'93 XR650L vs. '04 KLR250 ???


10 replies to this topic
  • tgstoken

Posted October 16, 2007 - 10:05 AM

#1

Here is my current dilema. I have a 2004 KLR250 that just doesnt have the balls to propel me at acceptable speeds, either street or trail. I have been looking to upgrade for a while now and a 1993 XR650L has just presented itsef. The only prob with the XR is the 20k mileage, mostly street. The asking price for the XR is only $1300. So, on to my question. How will the XR compare to the KLR250 on the street and on the trails? I understand that the XR is heavier, though not by as much as I would have thought. Also how is the balance of the XR compared to the "all the heavy things up top" balance of the little KLR. I do like the idea of having the "magic button" and I also like the idea of having a Honda again, as I used to have a '92 XR250 that just always worked perfectly.

Anyway, input would be a great help, as I am stumped, having not ridden a XR650L before.

  • Motosprtman

Posted October 16, 2007 - 10:18 AM

#2

IF properly maintained, 20K is nothing on an XR650 or XL600, you will wonder how you ever got along without one, however they are indeed heavy.

  • martinfan30

Posted October 16, 2007 - 10:43 AM

#3

great bike, will do very well on/off road. does it smoke?

  • tgstoken

Posted October 16, 2007 - 11:25 AM

#4

does it smoke


Not sure of it's mechanical condition yet, as I have not seen it run. I will look for any smoke, oil leaks and I will listen for any odd noises. I own a KLR, I know all about odd noises...:crazy:

Owner says that it runs great and pulls hard with gobs of torque.

  • shrubitup

Posted October 16, 2007 - 01:03 PM

#5

http://picasaweb.goo...ntopofit/XR650L


:D :crazy: :applause:

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  • martinfan30

Posted October 16, 2007 - 01:22 PM

#6

looks good for 20 k miles and for 1300, not bad. put a top end into it if needs and you're good.

  • Denn10

Posted October 17, 2007 - 10:36 AM

#7

id upgrade to the big power xr as long as its mechanically sound

  • tgstoken

Posted October 17, 2007 - 03:29 PM

#8

does it smoke?


I contacted the seller and he informed me that it smokes for about 5 minutes when first started, but after the warm-up, it doesnt smoke. What does this mean exactly? Is it a bad thing? My '04 KLR250 has a little gray/blue smoke upon starting and it runs great.

  • martinfan30

Posted October 18, 2007 - 06:54 AM

#9

I contacted the seller and he informed me that it smokes for about 5 minutes when first started, but after the warm-up, it doesnt smoke. What does this mean exactly? Is it a bad thing? My '04 KLR250 has a little gray/blue smoke upon starting and it runs great.


valve guide seals. not a huge issue, if you can handle a wrench Ok.

just think of it as auto-oil prime for cold starts!LOL

  • tgstoken

Posted October 18, 2007 - 11:07 AM

#10

Thanks for the help guys. I am going to go look at it Saturday and take it for a test ride.

if you can handle a wrench Ok.


I should be alright doing my own mechanic work, as I just personally replaced the valves and top end gaskets in my KLR250 because the previous owners NEVER did a valve adjustment. The intake valves were recessed so far into the head that they were about to pull through. If I can do a top end rebuild on a KLR, I should be able to handle a Honda.:crazy:

  • martinfan30

Posted October 18, 2007 - 11:09 AM

#11

Thanks for the help guys. I am going to go look at it Saturday and take it for a test ride.



I should be alright doing my own mechanic work, as I just personally replaced the valves and top end gaskets in my KLR250 because the previous owners NEVER did a valve adjustment. The intake valves were recessed so far into the head that they were about to pull through. If I can do a top end rebuild on a KLR, I should be able to handle a Honda.:crazy:


oh yeah! if you want to do it without taking the cyl head off, get a hose with a spark plug end on it and hook up compressed air to it to keep the valves closed. then remove the keepers,springs and repl. the seals.





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