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– 2012 Honda XR650L
2012 Honda XR650L Review
Wherever you want, it’ll take you there.
If you’re looking for one motorcycle that can do it all, Honda’s time-tested XR650L is that machine. Off-road it has the power, suspension, and durability a dirt rider demands. On-road its light overall weight, electric starter and excellent fuel economy make it the perfect commuter, even for long trips.
Its bulletproof 644cc overhead cam engine produces huge torque and power. Air cooling keeps things simple and reduces maintenance chores. And the engine’s gear-driven counterbalancer reduces tiring vibrations.
Baja tough, the XR650L has the versatility to take you anywhere you want to go on a motorcycle, without the hassle of having to trailer a dirtbike. New graphics for 2012 keep it looking up to date, too.
In truth, the XR650L has grown to become a legend in its own time-and for good reason. Whether the road ahead holds dirt roads, single-track trails, highways or byways, the XR650L serves as the key that opens the door to riding adventures and good times. For years, devotees of the XR650L have trusted this do-it-all mount to transport them to all kinds of far-flung destinations and back again. And for 2012, the much-beloved XR650L returns to accomplish all kinds of two-wheeled missions once more.
2012 Honda XR650L Features and Benefits
New for 2012
– Bold new graphics.
2012 Honda XR650L Unique Features
Electric to Start. Electric to Ride.
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 proven design and components make it super reliable, too.
Check out the features that make the XR650L such a competent machine on both the street and in the dirt: Semi-double-cradle steel frame. 43mm Showa cartridge fork with 16-position compression damping adjustability. Lightweight aluminum box-section swingarm with quick-detach rear wheel. Items like that make it a great dirt bike, while front and rear disc brakes, push-button electric starter, and a compact speedometer, steel fuel tank, and superior fuel economy make it an excellent street machine.
The 650 that Beat Baja.
Honda’s air-cooled 600-class motorcycles were perfected in Baja, so you know the XR650L can easily handle your daily commute. Powerful, compact, durable and fuel efficient, you can’t beat it.
2012 Honda XR650L – US Specifications
USA MSRP Price – See Honda dealer for pricing.
Engine Type 644cc air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 100.0mm x 82.0mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Valve Train SOHC; four-valve RFVC
Induction 42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetor
Ignition Solid-state CD with electronic advance
Final Drive #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/45T
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 43mm air-adjustable leading-axle Showa cartridge fork with 16-position compression-damping adjustability; 11.6-inches of travel
Rear Suspension Pro-link Showa® single-shock with spring-preload, 20-position compression- and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability; 11.0-inches travel
Front Brake Single disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single disc
Front Tire 3.00-21
Rear Tire 4.60-18
Rake 27.0 degrees
Trail 102.0mm (4.0 inches)
Wheelbase 57.3 inches
Seat Height 37.0 inches
Curb Weight 346 lbs (*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 2.8 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve
Ground Clearance 13.0 inches
Available Colors Red
Model Id XR650L
Emissions Meets current CARB and EPA standards. California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Transferable, unlimited mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan
2012 Honda XR650L – Canada Specifications
Candian MSRP Price – TBA CDN
Details to be announced.