Combined with ample torque from the big thumper mill, this gives you confidence to keep exploring long after the road has ended.
OUT WHERE IT BELONGS: The XR650L is light - but watch out if you get it past its centre of gravity!
Another aspect that all but kills any potential for using the XR for out-of-town jaunts is the tiny 13-litre fuel tank. Along with the fairly thirsty motor, this meant I routinely got fewer than 180km between fills. It is possible to fit a larger tank, along with myriad other after-market bits and bobs available for off-road and dual-purpose bikes.
DESIGNED FOR OFF-ROAD: Plenty of torque from the big single that's slung in a steel cradle.