newb xr question

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  • LVF

Posted July 05, 2005 - 11:11 PM


I am thinking about getting my first dual sport.

love the Idea of ripping on the twisties and some fire roads. However, I want to be able to commute to school which is about 40miles of freeway.

Is the XR 650L a good choice for me?

I also like the idea of putting some 17 inch wheels on for the winter.

thanks for any feed back :)

  • SaltyWalrus

Posted July 06, 2005 - 03:04 AM


Yup. Sounds like a perfect ride for you.

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted July 06, 2005 - 08:14 AM


XRL is good for this. If fire-roads are the max you'll see off-road, the KLR is a good choice as well.
KLR is a bit more street than the XRL, unless wheelies are important. Than the XRL is the one!

Of course there's KTM, BMW, etc. but those are for the 'rich' :) .


  • TimBrp

Posted July 06, 2005 - 08:39 AM


The XRL should be fine for you. Don't get the KLR. They're underpowered and tankish.

  • hill5150

Posted July 06, 2005 - 10:03 AM


The XRL should be fine for you. Don't get the KLR. They're underpowered and tankish.

Yes,...... what he said, Ride Red........... :)

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  • Motosprtman

Posted July 06, 2005 - 10:21 AM


I would like to ride my new 05 650L to work now and then - but feel that 30 something miles on the freeway would just hammer it.... don't know why... but seems like sustained 70MPH would not be it's 'forte...

  • onaXR

Posted July 06, 2005 - 01:13 PM


I ride my XRL everyday I can 30 miles to work and cant be happier.
just get a bigger tank.

  • RJC

Posted July 06, 2005 - 05:37 PM


I love my XR650R but I wouldn't want it as my daily pavement roller. Try Beem f650GS or Dakar. Pricey but smoother. Try several makes and ride em before you buy. Then decide.

  • LVF

Posted July 06, 2005 - 08:05 PM


Thanks for all the replies. The Dakar looks real tight, but too much $$. And I wont be commuting everyday so maybe I can deal with battling the wind or better yet ... back roads!

  • GIANTac1

Posted July 06, 2005 - 08:51 PM


Thats the spirt :) Mine( 05' XR650L) handles both well. Most important is to test ride them.......find what you like :)

  • goblin127

Posted July 07, 2005 - 05:00 AM


If your going to be doing that much freeway driving the klr is the ride for you. The xrl will do the high way,but you would be better off doing it on the klr. More comfort big gas tank liquid cooled that thing was ment for what you do.

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