the relic back on track.




The ride home was straight and fast. No trees. No pics. But more to come....
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:18 PM   #3
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Double the miles, double the fun...

So after the 100 mile trip I wanted more. The second outing was about 250 miles, and tons of fun. It was a flat and fast. It was about 42 degrees when I left for the day, but turned out to be about 60 for the day. No bad in my book.

This was part of my track on the way there. I took a different route home, but didn't track it.



Departure!!



North of Brookville.



Can you spot the bike?



This guy tried to slow me down, but was too slow!!



I had to check, and yes the bridge was out, but was still passable.








It was a great trip for the day. About 250 miles and 5 hours in the saddle. The Honda ran great all day with no problems. The only downfall is the small tank. Soon to be fixed.

I've done some digging to find out this was a California bike. I think??? The title says XR650LL. That's right, 2 L's. The carb is stamped with numbers matching Cali models according to my Clymers. Does anyone know anything about the 2 L's on the title?
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:37 AM   #4
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The second adventure!!

It's sad to say, but winter in Kansas really cuts the riding down. More to come!!!


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Old 12-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #5
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:31 PM   #6
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From another Kansas gravel road rider, nice pics. Nice lookin' XR also.
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:28 AM   #7
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Thanks Shooter. It's covered in the corner of the garage now. Winter time in Kansas sucks!!
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:44 AM   #8
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I'm up for this. Welcome to Kawi Nation.
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fat cow

Well, we've added another horse to the stall. Or should I say fat cow!! In some leap of faith, my brother-in-law decided to sell his Hogley Furgeson and buy a 2008 KLR. I haven't checked the forcast this morning, but I think hell just froze over. He had his prized sportster from new in 2001. It was his baby. Clean all the time with regular service done at the local dealer. And nice too. But that poor bastard took a turn for the worse when he traded for the KLR. Yep, that poor sportster will never be the same. And the funny thing is, the KLR didn't even run right when he traded. So apart it came. The PO said he had just done the 22 cent mod? KRL owner's anyway??? The guy left out the small brass piece that sits on top of the emulsion tube. So it didn't run right between 2k and 4k.



After some aiming oil and pulling the carb off around 5 times I think, she was back up and running.



Here's the best part, for me anyway, the small brass piece that I put in it was out of my old CB750. Oh yes, Honda parts baby!!! He's never going to hear the end of this. I think it needs a sticker that says "Sponsored by Harley, powered by Honda".



And now, we wait for spring time.
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The poor guy just kept milling around my garage talking to himself. Something about "My poor Harley". At one point I found him sobbing on my shoulder. The poor guy. He might need a support group.

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