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2006 Honda XR650R Photo Gallery

Honda provides a powerful and relatively comfortable bike right out of the box. Check out what we thought of this bike during our 2006 Honda XR650R Bike Test.

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Don tinkers with setup.
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Unfortunately, this wouldn't be the only time Don wound up on his left side.
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Blowing the corner on this hill would have made for one hell of a story. Beware of the XR's weak front brake.
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We thought the XR was awesome for enjoying Oregon's scenic countryside.
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This is what every XR650R owner lives for: powerslides!
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MCUSA's Don Becklin blasts through the rocks.
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We liked the stock handguards.
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Stock headlamps aren't the greatest, but they'll get you through in a pinch.
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This dusty road was good practice for us going into the Vegas-to-Reno event. Thank God there weren't any mechanical issues, we had enough problems as it was.
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Looking before leaping is always a good rule of thumb, and it's no different with the XR.
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All 305 pounds of operating weight can get moving downhill.
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Joe throws caution into the wind.
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Hopping off ledges is fun on the Honda, just make sure it isn't a flat landing or the undersprung suspension will be more than happy to give you a jolt.
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The Baja Designs kit we installed on this bike adds some street flavor, but the stock 650R is one sharp looking trail bike.
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The XR at speed.
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As you can see, the XR650 is nimble enough to dodge obstacles.
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Many of us felt that the rebound was too high on the XR's shock. The springy rear end and heavy front practically guarantees that boner airs are out of the question.
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Manualling over obstacles is a good way to avoid a scary bout of headshake.
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It's ok to fly low on the 650, but big hits should be left to its lighter brethren.
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She needs, Wide Open Spaces (twang, twang)
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There are those who can wheelie, and those who can't. Brian doing what he does best.
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JC, our own dirt specialist had a hard time lifting the hefty front end. Apparently he's just a squid since everyone else had no problem popin' wheelies.
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BC would take up a career in unicycles, but his scrawny legs couldn't handle the abuse.
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What a showoff.
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Don takes note of Joe's wimpy roost as they carve a sidehill.
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Brian throws down some style on the big thumper. It scared the crap out of him.
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This kind of air can get you in trouble on the 650. A jumper it isn't.
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The XR roosts through a southern Oregon gravel-pit.
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650R in action.
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It takes a considerable amount of the XR's grunt to lift the front end.
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Joe Mama blasts out of the woods and into a sandy wash. It was good practice for our Vegas-to-Reno stint.
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This is what the XR was made to do.
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Always the team player, BC volunteered to demonstrate the front end push.
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45 horsepower in action.
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Tight trails aren't the big Honda's natural environment, but they're very doable and fun to boot.
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A bigger fuel tank (right) is a necessity if traveling over 50 miles. We used an IMS 3.2 gallon.
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BC gets hosed.
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The XR's mass helps keep it tracking through slippery creekbeds.
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Water crossings require a stable steed. The 650 does an admirable job.
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Joe prefers the lazy man's method of post-ride cleanup.