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Jayzonk

July 2005 Dirt Bag Issue on XR650R Baja Mods

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Re: "Dirt Bag" Magazine - I needed something to get your attention! Did anyone bother to add up the parts cost of all of the mods to the XR650R("High Plains Drifter) that were done in the July issue of Dirt Bike Magazine? P.54. I can't believe they didn't include a tally.

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I read it a few weeks ago and it was a good read, but I didn't tally the prices, although I'm sure it was a solid several thou from what I recall (HID, e-start, etc). How much $$$ damage was there?

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I read it a few weeks ago and it was a good read, but I didn't tally the prices, although I'm sure it was a solid several thou from what I recall (HID, e-start, etc). How much $$$ damage was there?

The E-start alone is $950. when you include the stator rewind which is a must.

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On page 60 at the end of the KTM LC4 Adventure article they stated they dropped over 2000.00 not including labor or the original price of the bike on the Honda making the 8500.00 price of the KTM less intimidating.

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Okay, here's the real question: suppose you could buy the XR650R just as you'd like it - eg. with all the right mods to make it the perfect bike - uncorked, way bigger fuel tank , titanium or aluminum pipe, e-start, etc., and you'd have your Baja bike! Why does it seem so satisfying if the company(Honda) can do it for you, as opposed to doing it yourself? I think this poses a big question for all of us - why does success at Honda understanding our needs lead to ultimate fulfillment in the end, as opposed to getting the bike and modifying it? Shouldn't it really mean the same thing? Or would it? Try to think about your answer without considering the cost. Assume it costs Honda the same to make the bike with all your mods as it does for you to buy the mods and modify it yourself. Would we find other ways to modify the bike, just to make it different? Is it something about us that makes this work? Or is it something about corporations? Is there something that makes you feel more comfortable with Honda, as opposed to Baja Designs , which is a much smaller, less profitable corporation, without the ability to guarantee/warranty their work? Is it brand equity? Corporate image? I don't know.

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Jey, the long and short of it is that there will always be people making the bikes better or different no matter what it started as. That is why you see people out there putting nitrous and turbos on thier 25 cc scooters. It isn't because all they can drive is a scooter it is because nobody else has done it yet.

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