2008 Honda XR650L
Great dual sport. Do the carb & exhaust mods found online, and you awaken the beast!
It handles well for a dual sport, and has great brakes; really good feel, you know when they are ready to lock up a wheel.
The fuel tank is too small for serious adventure riding, but an aftermarket tank cures that, and I found the seat, while soft, is too narrow for long distances. A Corbin saddle cures that, but is expensive $$ and a little hard at first, but it molds to your rear after use.
The ergonomics are good; the bars and pegs are spaced well for a 6' person. It is a tall bike with lots of suspension travel, so shorter riders may have trouble at stops.
All in all, it's a good bike stock. Do the mod's and it's a great adventure bike with the accent on off road, and not bad on the pavement either.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2013