DR650 vs XR650L

Which one would you buy and why. I'm a 6'2", 250lb 54 yr old adventure rider that wants to ride this bike on forest roads in NC and out west with a trip to Copper canyon and Baja and then use it in Costa Rica. I don't want to race it and I want something different than my DL1000, so what is your recommendations.

Ken

www.kenackerson.com

If you plan on doing trail riding and any hill climbing, the L is a more tailored machine. If your plan is more street action choose the Kawi, or Suzy.

I ride my modded L about 70/30 dirt/street and am very happy with its abilities.

i don't think anyone in here is gonna tell you not to buy an XR :thumbsup:

Which one would you buy and why. I'm a 6'2", 250lb 54 yr old adventure rider that wants to ride this bike on forest roads in NC and out west with a trip to Copper canyon and Baja and then use it in Costa Rica. I don't want to race it and I want something different than my DL1000, so what is your recommendations.

Ken

www.kenackerson.com

Try reading this review and see if it helps you at all.

XR650L - DR650 - KLX650 Review

I checked them both out before buying my XR.

They weigh the same.

Tank size is almost the same (1/2 gallon more on the DR).

The XR has LOTS of ground clearance.

The DR is a little lower.

The DR has a oil cooler sticking out the side.

The DR seems like a nice bike and I'm sure that I would have been happy with it but I bought the XR because...

It's great on the street and the seat is comfy. I suck off road so it's got a lowering link now and I can touch the ground. I was really concerned about dropping it on something pointy and spilling vital fluids all over the place, then being stuck. Nope, I needed something that could take abuse from better riders than me and still want more.

Simple, air cooled and indestructible gives me peace of mind. :thumbsup:

Simple, air cooled and indestructible gives me peace of mind. :thumbsup:

I Fully Agree!

The only people I know who would buy a DR over the XRL are people too short for the L. The L is better in every way other than seat height and at your height, you will be happier with the L. You should get a bigger fuel tank and probably get Applied Triple Clamps so you can move the handlebar more forward to give yourself a more spreadout cockpit.

Don't know of anyone who has ridden an L on the long distance type rides that you plan on doing. IIRC the subframe on the L is pretty weak, making it not a good choice to load up with bags and gear and go off on a loooong ride.

Check out Snowriders trip report over on Advrider.com, he took a DR650 from WI to AK and then down to Baja in one trip and then this year he went from WI and through MX. Haven't seen many reports about the L on trips like that; not that it wouldn't do it, you'd just have to pack really light.

It sounds like you will be doing a lot of commuting between trails. I really think the DR will be a better compromise between the three bikes. With stiffer springs and a good set of tires the DR will be able to go any where the XR can go, and be just as good, and be much more comfortable and able to carry your gear.

Don't know of anyone who has ridden an L on the long distance type rides that you plan on doing. IIRC the subframe on the L is pretty weak, making it not a good choice to load up with bags and gear and go off on a loooong ride.

I believe someone makes subframe braces to deal with that issue.

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