2014 Honda XR 650 LAn extremely versatile bike that focuses on the off-road side of dual-sport (it’s based on the old XR600R race bike), the XR650L features ultra-long travel Showa suspension fore and aft, along with an impressive 13 inches of ground clearance.
The venerable air-cooled SOHC four-valve 644cc motor’s 100mm bore is fed by a 42.5mm CV carb. Dirt-bike standard 21-inch and 18-inch wheel combination allows the installation of premium off-road tires.The XR650L is a classic stalwart Honda, a bike you can pound relentlessly and not have to worry about breaking. Just keep the chain lubed and adjusted and the air filter clean, and you can pretty much embark on as far flung an adventure as you can dream up.This is why the 650 has earned such a devoted following over the years. We can only guess at how many memorable moments have come courtesy of this machine.For a look at all 2014 motorcycles, check out our latest edition of the Ultimate MotorCycling Digital Buyers Guide. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.2014 Honda XR 650 L Quick Stats:
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!