Differences Between Years

The Honda XR650R was produced for seven years. There are virtually no mechanical differences between these years of production. The only significant mechanical change during that time was:

In late 2001 the clutch bushing was updated with venting holes and a thin galley way to improve oil flow and prevent binding and sticking, particular when the bike has been left sitting. This is a very minor change and is a very simple and cheap fix if you happen to have one of the early models.

The original bushing part number was #22116-MBN-670

The replacement bushing is part number #22116-MBN-671

If this part hasn’t been replaced on your bike it is a good idea to do it before it fails. Failure of the bushing under stressful conditions can damage both the clutch basket and the shaft, so better safe than sorry.

The only other changes to the bike over those years were to aesthetics. The seat cover and tank graphics changed a couple times during production of the bike, but of course that has no effect on performance.


  • Chris (8 years)

    Also, the countershaft seal was updated in 2001 as well, as the earlier models were prone to the countershaft seal blowing out. I know this because I replaced mine 3 times, and the third one was the newer model.


    Evan Reply:

    Doh! I knew that. Must have spaced out when writing the post. I’ll update it according. Thanks Chris!


  • Garrett (8 years)

    Do you guys know what the part number is for the updated countershaft seal is? It’s likely thats the only one that Honda makes but you never know!


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