There is a guy who visits the Bikram Yoga place near my house, who always has the most interesting motorcycles. I’ve spoken to him several times, and he really seems to know his shit, when it comes to wrenching. His latest bike is a Honda XR650R, which is typically seen winning every dessert race it’s ever entered…
While this bike has an amazing history, winning the Baja 1000, it’s not often seen on the street. Introduced in 2000, it was the first major upgrade to Honda’s XR series, which had remained primarily unchanged since 1982. This upgrade was long overdue, and what a change it was!
The Honda XR650R has a SOHC, 649cc engine has grunt to spare, and delivers 42HP with ease. And after all that, common performance mods increase power a whopping 27%!!! The problem is: it’s strictly a dirt bike… until this guy went to town on it.
The first thing that needs addressing when turning a dirt bike into a street legal monster, is the addition of a high-output stator. The bike needs a way to generate more juice, to run lights. They are available, but expensive. After you acquire the juice, it’s just a matter of rigging up the headlight, tail light, and the flashers.
Once you have all that sorted, you have a bike that is so perfect for the city (especially THIS city), with long travel front and rear shock absorption, light and easily maneuverable chassis, and torque to spare. You are effectively creating a killer Supermotard.