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And They Say The BRP Is Not A Woods Weapon

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Scott Summers did it, why can't some everyday Joe pull it off?

I was told the track was tight. Given the location of the track, I thought it couldn't be that tight. I was wrong.

Although I knew I was geared a little high, I thought first gear would pull me through. Stock gearing, first gear was way too high for what I experienced. Again, I was wrong.

The bike is jetted for 1000 feet. The track is around 1500. No problem. Again, I was wrong.

In the end, I racked up a DNF after I decided that surrendering to the elements and the bike would be smarter than wrestling the beast for 8 more miles.

The track turned into an east coast nightmare. Deep sand, which wasn't bad due to the moisture. The trees, at some point were so tight that something reached out and touched a shroud hard. Now I can buy those fancy UFO black shrouds. Between the tight, twisty, up and down sand nightmare, even in first gear, I could not keep the bike on top of anything until the motor starting winding up and by that time, my ground speed was way too fast for safe movement.

I'm gonna stick with wide open and fast for the rest of the year, but I may seek redemption next year after knowing what to expect firsthand. I'll have the beast geared so low rockcrawlers will seek my knowledge. I'll jet the beast for 200 feet below sea level and as for suspension, even though I plan on going for a desert setup this summer, I was real happy with what the 5 year old, stock setup gave me yesterday.

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Hmm, I ride my XR600 in the worst of the worst. Is it the best bike for insane singletrack, no not for most people. I'm a big boy though and I guess that I have the technique.

I don't race, but for me a DNF means I left the bike on the trail.

Not sure which bike you are talking about. I've had a 600 and a 650R on tight stuff and they are about the same. The 650R has better suspension, but the extra power made me ore tired. The 650L is harder in the tight stuff due to the extra weight and the gearing.

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what bike are you riding? you mentioned you would now get the fancy ufo shrouds. i looked on the ufo site and they only make it for the xr650r. the sie said that they make them for the 2000 bike and i thought the r and l were essentially the same. i guess not?????

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what bike are you riding? you mentioned you would now get the fancy ufo shrouds. i looked on the ufo site and they only make it for the xr650r. the sie said that they make them for the 2000 bike and i thought the r and l were essentially the same. i guess not?????

No , only minor differences between the two...:confused:

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good looking out, rich! so can i put those shrouds on a 1999 XR650L?

i'm guessing i can't, or else they would list my bike in the applications. what do you think?

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good looking out, rich! so can i put those shrouds on a 1999 XR650L?

i'm guessing i can't, or else they would list my bike in the applications. what do you think?

Oh no... I was joking, sorry!

The R and L are way different bikes.

Now the 600R and 650L are very similar. The parts on a 600R will most of the time fit. The 600R has parts listed for it, when the L does not and they will often times switch over.

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got ya. sorry for the newb mistake. if we were dealing with streetbikes, i'd be a jedi master on here. i've not owned a dirtbike since high school!

thanks for everyone's help and patience!

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Scott summers was (is)an animal!! Have you ever seen the picture of him picking up a 600.Both wheels in the air?? And a smile on his face.

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Scott Summers did actually race a 650R for a few years before the 450R and (later) X came out. Even him admits that him didn't like the 650R in the woods as much as his 600R. Hey don't shoot me, I have a 650R but it is what it is. I've had the distinct pleasure of being passed by Mr. Summers multiple times and a handful of GNCC's in the early to mid 90's. At that time (before 4 strokes were in vogue) there was absolutely no question who was coming up behind you. It was scary and I think I pooped my pants a few times. He was a god on that bike (600R)

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I had a similar misadventure at a local UK H+H event, BRP vrs. lots of GasGas 200s and little KTMs. Stock UK model, so uncorked as standard, suspension adjusted right (ish, I really need a softer rear spring etc).

Did finish, might as well not have at 73/109 starters, and a dislocated shoulder for my troubles. Had to ride loads sat down, which always slows me.

Fab to push the BRP through it though, some said it shouldn't be done.

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I love my pig in the tight nasty stuff, though we have less tree riding here than most, there is some and I have always done fine, usually riding head of the pack.

Its true that the 600 was a bit more comfortable in the tech, but the BRP once used to it, is superior.

I get a lot of sheisse from the 250x guys in the parking lot before the ride, by the end they are ussually too tired to say anything when they catch me at the end of the trail having a cigo.

Viva la BRP!

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