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Old 05-26-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Difference between Honda XR 650R and 650L

I used to have a few XR's in the 80's, and thinking about getting one now. What are the main differences between a 650R and 650L, besides the lights, turn signals, electric starter? Only reason I am asking is after over 25 years of abusing my knees riding, I am not too eager to kickstart a 650cc single.

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Old 05-26-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:55 AM   #4
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Pretty much the only thing they have in common is 'Honda', 'XR650' and the fact both have 2 wheels.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:03 AM   #5
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Pretty much the only thing they have in common is 'Honda', 'XR650' and the fact both have 2 wheels.
they are both red and white too.



try this:
An XRR is a Corvette
An XRL is a Chevette


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Old 05-27-2009, 06:20 AM   #6
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:35 AM   #7
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What are the main differences between a 650R and 650L, besides the lights, turn signals, electric starter?
The XRR has:
25 more hp
50 less lbs
suspension that works
liquid cooling
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:29 AM   #8
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I've never rode an R but I rode the L last year and I'd sooner own a moped.

I'd consider the DRZ400 before a XRL. I know riding that damn L made me miss my DRZ.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:33 AM   #9
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geezus, i'm glad i never rode the XRR. i'd be pissed about everything else that came after it

i ride the XRL. it's big, it's heavy but it does the trick. took it through the woods this past weekend, through deep water, mud, up rock face, down rock face, baby heads, sand...did just fine. doesn't get any simplier than the XRL.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:37 AM   #10
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I've never rode an R but I rode the L last year and I'd sooner own a moped.
I don't know about that... I own a XRL and it hauls ass!! maybe not as quick as the XRR but it holds its own. The one you were on must have been in stock form.

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Old 05-27-2009, 07:40 AM   #11
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I've never rode an R but I rode the L last year and I'd sooner own a moped.

I'd consider the DRZ400 before a XRL. I know riding that damn L made me miss my DRZ.
2 totally different bikes, intended for different uses. And yes, look at my sig, I have both.

I just rode 1,600 miles this past weekend to Ontario and back (with tons of trails thrown in). No way in hell I'd have done it on my DRZ.

Just sayin'
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:58 AM   #12
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I don't know about that... I own a XRL and it hauls ass!! maybe not as quick as the XRR but it holds its own. The one you were on must have been in stock form.

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T'was stock. Not saying it was a terrible bike but it didn't tickle my fancy. The KLR I rode seemed like a better bike.
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:06 AM   #13
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Wow ....... I really apologize for reposting something discussed so many times before.

Thanks for all these links it is more than enough to answer all and any questions I might have.
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:17 AM   #14
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T'was stock. Not saying it was a terrible bike but it didn't tickle my fancy. The KLR I rode seemed like a better bike.
I'm curious, better bike in what way ? On the road, I would agree. On the trails ? Not a chance in hell.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:02 AM   #15
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The XRR I owned was a sick, sick bike. There was no way my meager skills could come close to what the bike could do.

If it weren't for the fucking kickstart I would still own it.
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