What happened is everyone has there own opinion. Some people want a XR650L because they want a great all around bike thats street legal. Some want a XR650R because they need a little extra power and don't care for the street. Others say the 650R has better suspension and weighs less. Most say the XR650L is more comfortable, and easier to start. Whatever your opinion if you want a good all around bike go with the 650L. If you want a crazy race bike go with 650R or better yet the CRF450!!!