Don't underestimate the XBR500 my friend; yes the GB500 will likely be more sought after, but that doesn't mean the XBR won't become a classic bike.
Look at any classic bike dealer and you'll see all manner of turnips rated as classic! The beauty is in the eye of the beholder; it may not be pretty to you, but I love the old thumper...
I agree with the original post, tuck one of these away now while they are cheap as chips :-)
1987 Honda XBR500
This bike is the best!!!
This is the best bike I have owned. Fantastic engine sound from the big single.
Some body bits are getting harder to find. Engine parts OK.
Bike handles well and is cheap to run. Would never part with it as I would probably miss the reliability and fun.
Rock on XBR500!!!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2008
9th Aug 2009, 16:03
I agree with reliability except for the front brake. Has yours ever seized so that it rubs the disk all the time?
6th Sep 2009, 08:53
Bought an 85 XBR 500 early this year, the smile has not left my face since.
Reliable, easy to ride and fuel efficient - will go from one side of Ireland to the other on 1 tank of gas.
Real head turner - sound, looks, the big single with the 2 exhausts.
Easy to maintain, what more can I say... got to go for a drive up the mountains.
18th Dec 2009, 15:53
I also bought one as a winter hack. Nothing has gone wrong with it, although it is 22 years old. I am so impressed I have had the frame blasted and powder coated, and hope to keep it going for many years to come.
3rd Apr 2010, 14:47
I also agree. I have two of these bikes. The first one I ran for 15 years with no problems. Due to age and daily use it looks a bit tatty in places.
I then purchased a mint one last year with only 29k on the clock. These are truly excellent bikes and are cheap to run and fantastic to ride. Honda know how to build motorcycles!
Rock on XBR500.
Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 6 reviews