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Old 05-03-2011, 11:27 AM   #16
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you know, i've looked at the possibility of getting a ktm. they are definately cool machines. buuuut, after doing a lot of research. no thanks. especially with all their EFI woes. $$$$$$$$$$
So do like I did and buy an old LC4. Mine is ten years old and it is still lighter, much faster, better handling and better stopping than an XR650L. I have ridden both back to back enough times to know that for a fact. Screw the Japanese and their Reagan era dual sport "technology".
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:42 AM   #17
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The 1st batch arrived in South Africa last month. The next batch in 2 weeks. I've got 1 on order. They're cheaper than the DR650 and KLRs over here. There's been a bit of a feeding frenzy. I hope I get one.

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Old 05-03-2011, 11:46 AM   #18
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:48 AM   #19
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I had an XR650L for one year...back in 1998. She was a real hippo. I offed that bike for a KTM 400 LC4 and never regretted it.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:59 AM   #20
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Even if they met half way [price & Tech] and came up with something like a slightly more modern DRZ400 but in 650 and with a 6th gear.














Oh that's right they're a car company now that also sells boat motors, lawnmowers, generators, ATV's and bikes other then cruisers and rockets.

It'll never happen
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:36 PM   #21
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The 1st batch arrived in South Africa last month. The next batch in 2 weeks. I've got 1 on order. They're cheaper than the DR650 and KLRs over here. There's been a bit of a feeding frenzy. I hope I get one.

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By God man...where are the pics! We need pics!
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:02 PM   #22
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How much do they cost in SA? An idea?
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:22 PM   #23
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About ZAR 48000 - 50 000 / US$6800 approx.

As for the pics: google XR650L pics and its exactly what we're getting, metal tank, weird shrouds, battery box under left side cover, the works. There has been exactly 0 updates. Its like something from a time warp.

I'm trying to get 1 to basically re-build it to an XR600R look-alike - just 1 with an electric start and that's brand new. I'll be upping compression, XR650R headlight and taillite, Acerbis tank, progressive front spring. You get the drift.

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Old 05-03-2011, 04:36 PM   #24
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CRF plastic , a kick starter, plastic tank and oil cooler would have been nice and easy. Inverted forks would be asking too much along with better bars, lighter frame and stronger subframe............Did I forget somthing?
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:41 PM   #25
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About ZAR 48000 - 50 000 / US$6800 approx.

As for the pics: google XR650L pics and its exactly what we're getting, metal tank, weird shrouds, battery box under left side cover, the works. There has been exactly 0 updates. Its like something from a time warp.

I'm trying to get 1 to basically re-build it to an XR600R look-alike - just 1 with an electric start and that's brand new. I'll be upping compression, XR650R headlight and taillite, Acerbis tank, progressive front spring. You get the drift.

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Damn. And here I was getting all excited for nothing.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:14 PM   #26
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So do like I did and buy an old LC4. Mine is ten years old and it is still lighter, much faster, better handling and better stopping than an XR650L. I have ridden both back to back enough times to know that for a fact. Screw the Japanese and their Reagan era dual sport "technology".
Yep, 03-07 KTM 640 Enduro - identical focus to the XR650L but 20 yrs newer tech. Oh, no, that's right, you might need to rebuild the water pump every 30K miles, that sort of unreliability kinda rules it out for a lot of people

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Damn. And here I was getting all excited for nothing.
... judging by the sales of DR650's there are a lot of people out there who appreciate a cheap, basic 650 dual sport bike, but yeah, given the vast extent of Honda's parts bin you'd think they could upgrade a few of the components to stuff that is merely 20 years out of date not 30 years

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Old 05-03-2011, 10:32 PM   #27
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How much do they cost in SA? An idea?
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:44 PM   #28
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I've wanted a Honda XR650L for a while now. The old tech doesn't bother me any. Just look at what I ride. I had a great time as a youngster packing up my full camping gear on my 1975 Honda XL350 dual sport and riding around a few states here. I may not be tall enough at about 5' 10" though.

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Old 05-03-2011, 11:02 PM   #29
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So do like I did and buy an old LC4. Mine is ten years old and it is still lighter, much faster, better handling and better stopping than an XR650L. I have ridden both back to back enough times to know that for a fact. Screw the Japanese and their Reagan era dual sport "technology".
like Grreatdog said "Screw the Japanese"the 650L is a relic.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:31 PM   #30
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I had a great time as a youngster packing up my full camping gear on my 1975 Honda XL350 dual sport and riding around a few states here. Jon
Classic bike the 350 had one myself till it snapped the cam chain tensioner....as for the xr650 it was a market leader in its day and in the hands of a good pilot still quick....but the 690 E & R are the new bench mark. As for reliability issues....baloney!!

the cost or R&D, redesign, modern hi spec componets will make any modern bike more expensive than something conceived 30 years ago...I would imagine a reborn XR650 wouldn't be much cheaper (if at all) than 690....but so long as theres a market for old technology I guess well never know
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