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2017 Honda XR650L Review
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Few motorcycles offer truly broadband dual-sport performance, but the legendary XR650L is equally at home on the road and in the dirt. Whether your travels include dirt roads, single-track trails, highways or byways, the XR650L opens the door to riding adventure like few motorcycles ever have. With strong engine performance, comfortable ergonomics and long-travel suspension that easily handles two-up riding, the XR650L has garnered a loyal following of riders who have traveled to many destinations thanks to the bike’s amazing versatility. For 2017, the much-beloved XR650L is ready to expand your riding horizons as well.
The timeless XR650L oozes versatility. Off-road, it eats up the dirt with power, suspension and durability. On-the-road, its light overall weight, electric starter and excellent fuel efficiency make it the perfect commuter, or even for long trips.
At the heart of this bike is an ultra-tough 644cc overhead cam engine with huge torque and power. To keep things simple and easy on maintenance, it’s air-cooled. And the engine’s gear-driven counterbalancer reduces tiring vibrations.
Get all the versatility you need with the XR650L. So whether you’re tackling a monster commute or taking it to the trails, you’ve got it covered.
Electric to Start. Electric to Ride.
The XR650L push-button electric starter teams up with an automatic decompression system to make startups a snap. Rocky uphill section? Stop-and-go traffic? You’ll appreciate it everywhere.
Proven Honda Toughness.
Dirtbikes need to be tough to survive, and with a sturdy steel frame, simple air-cooling and rugged construction, the XR650L is one of our toughest. Plan on using your XR650L as a commuter? You’ll appreciate its bulletproof reliability even more.
2017 Honda XR650L www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Adventure is just the push the button away. The XR650L’s electric starter
takes all the drama out of restarting off-road, or getting underway on a cold
morning or after the bike’s been sitting all week.
Fully equipped for the street. Including, turn signals, license-plate light,
mirrors, speedometer and more. There’s even a grab strap and footpegs
for a passenger.
Long-Travel Front Suspension
With a full 11.6 inches of travel, the air-adjustable 43mm fork also offers
16-position compression damping adjustability, letting you fine-tune it to
deal with the bumps of off-road riding.
21-Inch Front Wheel
The 21-inch front wheel gives you a wide choice of tire selection for different
Four-stroke, single-cylinder engine offers good fuel efficiency and a wide
powerband. The XR650L’s proven powerplant requires very little maintenance.
The XR650L’s steel frame is designed to handle the intensity of off-road
travel. Plus, the frame’s backbone doubles as the engine’s oil tank,
saving weight and space.
Dry-sump design keeps the engine compact and eliminates the oil pan for superior
ground clearance and damage resistance. With the engine oil in the frame,
the frame itself acts like a giant oil cooler.
Pro-Link® Rear Suspension
Honda’s Pro-Link® rear suspension system offers compliant and comfortable
ride quality with a high level of wheel control. Initial rates are soft for
supple action over small bumps and ripples, while increasingly stiffer rates
resist bottoming and maintain rear-wheel control over rougher surfaces.
No maintenance hassles here, even in case of an off-road tip over. The sealed
battery has plenty of cranking power for the electric starter, and is well
protected from the vibrations of off-road riding.
With a passenger grab strap, folding passenger pegs, a long MX-style seat
and plenty of Honda power, the XR650L lets you carry a passenger with ease.
18-Inch Rear Wheel
18-inch rear wheel gives you a better overall ride and more sidewall protection
against flats, and still offers a wide choice of on- or off-road tires.
2017 Honda XR650L www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
•Honda Racing-inspired colors and graphics.
•Combination headlight/number plate and dual airflow shrouds direct cool air to the engine.
•Enduro-style headlight features high/low beams.
•Motocross-style seat is comfortable and allows maximum rider movement.
•Large, durable fenders keep debris off the rider.
•Lightweight tubular engine guard.
•Wide-section, folding, cleated footpegs are comfortable and self-cleaning.
•High-output 12-volt electrical system.
•Flex-mounted turn signals resist breakage.
•Compact speedometer features tripmeter/odometer, a neutral light as well as high-beam, turn-signal and sidestand indicators.
•Easy-to-use choke allows for simple cold-weather starts.
•Push-to-cancel turn-signal switch.
•High-quality controls include comfortable grips and brush guards.
•Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
•Bulletproof 644cc SOHC four-stroke engine produces power and torque ideally suited for both on- and off-road riding.
•Radial Four-Valve Combustion Chamber (RFVC) allows excellent combustion efficiency and high power output.
•42.5mm constant-velocity (CV) carburetor offers crisp throttle response, excellent rideability and maximum power.
•Reliable electric starter system allows easy push-button starting.
•Gear-driven counterbalancer minimizes bothersome and tiring vibration.
•Free-flowing, 2-into-1 exhaust system with quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler.
•Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioner and maintenance-free CD ignition with electronic advance keep you out of the shop and on the road.
•Dry-sump engine maximizes power by minimizing crankshaft windage and engine temperature.
•Durable five-speed transmission offers a gear for every on- or off-road situation.
•Heavy-duty, multi-plate clutch.
•Heavy-duty, low-maintenance #520 O-ring-sealed drive chain.
•Semi-double-cradle steel frame is lightweight, strong and offers precise handling manners.
•43mm XR™-spec Showa cartridge fork features 16-position compression damping adjustability and superb off-road performance.
•Pro-Link® rear suspension.
•Lightweight, strong and durable aluminum box-section swingarm with quick-detach rear wheel.
•Front and rear disc brakes offer superb stopping power.
•Lightweight yet super-strong wheels.
•Frame-mounted passenger footrests for two-up riding capability.
•Aggressive, dual-purpose front and rear tires offer excellent performance both on- and off-road.
•18-inch rear wheel for greater tire selection.
•Lightweight rims and hubs feature straight-pull spokes.
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage
available with a Honda Protection Plan.
•Meets current CARB and EPA standards.
•Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
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USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6690 USD
Engine Type 644cc air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 100mm x 82mm
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 axle Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position compressiondamping
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 102mm (4.0 inches)
Wheelbase 57.3 inches
Seat Height 37.0 inches
Curb Weight 346 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of
fuel—ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 2.8 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve
Ground Clearance 13.0 inches
Miles Per Gallon
52 MPG – Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during
laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on road riding.
Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how
you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo
and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Available Colors Red
Model ID XR650L
Emissions Meets current California Air Resource Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection
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Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ NA CDN
Model may not be available.
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European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Model not available.
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