That's right, I took my XR650R to Lake Elsinore even though everyone says they don't belong on the track. Actually the reason i took it was because my friend is thinking of buying one so I wanted him to try mine first before making a decision. Anyhow I decided to do a few laps on the big track (later the GFI and Vet track)and was totally surprised, I began clearing tabletops and doubles and whoops, cornering was a little tricky but it sure was fun to pin the throttle out of the corners and rarely did I go lower than 3rd gear except for real tight corners w/ jumps close by. Also the tracks were really choppy that day and the suspension soaked up all the chop and breaking bumps pretty well, I later found out how well when I hopped on my CR250 and took a beating. Here's the cool part, I let my friend ride it who is really fast on the track and he was clearing all the jumps including some triples w/in 3 laps. The only jumps he didn't do were some step ups that if you get out of shape on you' re gonna get hurt. We were lauhging watching him pass guys, he also got some surprised looks when people saw what kind of bike he was on. Now that I am done bragging I will say that for the most part the 650 doesn't belong on the track, it was definatly more effort than my 250 and landing are rough if you come up short on jumps but it was still a fun time. By the way my other friend who wants a 650 liked mine alot and said he could imagine having fun on one ripping through the desert. He said he would trade me for his YZ426, which would financially be better for me but I tunred him down.