Just bought an 87 XL600. 15,000 miles.
Same thing. It doesnt seem to have as much power as I think. Doh.
And I get some pinging when I roll on the throttle too hard in 3 or 4th gear.
I was wondering about the cam chain issue.
I might tear it down just to make it faster anyway.
If I was to do some light mods, what would be a good thing to do?
I might try to tear to top end down..... Piston, porting, air filter and pipe?
try doing a hotcam. it REALLY livened up my 650L. definately(if nothing else) go with a foam air filter, remove the snorkel, and do an exhaust
slip on. just be sure the piston to bore specs are good(if they are, you could get away with just re-ringing it). put a hotcam in it, and be sure to check all the rockers for any wear. also when the head is off, check the trans gears by looking in for any pitting.
if you are not familiar with porting, dont try it. you could make a change that will detract from performance.