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May issue of Cycle World has a shoot out with the 650L,KTM,Husky and BMW. Found it on the newsstand today. Won't give the details but you guys should check it out.

May issue of Cycle World has a shoot out with the 650L,KTM,Husky and BMW. Found it on the newsstand today. Won't give the details but you guys should check it out.

Thanks for the info. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

no telling who wins a CYCLE WORLD road test, unless you have inside info which manufacturer has the biggest $$$ advertising account with them ... :thumbsup:

no telling who wins a CYCLE WORLD road test, unless you have inside info which manufacturer has the biggest $$$ advertising account with them ... :thumbsup:

WHAT!? That doesn't happen... does it? C'mon... I don't believe it. Say it isn't so, Ethel!! :thumbsup::confused:

The one with the second fewest ads wins.

They like the XR. Except for the height and the small gas tank. But we all know that. Typical BS about it being "dated" etc. Cramped. I'm not sure what that means. Does the bike get you where you want to go? Does it get you back? Can you count on it? Do you have to work on it constantly? Is it (reasonably) comfortable?

What more does anyone want?

Since they were testing "Adventure" bikes rather than true dual sports they liked the BIG horsepower laid down by the KTM 950. The "L" probably does seem a bit dated when you are laying down black stripes with a bazillion horsepower. I have to admit that if I were looking for a streetbike, that KTM would be at the top of my list.

I gave the article a quick look and thought the XRL did well considering it is old and dated,thats why I own one. You don,t have to wory when it falls over which is part of doing its intended job. Those KTM 950's fall over and there calling there insurance company.

May issue of Cycle World has a shoot out with the 650L,KTM,Husky and BMW. Found it on the newsstand today. Won't give the details but you guys should check it out.

That's an odd test group. Which Husky was in there?

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the husky 610 died after i day and the factory sent them a new one seams like a great bike but having it break is'nt exactly confidence inspiring .i rode with a guy on a 950 ktm but it's more of a touring/adventure bike the xr650l is much better in the dirt

I've gotta' believe, I wanna' believe, that they will not stop producing the XR650L/R :thumbsup:

The only way they will stop is if they make something bigger & better. And how much does that KTM weigh... 400lbs? Dont get it anywhere near the mud. No dout it will beat it on the road.

The only way they will stop is if they make something bigger & better. And how much does that KTM weigh... 400lbs? Dont get it anywhere near the mud. No dout it will beat it on the road.

Try 500! KTM list it at 485 so....

Can you immagine getting that thing stuck,and I mean really baried in the mud. Or maybe worse it falls over on you.

Honda in it's infinite wisdom, tends to saty with a long running produciton line bike like the 650L for as long as they can, cheap for them to manufacture and turns good profits. This they will do again with something more technologically advanced - but based on a known platform - and I think it is coming soon, maybe a year or two away. the CRF450 comes to mind in the form of a CRF450L, as an example or.... thet may take the XR650R - which has been around awhle and factory legalize it. Should be interesting to see what they do. It's been well over 30 years since the introduction of something totally new, like the SL's and XL's that replaced the twin cylinder CL scramblers.

Can you immagine getting that thing stuck,and I mean really baried in the mud. Or maybe worse it falls over on you.
Seems like Honda could have provided a GoldWing to go better with this group then an XR650! :thumbsup:

Funny thing....I posted a thread on the Cycle World comparison about a week ago and no one paid any attention to it!

485 dry, thats rediculous...does it have reverse and a CD player also?

Funny thing....I posted a thread on the Cycle World comparison about a week ago and no one paid any attention to it!

Poor thing.... :thumbsup:

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