XR650R Rod Failure - What is the Solution? XR650R Rod Failure - What is the Solution? 1) Is Rod Break a Common failure? 2) will "Drilling" a Hole for Lubrication the underside of the Piston where the piston supports the piston Pin, Prevent this problem or other Problems? 3)At what RPM is Rod Failure expected to occur in the XR600 XR650L XR650R 4) What is the Solution? Solutions?? XR650R Rod Problems. Trail Searcher wrote- Myself and 2 of my buddies 650rs didnt last very long on the road. All 3 of them lost rods. EarlT writes- Above we have more riders with XR650R engines that have Rod Problems. What is the Solution? Does it affect XR650L engines also?