Honda XL600R Review from United Arab Emirates

1985 Honda XL600R

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CX500


Great bike, but has some quirks


Primary ignition coil in the stator burned, resulting in very difficult hot starting for a long time until I found the problem.

Oil leaks start occurring from various spots on the engine.

Choke piston on left side carburetor broke.

General Comments:

A rocket on wheels.

Seat is a little uncomfortable for large persons; is also too small for two people.

Difficult to start even under the best conditions; stalls often at low idle particularly when cold.

Oil changes are cumbersome due to the dry sump design.

Exhaust pipe is prone to rust.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2005

31st May 2007, 06:51

I have one of these bad boys, and mine is a complete swine to start when hot. Is there any test I can do to validate the stator?

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review