xr650L ok as a beginners bike?

Title pretty much says it all, just wondering if it would be too much bike? I'm 26 yrs old, in very good shape (and I like to think some level of self-discipline), and would mainly use it for longer adventure-style trips and off-roading, with some street riding as well.

All opinions welcome!

Title pretty much says it all, just wondering if it would be too much bike? I'm 26 yrs old, in very good shape (and I like to think some level of self-discipline), and would mainly use it for longer adventure-style trips and off-roading, with some street riding as well.

All opinions welcome!

im 6'5" 230 and i have an 05 xr650l. it is the tallest of the DS bikes and a bit top heavy. also stock it is 324 lbs. i think. i use mine for those types of rides, no prob. 150 miles a day on the hiway with me and my wolfman bags loaded and tent,bag,chair , etc. stacked on top. reliable, parts everywhere(OEM and aftermarket). cant beat em!

Other than being tall and some what top heavy its a great do all bike. it can be modded for practically any type of riding and is extremely reliable... Try the search function in this forum and you'll learn alot .. and welcome to TT.

Title pretty much says it all, just wondering if it would be too much bike? I'm 26 yrs old, in very good shape (and I like to think some level of self-discipline), and would mainly use it for longer adventure-style trips and off-roading, with some street riding as well.

All opinions welcome!

To answer the question ....Yes... it is not a rocket that will do 150+ can cruse all day at 70 and it will take you where you want to go offroad . My 07 is my first bike and I love it ...

Yes. Good choice and have fun.

enough said it is my first DS but not my first bike had a ton of MX bikes GO-FOR-IT!!!

They are awesome bikes.I've been riding for 20 yrs.and dropped mine twice in the first week.Once they start coming over they just drop.lol After you get use to it's weight,you'll love it.

Im a noob to DS as well. My last bike was a '84 RM125 Zook. Fast forward 20 yrs, Im 43, 5'7" 150lbs and my 1st DS is a 97 XR600R. I have no trouble in desert, roads and mild trails. But the bike is a little too tall for me in technical off-road riding situations (dropped mine 2x last ride...) Otherwise, its a great adventure bike. I hope to get lowering link (or something to lower it) soon. Other than the height, really like my R, 'specially since I got it plated :)

thanks very much for the advice guys... probably won't be getting it until spring, but looks like it's at the top of my list!

I bought mine two weeks ago. I hadn't had a bike for ten years prior to that so it's like starting over again. They are heavy but predictable, I am happy with it so far I just wish I had a bit more power. Although it does move my 275 pounds around just fine.

Sa far as a bike to learn on,I think there are better choices,only because of it's hight and it being top heavy.

I'm only 5' 9" and although the 650L is pretty tall and top heavy, I don't have any problems. It handles well off-road and great on-road. I average about 1,000 miles a month on mine and have no complaints. :applause:

Test rode one last weekend...it really felt heavy and slow, I couldn't get it up over 70 at all...it's very low geared for the dirt. I'm sure it's a good, durable ride, but I'm now leaning towards getting the Husqvarna TE 610 instead, based on what I feel is its relative quickness and lightness compared with the Honda.

once uncorked/piped, jetted, they make good power.

Hmmm, mine does an indicate 100 pretty easily (uncorked of course) and nice long second gear wheelies with a tug of the bars and lots of throttle:ride: :ride:

I've had mine at 95 mph with plenty of throttle left over (just no more courage). :ride: It easily cruises at 75 to 85 mph with stock gearing.

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