Honda XBR500 Review from Australia

1986 Honda XBR500

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance69800 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Zephyr 750


Sweet ride to own


I need help. The bike was tipped over by a dork who can't park and has since not started. The first time when I started, it started fine with the choke on, and once I put down the choke, it completely died. And haven't been able to restart it since. Any thoughts on fixing it would be much appreciated as I would like to keep the bike.

General Comments:

Other than the mishap with the dork who tipped it and have caused the bike not running, the 4 months I did ride it was great! Although it was an old bike, it would start every time without a problem, and it was great on the road with virtually no issues with fuel efficiency.

I was doing 300km (?) per tank on about AUD$10... Now that's value for money. The motorcycle is good all round, but not ideal for long rides.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2009

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review