Well first of all the guy in that link spent a lot of cash on his XR. I read that by tearing the airbox out, restrictor, jetting it, and getting rid of the restrictor in the exhaust you can get an easy 55 HP on the 650R. That doesn't cost anything. If I can swing buying this bike I won't be sending a fortune on aftermarket parts, just wheels tires and brakes.
I am a bit scared of the 650R. I seem to think the reason there are so many for sale used is because people can't keep the front end from tucking, because it is a big bike. Sure I read that it handles like a lighter bike but in the hands of a pro? What about me?
Grok I love KTM's. Every article I have ever read about them raves about their motors. I ruled them out because they are expensive but if I take the price of a fairly new XR then ad the wheels and tires, and the Baja kit I am up into the price of a good used KTM SM. Bottom line is i am going to start saving my beans and hopefully the right thing will come up when I can afford it.
Is Super Moto popular on Vancouver Island? I am moving to BC in the spring, I was hoping for Prince Rupert, but I can always apply to some companies on the Island if the riding is good.
Your friends that have XR650R's say anything about them bieng a handful? Do they do any dirt riding with them? I talked to guys here that have the 650L (about 60 pounds heavier) and they can't keep them upright in the bush.