Highway use


24 replies to this topic
  • joe_hru5656

Posted October 15, 2005 - 04:34 PM

#1

Would the xr 650l be good on highways or will it be screaming. Is this bike really hard to handle due to the weight.

  • GrayGhost

Posted October 15, 2005 - 05:50 PM

#2

I have put about 750 miles on my 2006 XR650L, and no it isn't taxing the engine at all to run 70, I ride 22 miles a day to work, and no problems, I will be changing tires here real soon to something better then the stock Bridgestones. I have done all the mods and it is a really fun bike to ride, the weight is not an issue onroad, however, it is alittle heavy when one tracking or running in the really soft sands. Fun Bike, I plan on holding on to it for a while, I give it :banghead: :banghead: , and this is the 33 bike I have owned, I've had better, but I have had alot more that were worse.

  • char700

Posted October 15, 2005 - 06:09 PM

#3

:banghead: bought my 650l in may 05 got a little over 5000 miles on it. ive done some highway riding i didnt think it was to bad. i think i shift into 5 around 60mph i wish i had a tac. the klr i think is a little more freeway freindly.the honda is my choice though!! :banghead:

  • char700

Posted October 15, 2005 - 06:14 PM

#4

i noticed i only awnsered half youre question the weight that depends on you how ride & your size i'm 5'11'' 180lbs ido notice the weight when i get on tight trails i how ever ride mostly fire roads & i dont notice the weight at all.
hope i helped you

  • wr450fyamaha

Posted October 15, 2005 - 06:17 PM

#5

hahahaha, 350 pounds is nothing for a road bike man. the 650l was made for the high way.......just gear it 15/45 or 14/45 and it will be just fine.

  • cholwerk

Posted October 15, 2005 - 10:02 PM

#6

hahahaha, 350 pounds is nothing for a road bike man. the 650l was made for the high way.......just gear it 15/45 or 14/45 and it will be just fine.


The 650L was not made for the highways.

  • onaXR

Posted October 16, 2005 - 04:16 AM

#7

I think you will love the L on the highway, I have rode mine on a few 450 mile days all interstate and loved it. I have a Valkyrie that I walk past to ride the XR every morning. Yes it can get a little heavy in the sand and loose stuff but its not bad. Look at it like this a CR 125 is heavy when its laying on your back.

  • TREADMARKS

Posted October 16, 2005 - 04:46 AM

#8

2500 Miami traffic and expressway miles on mine since I bought it a couple of months ago. Uncorking it helps alot, as do Dave's carb mods. Once uncorked, a cam helps the high rpms. Street tires and 16/45 gearing let me cruise from 80-90 and still get close to 50 mpg. The L is nimble enough to let you squeeze through traffic. You will like it so much more after you get the Clarke 4.7 and stop for gas every 200 miles! :banghead:

  • wr450fyamaha

Posted October 16, 2005 - 01:05 PM

#9

The 650L was not made for the highways.



yeah, it was.....just not long journeys.

  • onaXR

Posted October 16, 2005 - 01:31 PM

#10

Whats a "long journey" I have rode mine 450 or so miles down the interstate in one day.
The world is going to he** in a handbasket.... 60 years ago all the people riding where riding suicide shift hardtails. And you people want to complian about a XR. HAHA Dudes when you get sore pull over for a minute walk around drink a soda, quit crying and ride.

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  • wr450fyamaha

Posted October 16, 2005 - 01:33 PM

#11

Whats a "long journey" I have rode mine 450 or so miles down the interstate in one day.
The world is going to he** in a handbasket.... 60 years ago all the people riding where riding suicide shift hardtails. And you people want to complian about a XR. HAHA Dudes when you get sore pull over for a minute walk around drink a soda, quit crying and ride.



amen......but for a 60 year old trail vet, the 650l can get a little nasty on the high way.

  • onaXR

Posted October 16, 2005 - 03:21 PM

#12

I know, but what dont get nasty for a 60yr old trail vet? Goldwings?

  • Scott V

Posted October 16, 2005 - 04:04 PM

#13

I like mine. :banghead: 1000 miles so far.
I just got back from a short ride to the coast (85 miles one way)

I made a few changes to help the highway ability.

I changeds the bars to aluminum and filled them with silicone.

Added Gel grips.

I also went to the Suzuki shop and picked up some DRZ400 S
peg inserts. I welded up a brace to bolt them up.

Then of course the standard rejet and smog stuff.
I still have the temp tags so I have not mounted the license
plate yet.

I put the bags on it before I left.

Tach/ Cylinder temp ga.
65 MPH is 4400 rpm

This bike is much better on the road then a totally stock unit

I am going to get at least a 4 gal tank

http://tinyurl.com/buevw
http://tinyurl.com/cq7po
http://tinyurl.com/8hbsu
http://tinyurl.com/7sfnl
http://tinyurl.com/bjzsz




Scott

  • onaXR

Posted October 16, 2005 - 04:35 PM

#14

I havent tried the silicone yet did it work good? I was going to fill the bars with lead shot. I am happy with my clarke 4.7 tank. Nice looking bike you have. What tail light is that? heres a shot of mine.Posted Image

  • Scott V

Posted October 16, 2005 - 04:48 PM

#15

Yes it helps, no more tingling in the hands like before.

The tailight is a Maier large XR style. The bulb looks like a standard 1157.
It a normal one anyway. It has a clear licence plate window built in. I had to drill one hole under the stock mounting point and mess with the wires a little
Too short to bolt up way under the seat area, but it makes it to the side cover area. I like it because it covers all the area where the stock tailight went.
Except the two lower bolts where my plate will now be. :banghead:
I ordered it and it showed up the next day. Very cool and the guy was
helpful too.


http://www.steahlyof.../lighting.shtml


Ps- you got a good looking bike too.
What tires are you running???

  • wr450fyamaha

Posted October 16, 2005 - 05:01 PM

#16

I like mine. :banghead: 1000 miles so far.
I just got back from a short ride to the coast (85 miles one way)

I made a few changes to help the highway ability.

I changeds the bars to aluminum and filled them with silicone.

Added Gel grips.

I also went to the Suzuki shop and picked up some DRZ400 S
peg inserts. I welded up a brace to bolt them up.

Then of course the standard rejet and smog stuff.
I still have the temp tags so I have not mounted the license
plate yet.

I put the bags on it before I left.

Tach/ Cylinder temp ga.
65 MPH is 4400 rpm

This bike is much better on the road then a totally stock unit

I am going to get at least a 4 gal tank

http://tinyurl.com/buevw
http://tinyurl.com/cq7po
http://tinyurl.com/8hbsu
http://tinyurl.com/7sfnl
http://tinyurl.com/bjzsz




Scott



looks great, where did u get that tach and how much did it cost?

  • Scott V

Posted October 16, 2005 - 05:05 PM

#17

looks great, where did u get that tach and how much did it cost?


It been many years but look around go-cart sites because they have upgraded
versions with many more features. I had it on my boat for a long time.

  • wr450fyamaha

Posted October 16, 2005 - 05:12 PM

#18

how much did it cost and do u like it?

  • Scott V

Posted October 16, 2005 - 05:40 PM

#19

I like it but I don't remember the cost. Too long ago but big bucks at the time for the extra long leads. (for my boat)

  • wr450fyamaha

Posted October 16, 2005 - 06:03 PM

#20

how exactly does it work?





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