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Post  dufasnz on Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:19 am

Hi guys as you might have guessed I've just acquired a 2007 XR650R wooooohooooo!!











I imported it from Vegas so after buying it without seeing it I then had to wait 2 months to get my hands on it. Patience is not one of my strong suits... Have to say some things are not perfect, especially the dusty airbox. The unifilter was not sealing at the rear end and it obviously hadn't been checked for a while so I can see a top end freshen up in my future. Its got a lowering link as PO must have been a short ass, this has caused the bottom rear of shock spring to rub on the swing arm.

It wont run here in a humid 24C at sea level its way too lean, Vegas is 2000' I think and hot and dry. I need to learn the in's and out's of the Edelbrock carby.

This from the CL sales blurb
Currently titled, registered & insured to me in NV
Baja Designs street legal kit w/ led turn signals, led brake light, F&R brake light switches, horn
Baja Designs E-start kit w/ fresh battery: $1,200 (kick-start & e-start)
Edlebrock Carb: $450 (no choke & fires up easily after tip overs)
Uncorked & Full Exhaust w Headers: XR's Only: $650 (USFS approved; not too loud but sounds sweet)
Suspension dialed in 200 lb. rider by XR's Only: $600 (rider, gear, larger tank, dual sport access, etc)
Fork Seals and Seal Savers: new (7.5 weight oil & recently serviced)
Scotts Steering Dampener Mount and Scotts Triple Clamp: $300
Kouba 1.75" Lowering Link: $120 (stock link included)
Seat Concepts seat (low, soft and wide): $200 (among the best upgrades)
Trail-Tech Vapor Display w/ billet Dashboard mount: $150 (display is currently removed but the wiring is all still there; I use a GPS unit instead)
Baja Designs HID Light with a 35W Tecate Spot Light: $300
Pro Taper Bars (slight rise)
XR's Only oil temp gauge (very useful)
Baja Designs Oil site tube (very useful)
Wave Braking Rotor: rear: $100
XR's Only billet rear brake guard
XR's Only black chain guide
XR's Only case saver
XR's Only thermostat
XR's Only billet carb choke plate
High Pressure Radiator Cap
IMS wide foot pegs: new
Aluminum skid plate
Modified air-box side panels
Fresh plastics
Uni-Biker red radiator guards
IMS 4.6G natural color enduro gas tank w/ billet cap and in-line fuel filter
Acerbis Hand Guards
150W rewound stator
Battery: new
Maxxis Desert IT Tires with Ultra heavy duty tubes: (both f&r 1 ride only)
Fresh DID Gold chain and original 48T Sunstar sprocket
Just serviced valves and changed oil

Paid US$5000, got ripped by the importers 'GT Logistics' $1900, don't use them kiwis. Total NZ$9000.

A bit about me, Been riding since age 4 so that's 33 years 1 broken back and leg and few surgeries! Never raced as a young fella but did some 3hr enduros in England/Nth Wales on a XR600. That was 2003-2005 and I was proud to be the only air cooled bike out there. Even got a few top 10 places in my class. No racing since just trail rides. Now I have a modified, 2000 CR500R that I'm currently rebuilding the motor after a gearbox bearing failure, also have a 2001 TM Racing 250mx two stroke screamer that was abused by its PO, its fast and much fun.





That's a long intro......

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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  BuRP on Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:30 pm

Congrats Dufas,

Nice bike, and lotsa nice goodies on it.
First off, that Edelbrock thing - chuck it, no spares available. If it's still working (?) you may find someone willing to pay for it but don't hold your breath. Mount a TM40 Mikuni, end of all woes and probably lighter on fuel too.
That e-start kit is a nice2have, they're rare and sought after. If you don't want it you could sell it easily I think. Where's the battery mounted?

(edited:) don't mount the Vapor to the top clamps, it'll break due to vibrations - even when using the billet cradle with rubber grommets. Trust me I know...


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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  Mauser on Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:31 pm

Welcome bike looks good, real shame you cannot get these bikes locally as importing must be a real pain and your buying blind....least it turned up Smile....
If you see Xena say hello from me plz Bump

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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  Mad Frosty on Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:54 pm

Welcome nice
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  dufasnz on Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:58 am

Thanks for the welcome and advice on carby. The battery sits above the front sprocket, there isn't one fitted in the photos.

