2008 Honda XR650L Features & Benefits

For those who refuse to stop at the pavement's end, the venerable electric-start XR650L can extend your motorcycle adventure to roads less traveled--be they dirt roads, trails or forgotten byways--in proven dual-sport style.

Engine/Drivetrain

  • Bulletproof 644cc SOHC four-stroke engine produces power and torque ideally suited for both on- and off-road riding.
  • -Radial Four-Valve Combustion Chamber (RFVC) allows excellent combustion efficiency and high power output.
  • 42.5mm constant-velocity (CV) carburetor offers crisp throttle response, excellent driveability and maximum power.
  • Reliable electric starter system allows easy push-button starting.
  • Gear-driven counterbalancer minimizes bothersome and tiring vibration.
  • Free-flowing, two-into-one exhaust system with quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler.
  • Maintenance-free automatic cam chain tensioner and solid-state CD ignition with electronic advance keep you out of the shop and on the road.
  • Dry-sump engine maximizes power by minimizing crankshaft windage and engine temperature.
  • Durable five-speed transmission offers a gear for every on- or off-road situation.
  • Heavy-duty, multi-plate clutch.
  • Heavy-duty, low-maintenance #520 O-ring-sealed drive chain.

Chassis/Suspension

  • Semi-double-cradle steel frame is lightweight, strong and offers precise handling manners.
  • 43mm XR™-spec Showa cartridge fork features 16-position compression damping adjustability and superb off-road performance.
  • Pro-Link® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section)
  • Lightweight, strong and durable aluminum box-section swingarm with quick-detach rear wheel.
  • Front and rear disc brakes offer superb stopping power.
  • Lightweight yet super-strong wheels.
  • Frame-mounted passenger footrests allow two-up riding capability.
  • Aggressive, dual-purpose front and rear tires offer excellent performance both on and off road.
  • 18-inch rear wheel for greater tire selection.
  • Lightweight rims and hubs feature straight-pull spokes.

Additional Features

  • Honda Racing-inspired colors and graphics.
  • Combination headlight/number plate and dual airflow shrouds direct cool air to the engine.
  • Enduro-style headlight features high/low beams.
  • Motocross-style seat is comfortable and allows maximum rider movement.
  • Large, durable fenders keep debris off the rider.
  • Lightweight tubular engine guard.
  • Wide-section folding, cleated footpegs are comfortable and self-cleaning.
  • High-output 12-volt electrical system.
  • Flex-mounted turn signals resist breakage.
  • Compact speedometer features tripmeter/odometer, a neutral light as well as high-beam, turn-signal and sidestand indicators.
  • Easy-to-use choke allows for simple cold-weather starts.
  • Push-to-cancel turn-signal switch.
  • High-quality controls include comfortable grips and brush guards.
  • Convenient helmet lock and rear-fender-mounted tool kit are standard equipment.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
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