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Post  Mauser on Sun May 28, 2017 10:36 pm

Getting very quiet in here ?.....anyone still got their XR's BRP smile
I still have mine.....see Bump

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Post  Hew on Mon May 29, 2017 9:40 am

I'm still riding but got bored of editing the Go Pro film, I also lost my camera so no photos either.
Other than that the the Xr keeps on chugging. Loving the CRF forks.
The recent hot weather has once again made me think of fitting a fan for tight sticky slow speed lanes with no air.
I made one using a computer fan some time ago but will try to find a piece about fitting one off a KTM.
PS you bike still far too clean
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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  flyy on Mon May 29, 2017 10:12 am

I have a look most days, but like you say not much happening.
Ashamed to say I've not been on the XR for around 4 months. Definitely missing it.
The time and cash has been going into our dub camper. Family stuff first you know what I mean?
I'll get it taxed/ Mot'd when I get back from work in mid late June......can"t fookin wait BRP smile

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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  Mauser on Mon May 29, 2017 10:30 am

Hew, would be good to see actual facts about the fan...does the actual temp drop when its turned on.... BRP smile

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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  R056rx on Mon May 29, 2017 6:49 pm

I'm prepping mine for a trip to the French Alps in July. Monte Carlo and back via some off road mountain passes.
Photos to follow... rider
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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  Earache on Tue May 30, 2017 1:08 pm

I expect a few more rides in the mountains soon - as soon as the snow  melts and goes away for the summer.
Had almost 30" at the house a couple of weeks ago and many of the mountain passes are still closed.

Couple pics from yesterday...



The roads are cleared now, so it won't be long for the trails to open up.


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Post  xxdef1antxx on Wed May 31, 2017 4:22 pm

Im pretty new but I am here lurking away. Ill give a few updates though.

My $1200 plated XR turned into a $2900 project to get it where I wanted it. I pulled off the old cobbled together DSK and wired my own in order to do it right. Added a 200w stator, Trailtech HD reg/rec, and a small underseat battery which required re-arranging how the cdi sat under the seat. I ditched the rigged on LED headlight that came from a walmart and replaced it with a trailtech 8" racelight with a H4 conversion for hi/lo as well as Zeta blinker handguards. I have an as built electrical schematic if anyone wants it. Mechanically speaking, I had the forks and rear shock totally rebuilt and re valved for my weight, all new guts in the carb (float assembly, B53E needle, 68s pilot, 175 main and all gaskets/orings), replaced the decompressor cam becuase the original was sheared off (stage 2 cam came on it so this was a must), New side panels and new gastank were also needed. Luckily this bike came with quite a few goodies already on it (Cam, new wheels & tires, plus other aftermarket bits), and had the stator cover rewelded since there was a piece broken off.

All in all it was a fun build and even though I spent close to 3,000 over all, you cant touch a new anything for close to that so I see it as a worth while effort. Considering I came from a CRF250L this bike aught to be a huge upgrade in the fun department.

Over the winter I plan on doing a full engine rebuild whether it needs it or not and plan on replacing the front and rear fenders as well as a full deep clean of the frame.

anyhoo, heres a few pics from last week. She will be back on two wheels today and I will update the pics when I can.

Bananatool cheers



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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  interceptor on Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:28 pm

I'm still lurking and last week I bought another piggy.



A well used 2000 model with seized chain adjusters, snapped oil filter housing bolts, frankenstein wiring and a woeful brushed on black paintjob.



I spent the weekend stripping it and it's off for beadblasting and powder coating.



I've failed to make contact with Paul at Xr650r.co.uk to buy the bits I need (is he still in business anyone know?) so I bought most of it from xrsonly.com.



I have a 6.3gal Acerbis tank and lots of farkles but the plan is to build a rally raid bike from this and convert the camo version to a supermoto



See you in the tech section over the next few weeks
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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  Fab Babar on Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:27 pm

preparing my XR for a big tour.  I changed front sprocket with a JT  15 teeths. very  nice 15 /48 ratio for dual sport.I will carry some  14 or 13 for Kaukasus mountains !  I builte last year some back rack  and will put pic if anyone is interested. Very light one , which  had resist to loads and abuse.

