I let the motor worm up a little bit and away I went for the highway. Semi-double-cradle steel frame is lightweight, strong and offers precise handling manners. One thing is for sure; I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable cornering on the streets with those tires; but then, if this bike suited your intended purpose, you wouldn’t be worrying about cornering on the streets, huh. Honda doesn’t give you many chances to inflate that at the genuine accessories catalog; seems the only accessory available is a cover. Rear: 4.60-18 All Rights Reserved, � Copyright TopSpeed. 43 mm air-adjustable axle Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position compression-damping adjustability/ 11.6 in, Pro-Link® Showa single-shock with spring-preload, 20-position compression- and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability/ 11.0 in, Single 256 mm disc with twin-piston caliper, Single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper, 644cc air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke, SOHC; four-valve RFVC™, One Year, Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan, 644 cc air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke, SOHC; four-valve RFVC™, 2.8 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve. Kudos.”, "My husband never has been a fan of dual sport or adventure, so I know what he’s going to say before I ask him. That said, I am feeling it. Seat height falls out in the nosebleed section at 37-inches tall; tiptoe zone for many riders, but necessary to accommodate the generous suspension travel. Heavy-duty, low-maintenance #520 O-ring-sealed drive chain. Having shared her love of motorcycles with her now husband, biker TJ Hinton, Allyn brings that love and knowledge to TopSpeed as writer and associate motorcycle editor. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. Combination headlight/number plate and dual airflow shrouds direct cool air to the engine. The powerplant still uses a 42.5 mm, constant-velocity carburetor to manage the induction, and the mill manages to meet CARB and EPA off-road emissions standards and milk 52 miles from every gallon. Frame-mounted passenger footrests allow two-up riding capability. © Copyright TopSpeed. Easy-to-use choke allows for simple cold-weather starts. Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Willie_Maker, Aug 12, 2008.

The front fender is nicely contoured around a 21-inch wheel and that’s pretty much it for the front end. It may not look like the most attractive motorbike you’ve seen and it actually isn’t. The disc brakes are highly effective and reassuring so any courageous incursion can easily be put to a stop. No infringement is intended. Transmission: Five-speed Frame-mounted passenger footrests allow two-up riding capability. Pro-Link® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section). 43mm Showa cartridge fork with 16-position compression damping adjustability. The engine on the XR650L was an air-cooled, 644cc, dry sump, single-cylinder, SOHC, RFVC which transmitted the best of power and torque through a five-speed gearbox. Heavy-duty, low-maintenance #520 O-ring - sealed drive chain. On the road, you simply can’t spot its effectiveness, but once you go off-road, the smooth engaging and strong feel in the lever is almost equal to the one you get when accelerating. The engine is a liquid-cooled 651cc, four-stroke, DOHC, four-stroke single fed through a Keihin carburetor so it seems that Kawi went all the way when creating this KLR model.

Starting is the easiest thing with the help of a push button and the big four-stroke single starts providing a very strong and potent exhaust note straight from idling engine speeds. 18-inch rear wheel for greater tire selection. Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

A real work horse, the Honda XR650L will easily go over logs and climb steep hills so if you choose to do that on its seat, I recommend special off-road tires in order to get the best results. It is strongly recommended that you don’t confuse it with a sport-touring motorcycle as it is far from being that and the $5,599 MSRP confirms. Not being a dirt bike, the mud sure gave it and me a nice challenge, but yet again the tires weren’t the adequate ones and went on cleaning the thing by passing a river. Wheelbase: 57.3 inches The Honda XR650L also offers all the benefits of light weight, smart electric starter and excellent fuel economy. Power comes from a strong 644cc overhead cam engine that is able to keep the bike lively in any situation. Easy-to-use choke allows for simple cold-weather starts. Free-flowing, 2-into-1 exhaust system with quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler. Although the en… The engine on the XR650L was an air-cooled, 644cc, dry sump, single-cylinder, SOHC, RFVC which transmitted the best of power and torque through a five-speed gearbox. Hit forth gear and go all the way up to 70 mph and you’ll be certain that single-cylinder engines do vibrate when pushed all the way up to their rev limits. Enduro-style headlight features high/low beams. 42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetor. This bike puts off road performance on the first place and regardless of what type of road lies beneath you, it is able to deal with it with poise. Front and rear disc brakes offer superb stopping power. Lightweight rims and hubs feature straight-pull spokes.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Willie_Maker, Aug 12, 2008 #1. Dry-sump engine maximizes power by minimizing crankshaft windage and engine temperature. Honda’s dirt bikes are among the best models in their segment and the XR650L makes no exception. Curb Weight: 346 pounds, Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display, air-cooled, dry-sump, single-cylinder four-stroke; SOHC, four-valve RFVC, © Copyright TopSpeed.

1994 brought the Shasta White with Capri Blue scheme. Bike fans are notoriously fickle, and models don’t get to be this old without having some special quality that endears them to the masses. Disc brakes front and rear provide superior stopping power. All Rights Reserved, � Copyright TopSpeed. Radial Four-Valve Combustion Chamber (RFVC) allows excellent combustion efficiency and high power output. Finally spotting a country road, I went on that and waited for the first impression and nothing. Powerful, compact, durable and fuel efficient, you can’t beat it. The Red Riders got it right out of the gate with this one, and popular support keeps the bike on Honda’s showroom floors even after nearly a quarter-century. Durable five-speed transmission offers a gear for every on- or off-road situation.

The lines between dual-sport and adventure bike vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and at first I was tempted to draw the KLR 650 from Kawasaki. Do dual-sports really exist, or are they just cleverly marketed surplus enduros? Off-road it has the power, suspension, and durability a dirt rider demands. xr650l top speed. A tripletree-mounted front fender leaves plenty of room for almost a foot of front suspension travel. Cheek fairings shroud the engine and direct the cooling air, and a stubby fuel tank and bench seat finish out the flylines in a decidedly dirt-tastic fashion. Honda’s air-cooled 600-class motorcycles were perfected in Baja, so you know the XR650L can easily handle your daily commute. My husband and fellow motorcycle writer, TJ Hinton, says,"What can I say, it’s another bloody dual-sport that looks like a damned enduro to me. Probably the best looking 650cc dual-purpose motorcycle in 2009 is the Kawasaki KLR650. The XR650L’s push-button electric start means it’s easy to get going, even on cold mornings or if your bike’s been sitting all week. The seat feels like it could easily have you do 100 miles without stopping, but after the first 40 miles or so you start wondering if that’s really possible.

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