Info on XR650R's (newbie)

Well my brother just picked up an 04 XR650R with a few goodies. It is street legal with a Clarke desert tank, and a few odds and ends.

The both of us are new to the water cooled XR's and I was just wondering if there is anything to look out for or anything that needs improvement? I know the engine and drivetrain is the typical "bomb proof" Honda, but are there any quirks, bugs or gremlins that need to be worked out? Also what did Honda's power up option include? Is it worth looking into? And it seems to run pretty hot <not boiling over by any means> just radiators are REALLY hot to the touch :thumbsup:

Thanks a bunch for any information about this bike,

Andrew

BTW: I was suprized to see that no one offers aftermarket plastic for this bike... odd :thumbsup:

i canged the rad cap to a 1:8 and put engine ice in it it rarely ever gets hot or boils over unless i'm going up some 1st gear stuff for a long time. i don't have the power up kit but i do have the edelbrock carb which kicked up the fun factor quite a bit.

and try XR's only for plastics

I run no thermo and water wetter and GM dexcool, boils over rarely only when it is hella hot and moving slow, (which never happens)...Its a 6 fiddy.......:thumbsup:

Thanks for the link, and all the help :thumbsup: That pretty much sums up all the questions I had.

I still can't get over the BEEF these bikes have... Makes my 2 strokes look like pit bikes :thumbsup::busted::cheers:

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BTW: I was suprized to see that no one offers aftermarket plastic for this bike... odd :thumbsup:

well,i am surprised too...Acerbis dun even have the part number for the plastics...i am having a hard time here in Singapore....i went down twice to Honda Singapore for the rear mudguard...got phone call from them 2 days ago to go down for deposit and said the mudguards would arrived about 4-6weeks...to be disappointed again today as i went down...was told the factory in Japan currently got no stock..they will inform me again...:busted:

my plastics have been sprayed at the point of time i got the bike...so unlucky of me...

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BTW: I was suprized to see that no one offers aftermarket plastic for this bike... odd :thumbsup:

well,i am surprised too...Acerbis dun even have the part number for the plastics...i am having a hard time here in Singapore....i went down twice to Honda Singapore for the rear mudguard...got phone call from them 2 days ago to go down for deposit and said the mudguards would arrived about 4-6weeks...to be disappointed again today as i went down...was told the factory in Japan currently got no stock..they will inform me again...:cheers:

my plastics have been sprayed at the point of time i got the bike...so unlucky of me...

Hey man,

Me and my pig are operating out of Singapore too, really hard to get spares and stuff! Apparently, I heard it's because there are only 7 XR650Rs here and most dealers don't stock up on its spare parts...

any good US stores to recommend, I may wanna just import everything from the states..:thumbsup:

Cheers!

Hey dude..you from singapore as well...nice...do you go to slackriders.com?

for the plastic,if you do order things online,i think you can go to XR's only.com...or you may wanna check out UFO...

and if you want to order,keep in touch...i mite wanna chip in too...

my mobile. 91520309 AJ...

You guy's are in Singapore... that's awsome :thumbsup: I gotta ask what's the riding like over there? My brother ordered his new shrouds through a Honda dealer and got OEM ones $$$, but they look better than what was on it :thumbsup:

Yo Rot Box,your list of bikes is impressive,I see your no stranger to power,or pain!! I owned a TM 400 suzuki at one time,all the power you could ever want,but it was frightening in the handeling department,as well as several CR and YZ 250s,rode a buddies CR500,but never owned one,I currently own a 86 XR600,and a 99 XR250,Im looking for a new XR,or XR650L,I live in Panama canal zone,and they dont have them here,I could get one shipped in,which is what im looking into now.Good to meet you here on TT, XR_Ron..

