Hogs in the ‘hood: Honda XR650L

The Honda XR650L, a dual-sport staple takes on Manhattan...

The Honda XR650L, a dual-sport staple takes on Manhattan…

Lately, I have been obsessed with dual-sport bikes like this Honda XR650L.  Obviously, the most common use for these motorcycles, would be for riding on the roads for a bit, just to get to the dirt.  But when you look at the specs, these bikes seem to also be built perfectly for the city…  Maybe Dual-Sport Motorcycles are Built for the City:

I’m not sure what year this Honda XR650L is from, but they have remain virtually unchanged since their introduction in 1993 (as a 1993 model).  Weighing in at about 350lbs wet, most dirt bike riders would consider them too heavy for tight forest and single track riding.  But slap some slightly more road-worthy tires on here, and this thing is a light, nimble city dweller.

The air cooled, single overhead cam, 644cc engine is more than enough power for the 5 boroughs (or any city for that matter), and bright Honda Red is just more for the cabs to see, possibly offering a bit of protection against the mayhem that fills these city streets.

The Honda XR650L comes complete with all the electrics you need; headlight, tail light and flashers, as well as an electric start.  These bikes fall under the “bulletproof” banner of all things Honda, and should offer peace of mind for both short and long distance travel.

Check out this great Honda XR650L project by the folks over at Dirt Rider.

What’s YOUR perfect city bike?

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