I still have my TTRE600 : comfort, electric starter, low seat , but.... Too addicted to the BRP... Even if I have to bring tons of oïl filters for the 13 000 non stop trip, ( loop around HU SK PL LT RU KZ GE AM TK BG etc... ) it's so much pleasure to ride, that we can even forget fuel autonomy, valve adjust, wood seat , Himalaya climbing on it, and kick...  KIck ??,well, no, it's the funniest part of the bike. I like the look of curiosity of people when they see you kicking the bike. old time fashion... Smile

2 questions : my gearbox shaft has some play (longitudal, i mean moves from you to engine) of around 1 to 1.5 mm. Is it normal ??? ( no other axis play) just this play with the "normal" play of the sprocket in same axis ( oucchh i hope to be clear !Smile )

2nd one : link in the forum to expalin how to attach pics...

Thanks and long life to the red side of the world

ps : looking for a 2nd hand Clarke fuel tank ( the  around 16 l model)


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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  Earache on Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:42 pm

Fab Babar wrote:.....

2nd one : link in the forum to expalin how to attach pics...

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Can't help ya with the shaft issue, but pics can be attached by using Photobucket or some other picture hosting site. Then just copy and paste the link to your post and pics will show up.
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Post  Fab Babar on Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:37 pm

Thanks , i will use some server hosting I still should have somewhere Smile

intro : "no, I won't apologize about my bad English, as  99.99 % of frenchies are used to, because I still have to learn Hungariannn ( ouchhhhh) , Russian and try to communicate with turkish and russian people too  Bananatool  Bananatool  Bananatool "


Anyway, I'm working on the XR for my next big trip which should  pass through Est North Europe, Russia, kazaksthan ( west part, no time to explore more this time) Kaukasus mountains Russian side, Georgia mountains ( north east side) , Armenia to the South mountains, then go back through Turkey ( only small  gravel roads in the north middle  mountains) have some stop fun in Istanbul Kadikoy with friends, then back by the small customs of the north east part of turkey to avoid the  big stupid boring ones and enjoy as usual the little Bulgarian and Serbian roads Wink

Last time I made a trip to Istanbul using the TTRE600 which had a nearly dead oïl pump and many dead bearings forced me to stop every 50 kms as vibrations went too high to drive. But got home anyway. Did a total engine rebuild and now it's in the garage because as a total idiot, i just cleaned the carbs and like lots of guys, I now have lean pbs and backfire... Considering that pullin/out the carbs on TTRE is about more than an hour of work and that i did it more than 14 times, changed everything , and still the same,  i'm fed up and give up !! OK,, sorry for disgression,  just that pushed me to run the BRP, even if I have a stock wood saddle ....  

As prep, and now short on budget :

Because of all of you ( I hate you !!!) I HAD to have a BRP. reading everywhere joy to ride it, I knew it HAD to be in garage !
Found an european second hand in Hungary. 2005 year, 22000 kms ( but maybe 60 000 ?) . all european kit : lights, horn, flash light, etc... so the AC for headlamp, the dc rectifier/regul + capa for 12 volts parts . the left radiator was little bumped, guy should  falled left, has some fear and sold it. ?..   In this country, bikes are crazy new after  20 years.. People don't ride except for  2 months a year, keep ut clean, in warm for winter. They really take care of bikes like a jewel because of the salary/ bike cost ratio !!!

I will keep the fuel tank. A 100 km autonomy is not a pb, mainly because u meet great people always prompt to help you find some juice.... I bring some cheap jerrycan as back up, as usual.  

I'm more concerned with water, when  start to make some fun out of road alone in Kazaksthan Smile


Clean /changed fork oïl , with a 3.75 visco (  2.5 + 5 / 2)  pulled down , cleaned and greased the swing arm , etc..
Put as usual  10w 40 full synthetic oïl (  big mistake is to think that car oïl will make clutch slip. It's opposite as synth oils sticks on surface, so you can have some neutral pb to find, and 1st gear sticking, even with full clutch engaged . Not talking of energy conservative oils, of course)

Valves clearance and all electricity  connect rebuilt.  Put some led lights from Aldi or Lidl in front ( to be seen, cagers are the worst there)
Bike always starts first kick. Well...Now... It took me one month to start it first in the garage. I was acting like I used too : Angry and fast, and not smooth and deep.. Lesson learned !  
I have the hcr ending  exhasut part , with some holes done in the tube... Too loud i put some removable sheet of metal wrapped around it)

I use  the SHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiity black sticky "impossible to wash your hands" Calcium Graphite grease. One of the few that don't suck water  ( Lithium ones are the worst, but perfect clean for mecanics/bikers/show rooms esthetic) The only pb was the steering bearings : Even correctly torqued, the steering was so smooth that for one week, it was a little hot to ride on the road...

