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Offline JacoM

XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« on: November 22, 2021, 09:39:18 am »
Hi all,
I might have the opportunity to buy late 90's XR 600 R as a project bike + commuter between Stellies and S/west for my son.
Total cost might come to R25k to R30k.
Are these bikes still worthwhile as a relative low cost option?
Or are they just too old?
« Last Edit: November 22, 2021, 10:00:03 am by JacoM »
 

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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2021, 09:49:34 am »
I guess it all come down to whether you're feeling lucky or not.
From my experience these projects run way over budget very easily. These bikes seem to be climbing in value (or at least the 650s)and it begs the question as to why you'd be getting a good price.

I bought a 94 DR650r for very cheap. Like super cheap and by the end of it it cost me about 35K. I keep a depressing spreadsheet for all my bikes...
Little things add up fast. And that bike was going to be even more of a money pit if I kept it.
At least the new owner has spent that money and seems very happy with it.

Fix it on the cheap and you won't get it's legendary reliability. Fix it properly and you'll be in luck if you stay in budget.

Having said all that, if you can keep it in budget and having it running right then it'll be a great bike for the money. It's not about the age, it's all about the maintenance. Just do your research and know what you're getting yourself in for

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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2021, 10:56:05 am »
Take it to Dux to check out first.
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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2021, 11:50:36 am »
Think major issues are wear on the counter shaft, those spares as scarce and is a big job to replace.
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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2021, 12:06:44 pm »
Think major issues are wear on the counter shaft, those spares as scarce and is a big job to replace.

Costly as those who have spares want to go into retirement after they sell it.
 

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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2021, 12:12:42 pm »
Is it needing cosmetic attention or mechanical attention? At least cosmetic you can see and budget for the repairs/replacement. If mechanical then it's difficult to determine cost unless it's stripped and if it's stripped are all the parts there.

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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2021, 01:07:04 pm »
A 600R is a terrible commuter IMO.. it way happier offroad.
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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2021, 01:10:20 pm »
You nailed it FuzMuz.

I won't use it as a commuter. Standard guise it's heavy on fuel and if it had a OEM tank, not a wonderful range either.

Rather look at a newer model imho.
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2021, 02:09:52 pm »
Yip much better commuters out there. Does it have a key, could be easy to steal too ?
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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2021, 02:11:01 pm »
Unless you have a skaapvelletjie.
It helps, but it's not a commuter...
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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2021, 12:30:13 pm »
I agree, it is not a commuter. I tried that many moons ago.

On the highway it is hard on the body with harsh vibration. Lights are poor. Fuel consumption and range are poor. It does not even have an ignition key if I remember correctly, just kick and go, so you'll have to chain it to a tree.

For use on tar you will need to install a cush-drive for long-term gearbox reliability IMO.

On dirt these thing do not matter much and the bike comes alive.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2021, 12:39:56 pm »
I have a friend looking for an XR600R as a project bike , if this one is still available could you please pm me the details  :thumleft:
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2021, 12:22:06 pm »
speak to @JonW
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2021, 02:35:13 pm »
speak to @JonW

No, I am not too clued up on these bikes  :thumleft:
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2021, 02:43:37 pm »
I have a friend looking for an XR600R as a project bike , if this one is still available could you please pm me the details  :thumleft:

I have a friend in JHB who has one that he may have for sale , ill pop him a message
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« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2021, 03:14:03 pm »
I have a friend looking for an XR600R as a project bike , if this one is still available could you please pm me the details  :thumleft:

I have a friend in JHB who has one that he may have for sale , ill pop him a message

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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2021, 11:53:58 pm »
Doen dit net.
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Re: XR 600 R - is it still worthwhile option?
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2021, 06:04:04 am »
 O0  Man thatís so old school cool !!!

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« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2021, 07:54:44 am »
This is the look my friend is after but with smaller LED headlights
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« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2021, 07:59:17 am »
Doen dit net.
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I like this but without the roadmap tower
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