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Old 02-11-2011, 08:22 PM   #7381
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Looked better before.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:31 PM   #7382
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Looked better before.
Just sayin.
I'm 6'2" 200lbs and cannot imagine being 5'6" 160lbs and climbing (literally) up on a 650R. It would be like riding a cruise missle.

I bought mine from an accountant who was 5' 7" and he would put his hands on the bars, left foot on the peg, and pop the clutch to get it rolling so he could swing his right leg over the bike and stand up. He couldn't even tippy toe it.

To each his own (and no offense ) but I just don't see how you could ride a 650R at 5'6". We are talking about the biggest dirt bike ever made!
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:32 PM   #7383
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I consider myself an intermediate rider. I want it to be able to do anything, not just good at one thing.

I will never compete, that is for sure.

I want a durable, capable bike with good parts support. Seems the XR is all of that and more.


Prolly should try one before going out and buying one eh?

things to ponder upon....

Thanks! all info is good. I will consider everything before I make the final decision. I hope I am not bothering with all the questions jeje.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:38 PM   #7384
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I'm 6'2" 200lbs and cannot imagine being 5'6" 160lbs and climbing (literally) up on a 650R. It would be like riding a cruise missle.

I bought mine from an accountant who was 5' 7" and he would put his hands on the bars, left foot on the peg, and pop the clutch to get it rolling so he could swing his right leg over the bike and stand up. He couldn't even tippy toe it.

To each his own (and no offense ) but I just don't see how you could ride a 650R at 5'6". We are talking about the biggest dirt bike ever made!
My youngest brother was riding a 650R when he was 17yrs old, 5'4" and maybe 130lbs? Did pretty well on it. If you're a decent rider you'll be fine.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:41 PM   #7385
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I'm 6'2" 200lbs and cannot imagine being 5'6" 160lbs and climbing (literally) up on a 650R. It would be like riding a cruise missle.

I bought mine from an accountant who was 5' 7" and he would put his hands on the bars, left foot on the peg, and pop the clutch to get it rolling so he could swing his right leg over the bike and stand up. He couldn't even tippy toe it.

To each his own (and no offense ) but I just don't see how you could ride a 650R at 5'6". We are talking about the biggest dirt bike ever made!
Keep in mind though, the engine size does not make a big bike. Look at a KTM950SE. The actual cockpit is still only a little different in size. As long as you can get on the bike you can ride it.

Though you are right, for someone without a whole lot of confidence climbing onto anything would be scary. Talking about this reminds me of a buddy I had in highschool. He was one of those guys who never hit puberty. He rode a RM125, and he rode it well but there was one evening we just finished riding and it was already dark but you could still see my buddy with his white helmit. You could also see it all the way up until he missed putting his foot down on the stand and suddenly the helmit disappeared quickly folled with a crunching noise

Now his girlfriend controlls his every move...needless to say he doesn't ride.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:46 PM   #7386
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I picked up a new Honda, 1983 CR 480...

I'm going to 'try' and 'race' Vintage MX at our local track.

Tearing it apart in about a week.



It's going to be NOS body and frame colors, and then modern stuff thrown in to piss off the Vintage guys .

Build tread started here...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=659435
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:51 PM   #7387
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Keep in mind though, the engine size does not make a big bike.

XR650R Seat Height: 36.8in
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:13 PM   #7388
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Have you never ridden any other dirt bikes? There all that tall if not a little taller. Its the nature of an off road bike.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:42 PM   #7389
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I picked up a new Honda, 1983 CR 480...
looks to be in pretty good shape considering

CR480 is an impressive bike - I had my sights on IT 490's to restore for a while, and would still like to find a good one.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:46 PM   #7390
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Have you never ridden any other dirt bikes? There They're all that tall if not a little taller. Its the nature of an off road bike.


I don't recall stating they weren't all that height. I was simply throwing the spec into the discussion.

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Old 02-12-2011, 05:58 AM   #7391
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:50 AM   #7392
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Just finished reading the carb comparison!

Very interesting and very good info.
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:55 AM   #7393
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Guys, been lurking (and learning) a lot on this thread, and eventually got round to doing an RR...check it out:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=659173

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Old 02-12-2011, 04:30 PM   #7394
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Have you never ridden any other dirt bikes? There all that tall if not a little taller. Its the nature of an off road bike.


IIRC my YZ125 was 38" tall (and I had a +2" seat on that too) - the XR really isn't that huge. Street riders (and noobs) have odd ideas about about a bike should fit and if you are new to dirt bikes you may too If you have dirt experience and have no problems on other dirt bikes you need not worry about the size of the XR. If anything being small is good as I find it a very cramped bike in stock config. Even with tall seat and bars forward its still more cramped than my stock CRF450R. I'm looking into moving the bars further forward and maybe up a little.

The XR is of course heavier than the CRF so its a bit more ungaingly if you try to paddle it around with your feet. Best answer is to leave your feet on the pegs and ride it as it was meant to be ridden
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:57 PM   #7395
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IIRC my YZ125 was 38" tall (and I had a +2" seat on that too) - the XR really isn't that huge. Street riders (and noobs) have odd ideas about about a bike should fit and if you are new to dirt bikes you may too If you have dirt experience and have no problems on other dirt bikes you need not worry about the size of the XR. If anything being small is good as I find it a very cramped bike in stock config. Even with tall seat and bars forward its still more cramped than my stock CRF450R. I'm looking into moving the bars further forward and maybe up a little.

The XR is of course heavier than the CRF so its a bit more ungaingly if you try to paddle it around with your feet. Best answer is to leave your feet on the pegs and ride it as it was meant to be ridden
What I was getting at most on the size of the XR is how tall it is. I definitely agree that it is waaaaay too cramped unless you are 5'6", which then makes me wonder how somebody with a 30" inseam could ever reach the ground!

In an off road scenario being a little too short for a bike is no big deal, but I would think in a dual sport role with stop signs and streetlights having to tippy toe and bounce side to side would not be much fun. But if you can pull it off more power too you then.
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