2014 Honda XR650L Review RideApart

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Honda XR 650L

2014 Honda XR650L

Now in its 22 nd year of production, Honda’s big is a total throwback to a bygone era of frames and air-cooled motors. We it through Saline Valley weekend to find out of that’s to find adventure. Learn in this 2014 Honda review.

What’s New

Nothing. The hasn’t changed in all that Why? Well, the market for big isn’t exactly super nor terribly popular.

The Suzuki hails from 1990 and the KLR650 from 1987. in the sector has occurred in the high-end — KTM 690 R — and in the small capacity — Yamaha Honda CRF250L .

But, the XR650L is likely older many of our readers, its age doesn’t its ability. The basic nature of the also makes it … its age and lack of updates mean and knowhow are easy to find at $6,690, it’s relatively to buy, too.

And make no mistake, this one of those modern ADV bikes are basically tourers dressedup in drag, it’s a bonafide bike with a 21-inch wheel, long travel 37-inch seat height and a gas that’s only good for 50 miles.

Honda XR650Ls and CRF250Ls

The Ride

Our group of rode two XR650Ls and two Honda from Los Angeles to Saline Hot Springs, a round trip of 600 miles, 100 of which were on

Even wearing knobby the XR is surprisingly happy on the highway, so as you limit cruising speeds to 70 and 80 mph. Push any harder and the big motor does start to a little too much. There was one stretch where we were speeds a bit, which it to transfer so much vibration to my that I became convinced I’d my pants.

Turns out it had just my entire groin area go so that it just felt

But it’s off-road where the XR shines. There, it’s friendly and respectfully fast. under-stressed motor might make 33 bhp and 32 lb.-ft. of torque, but it so over a wide, easy rev that enables you to maintain a pace.

The biggest limitation off-road is in the As stock, the pegs are so high and the so low that, at 6’ 2” tall, I’m virtually to remain standing for longer a minute at a time, the degree of bending required is just too

But, what the XR lacks in performance or even dirt ergos, it makes up for with an capability that will get you you want to go with little and no complaint.

2014 Honda on the highway

What’s Good

The 644cc is flexible and easy to use, if not powerful.

Simple and rugged. one won’t break and, if you do it, this bike is robust and to repair.

Goes anywhere. anywhere.

What’s Bad

Bad ergonomics your ability to stand up.

gets the job done, but lacks

33 bhp and 32 lb.-ft from a 644cc That’s Harley levels of

Honda XR 650L

At 345 lbs (wet), the XR is no lightweight.

Lever provide no actual crash

Fuel range is 54 miles you hit reserve.

No luggage carrying

2014 Honda XR650L

The Price

At $6,690, the XR is affordable, if not cheap in the mold of Honda’s successes. That’s on-par other similar bikes in the too. Trouble is the $4,999 is 90 percent as capable as its bigger and returns far superior fuel

As it is such an old model, the used is also full of nicely-upgraded, low XRs for less money. We’d there.

The Verdict

You know some hillbilly shouts ‘er done” then chops a tree with little but a That guy is the living embodiment of the It’s not fancy, it’s not to impress anyone, but it’ll get you you want to go with a simple, capability that belies its sheet or prehistoric origins.

RA Rating: 6/10


Helmet: AGV AX-8 Dual Evo (Recommended, fit is super important this one)

Honda XR 650L
Honda XR 650L
Honda XR 650L


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