Difference between Honda XR 650R and 650L

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by _DreamRider_, May 26, 2009.

  1. _DreamRider_

    _DreamRider_ Been here awhile

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    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.

    Thanks in advance for any info..
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  2. Flyin Phil

    Flyin Phil Been here awhile

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  3. scrminbanshee

    scrminbanshee Awsome

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    :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl
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  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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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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  5. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    they are both red and white too.
    :evil


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


    :lol3
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  6. Off the grid

    Off the grid Unsmooth Operator

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  7. montesa_vr

    montesa_vr Legend in his own mind

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    The XRR has:
    25 more hp
    50 less lbs
    suspension that works
    liquid cooling
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  8. y4m4

    y4m4 Super Motard Flogger

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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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  9. brothermosley

    brothermosley Motorcycle Operator

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    geezus, i'm glad i never rode the XRR. i'd be pissed about everything else that came after it :lol3

    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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  10. Cumbacheech

    Cumbacheech XRated

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    I don't know about that... :huh 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.

    Cumbacheech
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  11. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    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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  12. y4m4

    y4m4 Super Motard Flogger

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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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  13. _DreamRider_

    _DreamRider_ Been here awhile

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  14. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    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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  15. Off the grid

    Off the grid Unsmooth Operator

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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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  16. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    the only way yer gonna get the XRL to remotely hang with the XRR is to dump a 10.5/11-1 piston, stage 1 or 2 cam, pipe, FCR, and do some bottom end tranny work.

    My XRL engine sitting in the garage has a 10.5-1 Weisco, Hotcam stage1, stock carb.
    it was close...close enough to stand up in 3rd, rolling 3rd at that. :D
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  17. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    Or ride tight, technical terrain where the extra power doesn't do the XRR squat.


    Dave
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  18. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Yep. I had a 650R for six years and the one thing I DON"T miss is constantly explaining the difference between these completely different models! I mostly blame the Honda marketing types for renaming "XL's" as "XR's" and trying to play off of the XR performance image at the time for a completely different segment dualsport bike.

    Of course, even XR isn't cool now as noted by the marketing types again renaming the Z-50, err XR-50...sorry I mean CRF 50 minbike! :lol3
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  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    It continually amazes me that the retards are Honda didn't slightly de-tune the tried and tested XRR motor, add the magic button, make it street-legal and sell it as their 'new' DS bike (and of course, drop the XRL).

    Can you imagine how many they'd sell :huh
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  20. brothermosley

    brothermosley Motorcycle Operator

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    that's the question we should all be asking!!
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