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.

  • 2006 Honda XR650R
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    649 L
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With dozens of championships to its credit, the XR650R is the undisputed king of the desert thanks to its lightweight aluminum frame, race-bred suspension and massively powerful liquid-cooled engine.


  • Liquid-cooled four-valve SOHC 649cc provides maximum power while maintaining Honda’s legendary dependability and simplicity.
  • Compact, lightweight engine weighs only 88 pounds.
  • Dry-sump oiling system includes an in-chassis oil tank for optimum cooling and efficiency.
  • Unique engine design separates crankshaft and generator rotor from engine oil that causes windage resistance, allowing for a freer-revving engine.
  • Nikasil cylinder lining is lightweight and provides cooler and quieter operation for extended engine life.
  • 37mm intake valves and 32mm exhaust valves provide maximum engine efficiency.
  • Automatic decompression starting system with handlebar-mounted compression release for easy starts.
  • 40mm carburetor features crisp response and excellent rideability.
  • CD ignition with electronic advance.
  • Gear-driven counterbalancer for engine smoothness.
  • Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioner.
  • Dual aluminum radiators for optimum cooling and maximum performance.
  • Free-flowing two-into-one stainless steel headpipes are lightweight and durable.
  • Primary kickstarting allows quick start-up in any gear.
  • Extended kickstart lever allows a slow, strong kick to spin the engine quickly for predictable, accurate starts.
  • Lightweight magnesium clutch cover provides easy access for maintenance.
  • Easy-shifting five-speed transmission.


  • New-generation aluminum frame combines optimum rigidity and balance with maximum strength and durability.
  • Removable subframe is also aluminum.
  • Main frame incorporates engine oil tank with easy-to-use dipstick.
  • Tapered-roller steering head bearings maintain precise steering action.
  • 46mm Kayaba cartridge fork with compression and rebound damping adjustability.
  • Minimal fork protrusion below the axle increases clearance in ruts.
  • Tapered aluminum swingarm is lightweight and strong.
  • Swingarm pivot is combined with rear engine mount for compactness, light weight and an overall reduction in the number of components.
  • 44mm fully adjustable long-travel Kayaba piggyback rear shock absorber.
  • Twin-piston front and single-piston rear calipers squeeze large 240mm stainless steel rotors for excellent stopping power.
  • CR(R)250R front master cylinder ensures excellent brake feel and stopping power.
  • Lightweight hubs, aluminum rims and straight-pull spokes.
  • Large-diameter rear axle for improved rear wheel tracking.

Additional Features

  • Honda Racing-inspired colors and graphics.
  • Comfortable seat allows easy rider movement.
  • Large, durable fenders provide excellent protection from the elements.
  • Enduro-style headlight and taillight.
  • Compact, lightweight integrated headlight/number plate.
  • One-piece high-impact plastic skidplate protects underside of engine cases, water pump and hoses.
  • Resettable, easy-to-read three-digit competition odometer.
  • High-quality controls include comfortable grips and dogleg levers with brush guards.
  • Unique manual compression-release lever is mounted on top of clutch lever.
  • Light-effort throttle and clutch pull reduce rider fatigue.
  • Wide-section folding, cleated footpegs are comfortable and self-cleaning.
  • Aluminum shift lever with folding tip.
  • Aluminum rear brake pedal.
  • Easy access to the reusable large foam air filter.
  • Large-volume USDA-qualified spark arrester/ muffler for maximum power.
  • Transferable six-month limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
  • Ownership includes one-year complimentary membership for an individual in the Honda Rider’s Club of America(TM) (HRCA(R)). Benefits include: discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance, one year of Honda Red Rider(TM) magazine, access to HRCA Clubhouse Web site ( and access online to Honda Common Service Manual. For HRCA details, call 1-800-847-HRCA.

Available accessories

  • Optional HRC Power-Up Kit, for closed-course use only; increases peak horsepower and provides broad additional power throughout the rpm range.
Cyril Demortier
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  (1) posted on 05.1.2014

Our 2001 XR650R is slightly warmed up my son got pulled up by the Police speed 257kph.
Naughty boy lol
If he does it again He is banned from riding it for a month after he gets his licence back.

  (6021) posted on 10.9.2006

can the HRC kit be used for every day riding and not just for close course

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