These bikes are available here although not many, I specifically wanted an '07 with as many after market parts as possible for adventure riding. A bog standard '02 can be advertised here for NZ$4000-8000 and I'd spend a fortune on it getting it ready for adventure riding so importing was the way to go. I brought my CR500 from California, my folks were over there importing a pickup so threw it on the back, nice and easy! My folks used a different shipping company for the XR and I paid double the price  Shocked  

She is on the back burner at the mo as I'm having a massive clean up in the shed and then reassemble the CR500 engine. Looking into Ron McCord's pulse injection (not fuel injection) it's to do with the air pulse when the reeds snap shut and air bounces back thru the carby, two strokes are fascinating things. I think he has done work on the pulse injection for 4 strokes, must look into it for the XR.

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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  Mad Frosty on Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:57 pm

I love two strokes , shame that the neighbours dont share my enthusiasm Bump
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  BuRP on Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:06 am

Soooooo Madder, you like screamers hmm? lol!
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  Mad Frosty on Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:03 pm

BuRP wrote:Soooooo Madder, you like screamers hmm? lol!

yupp BRP smile
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  XAmériX on Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:14 pm

Mad Frosty wrote:I love two strokes ,  shame that the neighbours dont share my enthusiasm Bump

BRP smile

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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  dufasnz on Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:39 am

My XR650R is still on the back burner after finding out it ingested a heap of dust.

I have been focusing on my CR500, here is the end result. I'm very happy how it turned out, here is a few things I have done.

Chrome frame
Ohlins forks and 270mm disk with Brembo caliper off a TM Racing enduro bike.
Ohlins shock custom built from the above donor bike.
CR250R complete ignition system (big improvement).
Ron McCord pulse injection system includes customised Boysen reed cage mated to Keihin PWK 38 airstriker carby. Google it its fascinating stuff, catching pressure waves and redirecting them.
FMF Fatty pipe.
Pro Circuit silencer.
Modified cylinder head combustion chamber and de-compression button.
I designed the graphics.
There is a ton of other bits and bobs.




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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  BuRP on Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:45 am

dufasnz,

my drooling MUST be obvious! BRP smile
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  SkidMark on Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:57 pm

or your friends behind you...! I was always made to ride at the back on my RD350F2 YPVS... Sad


Mad Frosty wrote:I love two strokes ,  shame that the neighbours dont share my enthusiasm Bump
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  dufasnz on Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:20 pm

My mates don't like following me either, but smoke is not the problem.... It's the rocks and debris coming from the rear tyre!

She is an absolute beast to ride, instant power throughout the whole rev range and yet somehow it's not unmanageable.

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brp's in nz

Post  temporary kiwi on Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:20 am

wow thats a whole lot of mods, ive been procrastinating about rebuilding my brp, i have been modding these for a few years now, currently have a 695cc set of parts to use for its next incarnation, i have been distracted by a little roadbike i got recently (sv650) but with winter approaching its a good bet she will be back on the road again soon, in 2013 i rode it around the south island to attend the burt monroe festival (awesome experience ), wher abouts you located?

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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  dufasnz on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:22 pm

Thought with all those mods my brp was an awesome deal, until I started pulling it apart to put the TM40 in. The dusty airbox was the first clue then I shone a torch down the intake on the head and its all black and covered in crud. Valves obviously not sealing, so bet the bore is a mess. Still haven't dropped the oil but I bet the rod is eating itself. Will start buying parts in a couple of months for a complete rebuild, that will include New or recon head, cylinder, new rod and whatever else I find. Won't be able to stop myself getting a big bore and hot cam.... As you can tell from the CR500 I like to modify stuff!

I reckon I saw you at the Burt Munro in 2013, I went in my landcruiser with 3 mates. Wasn't the weather crap in Invercargill, the tent was a cold windy place to sleep!

I live in the Bay of plenty so not too far from you. Have you rebuilt the engine on one of these before? It will be my first 4 stroke rebuild so will no doubt need some help....

