xr 650 on asphalt....

riding real dual sport, on and off road, how long will an xr 650 live if meticulously maintained........kevin

if you mean 650R they seem to hold up pretty well. My buddy has a 2000 650r that he rides to work all the time and never had a problem. He does change the oil frequetnly and all other scheduled maintanance. I don't know too much about the 650xl.

A long, long, time an L or R. Both are proven.:bonk:

I bought an XR650R to race on Sunday and ride to work on Monday. :bonk:

i've got a 2000 and havent had any problems other than going thru tires like crazy :bonk:

The key is valve adjustments & oil changes at regular intervals. Sounds like you're already prepared for that so all's good. For a single cylinder 4 stroke I don't believe you will find a more durable engine. Gear it for highway use to minimize RPMs if you do regular highway blasts (15/45 works great for mostly road use and occasional off road use). Get a GUTS racing seat cover & soft foam for comfort ($130 with shipping or re-use the stock cover & save $60) as the stock seat is very uncomfortable for more that 30 miles. Taller bars help too as the stockers make the riding position a bit cramped. I run adapters & pro-taper CR hi-bends which are perfect for me at 5'10".

Gear it for highway use to minimize RPMs if you do regular highway blasts (15/45 works great for mostly road use and occasional off road use).

Gearing is the key, however I would only change the front sprocket because you can swap them back and forth literally in about 5 minutes. What you like on the highway may not work for you on the trail.

Sprocket Specialists have just about any size you want (Al Baker's XR's Only has them too)

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