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Old 03-16-2005, 09:55 PM   #1
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Anybody ride an XR650L?

Why is the XR650L so ignored around here? It seems everyone rides KTM,KLR,or BMW. All great bikes,but I thought the XR was a pretty good D/S bike too. What gives, am I missing something, or should I just STFU and drink my beer?!
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Old 03-16-2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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Why is the XR650L so ignored around here? It seems everyone rides KTM,KLR,or BMW. All great bikes,but I thought the XR was a pretty good D/S bike too. What gives, am I missing something, or should I just STFU and drink my beer?!
Since we're not in JM, I won't go into some of the more "interesting" responses I thought up first and simply say:

Are you high?

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Old 03-16-2005, 11:08 PM   #3
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Why is the XR650L so ignored around here? It seems everyone rides KTM,KLR,or BMW. All great bikes,but I thought the XR was a pretty good D/S bike too. What gives, am I missing something, or should I just STFU and drink my beer?!




















My dad sure liked his.
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Old 03-16-2005, 11:33 PM   #4
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I am sure there are plenty of people who would disagree with me but from what I have seen most people who what the best performance get the XR650R and dual sport it. The R has more power, lighter etc. The L is just....... ahh forget it.
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Old 03-17-2005, 01:10 AM   #5
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My dad sure liked his.
Wow, I think I just saw my future.

I see myself doing exactly what your DAD is doing; riding with my son(s). I plan on trailering our bikes to New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Big Bend in Texas. Where we can ride and explore to our heart's content.

Those photos are exactly what I want to do on an XR650L. I don't have one yet, but that's what I plan to buy. I want to ride gravel/dirt roads, mountain passes, Jeep trails, etc. And, I plan to trailer it because there are long distances to cover to get to the mountains in Colorado and New Mexico.

The XRL gets a bad rap because the XRR is so much better in performance; but some people won't ride like a "bat out of hell". Some, like myself, plan to ride a little less aggressive than others. Just out exploring and enjoying. The XRL should easily get me there and back. That is such beautiful scenery in your photos.
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:51 AM   #6
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I Love My 650-L ! I actually will get it running this weekend I hope. I put a new piston & rings in it over the winter. I had to put a new countershaft in it, so why not do a little maintence while the motor is down. I have put a Corbin Seat on mine (which is like Night/Day to all enduro seats) White Bros. complete exhaust, Jet Kit, K&N Filter, 5 gal.Tank, ..... I took mine on an 1,100 mi. trip to Va. in the Fall of 03 and had a BLAST. It's not the fastest, but will peg 105 + on the speed-o! I'm not one of those guys that Rev the motor and run the *#@*! out of a bike to prove it's fast. 105 is fast on a 650 to me My buddies 650 R would Dust my L, but so what. We don't race, we just ride. The "L" is a Great choice for a Big Bore Enduro, unless you'r just vain in heart & ego. Get One, You'll Love It!

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Old 03-17-2005, 07:22 AM   #7
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When I was riding in the deserts of southern California in the 70's and 80's not one of those bikes were built as good as an XR650L, or DRZ. Now there are so many bikes that are somewhat better that the XR650L is left behind, but it is still one of the better bikes in that class. A friend has a KLR and my wife rides a DR650. In my opinion the XRL is far better than either of these off road and equal to these for one day trips. The KLR being better for longer trips. If I had to buy one of these three it would be the XR650L. The BMW 650 is better on road than the KLR and my KTM 640 Dualsport is better offroad, but you can't say it is far better because although it has more power and better suspension you can only throw a 350 lb bike around so much no matter how good the bike is. Yes Dakar riders can make it do miracles, but if they road the XL they would make it look better than any of us also. For the average rider it doesn' matter that there are better bikes when you get to 350 lbs. Even the KLR wil get you there. No matter which bike you choose you will add after market parts to make it suit you better. Even my KTM has Race Tech springs since I bottom the suspension too often. The real point is that weight is the single greatest problem with these bikes.
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:43 AM   #8
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That's so cool that Mr. Wizard is your dad!!! And I have the same kind of motorcycle as Mr. Wizard!!!
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:35 AM   #9
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Boy, this thread is pretty old

I really like my xr650l, works good for me.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:32 PM   #10
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I have three of these things. One stock, one built, and one I'm turning into the ultimate XRL.
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Old 03-16-2005, 11:55 PM   #11
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Why is the XR650L so ignored around here? It seems everyone rides KTM,KLR,or BMW. All great bikes,but I thought the XR was a pretty good D/S bike too. What gives, am I missing something, or should I just STFU and drink my beer?!

