XR600R vs XR650L vs XR650R motors

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Terez, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. Terez

    Terez Terez

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    Hi all

    I currently ride a 90 XR600R. It is stock, jetted well with an opened airbox.
    I Ride it dual sport running 15/48 gears with Kenda Trackmasters.
    I ride back roads/trails and some single track and off road stuff.
    Not afraid of the weight or power thing!

    I haven't the opportunity to ride a XR650L or a XR650R but am interested in upgrading for more power and better suspension modern features.

    Is the XR650L significantly more powerful than my XR600R?
    I know the XR650R will be, especially uncorked but how much more?

    I would be looking for more hp for road and higher speed off road stuff.

    I guess what I am looking for is whether the XR650L is a sufficient upgrade from my XR600R or should I pony up for a XR650R?
    I would have to find a blue plated one as it is getting to be a bitch to plate off road bikes now.

    All experience/opinions welcome please.
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  2. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    The 650L has less power than the 600, it is a tamed down version. Personally I like the 600 motor better than the 650R motor for eastern type woods riding. The 650R shines more in the open stuff.
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  3. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    I've had a couple XR600R's and although they weigh about the same as the XR650R, the XR600R was a happier ride for me in the woods. I've also had a couple XR650R's. The long-legged XR650R really loves speed and does it's best work gobbling up miles.

    The XR650L is something of a milque-toast e-start machine derived from the XR600R. They're very nice dual sport bikes, but your current XR600 is more powerful and about 30lbs lighter than an XRL, with essentially the same suspension technology.

    I wouldn't bother with an upgrade to the XR650R unless wide open spaces and speed is on your agenda. The XR600R is a formidable ride, and is as reliable as a stone axe.

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  4. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

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    Ditto that. I had a 91 XR600R for years, then "upgraded" to a 650R... Like you say - it was over the top for the woods.. Traded back down for an XR400. couldn't find another 600.

    Unless you have to have the button, I'd stick w/ the good 'ol 600. I regret selling mine.
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  5. Sycamore

    Sycamore d00b

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    A 17 year old XR, still working hard? That's a good ad for Honda reliability.
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  6. mtrhd101

    mtrhd101 Garage Queen lover

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    I rode an uncorked modded 650R for years, setup right it's all the motor you need in a dirt bike.. It will flat stomp the 600 and 650L even with the same mods..
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  7. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Now that all depends on the rider and the terrain. Scott Summers can still turn faster laps on a XR600 than he can a XR650R or a CRF450X. I race my XR600 in eastern harescrambles and do very well in the vet A class. There is no way I could go as fast on a XR650R!
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  8. cascade

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    and am looking for one as a project bike.
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  9. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I have a spare frame and a parts motor...thats a start. :D
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  10. 2dumbnotto

    2dumbnotto Been here awhile

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    I have owned both xr650 and xr600. I currently have an 86 xr600 that is the greatest bike I have ever ridden. It doesn't have the torque the 650 had and I miss the brakes but thats about it. The 600 has a much more usable power curve. If you have a 90 year model I dont see you getting much benefit from an update. All that said both are great options.
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  11. mtrhd101

    mtrhd101 Garage Queen lover

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    I have dual sported the 400,600 and 650R.. The 650R is by far the most powerful machine, It also has the best off road suspension/ handling.. But it is not the best dual sport, that would have to be the 600..
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  12. BDR1

    BDR1 YAMAHA

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    I currently have a 650L with a ton of mods (bored, head, cams, un-corked, exhaust, carbed, open air box, geared, and about 30 LBs off the bike. It's pretty darn fast, a little too much at times in the woods.


    Had a 600 years ago, this feels quicker, but that was years ago, so not an accurate comparison. If you bump the CR up on the L, it's a HUGE difference from stock.
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  13. Chief Gunner

    Chief Gunner Been here awhile

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    All of them are more Reliable, "Modifiable" and much cheaper to do so than allot of the wannabe crap out there!


    RIDE the "F" On!
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  14. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Awesome bikes.

    Here in Arse-Trailer (Australia to English speakers :-) ) the XR600 was the biggest selling bike in the country for a decade. Then the new generation of high-revving bikes came out, and most dirt bike riders went "baaa" and convinced themselves that they NEEDED one. Funnily enough, many of those folks now scour the used bike market hoping to pick up an XR600 or 400. Guess what? There aren't many for sale. There's a reason for that.
    I have ridden the XR650R and it has gobs of power, but my 600 actually makes more bottom-end grunt and unless it's an open trail my 600 is not at any disadvantage, and actually gets better drive/traction in many circumstances. It is a real tractor.
    I wouldn't piss on an XR650L if it was on fire. I know you poor buggers in the USA are stuck with them as you mostly can't get plated XR600's, what a bummer. Here in Oz the 600 is discontinued, but the XR650L was the replacement. Aussie riders look upon them with scorn and derision, and hate Honda for what they have done.
    I have just personally spent more than the market value of my XR600 on a top-end rebuild, new full exhaust, oil cooler, upgraded stator and headlight, etc. (all the stuff Honda never fixed) and I have no regrets at all. I love my XR and hope to be buried with it.
    In 11 years of hard use (with regular servicing) this bike has NEVER left me stranded. You will read many entries on this forum containing something along the lines of "I wish I'd never sold my XR600, looking for another one".
    The XR600 is the best dirtbike ever made. Ever.
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  15. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    AMEN to all of that.

    I love XR600s.

    Here's my interpretation of wht Honda would have done if they released a 2007 model XR600R>

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  16. wheelnut46

    wheelnut46 Been here awhile

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    Nice lift. What is it and where did you get it?
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  17. ddlewis

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    Awesome. :thumb

    (I bet GodSilla would pee on THAT XRL if it were on fire!)

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  18. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    Dude it's no XRL

    XR600 all the way.
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  19. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

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    I saw the starter and guessed it was an XRL motor in an XR frame with some USD forked front end grafted on.

    What's the deal on the starter? After market - or do they sell them that down there?
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  20. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    They don't sell 'em like this down our way - it's got an XR650L or NX650 Dominator motor.
    As for the rolling chassis, your guess is as good as mine for now, the XR650L being a bit of a parts-bin special has a lot of the same gear as an XR600 (frame, plastics, etc.). The motor is different, as is the suspension, but this one could have been built from either platform, it's a bit hard to tell when they are this modified.
    And I'd check the plate before I pissed on it out of principle.
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