Honda XR650L — 4000 mile report Adventure Motorcycling Handbook

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Honda XR 650L

Honda XR650L – 4000 report

Despite early in Tunisia (it’s always the way on first ride fully we agreed the bikes made a alternative to a KTM 640 Adventure which was our choice.

What we liked

suspension (but see below)

(but Andy’s was mysteriously 15% on ours)

Clutch and gearbox the hammering well

Engine baulked at crap fuel

low bhp, it was never lacking

accurate speedo/odo

Anvil-like – worth a lot out in the desert

What we didn’t like

Too and top heavy with that tank (oh really?)

‘Sternwheeler’ (due to oversprung front

Rough riding with panniers – smaller and softer time

Accurately measuring the oil

Skinny rear subframe

for rear spring adjustment


Tough tank and fabrication

Nifty Petzl headtorches

Michelin Desert/T63

DID gold plate chains


Renthal bars and Pros

My rally screen

Andy’s IMO

My net

Our bashplates!

Reduced gearing – never changed it back Oued Samene)

I liked my Q/D panniers

RAM mount

My trusty Dual Fuel 533 stove

hydrators (but my Platypus leaked)

My Altberg boots – enough to swing over and to in

Aerostich Darien Light

Bel Ray synthetic oil – didn’t do the engine any

Thermorest matts (a three-quarter was fine)

Hardwiring the GPS

Not in 2013 – some of gear has become obsolete or a lot better

Sub-functional mods/gear

Honda XR 650L

heavy front springs doing the same on the back)

My seat (barely better the Honda plank)

My RK (Tagasako) stretched quicker than the

A few of my rear alt spokes snapped – the OEs were OK

Those 10L Ortlieb water are hard to use and one leaked from new

MSR – both packed up but not designed for ‘desert’ fuel anyway

My grips – as bad as Honda (but I ordinary gloves)

Canvas bag on my bash plate – nice but metal would be better

A tank with a fuel would lower CoG and improve

My car type oil temp gauge worked

12v cig lighter PTOs – contact on the rough terrain – or DINs is best

Enlarged sidestand foot was a not big in soft sand

Equipment (not including crashes)

of my rear spokes

Andy’s T63 (rock damage)

Jon’s bungs

One Orlieb bag

MSR stoves

subframes found cracked on and possibly Andy’s bike.

than that, these came back running better than my previous Teneres, but they were new and run on oil.

I’ve lately told that the Desert boots I had custom made by are now part of their line up. the image on the left for more.

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