'93 XR650L vs. '04 KLR250 ???

Here is my current dilema. I have a 2004 KLR250 that just doesnt have the balls to propel me at acceptable speeds, either street or trail. I have been looking to upgrade for a while now and a 1993 XR650L has just presented itsef. The only prob with the XR is the 20k mileage, mostly street. The asking price for the XR is only $1300. So, on to my question. How will the XR compare to the KLR250 on the street and on the trails? I understand that the XR is heavier, though not by as much as I would have thought. Also how is the balance of the XR compared to the "all the heavy things up top" balance of the little KLR. I do like the idea of having the "magic button" and I also like the idea of having a Honda again, as I used to have a '92 XR250 that just always worked perfectly.

Anyway, input would be a great help, as I am stumped, having not ridden a XR650L before.

IF properly maintained, 20K is nothing on an XR650 or XL600, you will wonder how you ever got along without one, however they are indeed heavy.

great bike, will do very well on/off road. does it smoke?

does it smoke

Not sure of it's mechanical condition yet, as I have not seen it run. I will look for any smoke, oil leaks and I will listen for any odd noises. I own a KLR, I know all about odd noises...:crazy:

Owner says that it runs great and pulls hard with gobs of torque.

looks good for 20 k miles and for 1300, not bad. put a top end into it if needs and you're good.

id upgrade to the big power xr as long as its mechanically sound

does it smoke?

I contacted the seller and he informed me that it smokes for about 5 minutes when first started, but after the warm-up, it doesnt smoke. What does this mean exactly? Is it a bad thing? My '04 KLR250 has a little gray/blue smoke upon starting and it runs great.

I contacted the seller and he informed me that it smokes for about 5 minutes when first started, but after the warm-up, it doesnt smoke. What does this mean exactly? Is it a bad thing? My '04 KLR250 has a little gray/blue smoke upon starting and it runs great.

valve guide seals. not a huge issue, if you can handle a wrench Ok.

just think of it as auto-oil prime for cold starts!LOL

Thanks for the help guys. I am going to go look at it Saturday and take it for a test ride.

if you can handle a wrench Ok.

I should be alright doing my own mechanic work, as I just personally replaced the valves and top end gaskets in my KLR250 because the previous owners NEVER did a valve adjustment. The intake valves were recessed so far into the head that they were about to pull through. If I can do a top end rebuild on a KLR, I should be able to handle a Honda.:crazy:

Thanks for the help guys. I am going to go look at it Saturday and take it for a test ride.

I should be alright doing my own mechanic work, as I just personally replaced the valves and top end gaskets in my KLR250 because the previous owners NEVER did a valve adjustment. The intake valves were recessed so far into the head that they were about to pull through. If I can do a top end rebuild on a KLR, I should be able to handle a Honda.:crazy:

oh yeah! if you want to do it without taking the cyl head off, get a hose with a spark plug end on it and hook up compressed air to it to keep the valves closed. then remove the keepers,springs and repl. the seals.

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