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Old 05-30-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Xr600 & xr650l aussie owners

Well we know our XR600's are different in several ways to the U.S. versions and I reckon it's enough to warrant our own thread in Oz.

My own interest is in riding my XR600 locally but making my XR650L ultra reliable for long trips away to catch up with my ADV Brothers and keeping it stock so i can pick the phone up anywhere in the country and get parts overnight if needed, I don't want a Desert Racer so any parts put into the engine are aimed at longevity.

If you like to modify your bike and talk about it thats ok too.

Personally, if I wanted a rocket, I would not go past the XR650R end of story, they give enormous bang for buck and are reliable doing it, my Brother owned one until he hit a roo in the wormhole he was warping through.

As the heading implies this thread is for previous, current or XR curious folks to swap ideas and resources, we get enough shit from all those new shiny bikes (yeah, I like some of em too) while we are in their company on rides, even my 06 gets called old.

I don't see a lot of ADV inmates online with XR600's or XR650L's in Oz but boy do I see a lot passing through on the way to Cape York so I know you are out there.

Here is my 2006 XR650L. Improvements: Daves CV Carb Mod (55/160 jets), GSMarks Oil Cooler, XR600 Muffler, 22 Litres Acerbis Tank, Manrack to tie things back(not carry load) & Kickstarter. Terrible mileage of 15kpl with 14/45 sprockets but 18.5kpl with 15/40, thats 77klms per tank difference and the bike loves tall gearing.


Here is my 2000 XR600 on the way to Cape York for the OCR in 2012


1994 XR600 - my favourite & yes that is the seat off my 2000


2002 XR650L - don't know what is inside this engine but it hammers like a CRF450,
externally it has large bore Staintune headers and muffler and a 41mm Mikuni flatslide carb.
Suspension is modified too with eibach springs and obviously with different valving to my 06.
I need to do a brain scan on it. EDIT: Had to use this bike for my across Oz ride due to a vibration in my 06 only 1200k into the ride, checked tappets, changed oil and went, never missed a beat in 11450klms.


LINKS:
XR600/650L easy rear shock removal
XR600/650L auto-decompressor disabling (for trials types)
XR650R sprocket on the 600R and 650L with chain slider notes
XR600R 12VDC for GPS etc
AUSSIE XR600R Stator wiring diagram for 1992 models onwards (may be the same as some earlier models)
XR600/650L Oil Cooler(aftermarket)
XR600/650L Oil Cooler (using XR400 oil cooler)
XR600 HRC kit part numbers
XR650L & XR600 countershaft and gearing differences
XR650L Mikuni TM38-85 41mm Carb jetting and settings
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:32 AM   #2
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hey keno, i like your taste
my chook chasers are also cow chasers and for years i ran the tt 350 then one year i went for an xr 600

it was huge and so much power!
(at the time)
but i loved it dearly
and it pulled the worlds most amazing wheelies

looking back it was one of my favourite bikes
how many ks are you legends getting out of your Ls
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:22 AM   #3
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Yep they are fun Philth, 600 is nice and light, 650 is a bit fatter but gives good traction. When i pulled the cases apart to fit the kickstart at 78000k the bottom end and gears, bearings etc were all good but the bloke I got it off put a wiseco into the worn bore at 75000k and I gulped 4 litres oil in 3500k to Birdsville and back so i'll chuck a new piston into a 1st oversize before the run to DQB. My other 650L uses no oil at all. I would say 100000k is normal for a bottom end rebuild on an L used gently.
The CDI issue is solved by the U.S. blokes who mount it in the air box for cooling.

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Old 05-31-2013, 03:24 AM   #4
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ps there is no sweeter thump than a stock piped xr 6 with the baffle out
its a deep rich thump that makes stainless piped bikes sound crass and crackly
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:51 AM   #5
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ps there is no sweeter thump than a stock piped xr 6 with the baffle out
its a deep rich thump that makes stainless piped bikes sound crass and crackly
+1. Makes me teary just thinking of it......
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:48 AM   #6
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+1. I've still got the old school white brothers alloy tapered pipe on my 1990 600 back in NZ, with adjustable end plate baffles for noise or stealth. Not sure if it makes any diffence to power or not, hardly ever get to ride it, but sure sounds goods.

Main hassle is drum rear brakes, but it always gets the job done.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:29 AM   #7
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How'd ya be, I have 3 Staintune pipes sitting here and I swapped out the 650L muffler to put the 600 muffler on instead for that very reason, even the stock 650L crackles too much without the baffle.

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ps there is no sweeter thump than a stock piped xr 6 with the baffle out
its a deep rich thump that makes stainless piped bikes sound crass and crackly
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:03 PM   #8
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Good things..

