why did Honda stop making the xr 650 r ?????????????

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why did Honda stop making the xr 650 r ?????????????

Post  xr honda to the max on Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:45 pm

l've had some of my xr for years now well decades now 500r  models , was wondering why did Honda stop making the xr 650 r  and see that their top model now is the crf 450 r ??????????
Its  was a winner at many events and many dirt bikers would still purchase them l'm sure . l didn't know till recently that many were converted to moto street bikes . l wouldn't but they look cool
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Post  xr honda to the max on Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:58 pm

l was talking with one my biker buddies which l ride with . He tell me that dirt bikes were and are made for class of racing in moto cross like the 125 / 250 and 450 class. l'm not current on the big endro races but what size of bike do they run now . l seen old reports of the xr 650 r winning many events . l wish they still made our model of bike for parts availabity in the furture . Does any one know the fiqures of xr 650r sales in the last years of production 06/ 07 . This maybe the reason also if sales dropped
What are your thoughts , l wish their were still available to the dirt rider like my self
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Post  Mad Frosty on Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:41 am

Because the sales have dropped significantly .
Why have the sales dropped ?
Because the bike was too reliable and the customers had no need to buy new one +
The era of lighter and smaller bikes had arrived ( crf 450 ) as they can match the performance of the big old school enduro bikes with much less weight = more fun .
The only downfall is that they are having more reliability issues , mainly because the higher compression ratios and higher revving engines .
I am keeping the old girl but thats just me .
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Post  Sean on Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:40 am


BUT BUT BUT my XR650R weighs 132kg, owes me about $5500. now if i goto a CRF450X it weighs 123kg and ive gotta spend $7-8000 for the same....to me its not worth the trouble for 9kg

ive got a CRF450R and its great bot a totally different beast to the X and weighs in just over 100kg

Faaaaak it ill keep the XRR

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Post  Mad Frosty on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:05 pm

PIGGI is not that heavy really , but it feels like it is compared to katoom 690 for example , because the fuel sits higher up and that moves the center of the gravity higher = it feels more top heavy . If i was designing new XR i would place the fuel tank under the seat ( where the air filter sits ) and the air filter and air induction system where the tank is now ,
result - cleaner air sucked in + the possibility to use the positive pressure to increase the HP like on sports bikes ( kawaski RAM system for example ) ...
Someone is dreaming again ,.... ok i take my coat .BRP smile 
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Post  xr honda to the max on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:45 pm

l like mad frosty Post on a newer xr !!!!!!!!!!!
l was checking out the new line of honda bikes and Honda will attempt to win with a 450 cc bike , l know their a bit lighter but much less hp and torque , Like Mad stated and others the compression ratio are high and shorter engine life
My friend and l have ridden xr for a long time and their still alive and well he was looking for another bike and have been looking for him as well . He wanted a xr 650r now wishes for XL which is street legal
After looking at the Honda 2014 line up l see no bikes in the xl or the xr group , only the crf 450 r , The big races that is are long distance desert type races l would still think a 650 would be better. times are changing and all but l quess l'm old school
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Post  xr honda to the max on Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:10 am

Honda Rally Dakar 450
Does any know after the 650r we have still race these big races , l see now that smaller might be better but l still will keep my BRP
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSudw-EGsxY
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Post  AURORA on Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:27 am

Honda never wanted to build the XR650R but, was pressured into building it.
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Post  xr honda to the max on Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:56 am

aurora why to think honda was pressued to build a 650 r , they had 650 xl and 650 r and 600 r , l know more hp and torque , our new bikes too me are quite the bike same weight as a 500 lets say with twice the hp and torque
mike
quote Honda never wanted to build the XR650R but, was pressured into building it..
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Post  AURORA on Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:14 am

http://www.xr650rforum.com/t412-bruce-ogilvie-died-4-13-09

http://dirtbike.off-road.com/dirtbike/review/testing-the-king-of-baja-it-was-worth-the-wait-22401.html
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