Would u buy a 650 that was used in Baja?

I finally found a decent priced 650 in my area, and he said the owner had taken it down to baja, i don't know if he raced it, or just took it to the desert to rally around.... but would u buy it if it ran good and looked good when u tested it out?

The only other 650's for sale around here right now, is one at a dealer that has plenty of wear on it, or new one's, but i don't want to spend 5 grand on a new one. i want to spend like 2800 for an older 00-02 650...... And I can't wait until i can pull wheelie's everywhere i go on this thing....So should i buy it if it runs and looks good? I just don't know what kind of wear the baja would do that u can't see.

If the price was right I would buy one that had been to Baja in a heart beat.

These are XR's after all, go through the bearings, give it an oil change, and you're good to go :D

Buy it the price is right..doubt very seriously it was " raced"....

ck out AdvRider.com and you will see that the XR650L is a common bike to ride through Baja, same for Copper Canyon, Mexico. Put 1,400 miles on mine to and from Copper Canyon and didn't hurt it one bit...

I'd rather have a bike that used for WOT riding than one that might've been babied or lugged all the time. It really comes down to how many hours are on the machine and how well it's been maintained.

The motor has a rev limiter so you know it was held back just before grenading... :D

Are we talking about a R or L?

I'd rather have a bike that used for WOT riding than one that might've been babied or lugged all the time. It really comes down to how many hours are on the machine and how well it's been maintained.

The motor has a rev limiter so you know it was held back just before grenading... :D

exactly my feelings :D

Most play riders who take their bikes to Baja will ride with the number one objective being not to crash and not to risk the big hassle of needing rescue and medical care in Mexico. So from my experience the normal riding pace in Baja will not be as hard and intense as you would expect closer to home. Also any breakdown in Baja is much tougher to deal with so this also tends to cause play riders to back off a little from their normal race pace. There are always exceptions however including the riders who enjoy hammering the snot out of their dirt bikes running straight up and down the main paved highway to party in Cabo.

Another thing is that stock XRs do fine with low octane gas that you often are forced to run on Baja play rides. Pumped up XRs and KTM 4 strokes will suffer some depending on how lucky you are with finding good gas. So I would say no problem with any good running stock XR that has Baja service. I would stay away from any highly modified XR and all KTMs unless you have good info on bikes history.

If all is good and price is rite, yes, check wheel bearings for play, spin the wheels it helps if there round, no smoke out exhaust is a plus, I blip the throttle in every gear to make sure it don't jump out, ride enough to see if it gets too hot, check suspension for dampening, look for oil or coolant leaks, check clutch for slippage, oil look ok?, coolant look ok? It don't take long to check them out and it pays off, it's more fun to ride than repair.

These are very tough bikes. I put 5000 miles on one of my XR650R's totally mountain single track rocky, rooty, often difficult terrain. Never over 40 mph. usually the average speed would be 15mph. Never over heated but was getting a good beating. I believe this is harder on a bike than some wide open desert. Yet when I traded my 2000 XR650R in on a new XR650R they compression tested it and it read exactly what the book said a new one should read. It was very well taken care of but it definitely looked ridden. Since I bought it new at that shop 3 years before they gave me 2,500 on trade.

What I am saying is they can have scratches, cracked plastic and wear marks all over them. That does not mean they were not serviced regularly. I never let mine go with out oil/filter and air cleaner changes. I replaced parts that needed it though that was very rare.

If it looks good, runs out nicely then go for it. It would be nice if you had someone who rides them all the time there. There are certain sounds that are normal for them and a XR650R rider knows those sounds and that everything is OK.

Thanks for the input guys. I haven't bought a dirtbike for a few years, just streetbike's, so i'm used to making sure everything looks brand new. I just have to break that mentality and remember this is a dirtbike so it's gonna have marks on it. I'll just make sure i take it for a nice long test ride to do my routine checks, and i should know by noon tomorrow if i own it or not. Then the next step is the liscence place.

And to answer someone's question above, it's a R. Because nodoby ride's L's very hard.... :D lol jk

I'll just make sure i take it for a nice long test ride

just don't twist the right grip too much or you'll wind up walking away with it even if it isn't in top notch shape :D

And to answer someone's question above, it's a R. Because nodoby ride's L's very hard.... :D lol jk

Before you say that nobody rides Ls very hard, you should try rush hour in Miami traffic, in the monsoon rains, with third world cagers with their emergency flashers going while their stopped in traffic, on all five lanes for 25 miles.

The emergency lane is full of fenders, bumpers and dumbasses, but every now and then you get some good wheelie time while the cagers are blowing horns because you have an unfair advantange.

Maybe it's just me, but I would gladly take the easy life of wide ass open "R Style" over the sheiit I have to deal with every day. YMMV. :D

Before you say that nobody rides Ls very hard, you should try rush hour in Miami traffic, in the monsoon rains, with third world cagers with their emergency flashers going while their stopped in traffic, on all five lanes for 25 miles.

The emergency lane is full of fenders, bumpers and dumbasses, but every now and then you get some good wheelie time while the cagers are blowing horns because you have an unfair advantange.

Maybe it's just me, but I would gladly take the easy life of wide ass open "R Style" over the sheiit I have to deal with every day. YMMV. :D

:D Hey, I rode my street legal 600R for 2 years in Miami, and you forgot the crackheads jumping across the road :D

Why would riding it in baja be any different than riding it anywhere else?

In some ways its probably the least harsh environment for the XR's.

I saw a XR650R that had been raced in the Baja 1000 for sale at Baja Designs, it said "Only ridden once"! :D

I bought an XR600 that has lived a LOT of it's life in Baja. I love it! If the previous owner took care of it there should be no worrys.Since I bought it,I have put about 1,200 miles in Baja on it.

no, id rather a bike that is new or ridden twice

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