xr650r dual sport?

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  • prw

Posted December 29, 2004 - 07:22 PM


I have an 01 ktm 520exc and a 96 xr600 with a plate. I am considering trading one or both for a 650 with the intention of trailriding dual sporting etc.I was wondering about the cornering ability of the 650,as good as the ktm?at least as good as the old xr I hope.Also I was wondering if it will be as reliable as my old xr(its never had a single problem(Im the original owner).Thanks in advance for any advice!

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  • qadsan

Posted December 29, 2004 - 07:45 PM


The 650r is a very reliable bike on the whole, but it does have a few quirks like all bikes (clutch bushing & c/s seal on 2000 & 2001's, right foot peg, etc). Here's a link to various issues to read about http://xr650r.us/issues. I would think your KTM would have a cornering advantage for the tighter off road stuff, but I've only been on a 525exc briefly and can't speak from any 520exc experience, otherwise I'd imagine the 650r cornering ability would be as good as the KTM 520exc, especially for dual sporting.

  • BrianVT

Posted December 30, 2004 - 05:01 AM


My XR650R, dual-sported, is the best all-around bike I've owned
and I'm sure you'd be impressed with yours. I'm 160 lbs. and
ride 90 % in tight New England woods but rode it to work 20 mi.
once and it was fine cruising at 60mph.
I wonder, though, why not D.S. your 520 and keep it ?

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