Maybe it's because they've been around for so long unchanged that there's nothing left to talk about. Personally I'm more than happy with mine except for the seat height.

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Old 03-17-2005, 10:14 PM   #12
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Why is the XR650L so ignored around here? It seems everyone rides KTM,KLR,or BMW. All great bikes,but I thought the XR was a pretty good D/S bike too. What gives, am I missing something, or should I just STFU and drink my beer?!
The XR650L has many well-known compromises and limitations. Big, heavy, slow, unsophisticated, etc. But it is inexpensive, reliable, and can go almost anywhere with a good rider.

STFU and drinking beer is good advice around here!

The wrong thing to do: A n00b, named "fstrnu" posted pics of his XR650L and bragged how it he could outride everyone, and how much better his bike was than the BMW GS'es, etc. He was immediately flamed into oblivion.

The right thing to do: I rode to the ADVrider event in Ouray on my old, ugly XR650L. When others asked what I rode, I was semi-apologetic, expecting them to make fun of my bike. But the reaction was "Cool! Did you ride it the whole way?" Ah, yeah, of course. No one told me my bike sucked, including Nachtflug.

P.S. I'm keeping my XR650L, and planning several long trips this summer.
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Old 03-18-2005, 09:11 PM   #13
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STFU and drinking beer is good advice around here!

The wrong thing to do: A n00b, named "fstrnu" posted pics of his XR650L and bragged how it he could outride everyone, and how much better his bike was than the BMW GS'es, etc. He was immediately flamed into oblivion.
O.K. thanks for the insight!
I've got a 93 XRL with close to 20k. I'd like to have a 650R but not bad enough to spend a grand for an E-start kit or the hassle of getting one plated. For my needs the XRL is perfect, relatively inexpensive, simple, reliable, low maintenance and good suspension for mildly aggressive dualsport riding.
The seat height isn't much of a problem for me, but there was that one time on Colorado's rainbow trail

To some it might seem like polishing a turd, but a mild cam, 10.5 to 1 comp piston, mikuni flatslide and Big Gun exhaust makes for more fun per mile without losing reliability.
I never haul a passenger, and run dot knobbies so very little highway. Some walmart atv tank panniers and an old tankbag on the luggage rack haul everything I need for daytrips. Good Luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 03-19-2005, 08:32 AM   #14
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fstrnu sighting?

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The wrong thing to do: A n00b, named "fstrnu" posted pics of his XR650L and bragged how it he could outride everyone, and how much better his bike was than the BMW GS'es, etc. He was immediately flamed into oblivion.
I was going to mention that. Pillshovel, Jimbo and I went to the same place that fstrnu took the pics in that thread. I rode my NX, Pill on his 625 and Jim on my KLR250. A guy showed up on an XR650L and we got to talking. He hesitated a bit when I asked him if he knew of advrider. He kept talking about how tough the (groomed!) trails were, and how he couldn't get out of 1st gear, even though he had put on a smaller front sprocket. We just nodded, seeing as how Pill and I were running 2nd-3rd 95 percent of the time, jumping he waterbars. He politely declined when we asked him to join our group.

I haven't ridden an XR-L, but my NX has the same engine. Shakes a bit, but has plenty power for anything I want to do offroad with a 390lb bike. I would like the extra suspension travel of the XR, though.
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Old 03-19-2005, 09:19 AM   #15
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If you need a lowering link for the 650L, Devol makes a great one that lowers the seat 1". That doesn't seem like much, but 1" really made a big difference. White Brothers sells them for around $80.00.
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