Introduced in 1993, the XR650 followed on from the groundwork laid by the 1972 XL250, the first modern four-stroke enduro motorcycle, which started the revolutionary big modern four-stroke dual-sport wave.
Movie fans will know Ewan McGregor from his roles in 90-plus films, including a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars series and Christian in the musical Moulin Rouge. But McGregor, a consummate motorcyclist may be more impressive to us with his riding résumé, which includes the travel documentaries Long Way Round and Long Way Down, in which he and longtime riding mate Charley Boorman circumvent the globe on a couple of BMW adventure-tourers, and their latest, Long Way Up, travelling from the southern-most tip of South America to Los Angeles on electric bikes
An avid motorcyclist off the screen, the McGregor collection is dynamic and varied and everything gets ridden. Ewan built this XR650 as a lightweight version of the BMW GS he and pal Charlie are so closely associated with. Big desert tank, steering damper, hard shell Touratech luggage, auxiliary lighting, touring seat, sump plate and protective grills have turned this in to the ultimate XR for just about any terrain the planet can offer.
Purchased new by McGregor with only 3 delivery miles on the odometer, the bike has been used sparingly, mostly around his Southern California ranch. Now, with only 524 miles on the clock, it is ready for the next custodian. In generally excellent condition throughout with only minor blemished conducive with the use it has seen.
Ewan and Charlie built the XR while preparing for Long Way Up, and it is featured in the opening scenes of episode 1 (screenshots below), in which a small fire broke out in the air filter! No harm done and a new air filter was installed.
This very capable go-anywhere machine comes complete with owner’s manual, all keys, original seat, Touratech soft bag inserts, and a clean, clear title in Ewan McGregor’s name. An autographed poster accompanies the sale.