2000 XR650R Test Ride and Leaking Oil

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  • renegade13

Posted February 29, 2004 - 05:05 PM



I test rode a 2000 XR650R today. It had the Pro Circuit T-4 silencer and Honda Power up kit. The bike felt great and I really liked everything about it. However, when I pulled up to the owner, he noticed it was leaking oil. We had a look and it had blown the counter shaft seal :)

I did a bit of research on this forum and have come to the conclusion that this is a problem a few other 2000 owners have experienced. Is this problem common to 2001 and newer bikes too, or just the 2000?


  • qadsan

Posted February 29, 2004 - 05:51 PM


It's not a common problem, but Honda did redesign the c/s seal on 2002 and newer bikes. If the breather hose is pinched underneath the seat, then you'll also blow the c/s seal. If you overfill the bike with oil, then you could also potentially blow the c/s seal as well.

  • smashinz2002

Posted February 29, 2004 - 06:59 PM


Wow thats new to me man, I have owned a 2000 model for almost three years now and never had the countershaft seal do that. I'll keep an eye on the breather hose under the seat like qadsan said, I didn't know about that.

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  • larry650

Posted February 29, 2004 - 07:11 PM


If you didn`t see this in your research, the upgrade seal costs about five bucks. Its easy too install too. I overfilled mine on my first oil change and would occasionally observe a few drops of oil in the counter shaft,shifter area.

  • renegade13

Posted February 29, 2004 - 09:11 PM


If you didn`t see this in your research, the upgrade seal costs about five bucks. Its easy too install too.

Thanks Larry. I know it's easy to fix but I'd really like to know if it also happens on 2001+ bikes since I've only heard owners of the 2000 model mention this seal failing. Anyone know?

Thanks again.

  • Old_Man_Time

Posted March 01, 2004 - 07:48 AM


From the earliest magazine reviews of the 2000 XR650R (its first year) it was noted that some of the bikes had a seal that could go out. As was mentioned, Honda fixed the seals. Even though there was a weakness in the original 2000 seals not all bikes experienced the problem. I bought my first XR650R in Feb. 2000 the day they hit the showroom floor and put close to 5000 miles on it before I traded it in on a 2003 model off the showroom floor. I never experienced a seal failure. In fact I never had any problems with the bike. But I have a friend who's 2000 model blew the seal 2 months after he bought the bike off the showroom floor. I carry one of these seals in my front plate bag although I have never had to use it. :)

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