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adjust your particular riding style. Unless you’re pretend- ing that you’re Johnny Campbell in Baja, it responds nicely and is quite predictable. Front and rear disc brakes are first rate as well. Honda’s attention to detail makes all the ergos feel right. What We Didn’t Like Again, this is not a machine that likes slow, technical trail rid- ing. It is top-heavy and when it feels like it, it will decide to lay down at in-opportune times. There are plenty of reasons that serious dual sport riders have turned to a newer, lighter, generation of more trail capable versions of their pop- ular models. Most notably, KTM and Husqvarna. Overall Conclusions It’s like this. Honda’s vener- able XR650, while ultra rugged and dependable is starting to get a bit long in the tooth. We love the simplicity of its design, its functionality, and bulletproof- ness. This is still a fun bike to ride and own. It will out last most of the people riding it. It you have a hankering for some long distance dual sport rides, where you won’t be plonk- ing around at low speeds in highly technical terrain, then this throwback to an earlier day could be just what you’re looking for. 2013 Honda XR650L Specifications Model: XR650L Engine Type: 644cc air- cooled, dry-sump, single-cyl- inder four-stroke Bore and Stroke: 100mm x 82mm Compression Ratio: 8.3:1 Valve Train: SOHC; four-valve RFVC Induction: 39.5mm dia- phragm-type CV carburetor Ignition: CD with electronic advance Transmission: Five-speed Final Drive: #520 O-ring- sealed chain; 15T/45T Suspension Front: 43mm air-adjustable leading-axle Showa cartridge fork with 16-position com- pression damping adjustabil- ity; 11.6 inches travel Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, 20-position compression and 20-position rebound damp- ing adjustability; 11.0 inches travel Brakes Front: Single disc with twin- piston caliper Rear: Single disc Tires Front: 3.00-21 Rear: 4.60-18 Wheelbase: 57.3 inches Rake (Caster angle): 27°00’ Trail: 102mm (4.0 inches) Seat Height: 37.0 inches Ground Clearance: 13.0 inches Fuel Capacity: 2.8 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve Estimated Fuel Economy**: 52 mpg Color: Red Curb Weight*: 346 pounds *Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel―ready to ride. **Honda’s fuel-economy esti- mates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depend- ing on how you ride; how you maintain your vehicle; weather; road conditions; tire pressure; installation of accessories; car- go, rider and passenger weight; and other factors. Meets current CARB and EPA standards. California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment. www.dirtillustrated.com