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2020 Honda XR650L [Model Overview]

2020 Honda XR650L

The 2020 Honda XR650L: Honda’s Dual Sport Mainstay

The XR650L returns for 2020 and continues to be an important part of Honda’s line-up. There aren’t any obvious changes to this versatile dual-sport machine, and that’s a good thing. The beautiful thing about this legendary motorcycle is the fact that it’s solid, reliable, and simple. It works excellently on- and off-road, with unparalleled reliability. That’s why Honda hasn’t changed up the recipe.

Powered by an fiercely reliable air-cooled 644cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine that produces 40 horsepower and 47.2 lb-ft of torque, the XR650L might not seem like the most exciting motorcycle on the roster but when it comes to off-road prowess, on-road fun, and simple mechanics, it’s a hard motorcycle to beat.

Equipped with 43mm Showa cartridge front suspension and a Pro-Link rear shock for increased off-road performance, the XR650L appears to be nothing more than a big dirt bike. But there’s so much more to it than that. Fitted with a practical electric starter, front and rear disc brakes, dual purpose tires, passenger foot-pegs, Enduro headlight, and minimalist but effective instrumentation, the Honda XR650L can hold its own on the roads too.

For 2020, the legendary Honda XR650L comes in the classic Honda Red color scheme, with updated graphics for the New Year.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new Honda XR650L in one place.

2020 Honda XR650L

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $ 6,999
  • Key Features:
    • Electric starter
    • LED lights
    • Disc brakes front and rear

Key Specs

  • Engine type: 644cc air-cooled, single-cylinder
  • Power: 40 horsepower
  • Wet weight: 346 lbs
  • Seat height: 37 Inch

Key Competitors

  • Kawasaki KLR650

2020 Honda XR650L

2020 Honda XR650L Specifications

From Honda


Engine 644cc air-cooled, dry-sump single-cylinder, four-stroke
Power 40 Horsepower
Bore x Stroke 100mm x 82mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Fuel System 42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetor
Starter Electric


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


Suspension Front 43mm air-adjustable axle Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position compression-damping adjustability; 11.6-inches of travel
Suspension Rear Pro-Link® Showa single-shock with spring-preload, 20-position compression- and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability; 11.0-inches of travel
Brakes Front Single disc with twin-piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single disc
Tires Front 3.00-21
Tires Rear 4.60-18
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.59 L (2.8 US gal.)
Color Red


Ignition Solid-state CD with electronic advance
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length
Overall Width
Overall Height
Wheelbase 1455 (57.3 in.)
Ground Clearance 330 mm (13 in.)
Seat Height 939 mm (37 in.)
Curb Weight 156 kg (346 lb.)


Warranty 12-month Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty
Extension Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®

2020 Honda XR650L

2020 Honda XR650L Features


The XR650L’s four-stroke, single-cylinder engine offers good fuel efficiency and a wide powerband. In addition, its proven powerplant requires very little maintenance.


Front- and rear-disc brakes provide superior stopping power. Both front and rear disc rotors are drilled for lightness and better wet-weather performance.


Adventure is just the push of a button away. The XR650L’s 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.


Fully equipped for the street—including turn signals, license-plate light, mirrors, speedometer and more. There’s even a grab strap and footpegs for a passenger.


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.


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.


The XR’s 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.


The 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.


The 21-inch front wheel gives you a wide choice of tire selection for different riding conditions.


With a full 11.6 inches of travel, the air-adjustable 43mm fork also offers 16-position compression damping adjustability, letting you fine-tune it to deal with the bumps of off-road riding.


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.


The XR650L’s steel frame is designed to handle the intensity of off-road travel. Plus, the frame’s backbone doubles as the engine’s oil tank, saving weight and space.

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