Honda XR650L returns for 2012

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ColonelS, May 2, 2011.

  1. ColonelS

    ColonelS Adventurer

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    - XR650L: The Legend Continues
    In truth, the XR650L has grown to become a legend in its own time—and for good reason. Whether the road ahead holds dirt roads, single-track trails, highways or byways, the XR650L serves as the key that opens the door to riding adventures and good times. For years, devotees of the XR650L have trusted this do-it-all mount to transport them to all kinds of far-flung destinations and back again. And for 2012, the much-beloved XR650L returns to accomplish all kinds of two-wheeled missions once more. Availability: July 2011.
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  2. Visigothic

    Visigothic Been here awhile

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    Any upgrades? new plastic? body panels? etc.
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  3. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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  4. Visigothic

    Visigothic Been here awhile

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    Yes again:puke1
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  5. techforlife

    techforlife CDI REPAIR

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    PFTTTTTTTTTTTT not even that,,,,,,,,

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  6. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    seriously? 2012 was suppose the big for for new FI offerings and honda is beating a dead horse. why aren't they using that FI 700 atv motor???
    i bet ktm corporate just laughs at honda.
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  7. lewismedlock

    lewismedlock Tiny dancer.

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    I agree that it's time for changes, but my XR and XRL are as reliable as anvils. In addition, the have the weight characteristics of anvils. I'd like to see a modern 700cc EFI XR
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  8. AZ TOM

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    While they are laughing, we are riding, while their bike owners are working on their bikes!
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  9. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Get the weight to around 270 and add fuel injection and I'd be all over it. Guess my checking account has nothing to worry about.
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  10. JTucker

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    Yep, nothing at all to worry about. That is probably even less likely than Yamaha actually making a street legal WR450r with the 250r maintenance schedule. Unfortunately we'll probably never see either. :cry
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  11. ssregal39

    ssregal39 Been here awhile

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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. $$$$$$$$$$
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  12. JALnSC

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    One more year and she will be state of the art 1993 tech. for 20 years straight. But still going strong.
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  13. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    So far it's been two years and 7000 miles on my 2009 KTM 690r and nothing but smiles. I had a Honda XR650L last century and it was underpowered and a bit porky. Honda could build a great bike but I can only guess the dollars are not there.
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  14. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Hey Honda, wake up! :rofl

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  15. AZ TOM

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    If you have an extra $10,000 laying around get one!
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  16. Grreatdog

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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".
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  17. Bill the Bong

    Bill the Bong Supern00ba

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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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  18. Fireball

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    Waiting for the CRF650R

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  19. BarkSlayer

    BarkSlayer Been here awhile

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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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  20. Northwoods Yeti

    Northwoods Yeti Almost house broken

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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.














    :nah 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 :lol3
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