Last week I stopped by the Honda shop in Wenatchee, Washington to see if they might have some stock XR650R suspension parts on hand. They did not have the parts and the counter man told me the XR650R is a dead model and even though it's still in production they don't carry it anymore. That statement saddened me cause I really like the bike. I have owned one since they hit the showroom floor in Feb. of 2000. Then I thought about the Honda dealer in my home town of Quincy, Washington. I bought both my XR650R's new from him. They no longer carry it either, even though it is still in production. Yet my local dealer had on his shipping dock 3 XR650L's still in the crates that he just ordered in. He told me he cannot keep the XR650L's on the floor they sell very well. He said they cannot move the XR650R's. I wish Honda would just do the only thing that makes sense. Make the XR650R into a dual sport and drop the L model cause it would not be competitive against a factory dual sported R model. Obviously it would sell like hot cakes. As it is, if the dealers will not even stock the R models, it is a dead bike. But you know something? There is no real incentive for them to make a dual sport R. Why go through all the trouble of tooling up for a new dual sport model when they can sell all the 650L's they make? I suppose I will end up buying an 06 model out of a warehouse a year after they quit making them. Meaning in 07. I will get an awesome price on the most durable bike still in production. Long live the R.