So, who still rides an XR600?
Posted May 05, 2005 - 08:59 AM
My first summer on the bike sucked. I dropped it a lot and getting adjusted to the weight, height, and gearing was rough. I decided to buy a lowering link, gear it down a touch, and buy some new tires, and so far this year, the bike has been pretty much a joy to ride. I have done a pretty wide variety of terrain on it now, and with this setup, I can't really understand the need for a bigger thumper. I have had no problems with it. It starts easy and pulls hard. I can't see myself upgrading this machine for a long time.
So, anyone else feel the way I do? Do you have an XR600? Is it your primary bike? Is there THAT significant a reason to move up to the latest XR650? Who still enjoys this old school machine?
Posted May 05, 2005 - 09:14 AM
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Posted May 05, 2005 - 02:19 PM
I just picked up the YZ to make the balls tingle when I feel the need. I love both bikes. If only the XR was as light as that YZ. But then, I love the plush suspension and NO maintenance aspect of the Honda.
Best of both worlds.
Posted May 05, 2005 - 08:24 PM
Finally, a 97 XR600R came up for sale through another friend, and at $1,000, it was too good to pass up.
.......i need such a deal!!!!!........
..........i started on an XR75 (1974)........
....then XR185 (1979).......
........then XR250 (1984)........
............cracked the frame of the pig in 1999......and had it rewelded........
......got a YZ400F......to continue the race season.......and i still ride it 90% of the time in the dirt........
.........i dont trust the pigs rewelded frame.....so i ride it mostly on street.....
.......now im looking for a 97-98ish.......600R......to combind the two and make..........SUPER PIG........
..........anyway.........i think the XR600 is a superior bike........on rocks.......then any other i have ridden........(i love to ride on rocks).......
Posted May 05, 2005 - 09:13 PM
Posted May 06, 2005 - 05:46 AM
Posted May 06, 2005 - 05:06 PM
I totally notice the 50-odd pound weight difference.
Mine has had quite a few mods done short of cylinder work and the difference is definitely noticeable.
The suspensions are worlds apart too if you like getting rough in the tight bush and the XR's frame\chassis semm more resistant to smashing expensive, vulnerable stuff.
I used to have a DR 350 which behaved itself but never impressed me for power.
The transition involved no weight change which was nice.
Posted May 06, 2005 - 07:45 PM
Enjoy the bike!
Posted May 07, 2005 - 05:33 PM
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Posted May 08, 2005 - 05:10 AM
I sure wish i had my xr 600 but i thought the xr 650R would be a nice up grade what a mistake i made .What was Honda thinking when they built the xr 650R it rides like a ten speed in the sand all over the place the seat and handle bars need help and after paying over six thousand for it and have to re-jet change the intake pull the plugs out of the air box change the exhaust tip. My old xr 600 out of the box ran and rode fine without spending tons of money. So you guys that have xr 600s the xr 650r is not any better by far.
I have both bikes and the 650R is a great upgrade compared to the 600R..
Sounds like a rider, not the bike in the sand..
They all need rejetted when you play for more power, like changing Ex. ect...
Thats your opinion you made a mistake, I've done a lot of mods and still have'nt spent a TON of money, I love my 650R and the 600R but the 600R is old school, Great bike but the 650R is much better.... By far.........
Thats my opinion........
Posted May 08, 2005 - 07:26 AM
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Posted September 06, 2005 - 10:02 PM
With all respect I think you are way wrong about the forks.
The XR6 remains and is one of the best turning and stock suspended bikes around. Turns FARRRR better than the 650 ever did. Spend some dollasr and the bike is a dream.
Many people also disagree the 650R was a better bike in line with the XR lineage. It's a totally different bike with less versatility than the XR6. (at least in Australia)
Sometimes more is not better and I think perhaps the 650R is simply too much bike. Hell if the 600 was heavy then the 650R must be terrible!!!
There 650R is a heavy (for a new bike) fuel gulping beast - certainly not anywhere near the steering capability of the XR6.
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