Originally Posted by Yellow Pig
I love this bike and have always wanted one, but I've always been afraid to commit. I'm afraid I'll be disappointed by the power. It weighs more than my KLX400SR and has about the same power.
The XR650R and the KTM LC4 are very attractive, but there is something in the L model that does it for me, mabey its simplicity.
The KLX400 is a nice bike, but It's a bit short legged for the longer stretches. I am looking for a dirt oriented bike so the KLR and the DR are out.
Get the XRL if you like it, there are a few ways to improve it for the long trips. The thing about the 650s power is the torque, you can lug it down like a diesel truck. I love mine I wish I would have bought one a long time ago, I will always have one from now on. There are other bikes in the garage but there will be a XRL in there somewhere.