First off....the XR 650 L is a dog..... the R version is another story. I've come from the other direction.... I first had a Kawasaki ZX-6R/2 years -- and for the last 3 years owned & rode a 2002 Honda 954RR....(moded out with around 145-150HP at the rearwheel) I made the decision to sell the sportbike and Motard out a 2002 Honda XR650R. I continually still ride with my old riding group ---- which is all Liter bikes....Hyabusa, ZX-9, 1000RR, 1100xx Blackbird, etc. etc.... the XR smokes the 600's in the group. Yeah, ok. straightup drag race --- they pull away. (but not until 80-95 MPH) Get into the corners - I usually work my way up front passing people from the drive out of the corners. What sold me is this..... I layed down the 954 this spring - a single low side at Deal's Gap -- cost $2500.00 in repairs. 2 weeks ago, I low sided the XR.......$70.00 for a new Acerbis handguard - got up and kept riding. The Cost per Grin factor is way different. Finale note ---- don't by the SV650 --- it really does have bad suspension. (read - completely non-adjustable) How about the Honda F4I...fairly upright position, great power, good suspension, can be bought cheap. ($3500-4000) (The Honda 600RR would be more race oriented...also more uncomfortable to ride lond distances....) There ya go, I went from a 2001 GSXR600 tricked out to my 1996 XR610R supermoto, the difference in weight, GSXR about 415, the XR right at 270 loaded with gas and ready to ROCK! Plus, the GSXR about 30ft lbs of TQ, but up at 10,000rpm, my XR610R about 40ftlbs at about 3 thats three RPM!!