XR650L diet? Futile?

HomeMadeSin

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I've wanted to convert my CR500 to dual sport status for a while, but it is just too much work in the tight, rocky stuff. So, I'm thinking about swtiching to a big XR. An XR600/650R with magic button would be perfect, but doesn't exist (to my knowledge). So, how bad could it be to put an XR600/650L on a diet and make it more dirt and less street?

There's no way I could go lower than a 400cc 4banger after riding a 500 two-stroke! Plus, I'm a Honda guy anyway.
 

James

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I don't see how you'd make the 600 significantly lighter....probably heavier with the street stuff. In theory, you could get the 650L as light as the 600R plus the weight of the electric starter/battery and heavier flywheel/piston. Guess it all depends on how much you want to spend on it.
 

jmjride45

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have you thought about a xr650r. the r is much lighter than the l and has good power. it will do 100mph stock. the r feels like a xr400 with twice the power when u are riding it.
 

Rich Rohrich

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Six years ago I tried this when I built my first SuperMoto bike based on a 650L. It was a great bike but it was never light, and after disassembling it and weighing various parts it was clear it never would be. So I dealt with the weight and enjoyed the hell out of the bike. :)

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James

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That's the same conclusion I came to Rich. It's a whole lot more fun to just ride it now.
 

xr600boy

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There is a starter kit for the xr650r. Also the big xr's can be just as much of a hand full as your cr500r. The 650r is very easy to start. I like my xr600r a lot better than the 650r because of the lack of radiators it makes it a lot nicer when you have to slide it down a hill on its side and ride away.
 

dthoms

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Quote:Plus, I'm a Honda guy anyway.
Wake up and smell the KTM's,
I too used to own a CR500, and I loved it.
But you would have a hard time prying me off my KTM for and XR ever made.
What year CR do you have??