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Old 02-11-2011, 05:31 PM   #7381
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For starting, my sis is shorter than you - to start big XRs she balances on the pegs then gives a kick if there's nothing to stand on. Only works if you've got great balance I suppose, but works well enough for her

Nutz, @ 160lbs you are pretty much what the MFG's at least in theory design the springs for. I'm the same weight and find the fork springs a touch too soft and the shock just right.

The XR650R isn't any taller than any other full size dirt bike. I'd think it'd fit you perfect at 5'6". I'm 5'10" and find it cramped - I had to fit a taller seat and really need some taller bars. I think it (and most all bikes) was really built for a 130lbs 5'5" japanese dude.

You don't mention much about the off road in your plans for what you wanna do - if you aren't doing dirt much get a street bike they are as you'd guess way, way better for street riding. If you'll be doing dirt how much, how technical and how fast/hard do you wanna go? What's your experience level? I've ridden a dual sport'd XR650R in tight sandy single track (ran all the old race courses at Croom recently on an XRR) and it'll do it, but its a bit of a handful if you aren't sorta experienced (to my surprise it seems I'm an expert class rider based on last summer's race results).
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #7382
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I'm 5'6" 140lbs and have slighlty stiffer eibach springs front & rear with a performance design linkage on my XRR, brings it down enough to make it a little more reassuring when you go for a dab, tyre touchs the inner mudguard when bottomed out after jumps but so far no noticeable problems with anything wearing! after stalling/dropping it on soft ground can be a pain to kickstart unless there's a tree or something to lean against as the sidestand try to bury itself when you give it a hoof, different carbs make a huge difference when it comes to hot starting, but a hot start lever is also a godsend. it'll always start but depends on how tired you are on whether it's the first kick or not! hope this helps

Yes it does!! Thanks a million for you guys chiming in.

in a month or two I should have enough money to buy one and have an inmate pick it up and store it until i get back.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:20 PM   #7383
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The XR50R isn't any taller than any other full size dirt bike. I'd think it'd fit you perfect at 5'6". I'm 5'10" and find it cramped - I had to fit a taller seat and really need some taller bars. I think it (and most all bikes) was really built for a 130lbs 5'5" japanese dude.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:22 PM   #7384
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Fixed it for ya.


Looked better before.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:31 PM   #7385
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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, 09:32 PM   #7386
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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, 09:38 PM   #7387
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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, 09:41 PM   #7388
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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, 09:46 PM   #7389
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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...

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:51 PM   #7390
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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, 10:13 PM   #7391
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XR650R Seat Height: 36.8in
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, 10:42 PM   #7392
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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, 10:46 PM   #7393
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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, 09:50 AM   #7395
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Just finished reading the carb comparison!

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