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Old 03-24-2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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Xr650r motard project?

I'm looking for a different style of fun, what would you guys have to say about the xr650r

So far what I read is it does good at crushing speed (for lots of highway, like Houston has)


If there's a better option please tell me
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:50 PM   #2
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Im about $2k in a motor rebuild on my XR650R plus $1500 for motard wheels/tires/brakes and thats not including the price of the bike.

If its ur first tard get a DRZ-SM
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:10 AM   #3
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son, it's like that? I rode dirt bikes for years lol, so it's not something new, but these big bore bikes, I didn't mess with, 250 an down for me, but I want more power. How would the drz450 hold up for daily commutes on Houston highways? Obviously daily hooning Aswell

Also I live in down town, so lots of traffic. Does this drz450 over hear or get hot in traffic?
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son, it's like that? I rode dirt bikes for years lol, so it's not something new, but these big bore bikes, I didn't mess with, 250 an down for me, but I want more power. How would the drz450 hold up for daily commutes on Houston highways? Obviously daily hooning Aswell

Also I live in down town, so lots of traffic. Does this drz450 over hear or get hot in traffic?
DRZ, I live near downtown and when traffics was backed up I would jump the curb and find an alternate route. I rode mine to work a few days a week it did the job, but don't expect alot of get up and go. But it was fun as !
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DRZ, I live near downtown and when traffics was backed up I would jump the curb and find an alternate route. I rode mine to work a few days a week it did the job, but don't expect alot of get up and go. But it was fun as !
How slow is slow? Honesty I'm lookin for something to 50/50 street and curb hoppin lol,

I want a wheelie machine, but remember, I ride a lot of highway. How does it do on the highway?
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:27 AM   #6
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I dont expect it to be like my street bike
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It did pretty good on the highway, I usually kept it at about 65-70 with no issues. I would buy one again.
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What about a ktm 525 exc
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My biggest thing is popping the head on the highway.
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Im about $2k in a motor rebuild on my XR650R plus $1500 for motard wheels/tires/brakes and thats not including the price of the bike.

If its ur first tard get a DRZ-SM
When you buy used there is always a chance something can go wrong, it doesn't matter whether its an XR650R or a DRZ. Adam has has some bad luck with his XR, and I haven't any problems at all with mine. My recommendation is try and find something that has the least amount of miles and the most amount of farkles already installed and priced fairly and then buy that . If you are doing a lot of highway riding then gear it for that style of riding. Sprockets are cheap, grenaded motors are not.
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What about a ktm 525 exc
I had a KTM 525 SMR and it was a great motard...but I didn't use it to commute at highway speeds. Might want to look into valve service intervals on whatever your looking at, some of the high performance bikes come with more service/maintenance.
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The KTM RFS are like 450 mx bikes. A little too high strung and too little oil for running high rpm for extended periods. If you are thinking KTM go for an LC4 (625/640) or a 690. XR 650R are usually pretty bulletproof - Byrdman just had bad luck. KLR and DR 650 are ultra reliable but slow and not as good a motard package as a DRZ. If yamaha made a bike with the Raptor 700 motor, that would be a killer motard.
If you can find a bike with the motard wheels you are $1500 ahead
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The wheels cost 1500? Seeeeseesh

I'm coool with maintnence. I don't wanna do it
More than once a week though.

I understand putting a dirtbike on a highway will require a good bit of love.

So over all what is recommended for commuting and flipping it off road for some dirt trails
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XR650 or a more expensive bigger bore KTM like a 690 are ideal for low maintenance and power. Both do well at freeway speeds. A DRZ does well at freeway speeds but doesn't have the power. You can still clutch up a third gear wheelie. I've followed a DRZ for a few miles down the freeway while he had it on one wheel so it can be done just not near as easily as the bigger bikes. Hurry up and get one. Bunch of us usually do a weekly motard ride around downtown.
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I still vote DRZ for a first time motarder...if u can find one with an fcr-carb and exhaust then ur golden....they will last 10x longer than any other motard, parts are cheap and everywhere....
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The wheels cost 1500? Seeeeseesh

I'm coool with maintnence. I don't wanna do it
More than once a week though.

I understand putting a dirtbike on a highway will require a good bit of love.

So over all what is recommended for commuting and flipping it off road for some dirt trails
Buy used.

http://redstickmoto.com/showthread.p...2415#post12415
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If you want some warp9 wheels Chad can get you some
and oh yea. I love my xr650r! The only down side is its a kick start
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I think was a deal on DNA wheels closeouts?
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If I was still looking for a bike to convert, i'd be happy with a xr650. My top choices would be WR450, CRF450x and a XR650. All are very solid choices for a conversion, IMO.
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