Yo Rot Box,your list of bikes is impressive,I see your no stranger to power,or pain!! I owned a TM 400 suzuki at one time,all the power you could ever want,but it was frightening in the handeling department,as well as several CR and YZ 250s,rode a buddies CR500,but never owned one,I currently own a 86 XR600,and a 99 XR250,Im looking for a new XR,or XR650L,I live in Panama canal zone,and they dont have them here,I could get one shipped in,which is what im looking into now.Good to meet you here on TT, XR_Ron..

Nice to meet you too and Thanks :thumbsup: The 84 CR500 is my favorite as it is by far the scariest bike I have ever ridden. What's the ridding like in Panama? Good luck on the new XR I pretty sure that I like my brothers new one more than he does! :thumbsup:

You guy's are in Singapore... that's awsome :cheers: I gotta ask what's the riding like over there? My brother ordered his new shrouds through a Honda dealer and got OEM ones $$$, but they look better than what was on it :thumbsup:

well...awesome is not the right word to put about singapore...its a concrete jungle...wats so awesome bout it....:thumbsup:

here's a link of the only local riding area..scroll down..

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=530494

We have to cross the border to Malaysia to get real adventure and better place to ride..

Looking at all the riding areas from ADVriders forum makes me suck thumb...western influences has got all over Singaporeans though...thanks...well,at least we all tried to be adventourous at some points...:busted:

well...awesome is not the right word to put about singapore...its a concrete jungle...wats so awesome bout it....:thumbsup:

here's a link of the only local riding area..scroll down..

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=530494

We have to cross the border to Malaysia to get real adventure and better place to ride..

Looking at all the riding areas from ADVriders forum makes me suck thumb...western influences has got all over Singaporeans though...thanks...well,at least we all tried to be adventourous at some points...:busted:

yeah, agree completely with smicer.. our little island's completely overrun with concrete! No time to ride up north into Malaysia due to work commitments, hopefully that won't be the situation for long! :thumbsup:

Smicer/AJ: yeah I do frequent slackriders sometimes but I seldom post.. heh! I feel like ordering some clutch/ throttle cable and spark plugs for the PIG soon.. heard those are impossible to get around here too.. oh well.. :cheers:

that you can get from boon siew Honda S'pore...they have the clutchplates set also...i will be getting that pretty soon...i haven't checked on the plugs yet...but i have a strong feeling it will be the same as the XR4s....

:thumbsup: Concrete jungle...

Judging by those pics Malaysia looked like a good time, and man! I thought my desert tank was huge! :thumbsup:

i canged the rad cap to a 1:8 and put engine ice in it it rarely ever gets hot or boils over unless i'm going up some 1st gear stuff for a long time. i don't have the power up kit but i do have the edelbrock carb which kicked up the fun factor quite a bit.

and try XR's only for plastics

If I am not mistaken one of the criteria listed by Edelbrock is that you have the power up kit. Haven't you taken the restrictions out of the air box and opened up the intake manifold and opened up the exhaust insert?

If you are running totally stock, which needle are you running in the Edelbrock? It must be the leanest one.

:thumbsup: Concrete jungle...

Judging by those pics Malaysia looked like a good time, and man! I thought my desert tank was huge! :thumbsup:

hi dude...sorry again...those pictures are not in Malaysia...its Singapore...and its not really deep forested area...In Malaysia,we have natural terrain,river,deep dense jungle,hill,wild boar,elephants etc...:busted:

XR650R

Are there any years that are Better or Worse than others,

such as Bad 2nd or 3rd Gear?

Any other Problems?

Why do some change the Rear Shocks to the CBR500 or CRF450?

Thank You

EarlT

Nice to meet you too and Thanks :worthy: The 84 CR500 is my favorite as it is by far the scariest bike I have ever ridden. What's the ridding like in Panama? Good luck on the new XR I pretty sure that I like my brothers new one more than he does! :worthy:

yeah nice list I was a 500 man for years,You still have all those bikes? That 81 450 is pretty rare. How do like like kiicking that sucker over with your left leg? lol

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