Indecision: XR650L! Comments!
Posted February 24, 2003 - 05:47 AM
1) Air Cooling; summers around Sacramento get between 90-100 FH. Problem?
2) Power; I haven's seen stats, but I'm assuming XRL is down on HP from KLX-S/DRZ-S. However, I'm sure the torque makes up for it. Comments?
3) Out the door price; What did you pay for yours new OTD? They don't seem to be willing to deal on the Honda's like the Kawi's. I offered one dealer $6K cash OTD to test the waters, and he wouldn't bite! That would get me the KLX-S for sure.
4) Stock tires; noticed some come with Bridgestones, some with Dunlops, how are they!
5) Replacement tires and sizes; what have you used and in what sizes. Preferably street biased. I'm guessing (3.0 x 21) = (90/90 x 21) and (4.6 x 18) = (120/80 x 18)
BTW; I'd dual-sport the XRR, but, I need passenger accommodations to take my wife on short jaunts and picnics to the lake. The XRR's sub-frame does not appear to be built to handle a second passenger.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 11:34 AM
I ride in El Paso Texas, and southern New Mexico. I've never overheated it that I know of.
Power. Hmm.... I've sunk alot of mods into mine, and I've never ridden it stock, so I don't know how it compares to the KLX stock. Frankly, I can't complain about the power. The quad goofballs around here give me a run for my money in the dunes, but on the fireroads and open stretches, I dust them. I've broken the triple digit once or twice, but that's not an area I often vist. It goes without saying that you'll have to uncork it as you did your 650R.
Price. Can't help you there. I bought mine used for 2100.
Again, can't help you. I run Pirelli's. MT-21s. I also ride primarily in the dirt. I have no idea what came stock on it.
As far as passenger support, I carry my kids (one at a time of course) around, and my wife once. It does pretty good, but obviously, you can't go crazy with a passenger. It keeps up in traffic fine, though. I haven't seen the KLX, so I don't know how it would compare. Personally, I'd go for the Honda. You get what you pay for, and all that. Anyway, I hope you enjoy whichever bike you get.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 03:42 PM
however, i did a lot of touring with the bike. rode it once from washington to colorado and back as well as a fair amount of fire road rides. it's laughable as a dirt bike but if you go into it with the mindset that your'e doing "offroad touring" you will be better off.
the air cooling isn't a problem. i suggest cutting the front fender back a bit to allow more air to get to the engine. however, the xr is built with california and baja in mind. you have nothing to worry about. just don't let it sit with the engine running too long.
power is plenty. i foun myself mistakenly on several interstates during some of my tours and could maintain 80-90mph without a problem. it was also had enough tourqe to make it somewhat fun coming out of corners be it on a fire road or in a cul de sac.
your'e right about the xr r. i'm racing one right now and thought i would be able to turn it into an adventure bike once i'm done with it. however one look at the sub frame tells me i might be SOL in that camp.
the subframe on the 650l is plenty. i've carried tons of gear on the subframe and even carried skis on the back when i was living in colorado.
as far as the price goes, it's a honda. you get what you will pay for it. the kawi is priced, well, like a kawi.
you may want to look into buying a used xrl. the prices are a little easier on the eyes and really this bike has not changed in a very long time.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 03:53 PM
Now I own a Honda XR650R and am not looking back!
Posted February 24, 2003 - 04:06 PM
1) Uncork the bike (I'm waiting on my FMF PowerCoreIV to arrive)
2) Get the DynoJet KIt for the needle, jet's, and spring
3) I've see the two different types of tires on two different tire patterns. Unfortunately my bike came with what I deam as the sucky ones, the ones with more of a street tread vs. the other which has a knobby on it. My tire is great on the street that's for sure but it sucks in the mud and on loose sand. I'm like the guy above I'm getting ready to by the MT-21's as they have been reported to be the best DUAL-Sport tire of all times.
4) I got my bike a www.MotorcycleFactoryINC.com (Motorcycle factory in Virginia)for $5,400.00 OTD. I didn't pay shipping, assembly, setup. I got the best deal from them. I was looking at a place called Motorcycle World out of Michigan I think, they had good deals where the guy whould deliver the bike in a create to your door for their price I think they where like $5,600.00 or $5,700.00 But at the last minute I went with the Motorcycle factory.
5.) The bike isn't as fast as my buddies 03 xr650r but It can go up to 107 MPH. Who needs to go any faster I ask you?
6.) My bike is more comfortable then my buddies on the longer rides and I think all around.
7.) The bike can handle up to 330lbs, which gives you room for a passanger without the worries of breaking something.
8.) The air cooled motor comes from the xr400 & xr600's of the 1990's, so it's tried and true.
9.) But there is no mistake it's a BRP (Big Pig) it's heavy.
I love my bike!
Good luck with yours.
Posted July 04, 2003 - 08:23 AM
Posted July 04, 2003 - 09:19 AM
Posted July 04, 2003 - 08:27 PM
Anyway, since it's a Honda, then get a good, clean used one with low miles.. Easy to find at cycle trader or ebay for under 4k. And then uncork it, jet it, and have fun on it! the 650L's run really strong when uncorked correctly.
Stock, the torque does NOT make up for HP. It's lame stock!! Very Lame! Uncork it right and it will smoke all the others (but not a 650R, because those are beastly).
You don't need to worry about overheating your bike, because it's based on the XR600R engine, which was designed for Baja racing. It's durable and it can handle the heat no problem. Just don't let it sit there and idle like a car. Trash all the smog junk, it's garbage. Get a good smog block-off kit. And basically, and good name brand D.O.T. tire will work well for ya. Have fun!
Posted July 07, 2003 - 05:21 PM
Posted June 19, 2012 - 12:27 PM
Posted June 19, 2012 - 12:46 PM
im looking to buy axr650l if anybody is selling one please let me know ,i live in albuquerque nm ijust became a member at thumper talk my name is pops48 so if any one knos of one for sale please let me kno thanhs
Nice first post.... Did you see this is a 9 year old dead thread????
Posted June 20, 2012 - 04:36 AM
Nice first post.... Did you see this is a 9 year old dead thread????
Really, so what? It worked, I now know that Pops48 is looking for an L and the thread reaffirmed my love for my bike. Works for me, and its no cost to anyone, anyway
Posted June 20, 2012 - 10:35 AM
I kid! I kid! It's just that posting a "wanted" ad in a 9 year old decision thread is not the typical way to go about finding one.
I would start by looking at craigslist. Here is the link to Albuquerque's http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/mca/ That way you can see what's around you first. Search Tempest.com is also good for quickly searching neighboring cities and states. In my opinion, the best option when buying a used bike is to be able to do it in person and examine the bike before purchase.
If this isn't possible then look at this forum's For Sale section and ebay. Lot's of deals on quality rides are out there. Good luck!
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