I try to travel light ( around  12kg max for a 35 days trip including camping gear ...) mainly to keep fun alive and not drive a truck, but too for fuel economy, motor, transmission and bearings health. Aways amazed to see adv people killing bearings  one after the other, but I'm not really surprised when i look at their luggages  Smile
Put a  15 sprockets keeping the original 14 back. perfect for dual sport , and will bring a  14 or  13 for trail and mountains. Anyway, riding alone, no way to put the beast in a too technical trail....

I will have to bring around 8 oil filters ( Well they pack small at least !) for  around  13 000 kms. Plan to make around  1500 km in between oïl change, it will depends of ride conditions and oïl quality I can find.  Russian friends told me there are  a lot of counterfake famous oils in Tussia ...Sad  I'm not really anxxious about oil. When you travel  10 hours a day every day, engine is happy  !   (Yes, my butt, i already told you = 10 hours !!! ok ?  Frustrated  Frustrated  :gahh:of course the IKEA sheep cover is gonna be used  !   )

I will post pics for my rack system ASAP. I was considering to put some HID for front light, but every kit I had on dual sport  didn't last very long. And the 20 000 voltages ballast will maybe give the taste of  4  strokes electric chair when crossing rivers ...
*SO K.I.S.S as usual* listen up

I will put a sealed Yuasa NP 4-12 battery ( no need for starter high current, so the usual sealed used in alarms and USP are perfect) under the carb in free space , to smooth current for gps and  get 5v usb charger, have some light on road when engine is off) and it will help to make my two big horns SHOUT !!!  ( the only thing needed in prep, in fact !!)
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some farckles : Bought on fleebay the "retractable " levers ( don't know the english name, I mean those which  can go opposite side, not to break)
I cut a red (of course) plastic sleeding luge to make an upper windscreen..  OK have to post pics, will be faster ...

fuel cons. for my BRP is : L/100

7.5  the "how stupid I am to be alone in this crazy trail"
6.5  riding like a mad pig in town , in summer
6     piggy fast trails
5.6  on a fast mixed highway, road, town loop  (highway no more than 110 km/h)
4.7  on small roads, riding peacefully around 80 /95 km/h

Even if the 15 teets sprockets put down only around 350 t/min,  I really feel the difference, riding small roads at  90.

Speed is not a target, except if you want in this kind of travel hit some galloping  horses crossing the road, (beautiful to see, by the way) bump in a truck park in a dead turn, cows sleeping in middle of main roads, etc...  don't ask me how I know that ! What a Face

(ok, ok speed IS the Target for sand deserts Wink )


will go on with pics if u are interested...

best for all piggies riders
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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  Mauser on Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:29 am

Fab Babar wrote:
2 questions : my gearbox shaft has some play (longitudal, i mean moves from you to engine) of around 1 to 1.5 mm. Is it normal ??? ( no other axis play) just this play with the "normal" play of the sprocket in same axis ( oucchh i hope to be clear
That's normal well mines does exactly the same with same movement.

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Re: Anyone Still Around

Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:31 pm

Thanks Mauser, I feel better now..
Always big trouble when your bike is stopped and the visa period is running, ending with illegal importation beat head ( still the option to find a friendly big truck driver who can put it in the "boxes" Under his truck to the border, seems some guys are used too Very Happy
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pic test

Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:41 pm

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1WtrCu3nMcPTVlPNUxlSS02aUU/view?usp=sharing

well, Google drive seems not to link directly listen up ; try something else....
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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:07 pm

Tools for travel part 1 :

tools 1 photo xr 7_zpsrlg63ltx.jpg
and part 2 , all in a tube  fixed back on
tools 2 photo xr 8_zpsixhnnsba.jpg
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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:15 pm

here the pig with the cheap decathlon 40 liter bag
for all camping and cooking ( biggest is the sleeping bag for around 2°C and I HATE to be cold )  Red tool tube on the left side, back
I tried to make a rack lightest as possible and with good triangulation. It was easier with the pillon footpeg frame already there.
all in a bag photo xr650 a_zps2yl4t6dt.jpg

