XR650L Tank & Weight Issue


21 replies to this topic
  • lab_furn

Posted May 23, 2007 - 08:04 AM

#1

Hello,

This is my first post in the XR forum.

I have seen numerous photos of an aftermarket tank for late model XR650L's. The tank is shaped as if it has radiator shrouds (unlike the IMS). I believe it is an Acerbis, but not 100% sure. Would anyone be able to tell me the manufacturer and model number of this tank. I can search for and post pictures if that would help.

Also, I read the article regarding a "diet plan" for the XR650L on Baja Designs site. I am wondering after going through all the modifications and cost if the weight gets close to a DRZ400S. The DR was my last dualsport bike. It lacked power, but was lighter then the XR. My goal is to get the weight of the XR closer the DR...oh yeah, I will be using the bike for 50/50 street and offroad. My biggest concern is getting the bike set up to deal with sandwashes, which has always been a problem for me even on lighter bikes.

Thanks,
Jim

  • martinfan30

Posted May 23, 2007 - 08:25 AM

#2

go here.

http://justgastanks....kers.php?type=1

  • daddyk

Posted May 23, 2007 - 08:46 AM

#3

Check this "Caio from Italy" thread This guy spent cubic dollars on making his bike lighter. I believe there's no way to really get much weight off these things. I have a couple of street legal XR 600s and love them, but the things that make them a reliable,torque monster makes them heavy. I accept it for what it is, set up the suspension the best I can and try to ride it with my brain and not try to out muscle it.http://www.thumperta...ad.php?t=421904

  • YetiX

Posted May 23, 2007 - 08:47 AM

#4

Also, I read the article regarding a "diet plan" for the XR650L on Baja Designs site.


What article are you referring to? I looked on their site and couldn't find anything. Link perhaps?

  • Jeff@TheQuadShop

Posted May 23, 2007 - 10:07 AM

#5

I believe the tank you are refering to is the 6 gallon Acerbis for the XR650R not the L model. I have an Acerbis 5.8 gallon that is made for the XR650L on my bike and it works great. I can go 280 miles on a tank full.

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted May 23, 2007 - 01:48 PM

#6

Re: tank and weight issue:

Yes, it is a tank, and weight is an issue.

(man, I crack me up sometimes...)

Dave

  • lab_furn

Posted May 23, 2007 - 01:59 PM

#7

Quote:
Originally Posted by lab_furn
Also, I read the article regarding a "diet plan" for the XR650L on Baja Designs site.

Quote:
What article are you referring to? I looked on their site and couldn't find anything. Link perhaps?


I looked for that article and could not find it. It was actually in a hardcopy of an older Baja Designs catalog that I no longer have. I just requested one and hopefully will receive it. It basically was just a list of things to do to the XR, similar to other posts I have seen elsewhere. Of course all the parts were available at Baja Designs. I do not recall how much weight it shaved, but it seemed substantial if I recall correctly. I am sure it is nothing you long time XR owners haven't seen posted here before.

I realize these bikes are a whole other beast and I will have to get used to the differences from my last bike. I think I will enjoy the added power and handling on the street over my past bikes by far.

Thanks for the responses. That was the tank I was thinking of.

  • YetiX

Posted May 23, 2007 - 02:06 PM

#8

I looked for that article and could not find it. It was actually in a hardcopy of an older Baja Designs catalog that I no longer have. I just requested one and hopefully will receive it. It basically was just a list of things to do to the XR, similar to other posts I have seen elsewhere. Of course all the parts were available at Baja Designs. I do not recall how much weight it shaved, but it seemed substantial if I recall correctly. I am sure it is nothing you long time XR owners haven't seen posted here before.

I realize these bikes are a whole other beast and I will have to get used to the differences from my last bike. I think I will enjoy the added power and handling on the street over my past bikes by far.

Thanks for the responses. That was the tank I was thinking of.


Ah, that's cool. I was hoping I might have overlooked something and might be able to shave another couple pounds off my Pig. Guess I'll have to work on the spare tire I carry around if I want to lose any further weight. :)

  • martinfan30

Posted May 23, 2007 - 02:08 PM

#9

check this one.
http://dirtrodders.c...650l/specs.html

  • Bibleman

Posted May 23, 2007 - 05:07 PM

#10

If it makes you feel any better, the new KLR is about 380lbs dry:eek:

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  • lab_furn

Posted May 23, 2007 - 06:11 PM

#11

check this one.
http://dirtrodders.c...650l/specs.html


That's the one...thanks!!!:)

  • Twowheelin

Posted May 23, 2007 - 06:18 PM

#12

Somebody please help...... I need a bigger gas tank will the acerbis tank for the xr650r fit the xr650l. sahara tank is 6 gallon and that would be great... if i can find out if it fits

  • martinfan30

Posted May 23, 2007 - 06:54 PM

#13

If it makes you feel any better, the new KLR is about 380lbs dry:eek:


OWGP. overweight green pig!

