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philipstjohn

The Perfect XR600R

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For the Hard Core XR600R fans, is there a year which stood out above the rest, or are all the year/models basically the same with just color scheme changes throught its life? :crazy:

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The newest one you can lay your hands on. :crazy:

Seriously, though, I don't think much changed from the mid-90's on. I have a '96...it's a great bike.

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In 91 the forks were upgraded. That was the last "major" upgrade. I think axles were made larger in 93. That was the last change. Most important is to find one that was not used much.

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One could say that the year 2000 was the best, since it is the only modern style with a red tank. The red tank doesn't show the discoloration effects from gasoline as much as the white. Additionally, if you are a Honda fan, red is their official color. On the other hand, this is the only year that the bike came with a silver frame. Some feel that the silver paint is not as durable as the white enamel. I don't know whether this is true.

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Guys you are living in the past the old 600 is dead there is a new bike called the xr650r and is lighter than the old 600(282lb) the 650 at 277lb (reality 287lb),more ground clearance(not)and a better front brake(maybe) is all the rage with the jet set.

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I've owned 3 XR6's and still think its the best overall bike i've owned. If it was 10 kg lighter i'd still be riding one.

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Guys you are living in the past the old 600 is dead there is a new bike called the xr650r and is lighter than the old 600(282lb) the 650 at 277lb (reality 287lb),more ground clearance(not)and a better front brake(maybe) is all the rage with the jet set.

The question was posed about an XR600 not an XR650. OK you got a 650, yippie! Please brag about it in a 650 thread.

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Guys you are living in the past the old 600 is dead there is a new bike called the xr650r and is lighter than the old 600(282lb) the 650 at 277lb (reality 287lb),more ground clearance(not)and a better front brake(maybe) is all the rage with the jet set.

Bullshit it's lighter. It's well known it's heavier.

Modern did you say? The 650 came out in 2000. Most bikes by then had FCRs and USDs with electric starters. Oh and watercooling!!!!!!!!!! jesus what a move!!!!!!

I agree with Exeare6 - the 2000 model was best. Red, silver and all the bugs ironed out.

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I would rather have a clean 600R over my 650R. I grew up lusting after that dirtbike and it saadened me when Honda stopped making it.

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I was actually having a dig at the 650 given time you might of worked it out.

Read it again and again and again,

you might actually get it.

I have owned a few 600's(2 RF's an RM and a 350RE) i quite liked them,i was expecting more from Honda with the 650.

The only changes to the 2000 were paint and bold new graphics maybe these changes sorted the bugs out,i can see how they would.

I always liked the look of RD through to RF xr's for some reason,they looked racey.

Please feel free to misinterpret this at your leasure,and of course respond.

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The way I see it anything with an XR in front of it is "living in past".Face it guys these are the "fat,ugly" girls of off roading.It's fun,but, silly to argue about who's is fatter or uglier. If you want the cute,popular one you get a Jap 450. If you want a supermodel type you get a KTM or maybe a Husky. I love the 'ol XR cause it does what I want the way I want it done. So to answer the question any thing 91 and up,valved and sprung for you, a road plate, jetted and the bugs worked out is just about it.

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Years ago I was racing Dist 14 Hare Scrambles, and set out to build my ultimate XR600.

At the time (1989) ATK was the only real alternative 4stroker. The Huskies and Huskabergs were all just rumors. I did not care for the Rotax 600, mainly because of the left hand kick start.

ATK offered a kit to install your XR motor, wheels, forks and brakes into one of their chassis.

I loved my XR6, just wanted it to be lighter and more rigid.

I bought the kit, and built my own ultimate XR. 20 lbs lighter and much more nimble than the original XR.

I raced a few more years, got married, had kids. The bike was used less and less. I had bought my wife a XR250 and found myself riding that chasing the kids around.

16 years have passed, I bought a 91 XR600 parts bike. And am in the process of rebuilding that motor to replace the 86 mill. I upgraded to the cartridge forks and the 18" disc brake rear wheel.

I am in the process of finalizing the motor now, then just have a few odds and ends to tie up, should be riding it again in a few weeks.

I'll post some pics if anyone is interested.

http://www.americandirtbike.com/91-xrkit.gif

http://www.americandirtbike.com/91-xratk.gif

These are some of the old ATK sales literature, off of Amercican Dirt Bike's web site. They rebuilt my W/P shock for me and have been helpful with decals and such.

Sorry for the long post.

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