thoughts on honda xr650l?

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  1. DigiSeven

    DigiSeven Adventurer

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    hey guys just looking for a little advice,i want an adventure bike and i always thought about a bmw f650gs, and the klr650, and now im having a jones to buy a honda xr650l. What are your guys thoughts on the honda, is it a comparable bike? Will it be something i can ride the whole coast on and be reliable as well as comfortable?
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  2. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    The whole of what coast, and what is your definition of comfortable? I have ridden mine over 800 miles in a day once, did over 600 a couple of times. I consider 300 to 400 miles in a day to be normal when on a trip. But then I have added a Russel seat and a windshield to mine.

    You will probably have better luck finding information on the XRL in thumpers. This thread will likely have the answer to any question about the XRL you ever thought of, someplace in it.

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  3. RZRob

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    The XR650L isn't as pretty or gizmo-laiden as some of the others, but it's the best general purpose bike you can get. I'm convinced. Bikes that are better at anything else (most) are a compromise on everything else. Prove me wrong.

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  4. my6

    my6 Been here awhile

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    I had the same dilemma when I was making my choice of rides. I thought about it like this...If I was on a long ride to nowhere between a rock and a hard place on a broken motorcycle in the middle of Podunk USA, would I want to be on something exotic or something that has been around so long that parts would be much more readily available.
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  5. plugeye

    plugeye unforgiven

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    great motorcycle probably needs a bigger tank though
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  6. el tortuga

    el tortuga Been here awhile

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    If I was riding the shoreline of the coast then yeah, get the honda.
    If not, the other two are better. IMO the klr is better for hauling gear than the others and it's reliable (not that the others aren't).
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    kirbi69 Been here awhile

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    buy the honda. itll never let you down
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  8. DAAANG

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    XR650L is the perfect adventure 650. Had I not started racing, I never would have replaced mine with the 450x.
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  9. Shooter1

    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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    A buddy of mine I used to dual sport with years ago had a 650L. We swapped bikes once and I was amazed how comfortable it was. The seat was comfy, a really smooth motor, and with the small clear windshield he had on it, hell, I thought a guy could tour on the damn thing it was so comfortable. You need to realize however I was riding my '98 RXCe620 KTM at the time and even though it's suspension was better and it had about 3x the power of the 650, the Honda was just a real nice bike to ride and twice as comfortable as my KTM. I'm old school and have always liked the air cooled motors for their simplicity. If the 650L's weren't so tall l might own one myself.
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  10. super samurai

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    i waited 10 years to get one and had 10 years to do research and the xrl is what i chose for me.
    i like it cuz i like to ride fire roads and go around burms and such to explore closed roads.
    my buddy has a klr that is just to bulky for that kind of riding, it does great on the dirt roads though.
    hands down i love this bike though.
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  11. rotten

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    Comfort? That is going to depend upon you and the bike... For me I can't stand my XRL for more than 80 miles added seat cover I am ok for ~ 150 miles than I have to get off the bike done a few 300+ that's it. If you want to do real distance you will need an aftermarket seat (or DIY seat foam and cover) I also added the Clark 4.7 Gallon tank the stocker is way too small.

    Engine runs like a sewing machine maintenance is simple. Keep in mind its a 37" seat height if you just plan to putt up and down the coast and light off road I'd go with the KLR or F650 you will like the lower seat height and wider seat. imo.

    Still I do love my XRL...
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  12. AZ TOM

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    I am on my 3rd XR650L. I can't live without one:D
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  13. DigiSeven

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    i appreciate the feedback. now you got me thinking of a ktm 640. I'll prob go with a 2007 xr650l. put a bigger tank on, and some street tires!! i really like the round racing light that they make for it too!
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  14. antpatterson

    antpatterson XR650L_High_Runner

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    My 09 "L" has racked up 80k miles thus far and only oil changes and filter changes have been done and occasional valve adjustments. It powers up anything and has nice range of speed for hwy use. It's VERY reliable the only problem I've ever had is the CDI box was bad when I bought mine new.
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  15. dirt hokie

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    xr 650 L's are great. I had one and road mostly off road, a lot of tight single track and fire road/ dirt roads. If you want a bike that can do higway if you need to, but still do anything off road any other bike can do, then the xrl is the machine. If your idea of off road is dirt roads or trail a a jeep could make it down, then go with the klr.

    I now have a xr 400, for the off road stuff.
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  16. super samurai

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    This light. This is my xrl. This is the cyclops light with high low beam.
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  17. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Thats impressive mileage on that 650l !!!
    Did you do any mods for improved cooling or is it not an issue ??
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  18. ThumpnRed

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    You can make an XRL do just about anything. There are well developed recipes to make an XRL do whatever you want. Dirt bike to adventure cruiser and everything in between.
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  19. ThumpnRed

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    You and Lane keep teasing me with your damned lights!:lol3
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  20. DigiSeven

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    how much do you pay for the cyclops light?
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