2000 Honda XR: XR650R
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I love my bike. I agree with all these comments!
I recently purchased a very slightly used 2000 XR650R. It is an absolute beast! I have been out on a couple of all day rides with it, the latest in the uncorked mode. That definitely helps it run cooler, and much crisper. At 6'3", and 205 pounds (me), I believe I have found the absolute perfect bike. I love it, and would certainly buy another one if in the market. It is an absolute power house, and handles great!!! ;)
I think the most kick ass thing about my dual sported, uncorked/jetted XR650R is this; I can ride it to work, and when people stare at me for riding a dirt bike on the street, I can very simply waste the living crap out of them with the utmost ease! Old Fart Harley riders and those punk kids in their noisy honda civics are the most fun to humiliate. However, it's not a prob to smoke just about anything on the road up to 100mph. And the beauty of it is that you can then leave the road and climb a mountain! And it will never leave you stranded. What a bike!
The BRP has got to be one of the most versatile machines ever made. Whether you are in tight, nasty 15 MPH off-road conditions, or winning the BAJA race, or scraping the footpegs on the street at 90+ MPH in supermotard mode. The Pig accels, and makes BIG, arm jerking, face stretching, butt puckering, torque and power everywhere and in between. Better yet, it will get you home at the end of the ride. I don't know of many, if any, other bikes that can make that statement.
P.S. You better excercise your cheek muscles before you get your bike. Because your face WILL be sore from smiling so hard while riding your new PIG. I've had my 2000 model for a couple years, and my face still hurts after rides. ;)
Wright B says:
"Yes, Yes, YES, Yes and God, YES! I only wish I had bought an R years ago. It's WAYYY more fun that the L was in the dirt, and I have no plans on roading it except on Dual Sports where I have no choice but to take short stretches to go from trail to trail. The power delivery is amazing.
The motor feels electric - no sudden hit like an MX-tuned engine typically delivers, but crisp, strong throttle response anywhere in the RPM range. The most fun thing is coming out of turns in second or third gear, keeping your inside foot up, rolling on the throttle and flat-tracking for a few seconds without needing to downshift or use some clutch. Oh, and I'm still running it stock - ten more horsepower after I de-baffle and re-jet it. I'm considering not even doing that though, cause it's quieter than my L and still makes tons of horsepower.My only complaint is that I've had trouble starting it when it's hot. I still have to learn the magic sequence.
Oh and yes, someone please buy my old L. She's a good ol' bike! :)"
Robert L. says:
"Well guys, very few things that have happened in my life can compare to the experience I had on my BRP out at the dunes today. It was right up there with witnessing the birth of my children and sex etc., etc., I put a paddle tire on it yesterday......."
John H. says:
"Would I buy it again? - definitely yes.", "For the money, the most fun on 2 wheels.", and "I have loaned my XR to perhaps 20 people, I have only had one person not rave about it. He was a KTM 200 rider though, I guess that explains the post ride bedwetting."
J. Knepp says:
"Comfortable, powerful, easy to start and a great all around bike."
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