View Full Version : Dr 650 vs XR 650

Panda Cub
12-03-2011, 11:36 AM
Anyone own either? I'd like to get one and put super motard tires on it for cruising around town. I'd much rather own the XR650, but if I cannot find a Honda I'll settle for a slowzuki.


12-03-2011, 03:15 PM

Not even close.

12-03-2011, 06:38 PM
Had a DR350, but thats about all I can add to this topic..........

ProStar Slalom
12-04-2011, 01:55 AM
Honda for sure; no comparison.

Panda Cub
12-04-2011, 11:36 AM
The only reason I would think of a DR is I've seen them for sale for less than half the price for a similar year.

Does the XR have a lot of power? I just sold my yz426 because I had no time to ride it off road. Would the power of the XR compare?

12-05-2011, 08:42 AM
if you can find an XR650R (vs XR650L) with a clean title, you can convert to street legal. The R version is the off-road only version but has quite a few more upgrades in engine, suspension & braking components. Even if you can find an older XR600R with a title would be better than the Suzuki DR. I will throw out another option of the KLR650 Kawasaki that I would opt for over the DR. But, yes, the Honda XR would definately be my first choice even if more expensive, they are pretty bullet proof! I have owned 5 of the big bore XRs that I used for various styles of racing before converting over to KTMs (talk about expensive!) due to their weight.

12-06-2011, 03:14 PM
I've got a drz400 and love it. If you are going motard why not go with something a little lighter? My buddy's KLR is a tank, don't know about the XR.

12-07-2011, 08:36 AM
I agree with dlamont that the DRZ400 converted to motard makes for a fun in-town bike but if you are needing more highway speeds, you will work it pretty hard to maintain in the upper speed limit ranges for much distance. they weigh in around the 300 lb mark dry. The KLR 650 tips the scales about 386 lbs where the DR 650 is slightly less at about 370 lbs. Where the Honda XR650L is only about 325 with the R model (off-road) is about 270 (but would need to add a few lbs to make streetable) ...

it really depends on what type / style riding you will be doing, where the bigger bore 650s will be more suitable for higher speeds & longer distance and the medium bore 400s are fun around town ...