Originally Posted by Brakke Gaid
- The XR600R manual states that the oil needs to be changed every 1000 Miles. Have you done this??? Or was it okay to prolong the mileage between oil changes? I dont know if its such a great idea to have to change the oil this often in places where you might not even get quality oil.
- I know the XR600R is lighter than the 650L&XT600E, about 20-25 kg in fact. Thats one of the biggest plus' it has (plus more power), but was it doable to ride on it for longer periods of time. Or did you make extra modifications for the seat and such.
My 600R is a 1987 model which I bought as a US import in 91 and it's still in my garage now, although I haven't used it for a couple of years. I changed the oil on it (mineral 10-40) once a year, (whether it needed it or not ) and never when it was on a long trip (although long is a relative term - the furthest it went was 2 trips to west africa). To date I haven't had an oil related problem with it.
I've no idea how many miles its done as the US version only came with a 100 miles and reset trip meter and my make it legal UK Sigma bicycle speedo loses its mileage record when the battery goes flat, but I'd guess I've done between 30 and 40,000, plus however many it did before I bought it.
I really wouldn't worry that much about changing the oil every 1000 miles. It's not going to grind to a halt at 1001 and as you're likely to buy one secondhand you'll have no idea how often the previous owner changed it. Check it often though and keep it at the full mark.
The std 600R seat isn't that comfortable for more than about an hour at a time. I put a 40L Acerbis tank on mine (too big tbh) and the std seat wouldn't fit so I had to make one.
I used the plastic base from a YZ Yamaha MX bike cut it to fit, made brackets etc and refoamed it to be wider (and lower). After a couple of rehashes it worked ok and I could ride all day with it.
The weight issue is a bit of a trade off. You really do notice the 600R being lighter than something like a Tenere - even when loaded up, but you're also aware of everything feeling a little fragile. When you're on your own in the desert this isn't great for your peace of mind.
I'm not sure there is an answer. I replaced the Honda with a CCM 600 which is closer to an XT in weight but there are times when the extra 25kg feels more like 125.