XR650L- Best Bike in the world-

Do you gents think it makes sense to pay $5,500 ish for a new '06 650L, or just wait a bit to see what is coming?

Seriously unless you HAVE to have "NEW" I don't think it makes sense paying that much for an L because there are always low mileage nice used ones for sale.

I got mine with Motard wheels, with only 4000miles on it for $4,000, The cost of the wheels, tires, brakes would've cost me over $1000 or more. Stock ones of the same year sell for around $3500. The L is still the Best Japanese 650cc Dual sport there is and with a little work it can be really kick ass.

I'd take the L over a DR, or KLR any day.

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Right now the latest and greatest Dual sport is the Husky 610, it'll cost ya, but it just kicks ass. More power, better compents etc. The downside is not many dealers.

Seriously unless you HAVE to have "NEW" I don't think it makes sense paying that much for an L because there are always low mileage nice used ones for sale.

I got mine with Motard wheels, with only 4000miles on it for $4,000, The cost of the wheels, tires, brakes would've cost me over $1000 or more. Stock ones of the same year sell for around $3500. The L is still the Best Japanese 650cc Dual sport there is and with a little work it can be really kick ass.

I'd take the L over a DR, or KLR any day.

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Right now the latest and greatest Dual sport is the Husky 610, it'll cost ya, but it just kicks ass. More power, better compents etc. The downside is not many dealers.

Okay, so which do you like better, the 650L or the Husky? You kinda said that both are the best....

Okay, so which do you like better, the 650L or the Husky? You kinda said that both are the best....

Honestly if I had the $ right now, I'd probably buy a KTM LC4 Adv over any other "Dual Sport", but between the Husky and L new for new, I'd like to have the Husky because it's got all the high end goodies already installed (you'd spend a lot more $ modding a new L to get to the Huskies level). I've ridden LC4 powered bikes before and I don't like the Vibrations, but that's all I can complain about. I've never ridden the new Husky, but I'd like to; even though it's "better" (power,shocks, brakes etc), it's hard to find one and dealer support is limited.

For the $ and reliability the L is tough to beat and it is the best JAPANESE 650cc class Dual Sport, better than the KLR or DR for sure. And USED the L has to win hands down because most don't have many miles, and they're so cheap. The last a long long time too, I can't imagine many original owners wear one out. :thumbsup:

The L still has to be the "Best" though for the reasons I stated above, tons of Honda dealers, tough as nails, easy to work on, a blast to ride, economical etc. From what I've read though, to answer you ?, I think that if I got to ride a Husky I'd probably like it better :thumbsup:

Yes,did I mention that my 86XR600 still runs as strong as a MUH FUH!!

They still haven't split the group XR600~XL650 and the XR650R's....WoW I thought they would have by now. I have been gone for months....and .....

well this still works for me!

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Yes that is a plate on the back :thumbsup:

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All About the XR650R, Click Here: :thumbsup:

i <3 my 650L, it takes me wherever I want, sandpits, powerlines, beach, dunes, fire roads, regular road. Who needs a truck where you can ride wherever you want to ride?

o 650L 4tw

They still haven't split the group XR600~XL650 and the XR650R's....WoW I thought they would have by now. I have been gone for months....and .....

well this still works for me!

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Yes that is a plate on the back :thumbsup:

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All About the XR650R, Click Here: :thumbsup:

Bruce, what are you up to? Are you working with these guys on the "All about the 650R" site? Are you prepping bikes?

Anyone remember that shot of JN Roberts flying through the air in Baja? I swear, he jumped 100 feet!!

i think ill stick with my Rocket :thumbsup:

well this still works for me!

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Hot Bike and girl what more could a man ask for :thumbsup:

Yes, I am about to revamp the XR650R web page. Once I get the server fixed and the high speed net worked in.

Right now the big thing is setting up CR500 shocks for the XR650R.

There isn't a lot of advantage, only adding the high speed, compression adjuster but, it's that little bit more adjustment you get we are after.

With both shocks apart, side by side. There is almost no difference

in the shock housing. The caps that hold the bladders are different

and the XR650R's allows for more Nitrogen. The CR500 shock body only

holds a table spoon (or less) fluid. The CR500 body is only very

small amount longer inside (like 2mm) but, the top mount (to the

frame) is shorter. Using the CR500 seal head gives a little more

room for more fluid but, again very little. The seal head moved out

2mm and a smaller seal head the shock body being deeper with a

longer shaft, longer bottom linkage mount make a 15mm longer shock.

The only advantage to the converted CR500 shock (with XR650R

insides) is that it has the high speed adjustment. The stock XR650R

shock has a much less restrictive valve, better seal head and better

bladder cap. Bladders are the same. Valve is different, The XR650R

uses bigger shims for more flex. Same rebound adjustment setup.

Bottom line is the XR650R shock is an awesome shock that is just

missing the compression high speed adjustment of the CR500 shock. If

you don't know how to adjust the high speed adjustment it will mean

nothing. The adjustment has no clickers and turns about 400 degrees

in rotation. It is the red nut that the slow speed adjuster is in the

middle of.

We have three CR500's that we are setting up two for desert racing and one for mountain climbing with an extended swing arm. The one with the extended swing arm is a fire breathing machine! Alcohol, ported, polished....the works.

I am setting my sons up on XR400's for AMA desert races and selling their MX bikes. We have given the track a rest for this year and looking at regrouping our priorities. A little more camping, Hunting and then if their drive to ride is stronger then, we may try the track again. Girls, cars, BMX, mixed in with the high cost on constant change of bikes for MX, has made it not as fun for teenagers at this point. Throw a little court issues in there (nothing I haven't done, Knife at school) and we just had to back off on the bike thing.

Looks like the usual group of racers for the Baja 500, setting up the bikes for that now.

BUMP! Uh Ummm....The XR650L is still the best bike in the world:p

BUMP! Uh Ummm....The XR650L is still the best bike in the world:p

I have to agree with ya. you can't kill it.

Yes, in case you all forgot, the XR650L is still the dualsport king.:worthy:

Yup. Almost got a Husky, but went with the bulletproof, tried and true BRP. A new 2007 XR650L awaits in my garage, now, what to mod......

Yup. Almost got a Husky, but went with the bulletproof, tried and true BRP. A new 2007 XR650L awaits in my garage, now, what to mod......

A XRL is not a BRP. A XRR is. Sorry dude.

A XRL is not a BRP. A XRR is. Sorry dude.

Well that may be so but if you've ever had to pick one up it sure feels like it.

A XRL is not a BRP. A XRR is. Sorry dude.

How's that "dude"? :worthy:

It's "Big"

.... It's "Red"

........ and it's a "Pig"

Therefore, logic would dictate that it's a "Big" "Red" "Pig". A.K.A. "BRP". :worthy:

A XRL is not a BRP. A XRR is. Sorry dude.

you have lost your way...

the XRL is a BIGGER , HEAVIER , REDDER pig!

Yes, and my '84 XL600R is a grampBRP !

Yes, and my '84 XL600R is a grampBRP !

so that makes the 1972 XL250 a greatgrampa BSP (Big Silver Pig) as they weighed in at 278 lbs. dry!

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