This friend has had the bike stored in his barn for the last 14 years. He rode it occasionally for the first 4 years or so he had it, then ran the carbs out of gas, cleaned it, and put it up on a stump in his barn, where it would stay until today. He partially disassembled the bike; plastics off, airbox out, wheel off, etc., so in order for me to pick it up, I had to put part of it back together in his barn. I had to remount the tire on the rim, replace the tube, which I pinched and patched three times trying to get the tire spooned back on ... Anyway, I got the tire mounted, and rolled the bike out, to find out the front disc brake had seized too, so I had to take off the caliper to roll it out. The bike was covered in the typical dust and dirt from setting in a barn for a long time.
Brought it back to my folks' place, and continued reassembly of the bike; plastics back on, dump the varnished gas, and put new stuff in. It took me a while to figure out where everything went, like a giant puzzle, but I eventually got it all back together. I pulled the bike out to start it, cycled it through a few times with the compression release, bumped past TDC, and kicked............... BOOM!!! Fired right up first kick; I was impressed.
For those of you who have not had the privaledge of riding a dual-carbed XR600, it really is like no other XR600. When that secondary carb opens up, the thing just pulls. My main ride is my XR650R, which has a LOT of stuff done to it. And while the old 600 doesn't have the mid to upper end my 650R does, I would venture to say the 600 is as strong or stronger off the bottom than my 650R, and thats saying something. Plus that distinctive cam/whine sound that the old RFVC heads make has a very unique sound that the newer thumpers just do not have.
Since the bike has made it through all these years without getting thrashed, I would like to keep it in stock running condition, and I don't want to subject it to the tortures of the off-road that I put my 650R through. And in my third picture, you'll also see why else I don't want to subject it to anymore thrashings. However, I do want to ride and enjoy the bike. I want to dual sport the bike, and make it into a supermoto. Washington state changed its laws about making strictly off-road bikes street legal this last January, and since then I've gone dual sporting crazy; converted two bikes so far, and about to do two more. And this old XR in supermoto trim would be a SWEET bike to carve around the hills on.
Anyway, here's a few pics. Haven't cleaned it yet; wanted to get it put back together and running before I start digging into it again. I'll post some better pics after she's cleaned up...
And for those who really know a rare XR item when they see it, check this out!!!!
Edited by Thumpmeister, 20 July 2012 - 10:03 PM.