Craig

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engine rebuild

Post  temporary kiwi on Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:13 am

yeah ive rebuilt a few of these mtrs,(ex bike mech) the place i get most of my eng parts is xr's only in usa, if using a 2mm ov/size piston kit i reccomend replacing the conrod with each piston/ring set, the little ends eat themselves,( advise no more than 11:1 comp ratio) ive used falicon rods-they copy the little end of the std rod so dont last as well as the carillo item, they can supply both , the std cam is a weak link i.e limits the power, also the std headers are very restricted to suit the californian model, i have made a few exhausts to suit these, the std carb requires a fuel tanker to follow u around but sounds like you are getting rid of that, any advice i can offer just ask, might see you round- my brp is all black, if thats the one u saw, i also did the 'down to the burt "adventure" ride', then about 6k around sth island, best holiday ever!

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sidecovers

Post  temporary kiwi on Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:46 am

just looking at the pics of your sidecover, looks like the left hand item hasnt had the airflow upgrade yet, you will definetly need it done to feed enough air if you bigbore/stage1 cam it +++

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NZ BRP's

Post  GuidoHL on Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:39 am

Hi Guys,
Do any of you kiwi 650 owners know of any blown or wrecked bikes around in NZ? I need a frame and though there are a few bikes kicking around it doesn't appear there have been any wrecked. Must be a few under the horse blanket in someones shed? Any info appreciated. Nick.
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  dufasnz on Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:41 pm

Hi Nick, welcome. Sorry I don't know of any wrecked bikes, one went on trademe a year or two ago for ridiculous money. I'll have a front end for sale soon if that helps, top triple clamp is a flash Scotts billet one but front rim has a couple of dings and it will be missing the steering stem. Good luck, Craig

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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  GuidoHL on Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:05 am

Thanks Craig. It's actually a frame I'm after. My brother just bought an '03 but it turns out it's an import and has no serial number or import history so the licencing authorities say no go on registering it. I figured if I could track down a NZ model that had been wrecked or abandoned I could swap the frame and end up with a serial number that would let us proceed. So I'm scouring the internet, wreckers, trademe. etc. etc.
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  dufasnz on Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:53 pm

Have you tried RCBIKES 027 243 4723? He the only one around here that might have something although he mostly deals in mx stuff. I imported my bike and will soon be going through the registration process, have the documents though so shouldn't be too bad but still not looking forward to it. Good luck.

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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  GuidoHL on Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:08 am

Yep, hasn't even seen one wrecked. Curse the reliability of XR650R's!! Spoke to one of the inspectors at VINZ today. He does the local honda shop stuff and he's going to find out what he can to help me. Pretty thin thread but I'm hangin' on to it for now. Thanks for the number anyway. Was going o post a photo of my XR but not sure how you do it here? I only seem to have post from URL?? Just me being dense no doubt......
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Waikato XR

Post  GuidoHL on Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:04 am



This is my XR in dirt trim on 90 mile beach Northland - got further up the TE Paki sand dunes than I thought I might. Also have CBR250R wheels which are awesome on the road. Taller gearing and rides really well.
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Re: New guy in New Zealand

Post  dufasnz on Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:53 am

Nice bike! You would need that glorious sheep skin riding all the way up to 90 mile beach! Good place for wheelies... I used live right by the beach in quiet out of the way community and regularly thrashed a hotted up XR600 on the beach. Long wheelstands and figure 8 drifting was much fun until one evening after work I high sided, knocked myself out and only woke up with waves lapping up to my face... Big life lesson to a cocky young fella! That beach ate my bike so the other lesson I learnt was keep your favourite toys away from the beach or take drastic measures to protect them.



First bike I ever restored (on a budget), '99 I sold that bike. Was a 1990 XR600 630cc with extra fins on the head, extreme porting, big headers, supertrapp. None of the engine mods were done by me, don't know much now but knew nothing then and no www.freeinfoeverywhere... Even by todays standard was a fast bike.


Sorry for the nostalgia, saw the XR on the beach and made me reminisce! Here is where I'm currently at so not much wheelstands and figure 8's...

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