Honda XR650L Review from United States of America

2008 Honda XR650L

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3552 miles
Most recent distance4757 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Versys


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

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

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review