I started this page because I just got my second BRP. My first one a 2001 that I bought off the showroom floor was stolen off my driveway after I had it for about two years. I guess the thief thought he wanted it more than I did. He must of wanted it pretty bad, because I really liked that bike. That was back in the spring of 2002. Since then I have been raising three girls and working hard to enjoy my retirement. That day will come in the near future. Now turn the time machine forward to late summer or 2017. After watching Craig’s list for the past 6 months, I finally found the bike that met all of my requirements. A 2001 with the Baja addon kit for all of the street legal needs. After arranging a meeting with the seller, I really liked what I saw. The bike was in very good condition. Especially for a 17 year old dirt bike. Barely any scratches and many upgrades. The bike is full uncorked. Mikuni slide pumper carburetor. FMF exhaust muffler. Braided stainless front break line. I took it for a test ride around the local parking lot. That was after the seller started is for me. I was not able to get it started myself due to a 55 year old right leg and the habit of twisting the throttle when I kicked it over. That flooded the engine. So, back to the ride. It ran great and shifted smoothly through the gears. Good torque, what I could use in a parking lot. I agreed to buy the bike. I followed him to his home. Where he proceeded to give me a small create of extra parts. He also told me of the rest of the upgrades that have been installed. a 200 watt stator, new chain. All LED lighting. In the create was a full Honda repair manual for the bike. Extra voltage regulator, the old incandescent lamps, a couple of brand new rear chain sprockets. A small mix of carb jets, and several other parts and pieces. He had title in hand and I had cash. We both thought that we had a good deal. So, I rode the bike home. I ran and drove well.
During my ride home (about 12 miles) I found the engine would gasp during quick up shifts. I am thinking it is an issue with the accelerator pump in the carburetor. If I did not twist the throttle too much during the shift the engine did fine.
Now I have a wonderful fully street ready bike. After getting it plated and insured, I have ridden it to work several time. Fun to ride. My first morning I got a compliment from a random driver on the road. He liked the style. I tend to agree with him. My ride is just over 14 mile to my office. Not too long, especially in the morning. Being in the Denver Colorado area, it is a bit chilly in the morning. It was in the lower 50’s in the morning. The ride home was on the mid 90’s. That was when the bike was really nice to ride.
One issue I am finding and it really is not a problem with the ride or the performance. It is the heat coming off the exhaust on the right side of the engine. The exhaust header runs just inside of the lower shin. I find that my slacks a pulling up and exposing my leg to the heat from that header. It is so hot that I find myself moving my foot as far back and out side on the foot peg. When I got home I had to check to see if I had a blister. I did not, but is was sure close. This was the same each day when I got home. It was not an issue on the morning due to the cooler ambient temperature. It cooled my leg well. Has anyone else had the same issue. I am going to get some exhaust wrapping tape and see if wrapping the heard will help reduce the heat I get on my leg.
Thanks for reading that. Post your experience and or reason for buying a XR650R.