2012 Honda XR650L Features & Benefits

The XR650L has grown to become a legend in its own time—and for good reason. Whether the road ahead holds dirt roads, single-track trails, highways or byways, the XR650L serves as the key that opens the door to riding adventures and good times. For years, devotees of the XR650L have trusted this do-it-all mount to transport them to all kinds of far-flung destinations and back again. And for 2012, the much-beloved XR650L returns to accomplish all kinds of two-wheeled missions once more.

New for 2012

  • Bold new graphics.

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 rideability 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 maintenance-free 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.
  • 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.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
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