XR650R Reliabilty

I was wondering what you guys think of running an xr on the street? Will it hold up or will the maintaince be to much? I was thinking of purchasing one for street and track use? What kind of what has to be done to keep it up to par?

Thanks

James

Change the oil every now and then.. check the valves....

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Thats it! lol

I just got my xr650r plated last week with the Baja kit. I highly recommend doing the same. Put on a couple hundred miles this weekend. What a complete blast. Nothing like blasting 50 mile an hour wheelies down the gravel roads. I think the bike feels stronger than my drz. Don't have to rev it as high. The bikes are known for there reliability. Change the oil and clean the filter on a regular basis and I think you will be fine. :thumbsup:

Do you know how often the valves have to be done? and oil every 1000 miles?

In dirt I change my oil every 150 miles. On pavement I'd stretch it to 250. The valve clearance should be checked every 600 miles following the initial break-in.

Damn that is often.

It doesnt need to be changed that often at all.. Some people treat the bikes like race bikes...The XR's are a very low maintence bike.

Flybywire

How often do you recommend?

Thanks

The Honda service manual reccomends after the FIRST 100mi. Then every 600 miles after that.

Thanks.

The Honda service manual reccomends after the FIRST 100mi. Then every 600 miles after that.

Yeah that's for valves. In MY circumstance: I live in New England, right off the bat my clutch is getting more use=more heat=more fibers to float around(dirtier oil). Lots of mud here in New England=lots of water. Oil can become very Mirky after just one ride. I like to know my machine is in tip top shape every time I take it out. I don't want my Honda towed or pushed home. Needless to say I may be a "bit" over enthusiastic with my changes/checks. Better safe than sorry, IMO.

The Honda service manual reccomends after the FIRST 100mi. Then every 600 miles after that.

Hey Rob barnum you out htere? how about any of you desert racers.. how often do you gus ACTUALLY adjust the valves on your 650 how about after somthing like the Baja 1000 mile race?? I have only had to adj once since installing os valves they held fine ever since the break in

Thanks,

Jolly705,

I've got my 650R uncorked & dualsported..

I change the oil, check/adjust the valves and go over the pig after every ride...call me nuts, but after 3 decades in the dirt & skimping during the first ten years has tought me alot.

Protect your investment, hopefully it'll keep ya happy...

I had to adjust the valves a little bit after the break-in, and then I have checked them every 600 or so miles, like the books says, but they are still in range, and it's got over 4k miles on it now. Mine is dual-sported and I ride about half street, half dirt, and it's a blast on the street, doesn't seem to affect reliability, my bike has never had any problems and it's 4 years old now. It's uncorked/jetted and it's extremely quick and powerful. Best and most fun bike I've ever owned.

L.L.

'00 XR650R uncorked/street legal

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Well i have raced the 1000 with Sr Barnum...we did change the oil at half way...but didnt adjust the valves. We had good compression and the engine sounded right. yeah its a good idea to check them every 6 hundred miles if you are desert racing.

I know Rob checks them that often--for sure you have a bit more power when they are right on--plus if you run with loose valves for to long a little 'dimple' will form in the seat-- its called 'tuliping'.

But yeah thats on a race bike in race conditions...for sure 90% of the 650R's out there dont get their valves checked more than once every 3-6000 miles...you will lose a bit of compression but the big XR will just keep on thumping like all XR's.

That said its no big deal to adjust the valves--first time might be a bit scarry--but after that its a quick check.

Honda manual does call for checking every 600 miles...but if you are just a fat slob on a cow trail for the summer months....hey its an XR. Check the valves when you give the 650 to your cousin Buford in 2012.

Maybe a happy medium is every 2000 easy miles? Only once initial break in is done.

I adjust my valves every second or third trip. One of the exhaust valves is a bit out every 2nd or 3rd time i check...curiously it seems to be the left one more often than the right one...not sure whazup with that. :thumbsup:

the 600 miles is oil change........ I didnt even look up the valve check.

coincidence? I think not.

Clearly the Japanse are up to something...

Sure are... I wish they'd hurry the hell up on the CRF680X already....

there are rumors its gonna be a CRF600X... :thumbsup:

But there are also rumors of alien space beings underground in Nevada...

there are rumors its gonna be a CRF600X... :thumbsup:

But there are also rumors of alien space beings underground in Nevada...

This is true.. lol

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