87 vs 90 XR 600R

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  • BIGBORE600r

Posted December 02, 2006 - 08:45 PM


I have a dilemma, I have a 1987 XR600r that needs some valve work, and I just bought a 1990 XR600r that runs pretty well. My question is, if I fix the 87, which will be the better bike? Which one should I keep and which one should I sell?

  • frankstr

Posted December 02, 2006 - 10:09 PM


Why sell either one..but if it were my choice,I'd keep the newer one...

:worthy: :D

  • Fetona

Posted December 02, 2006 - 11:57 PM


Sell them both and get a 650R

  • frankstr

Posted December 03, 2006 - 06:16 AM


Sell them both and get a 650R

Now thats a thought..:worthy:

:D :prof:

  • Jeff@TheQuadShop

Posted December 03, 2006 - 08:27 AM


Sell them both and get a 650R

That would be taking a step down.

  • dangerranger21

Posted December 03, 2006 - 03:04 PM


keep the 1990! better motor... Take the motor off the 87 and slap it in a XR 200 frame or CR 125!

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  • creeky

Posted December 03, 2006 - 03:06 PM


The '90 has better supension and engine than the '87.

  • Fetona

Posted December 03, 2006 - 07:43 PM


Yeah I had a '89 and it was a great bike. It is about 10lbs lighter than the 87. I bought it in 1997 and put 13,000 miles on it, mostly tough offroad miles. When I sold it last August it started on the 1st kick, the engine was cold and hadn't been run in about a week. The 1st guy to look at it bought it. It took me about a year to finally decide to sell it. :worthy:

The '90 has better supension and engine than the '87.

  • frankstr

Posted December 03, 2006 - 10:32 PM


That would be taking a step down.

I think not...I own both...:prof:

:worthy: :D

  • Jeff@TheQuadShop

Posted December 04, 2006 - 09:55 AM


I have owned both, I'll take the 600 any day over the 650R. :worthy:

  • XR_RON

Posted December 04, 2006 - 01:49 PM


Whats so bad about the 650?I own a 86 xr600,and yeah its been a great all around ride but Why rag on the 650? Its the biggest baddest XR to ever be born right?

  • Jeff@TheQuadShop

Posted December 04, 2006 - 02:59 PM


I didn't say the 650R was bad, I said that I'd take a 600 over it anyday. When I had a 650R, it wasn't as good on the single track, technical trails that we have here in KY. The 600 has more grunt down low where I need it. The 650R wanted to be rode higher in the rpm which doesn't work well in the single track stuff. Even after I did the radiator cap and thermostat mod it would over heat when I'd ride my favorite trails.
The suspension of the 600 also soaks up the rocks and roots better than the 650. Now the 650 would take woops much better than the 600 but we don't see to many of those around here.

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