2000 to 2005 R Differences

What if any differences from 2000 to current XR650R's


As said, before, the counter shaft seal and clutch bushing were upgraded in mid 2001.

There was a run of XR650R's that had thicker engine cases, between 2002 and 2003. This was done to make the engine noise less.

In 2005 the fork compression valve port holes are a lot smaller but, they kept the same shim stack. This was done to help slow the front end for bigger riders. Makes the front end harsher. They seemed to have changed the fluid they used also. Stock compression valve holes are 2.65mm on 2000~2004 models but, I just did a 2005 that had 1.96mm holes. They can be ported out to 3.64mm making a much plusher ride but, needing a stiffer shim stack to make up for it.

There are bikes in the year of 2003 that were still using the parts from 2001 bikes. My 2003 came with the old clutch bushing and counter shaft seal. So, was it just a 2001 with a 2003 name plate and those killer 2003 graphics's that were change to the much slower 2004 graphics's? The 2006 graphics's totally suck and make that years bike worthless :devil: well I think you get the point, not much more then the graphix get changed.





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Doesn't the 2000 model have a spare/extra coolant holder down by the skid plate on the left side? I don't think the 2002 and newer had that?

yes, they all have the over flow tank, some remove it.

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