I have owned a few XR600's and one 650L. They certainly have a sweet spot in my heart. Must agree with Phil, no thumper sounds better than a standard pipe XR6... Only a ktm950 with Akro's would give it a run for unique sound appeal...

I ran a xr650l out to birdsville and across the desert then home via the plenty hwy. At hwy speeds with a load, it drank fuel like a V8 and oil like a ringer drinks bundy cans on a Friday night..

Never missed a beat though..

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Well we know our XR600's are different in several ways to the U.S. versions and I reckon it's enough to warrant our own thread in Oz.

My own interest is in riding my XR600 locally but making my XR650L ultra reliable for long trips away to catch up with my ADV Brothers and keeping it stock so i can pick the phone up anywhere in the country and get parts overnight if needed, I don't want a Desert Racer so any parts put into the engine are aimed at longevity.

If you like to modify your bike and talk about it thats ok too.

Personally, if I wanted a rocket, I would not go past the XR650R end of story, they give enormous bang for buck and are reliable doing it, my Brother owned one until he hit a roo in the wormhole he was warping through.

As the heading implies this thread is for previous, current or XR curious folks to swap ideas and resources, we get enough shit from all those new shiny bikes (yeah, I like some of em too) while we are in their company on rides, even my 06 gets called old.

I don't see a lot of ADV inmates online with XR600's or XR650L's in Oz but boy do I see a lot passing through on the way to Cape York so I know you are out there.

Here is my 2006 XR650L. Improvements: Daves CV Carb Mod (55/160 jets), GSMarks Oil Cooler, XR600 Muffler, 22 Litres Acerbis Tank, Manrack to tie things back(not carry load) & Kickstarter. Terrible mileage of 15kpl with 14/45 sprockets but 18.5kpl with 15/40, thats 77klms per tank difference and the bike loves tall gearing.


Here is my 2000 XR600 on the way to Cape York for the OCR in 2012
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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I see a couple of desperate mugs are selling their big XR's lately in the flea market.

It will leave a hole that will never be filled. While I freely acknowledge that there are much better bikes than the XR (I own one, a 640 KTM)) there is something about them that endears them to an owners heart.

Of my 5 bikes, the only one registered is my XR600R.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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ps there is no sweeter thump than a stock piped xr 6 with the baffle out
its a deep rich thump that makes stainless piped bikes sound crass and crackly
Ha I misread that, but fully still agree. Had a few other big bore XRs with standard pipe & baffle out. I reckoned the 500RE sounded good at the time, but as a bogan 18 yo didn't have a clue about much else.
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I see a couple of desperate mugs are selling their big XR's lately in the flea market.

It will leave a hole that will never be filled. While I freely acknowledge that there are much better bikes than the XR (I own one, a 640 KTM)) there is something about them that endears them to an owners heart.

Of my 5 bikes, the only one registered is my XR600R.
well said
i remember thinking my xr was huge with so much power!
recently i borrowed me mate hens old red one for a quick squirt thru bellthorpe
it was tiny!
but they still pull awesome wheelies!
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well said
i remember thinking my xr was huge with so much power!
recently i borrowed me mate hens old red one for a quick squirt thru bellthorpe
it was tiny!
but they still pull awesome wheelies!
I reckon they are tiny too, but light, I often wish it had an extra 4 inches between the bars and my feet so I got the rox risers and pushed them forward on the 650 but it's still tight.

I considered a DR650 for longer trips but they feel even smaller, maybe its just the lower seat height.

Never had that on my old yammy back in the hedland enduro days, maybe its just this gut overbalancing things.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:14 PM   #14
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They might not be desperate for cash but like me and can't move in his shed any more, i feel like one of those hoarders you see on tv....

With 5 bikes we are in the same club, I said to my Daughter the other day she might have to sell her xr250 because boyfriend has taken priority, answer came back SELL YOURS!!


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I see a couple of desperate mugs are selling their big XR's lately in the flea market.

It will leave a hole that will never be filled. While I freely acknowledge that there are much better bikes than the XR (I own one, a 640 KTM)) there is something about them that endears them to an owners heart.

Of my 5 bikes, the only one registered is my XR600R.
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Here is my Nephew Ryan on my 94' 600, he is 6'5" and I am only 6'2", he makes them look tiny but found it comfortable except for monkey butt a couple of days into it.
I got the old 94 off fleabay from Townsville so Ryan could come along, put a D606 on the back, big tank and barkbusters and it did the 3000k round trip without a hitch apart from a fuel blockage which took 5 minutes to fix and is now the bike I ride most, bog stock standard and a pearler, still goes like thunder.

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