Bought my dual sport today, 2007 Honda XR650L. It's really more of a big dirt bike with lights than a long distance adventure bike, but I figured I have enough street bikes already.
First impressions...It's REALLY TALL! Seat height is 37", I'm 6'2" with a 36" inseam and it's a stretch to flat foot it for me. I've had to relearn my dirt bike riding technique, one foot down and one on the peg.
It runs strong, good pull as long as you keep the revs in the powerband. Slight popping and backfire on deceleration, stock muffer doesn't sound bad. Gearbox shifts with solid mechanical feel, brakes grab well. It's relatively lightweight and tossable, 346 lbs wet. Handles great and suspension is impressive, soaks up our bad city streets like nothing. Very basic bike, but built with typical Honda precision.
It rides comfortably, seat is firm but fits me well, obviously you sit way up high but all the controls are well placed and feel intuitive. Like I said I don't think I'll be riding to Central America on it, but that's my shortcoming, not the bike's as it would be more than capable.
Drove up to northern Indiana near Ft. Wayne to pick it up, got out Gin's GS as soon as we made it home and took off for on our first urban adventure ride together. Found an service road that runs down along the White River near downtown, part gravel, part dirt tracks. Had to ride down a steep embankment to get to it, was fun riding down by the river with joggers and bicyclists looking at us from up above on the river path. Bikes both did great, we got to experience some gravel, dirt and grass, all a few miles from home in the middle of the city. Figured the worst that could happen is that we'd be told to leave or get a ticket, rode for a couple of miles until the trail ended and no one paid us any attention though.
We're hauling them out to Iowa in a couple of weeks for a long weekend, will be great fun to ride around the country roads where I learned to ride as a kid. Some great dirt roads in our part of Iowa, and we have mowed paths connecting several farms so you can ride for miles off road. Looking forward to it!
Here's a few pics of Big Red and his stablemate...