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I notice that Pob has fitted (and Wright aspires to fit) a kick start to their XR650L's. Do you guys know whether it would be possible to fit the electric start gear (from a Dommie or an L) to an XR600? I know it sounds wierd, but I'm in a situation where my right knee is not long for this world, and, I've spent lots of money and time overland prepping my XR600.
I'm tempted to buy a new L, and swap over the bits from my R before selling it. But, with CROW and all I don't think I'd get much in the UK for a 5000-odd mile XR6.
I'm not at all sure you'll get away with it. fitting the kick to the L requires old parts and machining current parts (eg clutch cover) to look like old parts. this is OK cos honda didn't completely delete the feature from the L. I don't suppose, however, that they put a provision for the starter motor on the crank case of the 600 when they designed it in the '80s. check the manual/parts before getting too excited at the prospect!
You are both probably right. Another tack might be to look around for a crash-damaged, but newish Dominator. Take the engine plus a few other bits from this, add my XR kick-start and bolt it in. I then get an L of sorts albeit by a roundabout route.
Oh, and yes KH, I got the mother of all tanks at last, should take delivery in the new year. See my post over in that thread.
the dommie only had kickstart in 1989 over here. I think it was the J model. ie you'd need an old one, not a new one for the kickstart unless you fancy splitting the crankcases to swap the shaft. not a huge job and quite fun ... ;-)
Hi Rich, it was my plan to use a newer motor and split the crankcases. I never realised early Dommies had a kick-start in fact. I might look around for one of those new FMX? engines - the supermoto. They are black anodised and look pretty good.
An easier way is to transplant the whole motor from a XL600 model code PD04 into the XR frame.There are red engines(usually fitted to the LMF model,591cc) and black engines(some LMF's and other XL's,both 591 and 589cc).Of the two the red ones had the best starter arrangement,but either will do the trick.That is assuming you want to keep it 600cc,otherwise the aforementioned NX650 Domminator motor is more refined.All will fit straight in mounting wise,but you'll need the appropriate engine's CDI and carb stuff too.The 591cc motor is more long-legged and grunty,whereas the 589cc will rev a bit better and is probably more suitable for your XR.
Just going for a short ride on my bike....
Fantastic Man. This is great news. Wish I'd thought of it (just buying new bits that is) - obvious really. My 600 is an Australian too - 2000 vintage. I had Baja Designs re-wind the stator for me, and have done lots of other mods to it, so would really like to keep the bike. Apart from a little oil puffing on roll-offs it runs great. However, my right knee is failing often these days (broke my left leg and pelvis 15 years ago, and all this time have been favouring the right leg which has worn it out ahead of time). So I really need an electric start. I'm going to order some parts this week. For now it looks like LHS case, gasket, starter motor and clutch. Is that about it? I've already got a heavy duty regulator / rectifier. I wonder whether you might need a CDI unit with more oomph - the Vortex CDI springs to mind.
I agree about the investment thing by the way - its rarely about that with bikes.
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What i mean with investment is part of the budget.If you tell me that conversion cost you less then 300 US,then is possible to do for allmost all xr 600 riders,now if you decided anyway no matter the final cost,ok.
This is my point.
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