Motorcycle
2000 Honda XR650L
Reports about Kevin
Basso's cross-country offroad
motorcycle trip.
 
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Kevin Basso
Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts of America

 

HONDA  XR650L Recommended Add-ons
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Acerbis Hand Guards
A must have! If you bike ever tips over, the brake or clutch lever usually bend. These pay for themselves many times over.

Dunlop D606 Tire - Front
I have tried many tires. My top two are 1. Dunlop D606 shown here,
2. Pirelli MT21.

"This tire lasted me from the end of Oklahoma to Oregon, then a 500 mile drive to San Francisco, then a 2,500 mile drive to Oshkosh, WI. I would say that is a good 5,000 mile tire, the best tire in the world, and I have tried them all". Kevin Basso

Forks
Fork Settings - I recommend turning the front fork settings to hard, you won't believe the difference offroad. The bike no longer lunges forward while braking.
Map holder
Offroad, you don't have any signs to follow, just your map, trip meter, roll-chart and GPS. The easier you make accessing this, the happier you will be.

 

Mirrors
I like BikeMaster's mirrors better than stock, plus they are about half the price.

 

I highly recommend these retailers: Baja Designs or Chaparral Racing Catalog

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