Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Honda Tech

Honda Tech Honda Tech Forum - For Questions specific and of interest to Honda riders only. Questions comparing which bike is best etc go in the "Which Bike" forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Calendar Contest Voting is now CLOSED. Results to be posted shortly.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 29 May 2004
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: New York ,NY, USA
Posts: 33
recommended modifications on XR650L?

I have a 1999 XR650L, that I'm an planning to pick up from storage in Germany and take it for a trip to the Middle East and or Africa.

Currently I'm on a trip touring around Central/South America on my Kawasaki KLR650. Before leaving for this trip I did all the research and prep work on the bike. It was easy to find out what was recommended to do, such as the balancer doohicky upgrade, and the rear subframe upgrade, etc. Since these bikes have been basically unchanged for the past 18 years, all the problems that will crop up have been pretty well documented.

What are the items on the XR650L that typically fail that should be replaced / reinforced before leaving?

Modifications I've done so far:
Large Plastic Gas Tank
Acerbis Rally Pro Hand Guards
Bash Plate
Headlight kill switch

Modifications I plan todo:
Heavy duty innertubes
Remove Rim Locks and Balance wheels
Dip motorcycle in Loctite
One tooth up on the front sprocket

Any other recommendations? I always favor preventitive work on the motorcycle over road side fixes.

[This message has been edited by TerryMoto (edited 28 May 2004).]
__________________
--Terry
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 30 May 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: London, UK
Posts: 638
what's your riding style and luggage set up? I spent yonks testing and trying suspension settings including springs and oil weights and for full-on riding off road, its a great set up. having tried rainsing the gearing, I went back to standard cos its fine at 60mph through africa and overgearing doesn't help any on fuel burn.
Rich
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 31 May 2004
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: New York ,NY, USA
Posts: 33
Gear setup will probably be a Givi 50L bag on a Happy trails top rack, and a dry duffle bag on the passenger seat. Thus am wondering if there are any rear subframe upgrades, or upgrade kits.

Riding style is road, highways, bad roads, dirt road, gravel roads, but tend not to do the full off-roading. I was reasonably pleased with the stock suspension setup (especially compared to the KLR650).

The different gearing (one tooth up in the front) is mainly to have it rev a bit lower at highway speeds.

From further reading it seems that the basic failure piece of the XR650L is engine internals. One guy in South America had to have a new piston and cylinder sleeve put in, and then there was there recent post from the PanMed guy who had problems after a valve dropped.

Guess these aren't so preventable, other than picking another motorcycle.
__________________
--Terry
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 1 Jun 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: London, UK
Posts: 638
the XR650L engine is the same as the Dominator and it has done millions and millions of reliable miles. statistically, you can forget about Honda singles blowing up or wearing out. I stripped my engine after 37000 African km out of interest and rebored it. I also replaced some clutch parts, but no big deal.
the engine is great. don't sweat it.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 1 Jun 2004
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Maryland USA
Posts: 49
I am interested in why you are removing the rimlocks and balancing the wheels. Do you expect significantly longer life out of the tires?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 2 Jun 2004
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: New York ,NY, USA
Posts: 33
I had rim locks in there from a previous trip. I was attempting to go from Germany to India, but only got as far as Turkey, because I couldn't get an Iranian visa.

The rim locks required a ton of balancing weights to counter balance them (or two rim locks making getting tires on a real pain). Eventually some of the weights came off, and it cause it to be very out of balalance, causing more of weights to come off.

This caused excessive vibration at highway speeds and lead to additional problems on the motorcycle, such as the Big Gun exhaust seperating into three distinct pieces, and bolts migrating of their sockets.

Now I realize I don't ride with extremely low tire pressures, or typically ride on routes requiring extremely low tire pressures, so the rim locks are un-necessary, and caused a lot more problems than they solved.
__________________
--Terry
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 14 Jun 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: longmont, co, USA
Posts: 126
XRL's do sometimes have serious engine problems. I personally think it's because they are jetteed WAY too lean from the factory. Rejet and you have no problems (and a LOT more power).

See my website for all the mode I did-
sopgear.com

One thing not mentioned in the website is the need to reinforce the subframe- especially the right side of it. Must do if you carry a lot of weight and/or pound the off-road hard as I do.

Enjoy

------------------
Back on the road again.

sopgear.com
__________________
Stuck at home...

sopgear.com
velocity-research.com
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 14 Jun 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: longmont, co, USA
Posts: 126
One more thing- I never had rim locks in 50,000 km in South Am and it was never a problem. I think it's better without because the local guys who change tires are not used to them and they can screw things up if you have them.

------------------
Back on the road again.

sopgear.com
__________________
Stuck at home...

sopgear.com
velocity-research.com
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 
 



HU DVD Spring Special!

Buy the Achievable Dream Collectors Set and get Road Heroes Part 1 FREE!

Achievable Dream - The Whole Enchilada!

Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.


What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders


contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!




New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.



Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!






All times are GMT +1. The time now is 00:56.