This machine still has a solid footprint in the ADV world. It’s virtually unchanged since the early ’90s, and the suspension is still surprisingly good on the trail. The ergonomics are dated, but the bike works well and has electric start. It struggles at higher speeds without wind protection but works in the dirt. Fitting up luggage and a windscreen is feasible.
The Honda XR650L is the picture of versatility. Off-road, it enjoys the trail with the right combination of power, suspension and durability. And when you’re on the road, its light overall weight, electric starter and excellent fuel efficiency make it great for commuting or even long trips.
While the all-new graphics for 2018 will catch the eye, what really sets the XR650L apart is its ultra-tough 644cc overhead cam engine that has torque and power to spare. And because it’s air-cooled, it’s easy to maintain. Plus, the engine’s gear-driven counterbalancer reduces tiring vibrations, so you can ride comfortably for hours on end.
644cc air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke
100mm x 82mm
SOHC; four-valve RFVC™
42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetor
Solid-state CD with electronic advance
#520 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/45T
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
43mm air-adjustable axle Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position compression-damping adjustability; 11.6-inches of travel
Pro-Link® Showa single-shock with spring-preload, 20-position compression- and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability; 11.0-inches travel
Single disc with twin-piston caliper
102mm (4.0 inches)
346 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
2.8 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve
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.
Meets current California Air Resource Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards.
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Starting at $6,899