2015 - 2020 Honda XR650L
Honda carries its venerable XR650L line into 2020, but to be honest, it’s almost completely unchanged from the original version unleashed on the world back in 1993. Before you scoff, I would point out that sharks haven’t changed in millions of years, having evolved long ago into creatures perfectly suited to their environments, and apparently, so it is with the XR650L. 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.
Tough, agile and sleek the 2014 Honda XR650L is ready to tackle any terrain with poise.
This unstoppable off roader is powered by an air-cooled dry-sump, single-cylinder, four-stroke, 644cc, SOHC engine that deliver a fuel consumption of 52 mpg. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and its power is kept under control by a five-speed transmission. The motorcycle is also fitted with a gear-driven counterbalancer for the engine which reduces tiring vibrations.
The bike is built on a stiff steel frame that was carefully forged to withstand the toughest punishments of dirt riding. Moreover, the frame’s backbone doubles as the engine’s oil tank, saving weight and space.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by a set of front and rear disc brakes.
The 2014 Honda XR650L is offered with a base price of $6,690.
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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.
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.