This week i have the opportunity of adding a pre owned Honda XR650L to my list of bikes owned 🙂
Mind you i still have my Suzuki DR650 ! I have been racking my brain on how to justify such an expensive outlay on a bike almost similar to one i already have.
But truth be told the XR650L is a beast , it has quick throttle response and just feels more like a dirt bike, a 4 inch taller seat height of the two, more suspension travel and the most power.
Am 5’10 and the XR is so tall i can hardly touch toes of one foot to the ground , frankly i cant handle the height. While the stock L exhaust pipe makes it sound like how dirt bikes should. This bike is bullet proof , and with one or two cosmetic after market upgrades , its simply awesome.
Yet this feels so wrong , like am being unfaithful , so quick to move on to a faster , more powerful make and model , without a thought to spare for loyal DR?
Question to self , do i really need the XR ? No , not really , the DR will do just fine. But it needs to be reliable and not quit on me without notice. Two problems plague the DR , of which one maybe a temporary problem.
Popping of the engine sprocket seal , i inherited this problem , the previous owner was
daft and unhelpful kind enough not to have informed me. I have tried several solutions to no avail , this weekend i will try routing the engine breather tube (as detailed in the owners manual) to the air-box and put a new seal just a mm thicker . Crossing my fingers I pray this works.
Second is the battery issue and i suspect the battery i had was faulty from the manufacture , to replace that ASAP.
With this sorted and if it hacks a trip to Nyeri and back then the DR will stay . And as an alternative to the XR650L and in addition to the DR, i will shop for a new cheaper every day commuter bike and i have my eye on this .
Apache 160 RTR
What do you think?