2016 Honda XR650L

Wherever You Want, It’ll Take You There.

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.

Its bulletproof 644 cc 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.

Standard Features

  • 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.
  • LONG-TRAVEL FRONT SUSPENSION: With a full 11.6 inches of travel, the air-adjustable 43 mm fork also offers 16-position compression damping adjustability, letting you fine-tune it to deal with the bumps of off-road riding.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 21-INCH FRONT WHEEL: The 21-inch front wheel gives you a wide choice of tire selection for different riding conditions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • EMISSIONS: Meets current California Air Resource Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards.
  • WARRANTY:One Year, Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2016
Model XR650L
Model Code XR650L
Stock Number N/A
Color Red



Front - Single disc with 2-piston caliper

Rear - Single disc


Front - 3.00-21

Rear - 4.60-18


Weight 346 lbs.
Ground Clearance 13 in.
Wheelbase 57.3 in.
Seat Height 37 in.


Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/45T


Engine Air-cooled dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke, SOHC; four-valve RFVC™
Displacement 644cc
Bore x Stroke 100 x 82 mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Carburetion 42.5 mm diaphragm-type CV
Fuel Capacity 2.8 gal. including 0.6 gal. reserve
MPG Rating 52
Ignition Solid-state CD with electronic advance
Cooling Air



Front - 43 mm air-adjustable leading-axle Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position compression-damping adjustability; 11.6 in. travel

Rear - Pro-Link® Showa single-shock with spring-preload, 20-position compression- and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability; 11 in. travel

Rake 27°
Trail 4 in. (102 mm)