1984 Honda XL250R
Reliable, fun, and excellent value for money
I bought the 32 year old motorcycle at a dealership in San Diego, California.
Nothing went wrong during my ownership.
I had problems starting it in the beginning, until I found a technique that worked; no twist of the throttle, no choke, followed by up to 3 kicks. If it had not started by the 3 kicks, I would do the same up to 3 times, but this time with 1/2 - 3/4 of full throttle. Should it be necessary, go back to no throttle again, and continue as above...
Anyway, it mostly started on 1st or 2nd kick when cold. I used the same procedure when the engine was warm, inspired by the procedure mentioned in an XL250R review from an issue of Cycle World from 1984, 1985 or 1986 (think it was probably 1985).
The bike was very easy to handle, the engine felt strong from low RPM, and was a joy to own.
It did not give me any problems. During my almost 3000 miles it never stopped or caused problems. Unfortunately I sold it when moving out of the country.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th July, 2016