We’ve been slowly chipping away at the 2009 Honda XR650L in an attempt to make it a great budget adventure bike. The XR was brand new when we picked it up, but the carryover model is one of the easiest to find used and has plenty of aftermarket support and hop-up potential. It’s been awhile since our initial 2009 Honda XR650L Project Bike Part 1 so let’s take a quick look around the red machine to see what kind of progress has been made.
First thing on our list was getting the suspension up to grade so the fork and shock were sent to Precision Concepts Racing. Considering their long association with the factory Honda Baja racing effort, PC is widely regarded as one of the top XR suspension gurus in the nation.
Since it was going to ride better, the engine needed to be uncorked as well. We removed the stock smog equipment which tidied up the left side of the engine considerably. Next we installed an FMF Power Up Jet Kit and full-system FMF exhaust. A No Toil Super Flo kit replaces the air filter and cage for better intake. An oversized Clarke fuel tank boosts our range and a set of Giant Loop MoJavi saddlebags and a Pro Moto Billet Rack-It cargo rack provide hauling capacity to match.
Staying comfortable in the saddle is a top priority when racking up the miles so a set of Fasst Co. Flexx handlebars are mounted with a Slip Streamer windshield attached. Pivot Pegz footpegs make for easy movement while standing and extra comfort when seated. A Doubletake mirror and Lowrance GPS held in a RAM mount tell us where we’re going and what’s behind us.
We’re still piling on the miles for a full review, so stay tuned. Finding the right combination of dual sport tires is another aspect that we’re working on. Check out the video to get a walk-around peek at the project build.