Forged from Honda’s desire to develop a capable, reliable and ergonomic off-roader, the Honda XR650L has all it needs to be considered a true dirt lover.
On the savage tracks, the motorcycle is helped by a reliable 644cc OHC powerplant that uses Honda’s patented Radial Four-Valve Combustion Chamber (RFVC). The engine is mated on a five speed transmission which delivers an average fuel consumption of 52 MPG.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a semi-double-cradle steel frame which is paired with a 43mm Showa cartridge fork with 16-position compression damping adjustability and an aluminum box-section swingarm with quick-detach rear wheel.
Other features worthy of being mentioned include the front and rear disc brakes, push-button electric starter, and a modern instrument panel. You also get a pair of massive wheels that measure 21 inches up front and 18 inches out back.
The 2013 Honda XR650L is offered with a starting price of $6,690.
The Honda XR650L is a benchmark for the dual-sport class as it eats Baja races for breakfast and yet chooses to take its act on the streets, dirt roads, remote trails and forgotten byways. For 2009, Honda continues production relying on a powerful, electrically started motor and on a rigid, but versatile chassis, ending into the most notorious do-it-all motorcycle out there.
For those who refuse to stop at the pavement’s end, the venerable electric-start XR650L can extend your motorcycle adventure to roads less traveled—be they dirt roads, trails or forgotten byways—in proven dual-sport style.
Yes, the headlight and blinkers make this bike street-legal. But if you stick only to the asphalt, the XR650L is gonna get restless. Make no mistake, this is a Baja-ready, 644cc direct machine. Did we also mention that it’s street-legal?
The undisputed king of the desert: multi-time Baja champ XR650R. Does its lightweight aluminum frame and potent liquid-cooled engine have anything to do with it? You better believe it. It’s not just a premier open-class, four-stroke dirt bike. It’s THE premier open-class, four-stroke dirt bike. Period.