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Old 01-22-2008, 11:13 AM   #1
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Too big for an XR650L?

Hey guys...I've been drooling over pics of the XR650L for awhile now..thinking maybe this is going to be my new budget adv tourer....but I have one question. I'm 5'11'' and weigh about 190 lbs. Am I too big for the bike? I've seen pictures of a few people sitting on the bike...and they sure made the bike look small. Course, I don't know how big they were...but it looked kind of cramped...

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Old 01-22-2008, 11:25 AM   #2
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I'd say you will be fine. I've got 2 of them, I'm 5'11" (although I weight about 150lbs). I can put both feet on the ground, but not flat foot it. You probably could, being a little heavier.
I can't imagine the bike will be too small for you. Its a big bike.

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edit- oops, I misread it- I have 2 XR600Rs. But, I am pretty sure the bike is the same size.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:43 AM   #3
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I'm 6' 1" and 245 lbs. so you may be to small for one. Maybe you'll grow into to it though.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:02 PM   #4
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If you're too big for it, you'll be too big for all the rest of the factory dual sports too. The L is one of the tallest.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:04 PM   #5
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Cool! I just saw this picture of a guy on one..and I swear he made it look like an 80cc motocross bike. He must be ginormous! He was a bit round too..so maybe that didn't help!
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:47 PM   #6
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Cool! I just saw this picture of a guy on one..and I swear he made it look like an 80cc motocross bike. He must be ginormous! He was a bit round too..so maybe that didn't help!
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:54 PM   #7
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Yeah you should be fine, the 650L is about as big as they come. I am 6'3" and 190lbs and it is one of the few bikes that felt the right size to me (after tall bars and risers).
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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I'm 6' 1" and 245 lbs. so you may be to small for one. Maybe you'll grow into to it though.

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Old 01-22-2008, 03:05 PM   #9
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I just installed bar risers on mine, 5'11... and just sitting feels much better than stock height... i'm rather sick so I can't ride it yet... hope to be better for a good ride this weekend.
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:51 PM   #10
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yeah, at 5'11" 190, you'll be hard pressed to get both feet on the ground. i'm 6'1" 180 and it's plenty tall for me... as it's been said, tall bars and risers are a huge improvement.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:07 PM   #11
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Oh and i'm a mere 155lbs so I can't even get full spring compression if I ride off a roof....
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:16 PM   #12
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I'm your same size and my XR650L fits me fine. In my opinion, it is the best "budget" adventure touring bike of all the 650's. The Husky TE610 looks very good but is more money. Here is mine:
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:41 AM   #13
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nice bike

Very nice 2on2off....nice looking. It looks as if your legs are cramped Seikkailu_R, that's what I mean by being too small...not that my feet can't reach the ground..but that the ergo's will feel a bit cramped. The latest bike I owned was a DL10002K.



That was like driving a couch...felt like I had lot's of room on that bike...I also owned an 85 XT350...I felt like I was too big for that bike. When I was sitting on the bike, the tool box felt about 3 inches from my butt...when my girlfriend would ride with me she always complained about sitting on that tool box.



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Old 01-23-2008, 11:11 AM   #14
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Very nice 2on2off....nice looking. It looks as if your legs are cramped Seikkailu_R, that's what I mean by being too small...not that my feet can't reach the ground..but that the ergo's will feel a bit cramped. The latest bike I owned was a DL10002K.

That was like driving a couch...felt like I had lot's of room on that bike...I also owned an 85 XT350...I felt like I was too big for that bike. When I was sitting on the bike, the tool box felt about 3 inches from my butt...when my girlfriend would ride with me she always complained about sitting on that tool box.

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Unfortunately you are correct. It seems the more dirt worthy the bike the more cramped the riding position.

My BMW R1200GS Adventure is much more comfortable for long hours in the saddle than my XRL but the XRL has more ground clearence for going over those step ups and rocks I seem to find on the trail plus it is about 200 lbs lighter. There are always those trade offs to deal with.

A BMW F650GS might have a more comfortable riding position but has half the ground clearence of the XRL. Once again, trade offs.

Someone needs to take a tape measure to all these bikes and post it here. Seat to foot pegs, foot pegs to handlebars etc.

I love the ergonomics of my GSA. A few months ago I got on the bike at 8 a.m. and didn't get off, except for a few stops, until midnight. The ride included single track trails, rocks, sand, dirt roads, gravel and hours and hours of two lane pavement, twisties and freeways, just about every kind of road condition you can think of. At the end of this ride I still felt fine and that was the longest I have ever ridden any bike, in my 41 years of riding. The GSA is the most comfortable street bike I have ever owned that I can also take in the dirt.

If comfort is a big issue for you, consider a new or used BMW R1150GS or R1200GS. It has its' limitations in the rocks and deep sand, but it is by far the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden, including the '06 BMW R1200RT I sold last summer.

None of these bikes are bad, they are just different. I plan my routes based on what bike I will be riding and have fun with both bikes.
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:18 AM   #15
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You will be fine. Compared to a street bike, yes, you will look big on the bike. But the performance offroad is largely due to the light weight which equals smaller bike.

I am 6'3" and 260 and I ride a KLR. I was told a few times that I made it look like a BMX but it gets me any and everywhere and I sure do like it.

Toss some luggage on that thing and adventure...oh and you might want to look into your seat options IMHO.

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