Quick look: 2023 Honda XR650L – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
Still going strong after all these years, Honda USA announce the 2023 Honda XR650L, the legendary dual-sport and trail bike is still out there, still relevant and with a retail price of 6999, why wouldn’t you want one?
The Honda XR650L, “a truly legendary machine” say Honda and here’s the news, nothing has changed with this bike for 2023. That’s right, we bring you new model news where nothing has changed. We hear you crying “there’s nothing new about that!” but more’s the point with the XR650, who wants it to change anyway?
Thanks to a huge following globally for it’s robust and simple but solid build, the XR650L remains a relevant bike for dualsport and trail riding.
Honda proudly points at its Baja heritage, which they celebrated just before the end of 2022 with a celebration of Johnny Campbell’s Baja 1000 machines plus a special edition Honda CR250 two-stroke desert racer built by Slavens Racing (SLR).
Read those features and check the image galleries here:
Classic bike candy: Johnny Campbell’s Baja XR600/650R
Pro bike: Team SLR’s classic 2006 Honda CR250R Baja racer
The versatile XR650L opens up adventure travel and off-road riding for the masses and can be seen on single-track trails, dirt roads and any road in fact, even in the city where the coolest and the couriers still love the cred and bulletproof reliability it brings.
There’s no sign of it dropping off the new bike list just yet but the only major downer is the model is not officially available in all parts the world. The biggest market remains North America where we draw these specs and price from for the 2023 model.
2022 Honda XR650L specifications:
ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN
644 cc SOHC four-stroke, dry sump
Radial, Four-Valve Combustion Chamber (RFVC)
42.5mm constant-velocity (CV) carburettor
100 x 82mm bore and stroke
Gear-driven counter-balancer minimizes vibration
2-into-1 exhaust system with quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler
Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioner and CD ignition with electronic advance
Heavy-duty, multi-plate clutch and 520 O-ring-sealed drive chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
New, 2022 colorus and graphics
Semi-double-cradle steel frame
27°/102mm rake and trail
43mm Showa cartridge fork with compression damping adjustability, Pro-Link rear suspension with compression and rebound adjustability
11.6in/294mm front + 11in/279mm front/rear suspension travel
Aluminium box-section swingarm
256mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes
Twin-piston front brake caliper/single piston rear
3.00-21 front/4.6-18 tyre sizes
37in/940mm seat height
13in/330mm ground clearance
2.8 gal/12.7litre fuel capacity
346lb/157kg curb weight (ready to ride)
Lightweight tubular engine guard
Wide-section, folding, cleated foot pegs, detachable pillion footpegs
Flex-mounted turn signals resist breakage
Compact speedometer features tripmeter/odometer, a neutral light as well as high-beam, turn-signal and side-stand indicators
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan (USA models)
Meets current CARB and EPA standards
*California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment
More information: www.powersports.honda.com