I have to agree with RMHRC630 here. The XR650R has indeed been a sales disaster for Honda Australia. The problem is, they fronted with a mid-ninetees designed, porky dirt-bike when the trend was for bikes to be lighter and more manageable. Put simply, it was released four or five years too late It is a much different tale with the venerable XR600. In 1985, Honda released a close to perfect motorcycle first go. It outperformed the other jap offerings, and was infintely more reliable than the euro machines. Honda rode the bikes success for many years, only blessing it bike with mild updates to keep it at the head of the pack. It had huge sales and racing success in Australia. You can't argue with 12 out of 15 overall wins in the Australian Safari over it's 15 year model run. It's success wasn't limited to desert riding though, multiple class and overall wins in the "Thumper Nats" series as well as much success in enduro racing saw to that. It truly was a bike that could be raced on Sunday and ridden to work the next day. A few hours in the workshop and you had yourself an enduro/trail weapon. This racing success as well as the sheer durablity, the afore-mentioned flexibility, ease of modification and ease of maintenance won many a rider over. The XR600 would top sales charts for years on end easily topping the sales of it's nearest competitor eight-fold! You can't argue with results, the XR600R was the most successful dirtbike to hit Australian shores, I wait in earnest for Honda to get a new model half as a complete motorcycle as the XR6 was.