  • murgatroid42

Posted May 23, 2007 - 08:33 PM

#14

...Also, I read the article regarding a "diet plan" for the XR650L on Baja Designs site. I am wondering after going through all the modifications and cost if the weight gets close to a DRZ400S. The DR was my last dualsport bike. It lacked power, but was lighter then the XR. My goal is to get the weight of the XR closer the DR...oh yeah, I will be using the bike for 50/50 street and offroad. My biggest concern is getting the bike set up to deal with sandwashes, which has always been a problem for me even on lighter bikes....

The XR650L weighs about 35 lbs. more than the DRZ400S. You will never get the XRL down to the weight of the DRZ-S. Even if you do by taking stuff off, you could do the same with the DRZ and lighten it further.

I owned an XR650L and a green DRZ-S. The DRZ is very heavy, no doubt, but it feels significantly lighter than the XRL. It's not as topheavy, and it is more maneuverable. I could not ride my XRL in sand, but it's probably the rider that's at fault. The XRL is much better on the highway, although neither is a high-speed cruiser. I've done 400+ mile days on the XRL with not even an ache, but the DRZ is acutely painful after a 200 mile ride.

Both are good bikes. Get the XRL if you want, but ride it for a while before modifying it. Or get a used one that has all the accessories put on by the previous owner.

  • Jeff@TheQuadShop

Posted May 24, 2007 - 04:01 AM

#15

Somebody please help...... I need a bigger gas tank will the acerbis tank for the xr650r fit the xr650l. sahara tank is 6 gallon and that would be great... if i can find out if it fits


Acerbis makes a 5.8 gallon tank for the XR650L, I have one on my bike and it works great. There are several threads on here about that tank. Here is a new one on Ebay right now http://cgi.ebay.com/...sspagenameZWD1V

The tank for the XR650R will not fit.

  • Twowheelin

Posted May 24, 2007 - 06:24 AM

#16

Acerbis makes a 5.8 gallon tank for the XR650L, I have one on my bike and it works great. There are several threads on here about that tank. Here is a new one on Ebay right now http://cgi.ebay.com/...sspagenameZWD1V

The tank for the XR650R will not fit.


will if fit 2004??

  • Jeff@TheQuadShop

Posted May 24, 2007 - 06:32 AM

#17

will if fit 2004??

Yes, they will fit any year XR650L.

  • lab_furn

Posted May 24, 2007 - 07:42 AM

#18

The XR650L weighs about 35 lbs. more than the DRZ400S. You will never get the XRL down to the weight of the DRZ-S. Even if you do by taking stuff off, you could do the same with the DRZ and lighten it further.

I owned an XR650L and a green DRZ-S. The DRZ is very heavy, no doubt, but it feels significantly lighter than the XRL. It's not as topheavy, and it is more maneuverable. I could not ride my XRL in sand, but it's probably the rider that's at fault. The XRL is much better on the highway, although neither is a high-speed cruiser. I've done 400+ mile days on the XRL with not even an ache, but the DRZ is acutely painful after a 200 mile ride.

Both are good bikes. Get the XRL if you want, but ride it for a while before modifying it. Or get a used one that has all the accessories put on by the previous owner.


That's a good accessment of the bikes. On my DRZ I had started feeling some "discomfort" after 40 or 50 miles. The seat on a DRZ is definitely wider than that of an MX bike, but the seat on an XRL is huge. That is a definite plus. I think at my age I am ready to go for comfort, ride more conservatively and stay away from areas that would be considered tough riding conditions for a true dualsport bike. When I see those adventure bikes taking on terrain more greared for MX/trail bikes, I do not see how they do it. It looks like more work than fun.

  • elrontx

Posted May 24, 2007 - 04:43 PM

#19

T. When I see those adventure bikes taking on terrain more greared for MX/trail bikes, I do not see how they do it. It looks like more work than fun.


we dont know any better. i bitch sometimes that my L is a pig but ill probably get another 600cc d/s when im done with this one.ride a gs in the dirt and the L will feel like a 125!

  • Twowheelin

Posted May 24, 2007 - 06:03 PM

#20

Yes, they will fit any year XR650L.

Why does it give years? if they are all the same!!!





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