Posted May 23, 2006 - 06:54 PM
The XR650r looks grouse,i may not have good taste but i know what i like.
Ergo's yes both the current XR and WR are not modern,but the current XR feels great over long distances.
Alloy frames are the future steel frame looks old,an XR has a look of it's own the new one not the antiquated 600.
The GNCC racing has really speeded up put Summers on an antique 600 and these days he would get blown away,he would do better on a 650 but still get blown away,i'm not dissing Summers the guy is a top level rider,it's just that these bikes don't live here anymore.
Actually Summers won a hare scrambles in 03 on an xr650r against,Chuck Woodford, Jason Raines,Randy Hawkins,Barry Hawk jr and i wonder if these guys are fast.
Summers last GNCC title was in 97 and he broke his leg in 99 on an xr600 so the xr600 was already not competitive from about 98 on.
He did injure himself on an xr650r though overjumping a tabletop that Guy Cooper and Kiedrowski(think) wouldn't try.
Each generation of bike gets better,a 650r is a better bike than the 600 99% of the time,don't get me wrong i loved the 600 in it's day it was an awesome trail bike i loved them.The 650 is the next generation of the same style of bike,some believe an abberration.
I think that the 650R takes a little while to set up but once done it's magnifique in it's natural environment.
This is just my opinion but i strongly believe that "I COULDN'T OF DONE IT WITHOUT ME".
For those who have been swimming in the "shallow end" of the "gene pool" feel free to show good solid inbreeding by abusing me.