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2009 Honda XR650L
2009 Honda XR650L

– 2009 Honda XR650L

2009 Honda XR650L

It all starts in the engine room, where the XR’s potent, Baja-bred 644cc OHC powerplant uses Honda’s patented Radial Four-Valve Combustion Chamber (RFVC) to put out huge torque and power. From there, a gear-driven counterbalancer minimizes vibrations, while a light, rigid chassis and long-travel suspension soak up the bumps and deliver superb handling on pavement and off. Handy electric starting simply makes it all that much easier. The XR650L. The name is new, but it’s as good as ever.

Happy to get dirty, but fully street ready with standard lights, mirrors and turn signals. That’s the Honda XR650L: a true two-wheel all-terrain vehicle. Its 644 cc Radial Four-Valve Combustion Chamber (RFVC) four-stroke engine has the low-end torque to pull you out of a deep mud hole, and the horsepower to cruise effortlessly on the highway when your trail ride is over. Aggressive dual-sport tires grip hard on dirt, gravel or pavement, and the fully adjustable Showa™ suspension makes small work of big rocks or deep potholes. A bike that’s this much fun gets ridden a lot, so we also made sure it’s comfortable for long hours in the saddle.

The legendary electric-start XR650L unlocks the way to motorcycle adventures on paved roads and well beyond. Whether you choose dirt roads, remote trails or forgotten byways, this proven dual-sport do-it-all is the key to opening the road less traveled.



– 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 driveability and maximum power.

– Reliable electric starter system allows easy push-button starting.

– Gear-driven counterbalancer minimizes bothersome and tiring vibration.

– Free-flowing, two-into-one exhaust system with quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler.

– Maintenance-free automatic cam chain tensioner and solid-state 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 (see Technology Section)

– 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 allow 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.


Additional Features

– 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.


2009 Honda XR650L – USA Specifications
MSRP: $5,999 USD


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


Transmission Five-speed

Final Drive #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/45T


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.


One Year Transferable, unlimited mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan


2009 Honda XR650L – Canada Specifications
MSRP: $7,699 CDN

Engine Type Air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke

Displacement 644 cc

Bore & Stroke 100 mm x 82 mm

Compression Ratio 8.3:1

Valve Train SOHC, four-valve RFVC

Fuel Delivery Single 42.5 mm CV carb

Transmission Five-speed with manual clutch

Final Drive #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/45T

Front Suspension 43 mm Showa cartridge fork with compression damping adjustment; 260 mm (10.2 inches) travel

Rear Suspension Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, compression and rebound damping adjustment; 280 mm (11 inches) travel

Tires 3.00 – 21 front; 4.60 – 18 rear

Brakes Front 255 mm disc with dual-piston caliper; rear 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper

Ground Clearance 330 mm (13 inches)

Seat Height 940 mm (37 inches)

Wheelbase 1,455 mm (57.3 inches)

Curb Weight 158 kg (348 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride

Fuel Capacity 10.5 litres, including 2.8-litre reserve

Colour Extreme Red

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