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« on: January 17, 2015, 11:06:38 PM »

So it was one of those winter days when you are browsing the ADV forums and you think...I wonder if they have any XR650L bikes for sale in New England as I had been bitten by the "I wouldnt mind trying to ride some trails" thought and also "if I was to rent a bike in a foreign country for some adventure its probably going to be a trail bike (like in Laos) and I have no idea how to fix it or change a tube on something like that"....

On Thursday I see one ...a one owner XR650L for sale in Fairhaven MA

"Great condition, one owner bike bought new in 2006. Meticulous maintenance schedule, oil changed every 1,000 miles. All the best accessories including; CE Baily short windshield, Happy Trails tail rack, Twin air foam filter (2 of them rotated so always clean) Shori battery, Rental aluminum bars high bend, Moose bark busters, Hot grips heated grips, jet kit, over sized silecer tip in stock muffler and just last winter a new XR's Only 10.5 to 1 piston installed by local Honda dealer. MT21 pirelli tires and o-ring chain. Bike needs nothing! I have the original title, bike is registered on road and off. Will throw in Tour Master heated jacket liner that bike is wired for, dual mounted controllers run grips and jacket. 23,000 miles. $3000. Just purchased my new bike and there is not room in my life or in my shed for 2 bikes. Not to mention the cost of insurance in Mass. You think they would give you a break for multiple bikes, you can only ride 1 at a time!"

I arrange to go see it today...and despite it being 15F when I leave the house I pack the gear and helmet with that silly thought that if I like it Ill ride it home....

We arrive in New Bedford and meet Glenn the car mechanic who owns his own little garage on Purchase St. He starts off by telling me his long history with trail bikes starting from age 12. Meanwhile I am looking at this...sitting there...waiting...put on the stand to let me test steering head bearings and rear wheel play (both excellent)





and then Glenn starts on the XR650 -owned it since 2006, all service records, all stock parts taken off (front springs, rear shock) come with the bike, he explains all he has done to the bike - its very well kept! So eventually I sit on it...



its a good size....bigger of the course than the XR250 in Laos



and the XR650L



So of course I gear up and take it for a ride down the street



Feels good, snappy throttle response, good acceleration...so I buy it  after a  brief negotiation Cool.

But of course I am thinking...the only way to really test it is to ride it home...I think for a moment...1 hour, 19F...and consider that the bike comes with heated grips and he is giving me his heated liner (as long as I dont exceed 3/5 on the power scale the alternator/Shorai battery will be fine Wink)....oh why not! So I go for it.

The first 30 min are a breeze...cruising along at 65-70mph...until suddenly a slight stutter then the bike dies at mile 73 (on the odometer; he had told me fuel capacity for 90+ miles/tank). I hope that its just ran out of gas and nothing more....turn on reserve and hit the starter...bike fires into life! Wooohoooo! Pull off for gas at the next exit take my helmet off get my hands cold...oh yeah its chilly! I set off again but the damage has been done...my warm bubble I had before the gas stop is gone...cold seeps in...lucky for me I only feel it in the finger tips...they slowly start to freeze despite the Scott winter gloves and heated grips. I arrive home just in time  Cool









Nothing like a little winters ride  Wink

Looking forward to some trails this spring/summer!

cheers
Andy

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2015, 08:16:19 AM »

Ha congrats andy, you crazy bastard.  Let the world tour begin.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2015, 09:58:12 AM »

Finally! You've been wanting on of these for a while. Great story and cool bike! Congrats!
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2015, 10:09:01 AM »

Great find Andy! I was wondering when you'd make a move like this.
Congrats.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2015, 03:51:46 PM »

Thanks guys time to try something a little different and expand my moto education Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 08:08:40 PM »

Looks  like it fits you well, cool idea Andy. Happy trails!
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2015, 10:58:24 PM »

Wha-HOOOO!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2015, 04:33:03 PM »

What a packed garage! My goodness that'll go well with your 750F  Grin Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2015, 11:06:37 PM »

Packed garage indeed I'll need to make room come March  Kiss  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2015, 01:52:23 PM »

So? Did you take it out yesterday?
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2015, 03:06:39 PM »

No I did not  Undecided...but if I had studs....
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2015, 03:10:15 PM »

I so want to try to ride in the snow!
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2015, 06:31:45 PM »

There was a kid tooling around my neighborhood on a Kawasaki dirt bike most of yesterday. Even in thick snow. however, the plows weren't looking for vehicles, so there's a chance he got squished.
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2015, 07:22:36 AM »

I bet he was having fun! Well, unless for that last part with the snow plows...
I thought about taking the rig out, but I didn't.
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