Is the TR650 to obese for dirt bike duty?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by oic0, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. oic0

    oic0 Been here awhile

    Feb 26, 2013
    Is it too heavy for a big and tall guy to play in the woods with? I'm not trying to racing hare scrambles, I just don't want something so heavy that I spend most of my time compensating for its weight. I also own a WR250X that I ride in the woods on pilot powers so a lil compensation doesn't bother me obviously lol, I've never ridden a 400lb dirt bike :rofl Also, I'm not a jumper, but is the suspension good enough that I don't need to slow down for bumps?

    Second, the power. The TR has an obvious power advantage with around 47hp to the rear wheel. I know pretty much what 47hp would feel like on a dirt bike. Power wheelies in first and second, strong but not overwhelming acceleration. What does it feel like on a bike twice as heavy?

    What I REALLY want is a taller WR250X that weighs 50lbs less, has 75hp, and still had 26k mile service intervals (I'm a commuter). Since that does not exist and I couldn't afford it even if it did, I am looking around at more feasible options ;) (KTM690 also too expensive). Truth be told the WR is too slow. I ride my other bikes and when I get back on the WR I find my self kicking the little pony too hard and asking for more go. I've got too much hooligan in me.
  2. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

    Dec 27, 2006
    chico,just below rag dump(nor-cal)
    I had the same sort of issue with a highly tricked out DRZe 400,it was still a heavy tank no matter what I did to it.
    I sold the DRZe,kept my well set up DR650 for dirt touring and found a nice 2011 KTM 530,it may seem nutz but the 530 is absolutely a blast,it cruises slow picking through the woods or just flat blazes with more power then a person really needs,all in the throttle hand.

    Yes a TR650 is too heavy for woods riding,just like my DR is.

    1 bike will never do it all.its an impossibility.
  3. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

    Nov 28, 2006
    By the Great Lakes
    Stick a turbo on the WR250 and shave some weight..
  4. Aprilia

    Aprilia Long timer

    Sep 15, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Depends on your definition of dirt riding but imho....a dirt oriented bike shouldn't weigh more than 300lbs.
  5. SRG


    Nov 18, 2004
    Charlottesville, Virginia
  6. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

    Jan 20, 2007
    I think a tr650 a fantastic deal and should be good for my needs , 50% commute type,25% tour ,25 % trail,dirt road . Strada version has 19" front wheel, tubeless tires, on/off abs switch .Only my frugality keeps one from my grubby hands.

    Motorcycle Daily ? did a comp between 690 Duke and strada ,liked strada for smooth torquey engine and greater usability in every day type usage .
  7. Buliwyf

    Buliwyf Been here awhile

    Mar 27, 2013
    If your version of "offroad" is dirt roads, jeep roads, and wide smooth ATV trails. Sure, it'll work with the right tires. Tha bike should be excellent onroad as well. I really wanted a heavy KTM990, but came to my senses when I started finding tighter trails and found out how flickable light enduros are in tight little country towns.

    My version of offroad includes singletrack and dirtbike trails at Wellsville and Wayne National Forest. 300 pounds is max weight for relaxing on those trails. So I bought a DRZ400 S. I also have a CRF450R setup for really tight offroad stuff. The DRZ is mostly for local riding, backcountry road, and park road scratching.

    I avoid highways and long road rides. My DRZ often finds it's way into my trucks bed for camping trips at Wayne NF.
  8. ericrat

    ericrat Long timer

    May 18, 2007
    Cincinnati, OH
    I am biased since I have one, but you might look at the Husky 610/630.

    I really like the TR650 too, but the 610 I have is a better "dirt" bike and much closer to 300 pounds (about 325 ready to ride) than 400 pounds.
  9. Off the grid

    Off the grid Big Meanie

    Jan 3, 2008
    That buzzing in your earhole, NorCal.
    I was thinking about the TR until I saw the weight. :huh

    I'm leaning towards a T610/630 or another RFS bike at the moment.
  10. Blakebird

    Blakebird had to get a bike, had to paint it red

    Feb 7, 2004
    Parker, CO

    I've had all three, a '07 TE 610, '11 TE 630, and currently a '13 TR650 Terra.

    A lot depends on your offroad abilities. I've been riding offroad a good long time, and feel like the TR is going to be very capable, but I won't be taking it the same places I went on a 525 or 300 EXC.

    A 400lb bike is a 400lb bike.