XR650”L” Clutch, Carb & Suspension?

I have gone through the unfortunate experience (depending on how you look at it) of building out a ’04 XR650”L”, that’s right “L” SuperMotard. This took some bucks, patience, and personal pain; however, I was just too far along too look back… It’s a clean ride!

I am looking at a couple of areas to upgrade and possibly yield a bit more performance.

Tell me what you think:

1.) Replacing the OEM clutch. I have seen the Barnett components (plates, springs etc…). Any thoughts?

2.) Replacing the carburetor with a flat slide unit. Something that is more adjustable (fine tuning), reliable, consistent, and semi-race-able, to possibly yield me more HPs?

3.) What about suspension (front/rear), triple clamps etc…?

4.) Any other recommendations…?

Respectfully, I am no mechanic; but I have been through this bike extensively. I will humbly accept any and all recommendations.

Thanks in advance!

TZAR

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Bummer. I was wanting to see the answers to all this so when I'm interested I can go Motarding too. Anybody got um? :)

Me too... I know XR650L's are not the popular pick when it comes to SM applications. Finding SM components for this bike was not like a CRF or numerous others... But I love mine... I'll post some picks soon.

I was thinking I may look into installing XR650"R" forks and picking up some triples for fitment...

Mahalo,

TZAR

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2.) Replacing the carburetor with a flat slide unit. Something that is more adjustable (fine tuning), reliable, consistent, and semi-race-able, to possibly yield me more HPs?

I put a Keihin FCR41 on my '98 XR650L. After working out the jetting, I'm really impressed. Very noticeable power gains everywhere, and instant, snappy throttle response. I'm really glad I did it.

3.) What about suspension (front/rear), triple clamps etc??

I installed stiffer Eibach springs front and rear, 10wt oil in the forks, removed the accordion gaiters on the forks, and installed the Summers fork brace kit with the plastic fork leg protectors. The steering is much more precise now, again I feel these mods were well worth doing.

My bike is not in motard trim, still has the stock 21/18 wheels, but I am running a set of Avon Gripsters. It's amazing how well this thing handles.

I also have a 2001 KTM 640 LC4 SuperMoto, so I get my real motard fix from that bike, but I still have great fun on the XR650L. I wish it had more power and better brakes though.

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