All my personnal things and expensive ones are in a waterproof back pack


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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:21 pm

some détails of the front with two small cheap aldi 5 watts leds and the cutted red snow slide nice


front photo xr 650 2_zpsyynbrkpy.jpg

the small bag is used for some dog food, when travelling . Using it feeding dogs when crossing villages in Romania and Bulgaria, I was fed up to have my adventure boots totally destroyed by their tenderness beat head   Otherwise I put the reglementary medical kit you have to bring in Hungary

Red retractable levers bought cheap on fleebay ( very good quality by the way)
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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:26 pm

light camping photo xr 650 3_zpspmid2pfe.jpg

camping with my ( yes again CHEAP) decathlon blue tent i painted for stealth camping..

front tire is an old 2005 Dunlop trailmax from my past crashed kle500; back is a usual an Heidenau  k60 scout in  140, the only one to last  a minimum of 14 000 km on big thumper and run even totally flat. THe bad is that it's so strong that your changing tire technique must be  perfect otherwise it's nearly impossible...It's soap on rain, and as a dual sport tire,  not usefull in mud...   I will see how long it will last with the torque of the BRP.

CHeap is a term I 'm using often, mainly because it's peace of mind to know that in case of pb, you don't let lots of €€€€gears on side of road. Same for luggage, have to be back-packed to at least go back home by any other way...   Anyway, prefer to put money in fuel and good maintenance.

speaking of maintenance, let's talk about;..OIL !!! razz razz razz razz Frustrated Frustrated   I'm using 10w40 full synthetic oil, mobil 3000, valvoline or others. Now I'm using diesel castrol magnatec. (put it before in my old fiat marea JTD and was really amazed...so ,let's try)
I don't like put high revs on thumpers, but my usual rides include highway, and some traffic jams, reason for me to use full synthetic oil.  I used to kill some engines (cars and motobikes) , but when I started to change oil myself and put the best, came end of the story ...  ( is it a correct English sentence ?)

On trips, well, I'll have to put anything I can find.... Rolling Eyes
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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:39 pm

here the two thump-thump. TTRE is a good "comfortable" bike, but can't compete with the crazy BRP !  ttre and xr650r photo xr 99_zps5wx1ixho.jpg

a last one for  today : I'm using the half / half technique to select what I REALLY need travelling. I cut in half every week. here one of the process BRP smile   Thanks to advrider small camping forum !

I practice loading-unloading the bike and try to find balance in between fast and easy setting and more long secure one. Boring to have to pull out luggage for 10 min ,but if you can remove it in 10 sec, someone will do it at a gas station too Evil or Very Mad
might trip process photo xr 6_zpsshoxceya.jpg
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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:46 pm

Sorry admin;, i put a lot there, feel free to move it in a maybe more adequate place !
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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:49 pm

checking valves valves tuning photo xr 4_zps0nolekau.jpg
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Post  Fab Babar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:11 pm

some work done

- changed side stand to make one "tuneable"
 photo SDIM0871_zpsuzh9hwoc.jpg


-Put some Heath protection in between exhaust and the  big chain bag (more for bag than chain, of course Very Happy ) photo SDIM0879_zpsdu8ao27i.jpg

-cheap one shot scotttoiler. photo SDIM0867_zpsmez7scpz.jpg
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Post  Earache on Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:44 pm

Looks good, Fab. I really like the cheap ScottOiler syringe. Great way to oil your chain!
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Post  Fab Babar on Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:10 pm

thanks, I started to answer typing a  120 pages novel as usual, but hit something on these Hungarian keyboards, configured in English, typing like a mad frenchie. the Mandrake/Houdini key potion which makes all vanish...argggg
beat head:  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot  StirPot
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Post  Fab Babar on Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:57 pm

So today I put some leds lights just upon the back plate.  I'm fan of powerful stop lights, saved my life lots of time in town, when stupid cagers typing on Facebook just don(t realise your waiting at a red light... Not considering the big engine brake of the thumper which  gives them some surprise....

Have to make a diode wiring to use this stop leds as fog light too.  Usefull when going down moutains into the valleys  in the fog, slowly as a BMW in a single track with tourtaeh  luggages BRP smile , and supernatural laser eyes heroes (the fog-not-exist algorythm ) in cages and trucks  run behind you ...

Front light is powered by the AC circuit ( european bike) . I just replaced the  by an OSram "said to be brighter blabla". In fact , yes, it's a lot brighter !!
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