a few xr650l questions for the knowledgeable


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  • quietfighting

Posted January 21, 2008 - 03:49 PM

#1

new to the forum, want to join the xr650l club but have a few questions for the more knowledgeable.

im 5'8 (30 in. inseam) -165 and will be riding dirt roads with my new wife on the back (total weight under 300 lbs.) for our honeymoon trip through the northwest in may. (we will be carrying the bike on the back of our suv until we ride)

so here are my questions:


can the stock shock be lowered at all?
if so, is it difficult?
if not, how much for an after-market shock that could help lower the bike and inch or 2?

is there an after market seat that can be purchased that will lower the height of the bike and be comfortable?

how hard is to take of the plastic and paint it black?

which deal is better:

1995 xr650l 17,000 miles, after market shock and tank, new rear sprocket.
$1950: should i be concerned about 17,000 miles. trail ridden but not too extreme.

1999 xr650l 6,500 miles, all original. $2500 pretty much all street. not a scratch.

are these good prices for east texas? what would you pay?

i am all ears. would love to get a lot of responses to get a better understanding so please reply. you input is greatly appreciated.

thanks

  • cleonard

Posted January 21, 2008 - 04:18 PM

#2

Part of the suspension linkage (dogbone) can be replaced and that drops the bike a little over an inch or an inch and a half. The forks can be pushed up in the clamps a little to lower the front. If you want more you have to start reducing the suspension travel and/or cutting the seat foam.

  • quietfighting

Posted January 21, 2008 - 04:30 PM

#3

thanks for the help so far
a few questions about the above post

--seat foam
easy way to cut the seat foam?
or
is there a seat that can be purchased (in black) that is thinner but still soft?

--is it hard to adjust the forks?

--if i loose an inch in travel would that be okay?

i calculate
1.5 in. -with dogbone
1 in. -in the seat
1 in. -in the suspension

thats 3.5 inches! is that really possible?

  • martinfan30

Posted January 21, 2008 - 04:45 PM

#4

Go for the 98. Less abuse, and clean.

  • Old Dog

Posted January 21, 2008 - 05:42 PM

#5

Go for the 98. Less abuse, and clean.


+1 :cool:

Here's my setup:

I'm 5 ft 7, 230 lbs (I'm "husky") :crazy:

I put on a Kouba Link lowering link which lowers the rear about 1.5 inches and then pushed the fork tubes up an inch in the triple clamps, which, while lowering the front end also helps maintain the stock steering geometry.

I replaced the stock seat with a Corbin, which is a much better seat than stock. It's wider, lower (approx. 1 inch lower) and is made of a better foam compound and covering.

I then put a set of big knobbies which brought it back up about an inch! :p :busted: :prof:

I've ordered a Supermoto Warrior kit from East Coast Wheels that comes with a set of 17 inch Excel rims laced to Talon hubs wearing Contiforce Supermoto radial tires which will hopefully lower it even further. :applause:

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  • cleonard

Posted January 21, 2008 - 09:17 PM

#6

I then put a set of big knobbies which brought it back up about an inch! :busted: :cool: :applause:


That is an important point. Go with smaller tires and you might be able to get another 1/2 inch or even a little more. Check with the tire mfg website. They usually list installed diameter and the recommended rim. Just get the smallest overall diameter that is still recommended for the rims.

  • quietfighting

Posted January 21, 2008 - 10:12 PM

#7

are lowering links pretty cheap and easy to install? what kind should i purchase?

do corbin seats run around $300?

is it okay to take an inch out of the travel in the suspension?

old dog and cleonard thanks for the help. it really helps.

is there anywhere to find black plastic for a 99' xr650l? cost?

trying to get an idea of the total cost i will end up spending.

thanks for the help

  • Smoke Eater

Posted January 22, 2008 - 10:37 AM

#8

I have the Corbin seat and in the past I haven't liked them but I do appreciate the way this one makes long trips so much more bearable. It's a good investment and will get even better once it's broken in (1000 miles or so)

  • Old Dog

Posted January 22, 2008 - 05:48 PM

#9

are lowering links pretty cheap and easy to install? what kind should i purchase?


The Kouba link I put on mine cost around $125 and took around 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes to remove the stock one and install.

do corbin seats run around $300?


Mine cost around $350, but well worth it. :cool:

is it okay to take an inch out of the travel in the suspension?


It all depends, how do you plan on doing it?


old dog and cleonard thanks for the help. it really helps.


Glad to be of assistance, that's what we're all here for after all, isn't it? :applause:

is there anywhere to find black plastic for a 99' xr650l? cost?


Acerbis has all kinds of different colored plastics for just about any MX/DS out there, you might want to give them a try.

  • ericthered

Posted January 22, 2008 - 10:36 PM

#10

Go for the 99. Make sure the maintenance was done. This WILL be the funnest thing you have bought.





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