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2009 Honda XR650L Project Bike Photo Gallery

Our off-road expert takes on the challenge of configuring the ultimate ADV bike on a serious budget by purchasing a pre-owned Honda XR650L. Check out the full story in 2009 Honda XR650L Project Bike Part 1.

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The original Honda XR650L debuted in the early 90's and was based off the 600R model.
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The XR has the sensation of being constantly choked up and as a result throttle response is slow. However, the bike responds well while cruising in a tall gear.
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An electric starter offered a luxury to the 650L street model.
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Some of the items placed in the future "to do" list included increasing the fuel range and minor suspension work.
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Another problem area had to do with the foot pegs not offering a good platform for steering the heavy bike.
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After a few days of riding Honda's 650L our contributor found the XR to have little vibration and a solid chassis design.
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Soft conditions for the XR650L proved difficult for stock Dunlop K850A tires.
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The XR650L has an extremely comfortable seating position, but upon standing it gets in the way.
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The XR650L demonstrated strong performance on fire roads where it showed some of its 600R roots.
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A Doubletake mirror offers a wide range of movement to stay out of the way when not needed.
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An FMF Power Up Jet Kit helps clean up the carburetion with our No Toil air filter and cage and FMF exhaust.
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With just a few minor changes such as an electric starter, counterbalancer, and street legal lighting, the XR was converted into a dual sport model.
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FMF Q4 exhaust system and Giant Loop saddlebags.
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The Honda is gaining some credibility as a light-duty adventure touring bike.
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Removing the smog equipment cleaned up the engine.
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Pivot Pegz bring new levels of comfort and control.
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Precision Concepts Racing went through our suspension to help the heavy XR carry itself better.
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A windscreen is a necessity for any ADV bike.
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The XR650L's stock exhaust was swapped for an FMF system at a cost of $359.
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A billet rack was thrown on to accomodated a variety of items.
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The Kings tire provided okay traction in the dirt, but on the pavement they inspired little confidence.
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A No-Toil Super Flow foam air filter (below) was also added for better protection and performance off-road.
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Double Take mirrors allowed us to also mount a RAM GPS system.