2016 Honda XR650L Review / Specs / Pictures / Videos

– 2016 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Motorcycle Review (XR650LG) –

If you’re looking for one motorcycle that can do it all, Honda’s time-tested XR650L is that machine. Off-road it has the power, suspension and durability a dirt rider demands. On-road its light overall weight, electric starter and excellent fuel economy make it the perfect commuter, even for long trips.


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Its bulletproof 644cc overhead cam engine produces huge torque and power. Air-cooling keeps things simple and reduces maintenance chores. And the engine’s gear-driven counterbalancer reduces tiring vibrations.

Baja tough, the XR650L has the versatility to take you anywhere you want to go on a motorcycle without the hassle of having to trailer a dirtbike.

2016 XR650L Overview of Features & Specs

  • 21-Inch Front Wheel
    The 21-inch front wheel gives you a wide choice of tire selection for different riding conditions.
  • Disc Brakes
    Front- and rear-disc brakes provide superior stopping power. Both front and rear disc rotors are drilled for lightness and better wet-weather performance.
  • Long-Travel Front Suspension
    With a full 11.6 inches of travel, the air-adjustable 43mm fork also offers 16-position compression damping adjustability, letting you fine-tune it to deal with the bumps of off-road riding.
  • Street-Legal Features
    The XR650L is fully equipped for the street: horn, turn signals, license-plate light, mirrors, speedometer and more. There’s even a grab strap and footpegs for a passenger.
  • Electric Starter
    Turn the key and push the button—that’s all it takes to get your XR650L going. The electric starter takes all the drama out of restarting off-road, or getting underway on a cold morning or after the bike’s been sitting all week.
  • Four-Stroke Engine
    Four-stroke, single-cylinder engine offers good fuel efficiency and a wide powerband. The XR650L’s proven powerplant requires very little maintenance.
  • Steel Frame
    The XR650L’s steel frame is built to handle the rigors of off-road travel. In addition, the frame’s backbone doubles as the engine’s oil tank, saving weight and space.
  • Dry-Sump Lubrication
    Dry-sump design keeps the engine compact and eliminates the oil pan for superior ground clearance and damage resistance. With the engine oil in the frame, the frame itself acts like a giant oil cooler.
  • Pro-Link® Rear Suspension
    Honda’s Pro-Link® rear suspension system offers compliant and comfortable ride quality with a high level of wheel control. Initial rates are soft for supple action over small bumps and ripples, while increasingly stiffer rates resist bottoming and maintain rear-wheel control over rougher surfaces.
  • Sealed Battery
    No maintenance hassles here, even in case of an off-road tip over. The sealed battery has plenty of cranking power for the electric starter, and is well protected from the vibrations of off-road riding.
  • Passenger Ready
    With a passenger grab strap, folding passenger pegs, a long MX-style seat and plenty of Honda power, the XR650L lets you carry a passenger with ease.
  • 18-Inch Rear Wheel
    18-inch rear wheel gives you a better overall ride and more sidewall protection against flats, and still offers a wide choice of on- or off-road tires.

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, 2-into-1 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 XR650L 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.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
2016 XR650L Specifications
Model: XR650LG
Engine Type: 644cc air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 100mm x 82mm
Compression Ratio: 8.3:1
Valve Train: SOHC; four-valve RFVC
Carburetion: 42.5mm diaphragm-type CV
Ignition: Solid-state CD with electronic advance
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive: #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/45T
Suspension Front: 43mm air-adjustable leading-axle Showa cartridge fork with 16-position compression damping adjustability; 11.6 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, 20-position compression and 20-position rebound damping adjustability; 11.0 inches travel
Brakes Front: Single disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: Single disc
Tires Front: 3.00-21
Rear: 4.60-18
Wheelbase: 57.3 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 27.0o
Trail: 102mm (4.0 inches)
Seat Height: 37.0 inches
Ground Clearance: 13.0 inches
Dry Weight: 324 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 2.8 gallons, including 0.6-gallon reserve
Color: Red

2016 XR650L Specifications
Publication Order Numbers: Specification
Service Manual: 61MY656
Owner’s Manual: 31MGW640
Engine: Specification, Units: mm (in)
Cylinder arrangement: Single cylinder, 15 ° inclined from vertical
Bore and stroke: 100 x 82 mm (3.9 x 3.2 in)
Displacement: 644 cm³ (39.3 cu-in)
Cylinder compression at rpm: 637 kPa (6.5 kg/cm², 92 psi) at 400 rpm
Standard: 0.020 – 0.050 (0.0008 – 0.0020)
Service Limit: 0.12 (0.005)
Intake: 0.10 ± 0.02 (0.004)
Exhaust: 0.12 ± 0.02 (0.005 ± 0.001)
Recommended engine oil/classification/viscosity: Pro Honda GN4 4-stroke oil/API: SG or higher, JASO T 903 standard: MA/SAE 1
Oil capacity after draining/engine oil filter change: 1.9 liter (2.0 US qt, 1.7 Imp, qt)
Final Drive: Specification
C/S sprocket: 15
Rear sprocket: 45
Drive chain size (x) links: 520 x 110
Drive chain slack: 18.5 (0.73)
Fuel System: Specification
Type/throttle bore: CV single carburetor/42.5 mm (1.67in)
Carburtetor/throttle body ID #: 49 State type: VE85C/CA type: VE86B
Float level: 18.5 (0.73)
Main jet: # 152
Slow jet: # 50
Pilot screw initial opening: 2 turns out
Idle speed (+/- 100 rpm): 1,300 ± 100 rpm
Throttle grip/lever free play: 2 – 6 mm (1/12 – 1/4 in)
Suspension: Specification
Recommended fork fluid: Pro Honda Suspension Fluid SS-7
Fork fluid capacity/and level: 564 cm³ (19.1 US oz)/145 mm (5.7 in)
Tires: Specification
Front  Size: 3.00-21 51S
Cold tire pressure: 150 kPa (1.50 kg/cm², 22 psi)
Rear  Size: 4.60-18 63S
Cold tire pressure: 150 kPa (1.50 kg/cm², 22 psi)
Battery/Charging System: Specification
Charging system type: Triple phase output alternator
BatteryCapacity/Model: 12 V – 8 Ah
Normal: 0.9 A x 5 – 10h
Quick: 4.0 A/1.0 h
Regulated voltage at rpm: 14.7 – 15.5 V/13 A at 5,000 rpm
Alternator charging coil resistance: 0.2 – 1.2 ?
Lighting Equipment: Specification
Hi: 12 V – 60/55 W
Brake/tail light: 12 V – 3/32 CP
Front turn signal/running light bulb: 12 V – 32 CP x 2
Rear turn signal light bulb: 12 V – 32 CP x 2
Ignition System: Specification
Ignition system type: DC-CDI unit
Ignition timing (F mark): 8°BTDC/1,300 ± 100 rpm
Standard – NGK: DPR8EA-9
DENSO: X24EPR-U9
Spark plug gap: 0.8 – 0.9 mm (0.031 – 0.035 in)
Torque value: Specification, Unit: N.m (kgf.m, lbf.ft)
Front axle bolt/nut: 85 (8.7, 63)
Front axle holder/pinchbolt/nut: 12 (1.2, 9)
Rear axle nut: 88 (9.0, 65)
Cylinder head cover bolt: 8 mm: 23 (2.3, 17)/6 mm: 12 (1.2, 9)

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