Thanks for the compliment, Scott. Not that I deserve any of the credit--the mechanic who built it up before selling to me really knew his stuff--but it's quite a runner. I've got a 58hp rear wheel dyno run printout, and it's under 300 pounds. A bit too quick for me to ride at anything close to WOT.
The nice build goes well with the fact that I can actually touch the ground on it, something which I can't do on most modern high performance dual sports. But it still seems to have plenty of suspension for fireroads and non-technical trails. All in all, the guy made good decisions and produced a really nice ride.
Looks great. I picked up a 2008 XR650L this last Aug 2013. All stock w/1019 miles. Had the same issues. I'm slowly making it my perfect trail bike. Keep in mind during desert season I chase my Boys in the Sand dunes with it. They ride a 2000 DRZ400 and a 2003 CRF230F. So under a super tight budget this is what I have done. Desmoged, Immixracing rear Rack, Bead locks, Kenda 760 front and rear(awesome in the deep sand w/ about 7PSI; Rock and dual track/jeep trail w/15psi and 20-25psi on street) 12volt plug mounted on new Tusk Fat bars (CR bind). I was able to mount a ammo can to over hang the back of the rack to cary a 1 gallon fuel can and a front tube on big trips plus I just ordered my new 4.7 clarke tank. Ive used gopro mounts and my lifeproof case to mount the phone on the handlebars for easy ref. until i find the right gps. So far its awesome and keeps getting better. 3100 miles now. 760's have 1400 on them mostly street and still look good