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About yojuan

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  • Birthday 11/09/1965

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  1. It's definitely a lot dustier than it was before!
  2. Yes, I used the free version. Relive automatically grabs the track from Garmin Connect.
  3. I didn't even notice until you mentioned it. Had to go back to old pictures to check!
  4. Just recently acquired this 2007 XR650L project, so after spending way too much money on it, it was time to give the BRP a good test ride. The initial plan was to ride up Cougar Pass in Escondido, the closest dirt road where I live, then next thing I was going up Nate Harrison, down Black Canyon to Santa Ysabel Road. Temperature was comfortable today, but did get a little hot with the jacket when the going got slow. I may do this again in a few weeks as a beginner type ride for any that want to join the fun, with the option to bypass Santa Ysabel Rd. Apart from the paint shaker undoing the 8mm muffler mounting bolt on the frame, the motor didn't skip a beat. Pretty happy so far! The stock gearing, as many before have mentioned, does not work when things get a little more technical. Makes me want to rip the motor apart and do the NX650 2nd gear mod, but I'll likely change the stock 15t front sprocket to a 14t. Very happy with the 50/50 IRC TR8 Battle Rallys, makes a great alternative to the Dunlop D606 at a better price. Relive: Cougar, Nate Harrison, Back Canyon, Santa Ysabel Loop At the top of Nate Harrison on Palomar Mountain: The classic Mesa Grande shot:
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    That's the plan, but first I have to repair the mounting holes on the seat pan which the PO somehow destroyed. Strap's the only thing holding the seat on right now
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    I'll give that method a try. I've also read on the forums spinning the insert for a minute or two to soften the plastic then pulling it out & using epoxy to re-insert. May need to have a spare tank before I try that though! I have a skid plate fortunately, bolted it on after the picture. I grew up in a motorcycle workshop, the techs made me do valve checks on the old CBX1000 because they hated to - 24 shims! Took me hours, my '83 XR500R was very simple compared to that bike.
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    Just an update, got most of the work done that I needed to do to get the XRL running. Bike runs really well, only issue is a slight sputtering at WOT which I have to debug. I took a few disks out of the Supertrapp, so it may be running too rich. Turns out I have a Clarke 4.0 gallon tank, not the 4.7. The two bolts at the lower front where the braces attach are seized into the insert, so the inserts just spins when you try to remove the bolt. Have to figure out a solution. I got caught up on most of the neglected maintenance items, but still have to check the valves and would like to do a compression test (although it's kinda late for that). Before I head out on the trails I intend to install hand guards and take care of a few other non-essential cosmetics.
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    Just an update, sold the old restored Yamaha Seca the day after I listed it! Guess my price was too low. A few days later I tracked down a 2007 XR650L that needed some work for a bargain, exactly what I was looking for. It already has a Clarke 4.7g tank and a Supertrapp IDS2 muffler installed, so I don't need to spend money there. It has already been desmogged and the PO already did "Dave's Carb Mods" correctly (I confirmed). I'm in the process of replacing the clutch, tires, sprockets, chain, sliders and cleaning everything right now. Should have it running in the next week or two.
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    My first choice would be still be a XR650R, but I'd prefer something street legal that I actually can register in CA! I may look at a DRZ400S/KLX400, the venerable DR650 or even KTM 640 Adventure. Basically anything capable of riding asphalt to the dirt, my trailering days are over.
  10. I started riding motorcycles in the late 70s in my early teens. Raced motocross for a few years until I got bored of going around a track, then I discovered a motorcycle can take you far away from home pretty fast! I guess adventure riding in those days was just called riding your motorcycle I have explored a lot of San Diego county bikepacking on my mountain bike, hoping to see a lot more on a dual sport. My riding style has definitely changed, I'm a lot more aware of my mortality now! I'll leave the rough stuff to the youngsters, I'm perfectly happy to cruise the fire roads & jeep trails now. I'm a big Honda fan, but have strayed to the blue & green bikes in the past. In fact I just finished restoring a somewhat classic 1992 Yamaha XJ600S Seca II. Sadly I do not have a dual sport currently, but I'm looking around for a XR650L. Right now I'm in the process of clearing out the garage as I have 3 motorcycles in there, too many bicycles and other equipment intensive hobbies. In fact it has been decreed that I'm NOT buying another motorcycle before I clean up. I enjoy restoring/fixing up motorcycles as much as riding them, if anyone has a junky / non-running XR650L laying around that needs to be rescued, let me know! My restored Seca II on Mesa Grande: