Honda XR400R Reviews from Australia

1996 Honda XR400R

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Previous motorcycleHonda None

Summary:

Most reliable bike around, powerful, all around brilliant

Faults:

The odd little thing. Nothing that it caused. Just by me hitting a tree or dropping it. Normal little thing. It's an XR400R, these things never die.

I reckon you could ride it into a tree flatout and it would still start. Although I'm not game to try.

General Comments:

Still one of the most popular trail bikes around. Has a lot of guts, although in the bush with standard gearing, you really have to ride it. I shortened the gearing. It is a must if you are using it in the bush mainly.

XR400Rs never die. The bike is 11 years old and starts every single time. All you have to do is change the oil, oil filter, and clean the air filter. These bikes are amazing.

They don't have the poke of a CRF450 or anything. But I can tell you that it's one of the most reliable dirtbikes ever. Sometimes if you stall it in the bush and it's hot, you will have to wait 5 minutes or so to start it again, but that's it.

They have good acceleration and good top speed. With stock gearing you can hit over 100kph through the bush if your balls are big enough. They're not a slow bike, but I think they are the most reliable dirtbike ever made. They have enough power to do anything except dune riding really.

Good all round bike.

I give it 10/10 and wouldn't flinch to buy another one. Although they say the Suzuki DR is just as good, and it's newer with more power, so I may look into one of them sometime.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2007

1996 Honda XR400R

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Summary:

Great bike, a bit scary at first, but even very good for the novice rider, user friendly power

Faults:

Just the odd little thing here and there, fixable stuff... but that's a dirtbike.

General Comments:

A very good bike has plenty of punch, could do with a tad more pickup, great all round trail bike, I highly recommend them. Bulletproof.

Acceleration = Quick.

Pickup In 2nd gear or higher could do with a bit more snap.

Braking is good not great, but good.

Very comfy for a trail bike, nice big fat seat!

Suspension can be a tad too harsh.

Overall I recommend them if you want to trail ride over any other bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2006

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews