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Old 03-23-2017   #1
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Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

Hello folks.

I'm looking for an awesome shop that knows everything about my XR650L (which I think is rare) or someone that knows much about that bike.

I need to have the suspension set for sag and all that goofiness because I understand it for my weight.

I want to de smog it and "dave" mod it. It means taking off the smog emissions and opening the exhaust.

The main thing is opening the carb and changing things. (I would wreck this).



Any of you got a suggestion?

I appreciate any and all help.
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Old 03-23-2017   #2
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

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Hello folks.

I'm looking for an awesome shop that knows everything about my XR650L (which I think is rare) or someone that knows much about that bike.

I need to have the suspension set for sag and all that goofiness because I understand it for my weight.

I want to de smog it and "dave" mod it. It means taking off the smog emissions and opening the exhaust.

The main thing is opening the carb and changing things. (I would wreck this).

Any of you got a suggestion?

I appreciate any and all help.
Sounds like a good job for Brandon Schweitzer over at AFJ Race Shop:
https://www.facebook.com/AFJ-race-sh...09283032479564
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Old 03-23-2017   #3
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

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Sounds like a good job for Brandon Schweitzer over at AFJ Race Shop:
https://www.facebook.com/AFJ-race-sh...09283032479564
thanks for your opinion old riding friend

Is there any others that may be in the tri state?

I love to spend my money on things that are professional.
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Old 03-23-2017   #4
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

FWIW, Dave's mod, desmog, and jetting are all pretty easy, even for a non-mechanic. There are a zillion tutorials and a bunch of videos online. I've seen where it's been taken to "professionals" and it run poorly afterward. I take my bikes to Cadre cycle in Blue Ash for work I won't do myself.
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

There was a mechanic at Midwest Polaris in Batavia off of 32, Mike Zooti (?) (513) 735-2222 who was/is top notch. I've had him take care of a few things for me over the years and have always been happy. He rode a BigRedPig as his daily driver and I believe he is likely an expert wrench on them.
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

I knew that if I asked here I would get a great response.

Thanks again.
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

I tried to reply to your PM but your inbox is full...

my response...
I honestly don't recall what instructions/videos I followed because it's been a few years. I had these links bookmarked though:
https://4strokes.com/viewtopic.php?t=2
http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...e-smog.354907/

I bought a foot pad similar to this...don't recall the exact one but it was off of eBay.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-Kic...JXorDw&vxp=mtr
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

Call Rick at http://www.buckeyeperformance.com/ he is all knowing for all things Yamaha and Honda. Oh did I say he is honest too?
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Re: Want to find a Mech to work/help work on my XR650L

Just got off the phone with Scotts dampener company (scottsonline.com)

What a cool person that had great advice that understood that my xr650's front end was not stable.

He actually, almost talked me out of a stabilizer and told me about the guy up the street that is an expert of my bikes suspension. (all of the seem to be on the west coast)
Called the suspension guy, he knows about the front end instability of BRP, He is going to get back to me. He said that the dogbone lowering link contributed to my headshake.
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JHe said that the dogbone lowering link contributed to my headshake.
Yep, seen that reported elsewhere. Also someone removed the handguards and it mitigated the head shake. Mine seems to want to start doing it once I hit about 80 so I just don't go that fast it's not really the strength of that bike.
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Yep, seen that reported elsewhere. Also someone removed the handguards and it mitigated the head shake. Mine seems to want to start doing it once I hit about 80 so I just don't go that fast it's not really the strength of that bike.
Thanks Scuba.

My tirade.

I can accept that this bike is too tall for me on road, sliding butt to tank where the seat is lower is common fair.

Off road by myself exploring an unknown trail I want to have both feet down firmly.

Both feet down enough either on or off road is very important. Or does your bike have reverse. Try reverse on tippy toes.

I understand some or most of the concepts of riding a big bike. I've only been riding for 35ish years.

I bought this bike for what it was. I had a feeling that I would have to turn it into something else.


I just got a quote for lowering my front forks and rear springs for $800. He seems to me a good reference from scotts stabalizers.

My dream bike is being created.

Air cooled, good off road capability. parts abundant, high way top speed 100MPh.

I know that some of you will blast me about certain bikes. Please do. School me how I should have bought something different.
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